Workshop „Open Search @ Helmholtz“ - Towards open and unbiased search for web-based data and information in scienceOnline Event





Data is the raw material of the 21st century for research, innovation and business. Digital sovereignty requires free, uninfluenced and traceable access to information - in other words, open Internet searches with systematic access to web data. Currently, there is a monopoly in web-based information search: In Germany and Europe, more than 90% of all web searches are conducted via Google's commercial and advertising-optimized search infrastructure. This holds immense potential for intentional or unintentional manipulation in access to data, information, technology and knowledge (cognitive/economic bias).

New concepts for a distributed and open search infrastructure are needed, especially for science and thus also for Helmholtz. Web data and information must become more accessible through uninfluenced access and retrieval for scientific, business and society. This warrants the basis for free research and innovation. Against this background, a European initiative is currently forming by science and computing centers to develop concepts for a next generation internet search.


During this online workshop we will discuss how the Helmholtz Association could take up and support the open search initiative with its existing capacities and know-how. For example, Helmholtz activities on the use of structured web data repositories could be bundled and pilot applications in areas such as information search and retrieval, knowledge management or information assessment and transparency could be strengthened and further developed.

Workshop Goals

  • Present Open Search Initiative - state of activity and basic principles
  • Discuss how Helmholtz can engage and possibly further develop the topic
  • Mapping and inventorying interested partners and activities within Helmholtz
  • Sketch a road map and next steps towards a “Open Search @ Helmholtz” activity / project

Workshop Layout

5h Workshop in an online format. Key agenda elements: Welcome, introduction, keynote (CERN), panel with impulses, Q&A, workshop with breakout sessions, reports and discussion, way ahead and next steps.

Target Audience

Helmholtz Incubator Network, all interested staff of any Helmholtz center and Helmholtz head office as well as invited external experts and guests.


  • DLR: Stefan Voigt project coordinator “OpenSearch@DLR”; Rolf Hempel, head of DLR Institute for Software Technology
  • Helmholtz: Andreas Kosmider, Head Strategic Initiatives


Stefan Voigt, Rolf Hempel, Carina Haupt, Christian Langenbach, David Hecker, Witold Arndt and Tobias Hecking


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Logistics Information

  • The meeting will be held in a fully online format – access details to the videoconferencing system based on Skype4Business and Pexip will be provided well ahead of the meeting.
  • Please see below for the concrete agenda.
  • Please register using the Register button below.


    • 9:45 AM 10:00 AM
      Call-in / Tech-setup 15m
    • 10:00 AM 10:15 AM
      Welcome 15m

      Mark Azzam (DLR) und Andreas Kosmider (Helmholtz)

    • 10:15 AM 10:30 AM
      Introduction and concepts of the Open Search Initiative 15m

      Stefan Voigt (DLR)

    • 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
      Keynote “Why Science needs Open Search” and Q&A 30m

      Tim Smith, Head of Collaboration, Devices and Applications Group (CERN)

    • 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
      Impulses by Helmholtz centers and initiatives 1h

      Helmholtz Federated IT Services (HIFIS) / DESY, Volker Guelzow
      Helmholtz Metadata Cooperation (HMC), GEOMAR, Emanuel Söding
      Helmholtz Open Science Office, Roland Bertelmann
      National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) / AWI, Frank Oliver Glöckner

      Moderated by: Stefan Voigt (DLR)

    • 12:00 PM 12:30 PM
      Discussion Round 30m
    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
      Lunch-Break 1h
    • 1:30 PM 1:45 PM
      Introduction to workshop and breakout sessions 15m
    • 1:45 PM 2:45 PM
      Workshops in parallel breakout sessions 1h

      Open Search for Data and Information in Science
      Towards an Open Search Infrastructure for Helmholtz and beyond
      Open European Websearch and Webdatapool: How Helmholtz centers can benefit and contribute
      Ideation/discussion of scientific use cases of an open web search index and infrastructure

    • 2:45 PM 3:30 PM
      Reports from breakout session rapporteurs - discussion, way ahead and next steps 45m