Collaborative research and publishing via the web



Dr. Martin Mehlberg


Gabriel Birke, Dr. Martin Mehlberg, Philip Schrenk


EU-Project FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research)


1 March 2014 – 31 March 2015

The project objectives included:

  • Creating open knowledge and educational resources for early-stage researchers
  • Promoting more open and collaborative activities in science
  • Experimenting with innovative working practices and tools (Book Sprint, collaborative writing platform, interactive open video lectures)
  • Developing/using platforms and formats that are open to all those interested
  • Supporting and bringing together an emerging Open Science community that wishes to pass on their knowledge as multipliers


Budding scientists have a wide range of digital tools and methods at their disposal. To ensure they can make efficient use of these tools and methods in their everyday working practices, the Open Science Lab collaborates with proven experts to develop open knowledge and educational resources that provide concise explanations and valuable tips. The project focuses on web-based research and publishing in collaborative projects.

In the first phase of the project, 13 authors created the manual ‘CoScience – Collaborative research and publishing via the web’ at a book sprint in March 2014. The manual is freely accessible on the platform, where it can be extended and improved. The first version containing ten chapters was published in June 2014. A second version containing additional articles such as on working with reference management software was posted in December 2014. The CoScience manual will continue to be expanded and supplemented in the future. In the second phase of the project, the content of the CoScience manual was transferred to a new interactive format: in open video lectures, participants were given the opportunity to contact the authors directly, to ask questions about the topic and to obtain valuable tips concerning collaborative scientific work on the web. EU funding from the FOSTER programme meant that the video lectures were recorded and edited professionally. The resulting videos on topics such as “reference management”, “project management in networked research projects” and “academic identity management” will also be available to the public as open educational resources in TIB’s AV Portal following the completion of the project phase in February 2015.


Consultants and authors from the following institutions/organisations were involved in the CoScience project:


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