The Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities is one of the eight members of the German Union of Academies. It is based in Leipzig, financed by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts and covers research projects from the federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. Most of the endeavors have a long-term duration, covering sometimes more than two decades of research in three branches: STEM (“Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Klasse”), Humanities (“Philologisch-historische Klasse”), and IT/Engineering (“technikwissenschaftliche Klasse”).

Most of the projects offer digital outputs (databases, open access publications etc.) – see here and here . The academy houses several endeavors in Digital Humanities (Pudel, KompetenzwerkD) and is member of the NFDI initiative, SaxFDM, FDHL and more initiatives promoting open science.


KompetenzwerkD – Sächsisches Forschungszentrum und Kompetenznetzwerk für Digitale Geisteswissenschaften und Kulturelles Erbe

The KompetenzwerkD – Saxon Research Center and Competence Network for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage was founded in 2020 to foster research in the following six institutions in Saxony:

The KompetenzwerkD has the following goals:

  • to promote open Access, open data, open source and open science in humanities research in Saxony
  • to optimize findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research data in the humanities (FAIR data principles)
  • to bundle local competencies and methodological know-how in the Digital Humanities
  • to establish long-term resources
  • to cluster resources and develop technical competences

Contact: kompetenzwerkd(at)

SaxFDM-Fokusprojekt: Publikationsdienst für wissenschaftliche Datenmodelle und Vokabulare (Pudel)

The Pudel Project – is a SaxFDM focus project for the duration of 2022. Its goal is to create an online publication service for ontologies and vocabularies in the humanities.

Contact: Anja Becker; becker(at)

Repository SAW Leipzig

The repository offers longterm preservation of digital language resources with a focus on lexical data and language resources for so-called “under-resourced” languages. The mission of the repository is to ensure their longterm preservation and deep integration in modern research infrastructures like the European CLARIN project and the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) consortium Text+.

Repository website:

Project website:


Cross-Linguistic Linked Data

The Cross-Linguistic Linked Data project is developing and curating interoperable data publication structures using Linked Data principles as integration mechanism for distributed resources. This philosophy allows for

  • small-scale efforts to publish individual databases like WALS (World Atlas of Language Structures) or WOLD (World Loanword Database), thereby preserving the brands established by these projects,
  • while at the same time facilitating a unified user experience across publications.

Within the project, this approach is applied to publishing lexical and grammatical databases already compiled at the MPI-EVA and elsewhere. This has led to a software framework which can be used to develop database journals, i.e. edited collections of databases submitted by linguists from around the world.


Contact in Leipzig: Martin Haspelmath

Peer Community In

Peer Community In (PCI) is a non-profit scientific organization that aims to create specific communities of researchers recommending, for free, preprints in their field. Just like Diamond Open Access, PCI allows scientists to regain control of the scientific publication process and disconnect it from financial issues. PCI also wants to refocus scientific quality on articles rather than on journals.


Contact in Leipzig: Corina Logan

CBS Open Science

CBS Open Science is an institute-wide initiative to empower open, transparent, and reproducible research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. We organize regular meetings and workshops for researchers at all career levels to foster open science in their daily work.

The open science movement has been unfolding intensively over the past years to improve the credibility and reproducibility of science. Key domains of open practices include pre-registering studies and ideas, publishing open access, and publicly sharing data and code.

Our mission is to promote these practices at our institute with a forum for knowledge exchange. In regular meetings and workshops we aim to establish open science guidelines by collectively discussing state of the art open science practices, critically evaluating their pros and cons for researchers at the institute, and solving challenges that may arise.

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly meetings and to become part of one of our task forces.

Website: CBS Open Science


ReproducibiliTea Leipzig journal club

ReproducibiliTea Leipzig journal club is a space to discuss various aspects related to Open Science practices. We meet every third Tuesday (12-1 pm) to discuss articles, which are selected to touch upon possibly versatile Open Science topics, from general issues to specific applications, presenting both enthusiastic and critical perspectives. If you look for an opportunity to broaden your knowledge on Open Science, discuss pros and cons, share experiences and get to know other Open Science adopters – feel warmly invited!

Website: ReproducibiliTea Leipzig journal club

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