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Digital Science’s Forum in Cooperation with Russian Science Foundation Discussed Leading Science Trends in The Russian Context


By Alex Jackson November 17, 2017

 Moscow, Russia – 17th November 2017. On Wednesday 15th November, technology company Digital Science held their very first Russian Forum “Digital science – emerging trends and ‘big data’ in the Russian context” aimed at introducing Digital Science’s approach, vision and technologies to Russia & CIS stakeholders.

Digital Science opened their Russian subsidiary company in Moscow back in May 2017, already with a healthy footprint: 375,000 Russia-based users are already using Digital Science tools and technologies including Figshare, ReadCube and Overleaf.

The main goal of the forum was to discuss Russian and international experience in managing transformations in science and innovation, exchange ideas on challenges of developing scientific and technological platforms in Russia and in the world, and working with open big data in the context of Russia’s realities and global development trends in the digital space.

The event included talks from the international experts on STM and big data:

  • Igor Osipov, CEO, Digital Science Russia & CIS, VP EMEA, presented how Digital Science is linking innovation, national priorities and big data in the Russian context.
  • Daniel Hook, CEO Digital Science Global, talked about technologies that support the wider research ecosystem on various levels.
  • Christian Herzog, CEO, ÜberResearch, explained how global grant data can be viewed as an early indicator for trends and activities, supporting funding workflows.
  • Laure Haak, CEO of ORCID, discussed the impact and role of identifiers in building the information infrastructure for open science.
  • Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist, policy advisor of UK, Australia & New Zealand and former science policy maker, gave an overview of UK national research infrastructure and its response to evaluation.
  • Dmitry Malkov, Head of Science Communication, ITMO University, talked about how Altmetric/Digital Science Data is used to assess science communication highlighting results of the 1st comparative study of top 100 Russian universities.
  • Juergen Wastl, Head of Research Information, Cambridge University, presented the case study of building the infrastructure and network of research information at the University of Cambridge.

The event’s discussions covered: tools and technologies disrupting the research landscape, measuring impact and altmetrics, and how institutions can manage their academic outputs and keep on top of the global funding landscape. The event also discussed the future of digital science in Russia, EU, UK and globally in light of recent legislation and national STM strategies and developments.

The first event hosted decision-makers, leaders and expert from across the wide range of Russia’s academic, innovation, and science funder organizations. S&T Department of the President Administration, Russian Science Foundation, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Russian Venture Company, FASIE Foundation, Skolkovo Foundation, Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, as well as leading federal universities such as SPBSU, Skoltech, South Federal University, MIPT, UrFU as well as other members of 5top100 Research Excellence community joined to discuss tools and technologies disrupting the academic landscape, measuring impact and altmetrics, and how institutions can manage their academic outputs and keep on top of the global funding landscape trends.

Sergey Lebedev, Deputy General Director, Board Member, Russian Science Foundation shared:

” I was grateful to be at the Forum and have an opportunity to exchange ideas. Presentations we heard have timely focus on topics, which address immediate needs of researchers, leaders of the scientific organizations and universities as well as high-tech, innovative business. We see that Digital Science has arrived to Russia with serious intent and for a long time. There is a significant potential for developing mutually beneficial projects and I hope that the science community will be widely using showcased services.”

Dr. Igor Osipov, Digital Science CEO Russia and VP EMEA said:

“Digital Science is a researchers-founded and science community-driven organization with a uniquely different approach in the information industry space. It is our initial steps in Russia & CIS – and I am pleased to see active interest from the Forum participants. Exchange was rich and engaging, we have been discussing global and national-level technologies, tools and approaches helping to create and manage digital science ecosystems whilst making sure that national nuances are taken into account. We look forward to our future collaborations with all our colleagues”.

Footage from the event will be released soon.

To find out more about Digital Science’s activities in Russia, you can view the Russian language website available at

Notes for Editors 

Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities at key points along the full cycle of research. We invest in, nurture and support innovative businesses and technologies that make all parts of the research process more open, efficient and effective. We believe that together, we can change research for good.




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