Recipients Open Science Fund 2020-2021

Four teams were selected from the applications for a contribution from the Open Science Fund. The Utrecht University Open Science Programme has a fund for research teams that want to conduct research according to Open Science principles. The aim of this fund is to give research teams the opportunity to work according to open science principles, to promote open science practices and to allow for experiments with open science. The following four teams were selected and received a EUR 25,000.

Once more, with feeling

Dr. Pieter Huistradr. Pim Huijnen and dr. Auke Rijpma

This project experiments with replication of historical research to achieve a more open and reliable knowledge production in the humanities. Although the data repositories that historians use are often open, the way historians actually select and interpret their data that in turn validate their findings remains opaque. By replicating cornerstone studies from three historical subdisciplines, we attempt to make this process more transparent and publicly accountable and thus in line with the principles of Open Science. The envisioned results are (i) replications, (ii) a methodology for doing replication in history and (iii) recommend dations to ensure replicability in the humanities.

The composition of time

Susanna Bloem, BA MSc and Prof. dr. Bert Theunissen

According to a group of psychiatrists from the first half of the twentieth century (the Wengener Kreis) people live in four 'kinds of time'. World time (day and night, ebb and flow), clock time (measuring, science time), the I time (the time experienced which sometimes seems to go slowly and sometimes just goes fast) and human time, (your life story and the person who develops it). During the Weekend van de Wetenschap, Susanna Bloem will look for examples of these kinds of time in the lives of old and young visitors. With the first "research results": new compositions for string ensemble, she will explain the role of time in health.

A FAIR software framework for generating land surface data for assessment of global change at hyper resolution

Dr. Oliver Schmitzdr. Meng LuProf. dr. Derek Karssenbergdr. Edwin Sutanudjaja and dr. Ilonca Vaartjes (Julius Center, UMC)

High resolution land surface data with a global coverage is a key requirement as input to global simulation models of, for instance, water resources, air pollution, and land use change. Processing, reproducing and sharing inputs and derived products is a reoccurring challenge due to the amount of intermediate and final data, often implied by a hyper-resolution modelling requirement. Our project will provide a Python based and easy installable, executable and documented processing workflow for the creation of input data for raster-based global simulation models, allowing domain scientists to share the data generation workflow rather than large volumes of datasets.

CarbonCultures: Rewriting the fossil fuel history of the Netherlands

Dr. Gertjan Pletsdr. Pim Huijnen, Richard Veenstra (Director Heritage board Province of Groningen), Cecile van der Tweel (Coordinator of Dutch heritage and earthquakes section RCE) and Goos de Boer (Journalist of regional media company RTV Noord)

The Netherlands is a “petrostate”: since the colonial period oil and gas has defined both economy and politics. Today, remnants of fossil fuel extraction are disappearing. Therefore, it is urgent to decide how we want to remember gas and oil as cultural heritage. However, to date the history of gas and oil extraction has written by the industry itself. In this project students and historians of the UU will rewrite Dutch fossil fuel history. Open science mechanisms such as podcasts, online platforms and community meetings will ensure that this contested past is explored in collaboration with the wider public.