Monthly Session Series

To stay in touch with everyone interested in Open Science, a series of online sessions was organised in the months leading up to the postponed Open Science Festival.  

A Deans Session is taking place as a pre-Festival event on the 10th of February, which is invitation only.

Recap of earlier sessions:

Fifth online session:

Open Science Barcamp

January 14th 2021 10:00 -16:00 + 16:00 – 17:00  #OSmeetupNL drinks
This sessions was organised in cooperation with the Dutch Open Science Communities.
It was the first Open Science Barcamp in the Netherlands. This event was based on the successful format of Open Science Barcamp Berlin.

What is a Barcamp?

A Barcamp is a one day event with no predetermined program – the topics of all sessions are determined on the spot. We used an online venue (Gather.Town) that consisted of an interactive 2D environment with virtual avatars, one big plenary room, several smaller break-out rooms, and space to hang out and socially interact with others.

Fourth online session

The importance of data pre-processing

26 nov, 15:00 – 16:15 + 16:15 – 17:00  #OSmeetupNL drinks

Presented by Maximilian Primbs (Radboud University) & Leonhard Volz (University of Amsterdam)

This session explored how data pre-processing influences the outcome of a statistical test. After a short introduction, the focus lied on hands-on exploration of data via a custom-made easy to use Shiny App. Participants got a sense of the impact these pre-processing choices have on the effect of analyses. Two teams won a Yoga Award for Uniquely Flexible Data Preprocessing: a humorous way to put emphasis on how choices in pre-processing data effect the outcomes of your study. The experience were contextualised via the results of a related study and the implications for reporting methods,  and results were discussed in lively breakouts. Almost 40 people attended the session.

Third online session

Co-creation of G2OS: Your Gateway to Open Science Training

October 29th, 15:00 – 16:30 + 16:30 – 17:15 #OSmeetupNL drinks

On 29 October 35 people attended this session, presented by Sander Bosch (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Loek Brinkman (UMC Utrecht) and Melanie Imming (SURF).

We discussed how the different universities can collaborate on providing Open Science skills and knowledge training to researchers. As a first step towards a national training programme (the Gateway to Open Science, or G2OS), we discussed in breakout groups 1) which topics should be addressed by such a programme, and 2) which existing courses, workshops and resources are already available at our universities and beyond. Our enthusiastic attendees came up with many more topics and resources than we dared dream of!

At the end of the session, we discussed the way forward for this initiative and this group.

Our first aim is to create a curated overview of OS training opportunities. To that end, we are condensing the inputs from the session into a list of courses and workshops. We would like to present this information in a filterable online format, so Open Science enthusiasts can easily find the available content. As a next step, we would like to develop the currently available course content into a modular national training programme, which can be mapped onto a competence framework.

In parallel, we aim to promote the embedding of Open Science into Bachelor and Master curricula.

We hope this session marks the start of an active community that fosters collaboration on Open Science training in the Netherlands!

Second online session

Deans Session

On August 27th we organized an online meeting for Deans. The overall goal of the online session was to connect deans working in different university contexts and in different stages of creating open science working environments. To inspire each other to take the next steps in their specific academic context, and to discuss Open Science in a few informal conversations in breakout groups. The main theme of the breakout conversations was how the faculties address expectations regarding Open Science coming from universities, governments and society at large.

21 Deans attended this meeting that was moderated by Marco de Niet from Leiden University, together with Karel Luyben, the National Coordinator Open Science. Nora van der Wenden director of the department of Research and Science Policy at the ministry of Education, Culture and Science attended the meeting on behalf of the minister of OCW, Ingrid van Engelshoven.    

The discussions in the breakout groups ranged from the importance of the rewards and recognition system in the Open Science culture change, the link to overall ambitions, technological possibilities, ethical and legal challenges to societal challenges in times of COVID 19. The fact that there is no extra money available for the transition to open science, where transitions are always costly was also discussed, and so was the need for solid international infrastructures.

Overall the meeting was received as a successful step in converging efforts towards open science in the Netherlands. We are hoping to take this forward during a live Open Science Festival meeting or in another online meeting in 2021.

First online session

The Open Science Use Case Awards

In the first online session on July 2nd we focused on the winners of the Open Science Use Case Awards. 

More info about the winners of the Use Case Awards can be found here.

The publication A Collection of  Open Science Use Cases can be found here on Zenodo.

The programme committee awarded the following inspiring use cases:

A webtool for interactive data visualization and data sharing

Joachim Goedhart, Przemek Krawczyk and Martijn S. Luijsterburg, Swammerdam Institute for
Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam University Medical Centers; Leiden
University Medical Center

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: a “well explained use case”
about “a small but interesting step towards the overall goal”.

Open science and open data for human factors research
Pavlo Bazilinskyy and Joost de Winter, Delft University of Technology

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: “This is a great initiative that
is open, transparent for researchers and the general public. A great approach for the greater
involvement of citizen science, with the potential of finding links between technical and
engineering research and humanities and social sciences.”

Open science practices in Majorana research
André Melo, Sebastian Rubbert and Anton Akhmerov, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience; Delft
University of Technology

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: “This research project was
conducted in an open fashion which allowed other teams to reproduce their results during a
ReproHack event. It shows a very compelling case of the importance and value of Open

Studies of Populations of Individual Birds (SPI-Birds) Network and Database
Antica Culina, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included: “The fact that this project took
off as well as it did shows that there was a great need for collaboration” and “The SPI-birds use
case shows a project in which data sharing has helped accelerate scientific discovery. It also
shows that some individuals/groups are still reluctant to fully share their data”

cBiT: The Compendium for Biomaterial Transcriptomics
Dennie Hebels and Jan de Boer, Maastricht University; Technical University Eindhoven

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
” A clear description of an Open Science use case: written from the OS angle. It is ‘only’ about
PID’s and standards, but it is an inspirational story.”

And a special Encouragement Award is given to:

The Student Initiative for Open Science (SIOS)
Myrthe Veeman, Karoline Huth, Maike Dahrendorf and Lea Schumacher, University of

Comments from the reviewing Programme Committee included:
“This is not the specific type of use case we asked for, but a great example of what can be
organised with limited resources” and “The enthusiastic group of 11 students has started an
extensive website and organised a number of events for students. It is an important
achievement that a larger group of future researchers becomes familiar with open science
concepts, additionally to the curriculum of the university itself.”

The five use case winners, plus the special encouragement award winner received a prize of €250.


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