ZBW believes in openness as a core value in organisational culture
ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (www.zbw.eu) publishes key issues paper Openness as area of action for the ZBW. Open Science agent ZBW puts openness and thus the core values of transparency, reusability and collaboration at the centre of its organisational culture.
The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (www.zbw.eu) positions itself as an Open Science partner for economic researchers. Numerous ZBW services support open, transparent and reproducible research and publishing processes in economics. The ZBW advocates the idea of Open Science at several levels: it carries out research in the field of Open Science, is active in science policy to implement Open Science at the national and international level, and develops new infrastructures to facilitate access and remove barriers.
The ZBW promotes an in-house culture of open access to its own working results and open collaboration. In order to develop this culture and to embed it deeply in the working practices of the ZBW, it started a broadly-based participatory dialogue in 2019. The result is documented in the key issues paper “Openness as an area of action for the ZBW” (https://www.zbw.eu/fileadmin/pdf/ueber-uns/2020-openness-area-of-action.pdf). This provides an operational framework for the next years to embed openness even more strongly as the guiding principle for working practices at the ZBW.
ZBW director Professor Klaus Tochtermann says: “With this key issues paper we combine goals and areas of action to establish the basic principles of open working in many working areas of the ZBW. The paper also makes clear which of our working results we offer openly for reuse. This includes publications in Open Access, open data, open source code and open educational resources created at the ZBW.”
You can read a detailed interview with Professor Klaus Tochtermann about origin and background of the paper here: https://www.zbw-mediatalk.eu/2020/11/open-science-and-organisational-culture-openness-as-a-core-value-at-the-zbw/
About the ZBW –Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
The ZBW –Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature. The institution holds more than 4 million media items and enables access to millions of online documents in economics. In 2019 alone, more than 9 million digital full-texts were downloaded. In addition, the ZBW provides a fast-growing collection of Open Access documents. The repository EconStor currently gives free access to more than 190,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the portal for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among 11million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics in Gold Open Access. The ZBW is a research-based academic library. Professors in computer science and an international group of PhD candidates carry out transdisciplinary research on the digitisation of the science system. Research at the ZBW is connected to international networks. The main co-operation partners are engaged in projects funded by the EU, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and in the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and a foundation under public law. The ZBW has been honoured repeatedly for its innovative library work with the international LIBER Award for Library Innovation.
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