21 Nov

Conference contributions online: Session on data and software management, GeoMünster 2019

All posters and almost all presentations of the session “Research data and software management in times of FAIR and Open Data” at GeoMünster 2019 are now available online on Zenodo.

FAIR and open data and software will also be topics at GeoUtrecht 2020, which will be held from 24-26 August 2020 in Utrecht, NL. If you whish to propose a session on this (or any other) topic: the Call for Sessions will be open until January 23, 2020.

18 Nov

Learned societies and open access

Early November 2019, the National Open Access Contact Point OA2020-DE invited professional societies and specialist information services (Fachinformationsdienste) to exchange experiences on how to convert scientific journals into Open Access. See the report on the workshop.

The FID GEO and representatives of German Geological Society – Geological Association (DGGV), German Mineralogical Society (DMG) and German Geophysical Society (DGG) participated in the workshop. Among others, Prof. Franz’s (DMG) report on the recent open access transformation of the European Journal of Mineralogy received great interest.

A conclusion of the workshop is that the transfer of a journal on the one hand requires good preparation and on the other hand there are a multitude of possibilities to adequately and successfully respond to the specific requirements and challenges of specialist societies.

The FID GEO supports geoscientific societies that do consider or carry out an open access transformation of their journal(s).

15 Nov

FID GEO: 2nd project phase with new tasks

In November 2019, the second phase of the project started for FID GEO. Over the next 3 years, the previous work areas “digitization”, “electronic publishing” and “electronic publication of research data” will be continued and expanded.

A new component of the digitization “on demand” is the license acquisition for open access of out-of-print literature up to the year of publication 1965. In addition, the FID GEO will proactively digitize in the future: above all, public domain and out of print geoscientific literature, if this is foreseeable an important resource for current research projects, as well as geological maps.

In an additional, new work package, the FID GEO will promote the transformation towards more open access. Central to this are advising geoscientific learned societies on the transformation of the journals they publish and informing their members about the possibilities of open access publishing.

See also the project description of the second project phase.