Highlight Tools and Policies for “Open Science”

Social Computing

Open science aims to open up research products and processes to all stakeholders. Know-Center is on the international forefront to makes tools and to advise on policies to make this vision reality.

Know-Center has made excellent progress in establishing itself as a key centre for open science policies and tools. A highlight has been the incubation of the Know-Center NGO Spin-Off Open Knowledge Maps (OKMaps), established by Dr. Peter Kraker in 2016. The goal of OKMaps is to create a visual interface to the world’s scientific knowledge through “knowledge maps” which enable the exploration of existing knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge. OKMaps’s open source knowledge mapping software applies a mixture of summarization techniques and similarity measures on article metadata, iteratively chained together to enable easy overviews of research topics, the identification of relevant concepts, clustering of similar results and the identification of open access content. Since the first launch of the service in May 2016, more than 170,000 users have leveraged Open Knowledge Maps for their research, work, and studies with an increase of about 20,000 additional unique users per month. This resulted in over 780,000 overall page visits. The technological work to create OKMaps has been complemented by Know-Center’s involvement in multiple prestigious policy initiatives on a European level, including the EC High-Level Expert Group on European Open Science Cloud (HLEG EOSC), the EC Expert Group on Altmetrics, the LIBER Expert Group on Metrics, and as partner in the H2020 OpenUP project. On the national level, we have actively participated in national initiatives like the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) and eInfrastructures Austria. These activities have led to numerous high-level reports (Kraker et al. 2017KC; Mons et al. 2016; Wilsdon et al. 2017 KC).