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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, May 2024

Dear colleagues,

We’re happy to share with you updates related to Open Access and Open Research Data tools and events, as well as the latest news from the swissuniversities Open Science Programme.

Subscribe to this newsletter here and follow us on LinkedIn and X for updates in the meantime.

Would you like to announce your OA or ORD event or share an update from your Open Science project? We invite you to send us your news item to by 3 June 2024 for the June Newsletter.

Many thanks and best regards,

The Open Science Team of swissuniversities



19 June 2024: swissuniversities Open Access Webinar: when Green meets Diamond

Green Open Access and Diamond Open Access refer to different models of scholarly open access publishing which at first glance do not share many connections. However, they could be seen as strong partners in aiming for a more sustainable and affordable scholarly communication system.

In this webinar, we aim at exploring the links, perceptions, and challenges of both Green and Diamond Open Access and the question of how we can seize opportunities and synergies in our goals to enhance non-commercial open access publishing. The discussion will therefore touch upon issues such as institutional publishing infrastructures, rights retention, and international connectivity.

This webinar is a joint venture between the project «GOAL – Unlocking the Green Open Access Potential» and the project «PLATO – Platinum Open Access Funding» – both co-funded by swissuniversities.

Inputs by Enrique Corredera Nilsson (GOAL) and Daniela Hahn (PLATO)

Moderation: Thomas Leibundgut (swissuniversities)

Please register here until 17 June 2024 to receive the MS Teams Link.


26 June 2024: Invitation to the Presentation of the revised Swiss National Open Access Strategy in Berne

We are pleased to invite you on Wednesday, 26 June 2024, to a presentation and discussion of the revised Swiss National Open Access Strategy. 

swissuniversities and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), partners to the Open Access strategy for Switzerland 2017–2024, have undertaken a review of the strategic parameters in order to update them beyond 2024. Experiences from the implementation and current developments as of 2023/2024 were addressed with the overarching aim of ensuring the long-term development of Open Access in the Swiss higher education landscape.

The strategy review is now drawing to a conclusion, and the revised strategy shall be presented to the public. To this end, an afternoon event is planned to reflect on the analyses and developments in the Open Access context on Wednesday, 26 June, 4-6pm, in Berne. Both experts involved in the process as well as interested professionals and researchers are invited. Prior to the presentation, a workshop dedicated to Diamond Open Access for learned societies will be held.


  • 14h – 16h: Part 1: Workshop on Diamond OA for learned societies
  • 16h – 17h30: Part 2: Presentation and discussion of the revised Swiss National Open Access Strategy

When and where: 26 June 2024, 14h - 17h30 followed by an Apéritif, at Hotel Kreuz, Zeughausgasse 41, 3011 Bern.

Further information on the programme will follow. Please register until the 31 May 2024.



CHORD Summer Survey

The project CHORD-talk-in-interaction has just released its “CHORD Summer Survey” – an online survey on research data management and re-use. The project is part of a swissuniversities project on Open Research Data (ORD) and explores the practices researchers engage in to share data about talk-in-interaction.

The “CHORD Summer Survey” is intended for researchers and students based in Switzerland who work with audio and/or video recordings of spoken discourse and their written transcripts. The aim of the survey is to gain a better understanding of the current practices and challenges of sharing and re-using this type of data and to assess the needs of the concerned scientific communities when it comes to data management. The survey outlines three different data usage scenarios, and it will take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete, depending on the usage scenario that applies. The survey is accessible via this anonymous link. It will be online for two months, until 30 June 2024.


Call for applications: National ORD Prize 2024

The call for the National ORD Prize 2024 is open and applications will be accepted until 31 July 2024, 5:00 PM CET. 

This prize aims to recognize individual researchers and research teams for innovative practices in the field of Open Research Data (ORD) and to promote the transition to open research practices.

Researchers from all career levels and scientific disciplines working at Swiss research institutions, such as universities, universities of applied sciences, federal institutes, and universities of teacher education, are eligible to apply. Early-career researchers are also encouraged to submit their research projects.

The ORD prize jury defined two new focus areas for this year’s competition: 

(1) Collaborative and/or interdisciplinary reuse of research data 

(2) Educational and/or outreach activities related to the reuse of research data. 

Apply here


First Call for Codes of Conduct is open!

The Swiss Academies are seeking proposals for the development of discipline- or data community-specific codes of conduct concerning Open Research Data (ORD). In total up to four projects with one code of conduct per project will be funded. The Codes of Conduct are intended to serve as guides and reference frameworks for specific disciplines and data communities in the field of Open Research Data. Submission deadline: 31 May 2024. 

More info 


17 May 2024, Webinar: Open Data / Open Access in the Area of the Performing Arts

Over the past five years, there has been an increasing interest among stakeholders of the performing arts to implement open data strategies and to collaborate around shared data ecosystems. This webinar provides an overview of current initiatives promoting open data / open access in the performing arts. It addresses practical challenges related to the implementation of an open data / open access strategy both at a heritage institution and at a theatre company.

After a short introduction to the topic, the Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts (SAPA) and the Zurich-based Theater Winkelwiese will present their perspective on the topic and the current activities at their respective institutions. In the second part of the webinar, the participants are invited to share their challenges and burning issues when it comes to data sharing in the field of the performing arts. Approaching the topic from different perspectives, the event will identify common ground and suggest meaningful ways of actively contributing to the emergent data ecosystem for the performing arts.

This webinar is part of the webinar series organised by the research project «OS-ADM – Open Science for Arts, Design and Music» co-funded by swissuniversities.

