Open Science

Application-oriented research groups at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

The science system in transition

The fundamental principles of the global science system today are openness and transparency in research. The digital transformation of science revolutionises the way research is planned, produced, and disseminated. Researchers today can access countless digital resources, use digital tools in their research processes, publish their research findings online, and cooperate with teams from all over the world. This means that research findings can be shared, validated, and re-used much faster. It also promotes transparency and accelerates scientific discovery processes. The desire for openness strongly influences the requirements for scientific information infrastructures. And there’s more: they also shape the role of digital information infrastructures as part of the science system.

In order to actively shape this transition, the ZBW researches the topic of Open Science in four research groups.

Researching Open Science
The greater goal of ZBW

Open Science encompasses practices and processes that support transparency, accessibility, retraceability, and reusability in research. ZBW scientists are researching Open Science under different aspects; and together they make a holistic contribution to the success of Open Science practices in economics.


How the four research groups interlock

  1. Using established standards and the latest technologies, the research area “Digital Information Infrastructures” develops, designs and pilots infrastructures for the provision of digital information, such as research data.
  2. For discovering such information, the research group “Information Profiling and Retrieval” works with the latest methods from the domains of information retrieval and Artificial Intelligence.
  3. Usage behaviour in digital information infrastructures is the object of research of the research group “Web Science”.
  4. The research group “Digital Economics” connects research at the ZBW with economics and researches the conditions for success of open practices especially in this discipline.

On this website you can find a quick insight into the research groups and their current topical focus. Read also about the ZBW’s engagement in science policy and the ZBW’s vision for research in the coming years.

Open Science AT ZBW
Research groups and their current topical focus

Digital Information Infrastructures

Transparency and openness: new infrastructures for digital resources in research

Information Profiling and Retrieval

Language models and knowledge graphs are the focus of ZBW research

Web Science

Studying the impact and relevance of scientific publications

Digital Economics

Science about science: studying research texts and processes

ZBW OpenScience - Beratung

Science policy consulting at the ZBW

The developments associated with Open Science take place at many levels of the science system. As a Leibniz institution, it is a matter of concern for the ZBW to see its own experiences and research results inform the debate in science policy bodies at the national, European and international level.

Open Science as the “New Normal”

With its research, the ZBW wants to drive the rapid development of the Open Science transformation in economics. The ZBW studies the conditions for success and pilots infrastructures that contribute to making Open Science the “New Normal” in the scientific community.

ZBW OpenScience - Beratung

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