Barcamp Open Science:
Connect, Unlock, Together!

Thanks to all participants for your valuable contributions in all sessions and beyond at this year’s Barcamp Open Science! We are looking forward to see you in 2024! 🙂

The Barcamp Open Science is a barcamp dedicated to the Open Science movement. It is open to everybody interested in connecting with like-minded people embracing Open Science, unlocking new perspectives and networking on Open Science, and thriving Open Science together!

We invite researchers and practitioners from various backgrounds, experts and novices, those who investigate Open Science, and those who want to practice it. The barcamp’s open format allows lively discussions, learning about and sharing experiences on practices in Open Science, and much time networking with the community. Specific knowledge on Open Science is not needed, participants are invited to bring in their topics. After registered you are able to submit session proposals, however there will be time to do this during the barcamp.

The Barcamp Open Science 2023 is a hybrid event and will take place on site at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin. Online participation (without the Barcamp spirit on site;)) is possible via Zoom and allows limited participation including: 
  • You can follow the opening, ignition talk and session plannings. 
  • There are hybrid session rooms on site where online participation in a session is possible. However, a session moderator on site can decide to offer a session as hybrid. 
  • You can propose sessions within the session plannings and also moderate a session online in a hybrid room. 
  • A breakout room can be used for spontanous online meetings. 

Since its start nine years ago, the barcamp has been a place for new, innovative and fresh perspectives on Open Science, and the topics itself has evolved. Topics we’d love to discuss are e.g.:

  • applying open hardware for independent research
  • bringing Open Science into research assessment
  • enliven #ichbinhanna & #ichbinreyhan
  • using the fediverse to push Open Science
  • practicing open science in qualitative research
  • push the impact of Open Science via policies
  • create new formats of citizen science and participative research
  • transfer and communicate your research
  • make your data and methods transparent and reproducible
  • foster open education via OER and OEP
  • shape the future of the Open Science festival
  • making research accessible and inclusive
  • campaign against unfair working conditions (thinking e.g. of #ichbinhanna & #ichbinreyhan)
  • drive justice through Open Science practices (e.g. global climate justice)
  • discuss upcoming DEAL negotiations
  • make a statement on big data research tracking

The Barcamp Open Science is organised by members of the Leibniz Strategy Forum Open Science and Wikimedia Deutschland.

What is a Barcamp? This short video gives you a good introduction.

Ignition Talk

Slowking‎, Peter Murray-Rust at Wikimania 2014, CC BY-NC 3.0

This year’s (traditional) Ignition Talk is given by Peter-Murray Rust (University of Cambridge / #semanticClimate) on „Why do I do Open Science?


I shall outline what the values of Open Science are, why I try to practice it and what it needs. It often builds on the values and practice of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) where the creators re-use existing tools and offer their results to the world in the same spirit. We get great satisfaction simply from our work being used, not looking for glory or financial reward. It’s common that this becomes a team activity.

A few science projects are truly Open. The Human Genome project shared all its data daily (Bermuda principles). Data sharing and interpretation such as Galaxy Zoo. J-C Bradley pioneered real sharing with Open Notebook Science with „no insider information“. Sharing lab data is technically hard – Open Source Malaria shows how thia can be done.

But much science now is data-based and tools exist for sharing and re-using; but the culture is not ready. Data-hiding until publication, academic hypercompetition, ivory-tower arrogance excluding citizens/patients and publisher greed all destroy the quality of science and prevent Openness.

I’ve been fortunate to be a crystallographer, probably the most data-sharing community; to have had wonderful mentors, to feel part of a community and to have been able to give back. I’ve been part of CIF, one of the most highly developed scientific standards and toolsets which have led to data validation and for 40 years Open data re-use. I’ve been able to do something close to Open Science.

We desperately need to tackle climate crisis and we need Open tools and knowledge to educate, to learn, to guide decisions, and to help influence policy. And particularly to be inclusive far beyond academia and governments. 15-year olds, teachers, city councillors, retirees, farmers, tourism, fisheries , construction, all need excellent Open Scientific knowledge.



  • 09:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Introduction
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Ignition Talk by Peter Murray-Rust
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Session Planning
  • 11:15 – 11:30 Short Break
  • 11:30 – 12:15 Sessions I
  • 12:15 – 12:30 Short Break
  • 12:30 – 13:15 Sessions II
  • 13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
  • 14:15 – 14:45 Session-Pitches I and II // Session Planning Update
  • 14:45 – 15:30 Sessions III
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Short Break
  • 15:45 – 16:30 Sessions IV
  • 16:30 – 16:40 Short Break
  • 16:40 – 17:00  Session-Pitches III and IV // Wrap-up

Join our get together on Thursday evening at the bar „Göttin der Weisheit“ (Goddess of Wisdom) (LenaustraĂźe 5, 12047 Berlin) from 19:00 (CEST).

Orga team

  • Konrad Förstner (ZB MED / Open Science Radio)
  • Robert Giessmann (
  • Tamara Heck (DIPF)
  • Lambert Heller (TIB)
  • Guido Scherp (ZBW)
  • Christopher Schwarzkopf (Wikimedia Deutschland)


Friendly Space Policy

We are dedicated to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion — and not limited to these aspects. Please contribute to the friendliness of our virtual space.

How to contribute:

  • Always be always respectful, honest, accommodating, and appreciative of others. Be open to learning from others.
  • Respect the private sphere of other people. Never share others’ private information without their consent. Accept if other people don’t want to answer personal questions.
  • Show appreciation for the ideas and standpoint of other people. Embrace the diversity of perspectives and people. Include as many people as possible in group interaction by being respectful and inviting.
  • Participate authentically and actively: We trust in your openness and teamwork. We believe in the power of collaboration and co-creation.
  • Be optimistic and active: We believe in your ability to transform things to the better. Believe in yourself and your ideas and build on the competencies of other participants. Be open to learn from your mistakes.
  • Lead by example: Treat fellow participants in a way you want to be treated. Contribute to a positive group spirit.


We do not tolerate…

Any form of harassment of event participants. This includes abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning language and behaviour. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue or talks. Any participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organisers. Please do not encourage other participants to violate our shared values.