The 7th International Open Science Conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science took place in Berlin on March 11-12, 2020. The annual conference is dedicated to developments in the field of Open Science and 2020 focused on topics such as innovations to support open science practices, their application, and acceptance in the scientific community, as well as the scientific benefits of Open Science and its impact on society.
During the poster presentation on the first day of the conference, the collaborative project Domain Data Protocols for Empirical Educational Research in Germany was presented. Entitled “Supporting Researchers in Creating Data Management Plans”, the poster provided information about the project participants, the project plan, it’s funding, and duration, as well as the (planned) development of the Domain Data Protocols, their structure, and their use by different actors in the science system. The poster, provided with a CC-by 4.0 license, was published via the conference website after the event.
Overall, the poster was received with great interest by the participants. Comments were primarily related to the need to develop domain data protocols to facilitate research data management and to support researchers in generating open data in line with the FAIR-Data-Principles. Open questions were primarily related to the choice of discipline (educational research) and geographic coverage (Germany). In addition, the connectivity of the sample protocols to be developed for other data types and collection methods was addressed and the current project was discussed as a blueprint for implementing domain data protocols in other research disciplines. A key suggestion from participants related to the creation of a project website to provide future information about the project and its results. The second day of the conference was cancelled due to a decree of the Berlin Science Senate of March 11, 2020, in the wake of the Corona crisis.