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ICEDIG Project Outcomes
Edited by Laurence Livermore, Anne Koivunen, Kari Lahti and Leif Schulman

Addressing today’s global environmental challenges requires access to significant quantities of data. This holds especially true for the natural sciences, where one rich data trove remains unearthed: The European scientific collections. These jointly hold more than 1.5 billion objects, representing 80% of the world’s bio- and geo-diversity. With only 10 % of these objects digitised, their information remains vastly underused, thus impeding potential applications of this critical scientific resource.

The EU-funded ICEDIG project – “Innovation and Consolidation for Large Scale Digitisation of Natural Heritage” - aims to support the implementation phase of the new Research Infrastructure DiSSCo (“Distributed System of Scientific Collections”) by designing and addressing the technical, financial, policy and governance aspects necessary to operate such a large distributed initiative for natural sciences collections across Europe. This collection of articles highlights the major outputs of the ICEDIG project over the last three years (January 2018 to March 2020).

Papers published: 0
Observations, prevention and impact of COVID-19

Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO Journal) invites submissions of research outcomes - especially early and brief results - relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the unprecedented health emergency and the scale of its worldwide impact on society, industry and economics. Accepted papers will be published free of charge in the special collection.

By means of Open Science, we aim to contribute with real-time findings and data to the efforts of scientific teams, experts and other decision-makers across the globe, in order to minimise the damage and eventually bring the end to the current crisis, and even more importantly, prevent similar situations in the future. Published research ideas and brief results are also expected to bring up crucial discussion, thereby facilitating actions and collaborations in the fight against devastating health emergencies.

Especially encouraged are submissions focused on the long-term effects of COVID-19. Considered are publications across disciplines, including medicine, ethics, politics, economics etc. at a local, regional, national or international scale. Accepted publication types include original and review research articles, as well as:

  • Research Idea
  • Case Study
  • Clinical Case Study
  • Data Paper
  • Forum Paper
  • Methods
  • Questionnaire
  • R Package
  • Software Description
  • Workshop Report
  • Project Report
  • Research Poster
  • Research Presentation
  • Short Communication
  • Single-media Publication (e.g. infographics)
  • Data Review

We also encourage publication of research ‘bundles’, where conventional papers are published along with raw research outputs (e.g. data, case studies, presentations, etc.), to better contextualise the work and facilitate further contribution by other scientists.

Papers published: 0
Path2Integrity Project Outcomes
Edited by Prof. Julia Prieß-Buchheit (Editor-in-chief), Dr. Oliver Claas, Iliyana Demirova, Dr. Agnieszka Dwojak-Matras, Lisa Häberlein, Belén López, Katharina Miller, Prof. Dr. Christiane Stock

The Path2Integrity project, financed by the EU Horizon 2020, advocates for emphasising the virtues of Research Integrity and strengthening the relationship between science and society in the rapidly changing research landscape. By designing and implementing rotatory role-playing and role-models, the project will maximise the quality and societal impact of research and foster Research Integrity by educating the next generation. Within the three-year research and innovation programme, dialogical trainings will pave the way towards achieving enhanced and successful educational practices and learning methods targeted at students and young researchers, as well as everyone directly or indirectly involved in research, including educators and senior researchers.

Papers published: 1   |  Total pages: 16
SYNTHESYS+ Project Outcomes
Edited by Laurence Livermore, Vince Smith, Katherine Dixey

European natural history collections play a critical role in mapping a sustainable future for ourselves and the natural systems on which we depend. Since 2004 the EC funded SYNTHESYS programme has been supporting this community, underpinning new ways to access and exploit natural science collections, harmonising collections policy and funding collections-based research for more than 4000 scientists.

SYNTHESYS+ is the fourth iteration of this programme, running from February 2019 to January 2023.  This growing collection of articles highlights major outputs from SYNTHESYS+ over the four year of activity, covering topics such as our new digitisation on-demand service, the construction of a European Loans and Visits System (ELViS) and a new data processing platform (the Specimen Data Refinery), applying artificial intelligence to speed up the digital mobilisation of natural history collections.

Papers published: 2   |  Total pages: 74
Metadata 2020 Project Outputs
Edited by Laura Paglione & Ginny Hendricks
This collection hosts outputs from Metadata 2020, a collaboration that advocates richer, connected, and reusable, open metadata for all research outputs, which will advance scholarly pursuits for the benefit of society. We aim to create awareness and resources for all who have a stake in creating and using scholarly metadata. We will demonstrate why richer metadata should be the scholarly community’s top priority, how we can all evaluate ourselves and improve, and what can be achieved when we work harder, and work together.
Papers published: 2   |  Total pages: 44
Edited by Carmen Cuenca-García

This collection hosts outcomes from the ‘Soil Science & Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance’ (SAGA), an international research network funded by the European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) for four years (from 26th October 2018 until 25th October 2022) as COST Action SAGA (CA17131).  SAGA is developing, promoting and facilitating scientific activities bringing together geophysics and soil science with the overall goal of maximising interpretation of geophysical data for archaeological investigations. The collection includes SAGA’s proposal and annual reports on scientific activities (workshops, training schools, short-term scientific missions and Conference Grants) carried out by its members and external participants.

Papers published: 1   |  Total pages: 26
OpenCon 2017
Edited by Joseph McArthur, Lorraine Chuen
OpenCon is a conference and community empowering students and early career academic professionals to advance Open Access, Open Data and Open Education.
Papers published: 0
Exploring the opportunities and challenges of implementing open research strategies within development institutions: A project of the International Development Research Center
Edited by Cameron Neylon, Leslie Chan

This research project was an Open Data pilot based on case studies with seven IDRC grantees who developed and implemented open data management and sharing plans. The case studies examined the scale of legal, ethical and technical challenges that limited the sharing of data from IDRC projects including issues of:

* Privacy, personally identifiable information and protection of human subject
* Protection of intellectual property generated from projects or potential for financial risks for projects or institutions
* Challenges in the local legal environment, including ownership of data
* Ethical issues in releasing or sharing of indigenous and community knowledge, and the relationship between project participants and investigators particularly in the context of historical expropriation of resources
* Local and global issues of capacity and expertise in the management and sharing of data

The project ran over (15) months, commencing December 2015 and ending in February 2017. The project involved a literature review and series of interviews on funder data sharing policies, the seven case studies including data management plans and implementation, and a final summary report. The results of the project aim to refine guidelines for the implementation of development research funders’ open research data policies and data policies more generally.  

Papers published: 17   |  Total pages: 166
Brainhack 2016 Project Reports
Edited by Jörg Pfannmöller, Cameron Craddock, Pierre Bellec, Daniel Margulies, Nolan Nichols

Brainhack 2016 features short reports on neuroscience tools and projects that embody the ethos of open science. This is a series of project reports from 2016 Brainhack events. For more information please see:

Papers published: 15   |  Total pages: 86