Contenu principal


Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, April 2023

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter, which informs you regularly about our programme and its scope: From general updates on the Open Science Programme, to Open Access and Open Research Data tools, events, and open positions.

Subscribe to our newsletter here to receive monthly news from the field of open science and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for quick updates in the meantime.

We invite you to contribute to the newsletter with your own news. They can be Open Science events, conferences, workshops, open positions, and relevant news related to Open Science projects or mandates taking place in Switzerland and abroad. Send us the English title and text of your news item to at the latest by the first Monday of each month (with the exception of January and August, when no newsletter is published).

With thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities




Now open: ORD Call for Projects in two Action Lines

The Open Science Programme of swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on the following action lines:

Action line B5.3: Establishment of a Network for Data Stewardship

We welcome project proposals that promote data stewardship and establish a corresponding network within the Swiss higher education landscape. Project proposals should aim at creating a network that fosters inter-institutional exchange on data stewardship, initiates collaborations, and addresses the needs of different institutions and research communities. The network is also intended to serve as a contact point for questions on data stewardship and ensure medium and long-term international alignment.

Submission deadline: 15 June 2023: Link to the application guidelines

Action line C2.1: Developing good practices for RDM training at higher education institutions

Action line C2.1 seeks to develop good practices for RDM training at Swiss higher education institutions. The process of developing good practices must involve research communities and other relevant actors in the field of RDM.

Submission deadline: 13 June 2023: Link to the application guidelines


ORD: Swiss Open Research Data Grants

swissuniversities and the ETH Domain jointly organise the Swiss Open Research Data Grants programme. This collaboration enables coherent and broad bottom-up support for ORD practices across disciplines and higher education institutions in Switzerland, thereby facilitating synergies and complementarities.
In one of its tracks, a third call was published:

The Call for proposals for “Explore projects” (Track A) is open from 16 March 2023 until 2 June 2023.

Track A encompasses early-phase exploration as well as the testing and prototyping of a potential ORD practice. It allows for engagement with a community without necessarily creating a final product. The objective is to help researchers explore if and how ORD practices can be developed.

The application guidelines for Track A are available here. Proposals may be submitted until 2 June 2023. Further information can be found on the Swiss Open Research Data Grants website.


Open Access Call for Projects: Open Action Lines

The Open Science Programme of swissuniversities welcomes applications from eligible higher education institutions focusing on the following action lines by Wednesday, 31 May 2023.

  1. Participation to international initiatives
  2. Alternative forms of publication
  3. Research assessment
  4. Setting up of shared services & e-infrastructures

More information regarding the Open Access Implementation Plan, the relevant action lines and the requirements are available in the document "Open Action Lines for the 2023 Open Access Call for Projects".

For more information about this call, see the guidelines here.

You can find the contacts of Open Access officers at Swiss higher education institutions on our website. If there are any changes at your institution, please .




DevPro training «Gestion des données de la recherche: Rôle et fonctions du Data Steward»,  5 May 2023 at HES-SO

The OLOS Association’s team ( is pleased to announce a new DevPro Research Data Management training, dedicated to Data Stewardship. OLOS is the main deliverable of the Data Life-Cycle Management project, from swissuniversities P-5 programme. Its portal allows for the long-term preservation of any kind of research data and documentation, and their access and reuse management.

This 1-day training is addressed to researchers, PhD students, research advisors, librarians, and open to any person working with research data. The training takes place from 9am-5pm and will be held in French. Inputs by

  • Basma Makhlouf-Shabou, PhD, professeure dans la filière Information documentaire de la Haute école de gestion de Genève, HES-SO, co-directrice du projet Data Life-Cycle Management ;
  • Silas Krug, spécialiste en information documentaire à la Haute école de gestion de Genève, Training and Consulting au sein du projet Data Life-Cycle Management.

Find more information regarding this training and for registration here.


Invitation to the swissuniversities Webinar, 25 May 2023, 4-5pm

GOAL – Unlocking the Green Open Access potential to close the gap

During the past twenty years Open Access has changed the way we publish and how we access information. And yet, there is still a lot that can be done. The world of professional and practice-oriented journals, a large field of its own, has not been in the focus of Open Access strategies yet.

This kind of publications are still left out of the picture notwithstanding the role they play for universities of applied sciences and of teachers’ education and, from a more global perspective, the relevant role they can play with the expansion of Open Science into broader public.

In this webinar we highlight the impact of professional and practice-oriented journals to academic publishing. As these publications often arise from collaborations with non-academic experts or private partners, they also play an important role for Citizen Science.

