Open Science at TIB

Science is currently undergoing transformation, involving more open and collaborative digital working practices: the web has become an integral part of scientists' everyday work. It is now used at all stages of the research cycle. Thanks to the new possibilities for communication and cooperation, traditional research and publishing processes are rapidly changing.

The digital shift is making a profound impact on how researchers, teaching staff and students work. An important element of this transition is Open Access, which enables all those interested to gain unlimited access to research results on the internet. And yet, the transition affects the entire research cycle. For example, today research data is often made freely accessible long before evaluation studies are published.

Open Science Lab

The Open Science Lab develops strategies, working practices (best practices) and tools to help research communities to respond to these changes. As an incubator and playground for new ideas for advancing the research infrastructure, the lab is geared to different communities' changing demands and needs. Projects on this topic are conducted in an interdisciplinary team in cooperation with researchers and research infrastructure institutions, including projects from the Leibniz Research Network 2.0.

Topics currently being explored in exchange with scientific library communities include:

  • Linked open data,
  • Text and data mining,
  • Collection and evaluation of bibliometric data,
  • Discoverability of non-conventional digital media.

OSL's field of activity ranges from the notion, theoretical elaboration and development of prototypical applications and demo versions, as well as working in test instances of existing TIB systems. To this effect, OSL supports an infrastructure of rapidly available test environments for potential new products and operates a combined portfolio of prototypes.

The Open Science Lab identifies future issues and, in its capacity of a "test laboratory“ (developing prototypes, feasibility), is also intertwined with innovation processes at TIB. The lab is also involved in student and cooperation projects with the university, and takes up innovative topics in teaching, contributing to the further expansion of competence at TIB.

Key areas


VIVO is a member-supported, open source software for representing scholarship. VIVO supports recording, editing, searching, browsing, analysing, and visualizing scholarly activity. 



The aim of CoScience - researching and publishing collaboratively on the web - is to provide science communities with open knowledge and educational resources to promote more open, collaborative science. More


Lambert Heller

Phone: +49 511 762-5348