October 24, 2023

Open Science Spotlight: free research materials at a click

The University of Konstanz opened the treasure chest of research: Its new online section – the Open Science Spotlight (OSS) – presents free and open data, texts, as well as educational resources published by the university’s researchers and lecturers.

Are you looking for free learning materials or texts because you want to expand your knowledge in your spare time? Are you a journalist or researcher who would like to dive deeper into a topic and therefore need access to the original data? Or are you a doctoral researcher about to write your first paper and are searching for authentic examples of the peer review process? Then you should definitely browse through the University of Konstanz’s Open Science Spotlight, which presents free and open data, texts, as well as educational resources. 

The OSS is available in an English and a German edition. Short features describe what kind of materials on which topic are freely available and contain direct links for downloads. Filter options on the home page make it easier to search for specific formats. Currently, selectable formats include different open access text formats (articles, books, and entire journals), freely available data sets, software and code, as well as open educational resources and open peer reviews. 

A few examples:

  • The free data from a survey provide information on how people in Germany have been dealing with the social and political consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A freely accessible platform with software applications allows the processing, analysis, and display of complex animal movement data.
  • A video collection of over 200 physics lecture experiments explains physical principles. The material may be reused.

Promoting open science is a key objective for the University of Konstanz. It was one of the first universities in Germany to adopt an Open Science Policy, thus declaring open science one of its guiding principles. The University of Konstanz also plays a leading role in the two central information platforms open-access.network and forschungsdaten.info. Together with these and other measures, such as the university’s own document and research data repositories KOPS and KonDATA, the OSS aims to further strengthen the University of Konstanz’s pioneering role in the field of open science.

Contact: Daniel Schmidtke, Communications and Marketing, University of Konstanz


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