The GOAL project can decisively contribute to include this kind of publications and their stakeholders into the National Open Access Strategy and make them more visible in the world of academic publishing. By targeting a cooperation between Universities of Applied Science/Teacher Education and national players such as professional societies or small publishers, GOAL closes the gap to the field of bigger players which have strongly been in the focus of the National OA Strategy so far.

Input by Dr. Enrique Corredera Nilsson, GOAL Project coordinator,

Followed by a Q&A and discussion moderated by the Open Science team

Register here by 23 May to receive the MS Teams Link.




Swiss Year of Scientometrics – Blog and Lectures on Responsible Metrics

The «Swiss Year of Scientometrics» (SYoS) shines a light on the limits and possibilities for scientometrics. SYoS consists of four lectures that will be accompanied by a workshop as well as blog posts.

With articles are written by specialists in the field, the newly published blog serves as a space for discussion and a more in-depth examination of related topics. These discussions will be initiated in the run-up to the lectures and taken up again for examination in further detail afterwards.

We invite you to the first lecture of SYoS taking place on 7 June 2023 at ETZ Zurich by Dr Stefanie Haustein from the School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa, and co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab. Dr Haustein will provide an overview of the scientometrics landscape and its latest developments.

  • Lecture: Opportunities and challenges of scientometrics: diversification of data sources and applications, Dr Stefanie Haustein, University of Ottawa
  • Venue: ETH Zurich Zentrum Campus
  • Date: 07 June 2023, 17.00
  • Registration:

More information about the lecture on the event page.


DIAMAS Project – participate in the survey on Diamond Open Access

EUA invites you to provide your input on Diamond Open Access and institutional publishing landscape. The recently launched survey is targeted at Institutional Publishing Services Providers (IPSPs), including those from Switzerland.

The DIAMAS project (Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication) – of which EUA is a partner – aims to support Diamond Open Access and institutional publishing by setting new standards, increasing visibility and promoting the sustainability of a diverse publishing landscape. With this survey, the project hopes to map how the sector is currently organised in order to understand existing challenges.

The survey results will be used to develop a range of resources that will offer practical help to practitioners working in the field of institutional publishing, including tools, guidelines, quality standards, policy recommendations and training programmes. Your input is therefore essential for DIAMAS to achieve these aims and help support the transition to Open Science.

The survey is available here in 10 languages. The deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, 30 April 2023.

To help respondents complete the survey, DIAMAS is offering a series of SURVEY-A-THONS designed to provide practical support with issues, questions and queries which might arise. These online sessions will give you the opportunity to block time for the survey and complete the questions with other participants. Representatives from the DIAMAS project will be on hand to answer questions and troubleshoot as you fill in the questionnaire.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the DIAMAS project team at


Open Science Days - May 08-09, 2023 | HES-SO (on-site and virtual)

The HES-SO is organising two days dedicated to Open Science on 8-9 May 2023. They will be held in Yverdon-les-Bains at the Haute École d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud. These interdisciplinary days include conferences and workshops on different dimensions of Open Science. The days are free of charge and open to all.

Visit the event page to check out the programme and to register.


Conference Open Education Resources – May 11 | University of Geneva

The Division of Scientific Information of UNIGE organises this event with three presenters (from UNIGE, ZHAW and EPFL). The entrance is free, the conference will be held in French. The detailed programme is available on


Save the date: LibreABC, event about Open Source software – August 31 | University of Geneva

UNIGE, City of Geneva, AGBD and other Geneva partners get together to organise this event called “Logiciels libres en Archives, Bibliothèques et Centres de documentation (LibreABC)". The event is held in French, with presentations, workshops and stands. More info to come.


The Archive ouverte UNIGE opens its new public interface for search and consultation

The major redesign project began in 2020 and was carried out in two stages: firstly, the launch of a new submission and validation interface offering new functionalities and greater user-friendliness in autumn 2021; secondly, the finalization of the search and consultation interface, completed in March 2023 with the migration of data from the old to the new infrastructure. Archive ouverte UNIGE offers unified and easy access to the University's scientific patrimony, which today totals a rich collection of over 100’000 records, 90% of which are with full text.


Successful first phase of our Subscribe to Open (S2O) pilot

Karger Publishers is piloting the new Open Access model “Subscribe to Open” to help pave the way for a broader, more equitable Open Science ecosystem. Two subscription journals are now Open Access for 2023.

More information can be found under this link.

« Retour à l'aperçu