The fellow program Freies Wissen (free knowledge) founded by Stifterverband, Wikimedia and Volkswagenstiftung starts into its second round and I´m on board! The program will support 20 young scholars to make their own research as well as their teaching open and transparent. Further, the young scholars are encouraged to take a leading role in the open science movement and spread the word into their scientific discipline. The program includes expert talks, workshops, webinars, a mentoring program as well as exchange with the other fellows. I´m excited to take part and I´m looking forward to learn more on the ideas behind open science and get to know some useful operative tools.
Also, as part of the program, I will challenge myself to design my current research project as open as possible. The project is concerned with the (visual) communication of politicians on Facebook, also computational methods will be applied (here is the link to the project´s outline on wikiversity, in German). In the project does not broach the issue open science in itself, like some of the fellow´s projects do. Rather, I want to apply and evaluate open science ideas and tools to my workflow and take a look at how open science tools can be integrated into my workflow as a communication researcher. I want to evaluate what works for me and what doesn´t. Ideally, I will create a “best practice” example I can refer to. As part of this I plan to document my progress and my thoughts on open science here on the blog. So stay tuned 🙂