The current fellows and mentors in October 2017 in Berlin, photo: Ralf Rebmann, CC BY-SA 4.0
The Open Science Fellows Program is a joint project of Wikimedia Deutschland, the Stifterverband, and the Volkswagen Foundation. It is aimed at doctoral students (m/f), post-docs (m/f), and junior professors (m/f) who want to promote their research in an open manner. As scientific partners, the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) of Freie Universität Berlin and the Göttingen State and University Library are participating in the program by offering a range of training opportunities. The program seeks to make aspects of the scientific process such as methodology, research data, and publications openly accessible and usable. In this way, data and information are made available to the public – but also to other researchers – as a “knowledge commons.” A primary focus of the program is to strengthen the concept of Open Science and research within the meaning of Open Science, where transparency, reproducibility, and the comparability of scientific work are essential requirements. Above all, the program will facilitate the exchange and networking of active participants in the area of Open Science to advance the gradual dissemination of science and research. To this end, the program offers the opportunity to network with experts from different disciplines who offer insights into their open research practice. Questions, suggestions, and ideas about the program can be communicated via our discussion page.
Information about the Open Science Fellows Program in German can be found here.
Wikimedia Deutschland works to ensure that the knowledge collected by humankind is openly accessible to everyone. Our contribution to make this vision of the future into reality is laid out in our charter: The purpose of the association is to promote the creation, collection, and distribution of open content in altruistic activities to advance education and equal access to knowledge. In addition to supporting the various Wikimedia projects and their communities (e.g. Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikiversity), we also work with educational, scientific, and cultural institutions.
About 3,000 companies, business associations, foundations, and private individuals have joined forces in the Stifterverband to collectively promote science and education. With funding programs, analyses, and recommendations for action, the Stifterverband helps ensure the innovation infrastructure, i.e. high-performance universities, strong research institutions, and a productive exchange between industry and science. Together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Stifterverband supports a quarter of a million gifted young people every year. It also manages 645 foundations with total assets of over 2.7 billion euros.
The Volkswagen Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation under private law based in Hanover. With a total funding volume of approximately 150 million euros per year, it is Germany's largest private science-promoting foundation and of one of the country’s largest foundations overall. It allocates its funds exclusively to scientific institutions. In the more than 50 years of its existence, the Volkswagen Foundation has funded over 30,000 projects with a total of more than 4.2 billion euros. It is consequently also one of the largest non-profit foundations in Germany under private law. The Volkswagen Foundation devotes special attention to young scientists and to the cooperation of researchers, even beyond scientific, cultural, and national borders. The Foundation also focuses on improving training and research structures in Germany. The implementation of its objectives is often carried out in exchange with other foundations and public funding institutions.