Inputs by Baptiste De Coulon (Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts, SAPA) and Hannah Steffen (Theater Winkelwiese in Zurich). Organised by Beat Estermann (Bern Academy of the Arts, HKB) and Iolanda Pensa (SUPSI DACD)

When: 17 May, 11.00-12.30 CEST (UTC +2), online via Open Science room on BigBlueButtun

For more information visit the OS-ADM website.


28 May 2024: Invitation to the workshop, 2-4pm 

The workshop is targeted to the staff of higher education institutions and will give a hands-on introduction to inseri core, a new tool developed as part of the swissuniversities project, that allows researchers to create and publish interactive and executable online content without requiring web development skills. inseri core is a WordPress plugin under active development that introduces scientific and interactive components (e.g., Data Table, Plotly Chart, Python Code, JavaScript Code, Zenodo Repository) to facilitate open science.

When and where: 28 May 2024, 2-4pm, online via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, please see the details and sign up here.

Find more information about the project, examples, and showcases here.


31 May 2024: Public event “Open Research Data – are we on track?”

The aim of Open Research Data (ORD) is to make scientific data available in a transparent way as well as for reproducibility and reuse purposes. Switzerland published its ORD Strategy in 2021, and an Action Plan in 2022. With the experience gained so far, it is time to reflect on these developments: How well is ORD accepted, implemented and applied? What intended benefits could have been realised so far? Are risks and challenges well accounted for? The conference is organized by the Swiss Academy of Science, the programme can be found here.

Friday, 31 May 2024, 3-5 pm

Hotel Kreuz, Zeughausgasse 41, Bern

Conference language is English. The conference is open for all, and attendance is free of charge. Please register here by 20 May 2024.


10–11 June 2024: Swiss Reproducibility Conference 2024 in Zurich

This is the first ever national conference on all topics related to reproducibility including the National Reproducibility Awards. Keynote speakers at the conference are: 

  • Tim Errington, Center for Open Science
  • Anne-Laure Boulesteix, University München
  • Iolanda Pensa, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
  • Christopher Chambers, Cardiff University
  • Sarah de Rijcke, Leiden University
  • Tracey Weissgerber, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité, QUEST Center for Responsible Research

The registration fee covers all conference activities (scientific talks, coffee breaks, lunches, award ceremony and apéro riche, workshops/hackathon) as indicated in the conference program. When registering, you may choose in which optional activities (award ceremony, workshops etc.) you would like to participate. The number of participants in the workshops and the hackathon is limited – so, we invite you to book your slot now.

Where & when: 10-11 June 2024 in Zürich.

Register here until 27.5.2024. All details are available on the conference website


30 May 2024 The CLARIN-CH working group monthly webinar series in 2024

The CLARIN-CH working group “Management of sensitive and personal data, ethical and legal issues for linguistic data” is organizing a monthly webinar series in 2024 on the topic of sensitive and personal data. Events take place 12am-1pm online on Zoom. No registration is necessary.

The event series started in February with Brian Kleiner (FORS) on the legal aspects of data protection. Further talks will focus on the technical aspects of data protection, anonymization of textual data, video and audio files, on intellectual property rights, the collecting and sharing of social media data, cross-border projects and legal aspects of sharing and reusing linguistic data. 

Next Webinar on 30 May 2024: “Case study on anonymisation of textual data” with 

  • Gerold Schneider, Titulary Professor of Computational Linguistics and co-coordinator of LiRI's service area “Natural Language Processing”
  • Tilia Ellendorff, Data Scientist with focus on NLP and Human Language Technology at UZH's Linguistic Research Infrastructure (LiRI).

The full program is available here.



27 May to 1 June 2024, CRAFT-OA 2024 Summer School for Journal Editors, Telč, Czech Republic

The CRAFT-OA project team is pleased to announce the project’s first summer school taking place at the Masaryk University Center in Telč, Czech Republic.

Are you a journal editor looking to automate your workflow? Are you considering the use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) or any other journal management system? Or are you currently using OJS for your journal, but would like to improve your journal presentation / work efficiency / automated tasks? You are invited to join this summer school which will offer basic as well as advanced training to refine editorial skills and elevate the standards of Diamond Open Access publishing. Participants will delve into diverse aspects of OJS, gain insights into alternative journal management systems, and engage in meaningful discussions regarding the broader landscape of Diamond OA publishing. 

This summer school is organised as part of the CRAFT-OA project. CRAFT-OA is an EU-funded project that aims to make state-of-the-art Open Access publishing available to everyone. Running from January 2023 to December 2025 the project helps editors and publishers by improving the technical and organisational infrastructure of Diamond Open Access.

The five-day intensive training course with experts in journal management systems is free of charge. You have to cover your own travel and accommodation costs.

During the Summer School, an excursion will be organised to the city of Brno. There, you can just enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful student city or you can visit the world famous Villa Tugendhat

Find more information and the programme here.


27 November 2024: Award Ceremony National ORD Prize 2024

The Swiss Academies invite you to the Award Ceremony of the National ORD Prize 2024. The event will take place on 27 November 2024 in the evening at Eventfabrik Bern - save the date now.


Assistant Open Science & Assistant Social Media

The ORD Unit of the Swiss Academies is hiring an Assistant Open Science (Junior Position / 50- 60 %) and an Assistant Social Media (40 – 50%)

Application deadline: 24 May 2024. Apply now and join the team! 

Job Opportunities at swissuniversities

Have a look at the open positions and internship opportunities in the areas of Higher Education Policy, Teaching, and Research and Development. 

More information can be found here

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