Open Science Initiative

Education cannot be downloaded, research data from projects can.

Most of our projects and researchers are funded by the German or European taxpayer. We believe the taxpayer has the right on results. We would like to grant those results to the public here.


These principles were drafted by Science Commons and presented at Policy and Technology for e-Science, a satellite workshop that took place in conjunction with the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008. 

Open Access to Literature from Funded Research

By "open access" to this literature, we mean that it should be on the internet in digital form, with permission granted in advance to users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself."

Access to Research Tools from Funded Research

By "access" to research tools, we mean that the materials necessary to replicate funded research - cell lines, model animals, DNA tools, reagents, and more, should be described in digital formats, made available under standard terms of use or contracts, with infrastructure or resources to fulfill requests to qualified scientists, and with full credit provided to the scientist who created the tools.

Data from Funded Research in the Public Domain

Research data, data sets, databases, and protocols should be in the public domain. This status ensures the ability to freely distribute, copy, re-format, and integrate data from research into new research, ensuring that as new technologies are developed that researchers can apply those technologies without legal barriers. Scientific traditions of citation, attribution, and acknowledgment should be cultivated in norms.

Invest in Open Cyberinfrastructure

Data without structure and annotation is a lost opportunity. Research data should flow into an open, public, and extensible infrastructure that supports its recombination and reconfiguration into computer models, its searchability by search engines, and its use by both scientists and the taxpaying public. This infrastructure should be treated as an essential public good.

Research and Research Results

Own contribution

Currently we provide the following research results:

  • Structured datasets from experiments including meta data and description of experiment
  • Drafts, sketches and minutes of important discussions
  • Publications and selected reviews of publications
  • Student's thesis at their discretion

Most of the information is hosted by ourself at Selected datasets are uploaded to public libraries or public databases and referenced at

Other sources for open science in our research areas

  • CRAWDAD - - CRAWDAD is the Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth, a wireless network data resource for the research community. This archive has the capacity to store wireless trace data from many contributing locations, and staff to develop better tools for collecting, anonymizing, and analyzing the data.