EEXCESS Final Conference: Wrap Up

IMG_7814Last week, the EEXCESS Final Conference took place in Cologne, within the frame of the International Science 2.0 Conference.

In the Opening, project ccordinator Prof. Michael Granitzer presented the vision of not only ensuring open access to scientific literature and cultural online objects, but “effortless access” (Slides). Further invited speakers were Timothy Hill from Europeana and Dr. Petr Knoth from the Open University. In his presentation, Hill gave an insight into the challenges of mapping cultural metadata in a way that is fruitful for the user (Slides). Petr Knoth, who also worked for the EEXCESS project last year, presented the newly started OpenMinted project that wants to establish a platform for scientific textmining (Slides).

In the afternoon of the first day, the project team presented the various prototype applications that have been developed in the project since 2013.





On the second day, Prof. Karl Donert from the EUROGEO association and at the same time member of the project “School On the Cloud” presented his vision of ” 24/7/365 Learing: What Challenges for Education and Culture on the Cloud?” He was followed by Frauke Rehder, manager of the digicult association. She talked about the experiences of her organisation as a museum network for collaborative registration (Slides).

The focus of the last session was a change of perspective: Hubert Kjellberg, CEO of Brockhaus, talked about the publisher´s view on dealing with the challenges of the digital age (Slides).

All further information about the programme and also the non-EEXCESS related parts can be found here:

petr-knothWe also asked Dr. Petr Knoth from the Open University about his view on the challenges of Open Science and the conference:

Where do you see the future of Open Science?

There is an opportunity for Open Science to redefine the whole research workflow, starting from the way researchers access knowledge and ending with the way they share, disseminate and get credit for the creation of new knowledge. I believe this will be enabled primarily by 1) opening up all the data available in the research process, including research data, workflows, notebooks, manuscripts & research communication and 2) by building up new text and data mining services on top of these new freely available datasets. As we experienced with Open Access, it will not happen immediately, but gradually.


What are the major challenges to realise the European Open Science Cloud?

The major challenge for the academic community is to get reliable value added services for researchers to the market faster than the commercial providers and then run and sustain them succesfully. Academics are now close to losing the battle for the main social research network to commercial companies. This will lead to the locking of extremely valuable user generated data or its availability for a very high price to us. I fear this might happen to future services for researchers too.


 What is especially interesting for you about the Science 2.0 Conference?

I think it is important to have a discussion about how we want our services for researchers to look like in the future and have a pragmatic data-driven approach for their creation within the academic sector.



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