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For free and fast access to scientific knowledge: Chemnitz University Library and Open Science Initiative of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences invite to an event in a new format on October 27, 2022

Open science comprises strategies and procedures to make all components in the scientific process openly accessible, comprehensible and re-usable for all citizens via the Internet. To show exactly how this works, an Open Science Night will be held for the first time on October 27, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the IdeenReich of the Chemnitz University Library (UB), Straße der Nationen 33, to which the general public is cordially invited in addition to members and affiliates of Chemnitz University of Technology. It is embedded in the program of the International Open Access Week 2022.

"Among other things, there will be a small cinema room with short films under free license, an escape room on the topic of open access, and an open science pub quiz. In the fine tradition of the pub quiz evenings in the refectory, there will also be great prizes to be won here," says Carolin Zapke, subject librarian at the university library and member of the Open Science team. In addition, experts will be available at the information booths of the UB and the Open Science Initiative of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences of Chemnitz University of Technology to answer questions on topics related to open science.

This year's International Open Access Week has the motto "Open for Climate Justice" to strengthen the connection between the climate movement and the international open community. The thinking behind it: "Tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic and disciplinary boundaries - which is exactly what the open science movement stands for," explains Zapke.

All interested parties are cordially invited to the Open Science Night. Food and beverages will be provided. The current hygiene regulations apply.

Background: Open access to scientific knowledge

Major German scientific organizations and leading international research and cultural institutions are calling for scientific articles to be published directly in open access. In their "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities," they sent out a strong message as early as 2003 in favor of free access to text publications as well as research data, images, and multimedia objects, and their comprehensive reusability. To date, the declaration has been signed by more than 760 institutions and organizations worldwide. Since June 2015, this also includes Chemnitz University of Technology. The Chemnitz University Library has been a supporter of the worldwide Open Access Initiative for years. The Chemnitz University Library has been a supporter of the worldwide Open Access initiative for years. In 2016 and 2020, it was honored with the Open Library Badge. This was in recognition of its commitment as a library to more openness in science and society. Examples include publishing in open access and the use of open source software, for example for the university bibliography or the online catalog. The aim of the Open Library Badge initiative is to create an incentive system for libraries that pursue the concept of openness in a multi-faceted way. The important thing is always to make knowledge accessible and findable.

Information pool of the university library on the topic of open science: https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/ub/openscience/

Contact the Open Access team at Chemnitz University Library: Ute Blumtritt, tel. 0371 531-31290, e-mail oa@bibliothek.tu-chemnitz.de

(Translation: Brent Benofsky)

Matthias Fejes
19.10.2022

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