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How Open is Open Access?

Panel Discussion on the Commercialization of Open Science on December 9, 2021

News from Nov 18, 2021

How can knowledge production and knowledge communication be rendered transparent, open, and plausible? How must open science be designed to appear as an alternative to commercialized science? And how can researchers protect themselves from surveillance by large corporations? A panel discussion on December 9, 2021, will discuss these and other issues, and critically reflect on the achievements of the open research movement.

The Center for Open and Responsible Research (CORe) of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) and the German Library Association [Deutscher Bibliotheksverband (dbv)] support the event organized by Wikimedia Deutschland and the Berlin Open Access Office.

Producing and sharing knowledge transparently, openly, and collaboratively to improve the quality of research is the goal of open access. The principle is that anything that is publicly funded must be open to the public. This is also intended to counteract the commercialization of science.

But publishers have developed their own business models for open access:

For example, fees are charged to authors who want to publish open access. Data tracking has also become a lucrative source of revenue. In the process, publishers not only track researchers' online behavior to improve their services, but also sell this data, which can lead to data misuse. So are users of freely accessible digital resources paying for the transformation with their data after all?

On the panel there are:

  • Björn Brembs, Professor of Neurogenetics at the University of Regensburg
  • Andreas Degkwitz, Director of the University Library of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Federal Chairman of the German Library Association (dbv)
  • Angela Holzer, Program Manager within the DFG group "Scientific Library Services and Information Systems"
  • Julia Reda, politician and expert on copyright law and freedom of communication, and since 2020 head of the project "control ©: Copyright law and freedom of communication" at the Society for Civil Rights (GFF)

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jan-Martin Wiarda.

Time and place

Thursday, December 9, 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. online via Zoom


The event is targeted at researchers, teachers, students as well as academic support services. Registrations are still possible.

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