Together with a team of Open Science experts and in cooperation with the RWTH Aachen, the University of Potsdam and the EAH-Jena, an assessment tool was developed as part of the pilot project "Road2Openness", which records current Open Science activities at universities and supports them with recommendations for action for a strategic opening and organizational development in the area of Open Science.


At the political level, goals for the strategic opening of science are currently being promoted (e.g. UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science, EU Open Science Policy). Science organizations are adopting policy papers on their implementation, in part with quantitative targets, for example measured in OA shares of the volume of their publications. At the same time, systems for benchmarking Open Access and Open Science are being established, e.g.EU Open Science Monitor, Open Access Monitor of the Forschungszentrum Jülich. However, these tools are used for external benchmarking and have not yet helped to support the strategic opening of organizations or organizational development with Open Science.



We want to change that, and support universities in a co-creative process in their strategic development and profile raising with the help of Open Science and Open Practices.


Open Science means opening up science through the greatest possible transparency in the research process and participation. This can increase the quality of research results as well as the social and economic benefits. Overall, this leads to a higher reputation of science and more trust in research. Many universities are interested in or have already set out to strengthen Open Science at their institution. We want to support them on this path and scale their societal impact.


As part of the innOsci Future Lab, a prototype of an assessment tool was developed to evaluate current open science activities at universities and to support them with recommendations for organizational development in the field of Open Science. With a team of five Open Science experts, we now want to further develop this prototype and test it in cooperation with three universities in a pilot project from September 2020-April 2021 and put it into practice.

The Merton Magazine published an article on this topic with Future Lab Fellow and Road2Openness expert Verena Heise.

The universities

As part of the program, the universities will actively participate in the development of the assessment tool while being supported in:

  • Gathering information on Open Science practices and adapting Open Science best practices for your own institution,
  • Assessing the level of implementation of Open Science practices at your own institution,
  • Profiling and making visible the open science potential of your own institution, also with regard to funding opportunities and requirements for Open Science practices of national and European funding programs,
  • Organizational and strategic development.
The experts
  • Dr. Patrick Figge
    Assistant Professor, Universität Passau
  • Dr. Nils Hachmeister
    Director, Bielefeld Center for Data Science (BiCDaS)
  • Dr. Verena Heise
    Open Science Researcher, Trainer and Consultant
  • Dr. Ulrich Herb
    Head of Department Publication and Research Support, Saarländische Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
  • Damian Paderta
    Digital Consultant & Web Geographer
  • Petra Siegele
    Head of the Public Science Department, OeAD