Open Access for Non-University Research: Conditions as Diverse as Research Priorities

A report on the's fourth train-the-trainer workshop

Together with 16 participants from non-university research institutions as well as federal and state institutions, hosted the interactive event "Open Access Officers at Non-University Research Institutions - Multipliers for Open Science" in an online format on 15 April. The event took place within the context of the train-the-trainer workshop series, which focuses on the acquisition of didactic knowledge, networking among each other and community building.

"The format thrives on the heterogeneity of its participants," says organiser Linda Martin, a staff member of the project at Bielefeld University Library. "However, the desire to increase open access at one's own institution as well as experiences in consulting form a good common basis for exchange."
A presentation by Stefanie Seeh (Fraunhofer Informationsdienste) provided a successful start to the event. Her explanations on the Open Access transformation in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft were followed by a lively discussion on topics such as funding and transformation models. In interactive group work phases, the participants from the professional fields of information, science and library management then explored further similarities and differences. "The breadth of the research also reveals the needs of the various disciplines with regard to the topic of OA," says Martin. Working collaboratively on assignments, including the identification of target groups or the formulation of learning objectives, were implemented directly using various online tools, such as Mentimeter or MindMeister. "The participants were very motivated right from the start and were happy to share their experiences with each other. The fourth training was very intensive and enriching for me," says Linda Martin.

The presentation (ppt, in German) on the train-the-trainer workshop "Open Access Representatives at Non-University Research Institutions - Multipliers for Open Science" can be downloaded from Zenodo.

The next event in the series will take place as a two-day online event in June 2021. The focus is on conveying training methods and didactic knowledge as well as the exchange of experiences among the participants. On another level, the participants will be sensitised to Open Access. Further information will be published in the project's calendar of events in due course.

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