Heller, Lambert
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Heller, Lambert



  • Lambert Heller started TIB's Open Science Lab in 2013. He led and supervised a number of successful grant proposals with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education of Research, Federal Ministry of Health, and Leibniz Association. He frequently gives invited talks all over the world, often invited by Goethe Institute, ICSTI, NFAIS and other professional organizations. Lambert on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lambo. His private website: https://biblionik.org.

    Lambert's current main areas of interest:
    • academic libraries and other research infrastructures in a globalized and networked world, especially in relation to
    • Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) and its application through open web standards like Decentralized Identitifiers (DID), as well as permissionless blockchains,
    • Open Educational Resources (OER), especially utilization of peer production approaches like on Wikipedia and book sprints,
    • skills development targeting professionals in research, libraries and research infrastructure, as well as early career researchers.
    Lambert serves as a reviewer for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and several peer-reviewed journals. He's on the editorial board of the Medien in der Wissenschaft book series (https://www.gmw-online.de/publikationen/editorial-board/), and is an advisor to the ISCC foundation (https://iscc.foundation/board/) and others.

    Creating open spaces for communities & helping them to flourish: Lambert co-created the BibCamp event series (2008), the Open Science Barcamp (2015) and the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition (2014-2017). He consulted the Association of German Librarians (VDB e.V.) leading to the successful "Hands-On Labs" (2017) and "Project Labs" (2018) session format within Bibliothekartag, the largest European librarian conference: https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:0290-opus4-141206.

    From Book Sprints to X Sprints: Lambert initiated the book sprint leading to the award winning handbook "CoScience", being cited by the German UNESCO Commission as a model for Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education, and inspiring a number of other book sprints in Germany. In 2018, Lambert Heller and Helene Brinken facilitated the book sprint leading to the Open Science Training Handbook: http://book.fosteropenscience.eu/.

    Before starting the Open Science Lab: A social scientist by education, Lambert fulfilled a Bibliotheksreferendariat (graduate trainee program in academic libraries) 2005-2007 at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität Berlin. He joined TIB in 2008, serving five years as a subject specialist, and building up publishing related services for University of Hannover, including successful DFG funding applications resulting in TIB's initial Open Access publishing funds (2012).

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  • Lambert Heller

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  • Lambert.Heller@tib.eu
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