Open and Reproducible Research Group (ORRG)

Open Science is better science. Research benefits from sharing data and scientific knowledge which is publicly available, making open science essential. The Open and Reproducible Research Group (ORRG) uses evidence-based and computational approaches to make research cultures more open, transparent and participatory through new practices and technologies. In our interdisciplinary team we combine competences in philosophy, sociology, and information science with computer science and life science. We research services, policies, and tools to investigate and foster the uptake and evaluation of Open Science practices in the following areas:

  • Research publications (preprints, models for Open Access, (open) peer review)
  • Research data (FAIR data, data stewardship, data management plans and  infrastructures)
  • Research methods (reproducibility and replicability of research, Open Source architectures, open methodologies)
  • Research integrity (publication ethics, responsible research and innovation, equality)
  • Research impact (research evaluation, impact of Open Science policies) 


ORRG Group

Tony Ross-Hellauer is leader of the ORRG, Senior Researcher at Know-Center, and Editor-in-Chief of the MDPI open access journal ‘Publications.’ His research focuses on a range of issues related to open science evaluation, skills, policy, governance, monitoring and infrastructure. Tony has a PhD in Information Studies (University of Glasgow, 2012), as well as degrees in Information and Library Studies and Philosophy. He is coordinator of the H2020 project ON-MERRIT, researching issues of equity in Open Science. He is former Scientific Manager for OpenAIRE, co-author of the Open Science Training Handbook, and a core member of Research Data Alliance Austria, Open Access Network Austria and the Austrian Open Science Support Group. He co-leads Transpose, a grassroots initiative to build a crowdsourced database of journal policies for preprints and peer review.

Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi is a post-doctoral researcher and deputy group leader of the ORRG. She has a PhD. (with hons), MSc. (with hons) and BSc. in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology. Before joining the ORRG she was working in several European-funded research- and industry-driven projects (e.g, AFEL, OpenUP, Learning Layers, APOSLDE, EPhras, interFact-Get it un, NetFiles, E-Government Kärnten). Her research interests include Social Computing, Complex Networks, Agent Based Modelling, Computational Social Science, Web Science and Open Science.

Sarah Stryeck is a post-doctoral researcher in the ORRG. As project researcher in data stewardship, she is involved in the conception and development of services and policies for research data management. Sarah has a PhD in biochemistry (Medical University of Graz, 2019) and, before joining the ORRG, she was involved in a variety of projects in the field of integrated structural biology and metabolism research. 

Hannah Metzler is a post-doctoral researcher in the ORRG. As a project manager for the EU-funded project ON-MERRIT, she coordinates the activities of several research institutions and investigates how the open science movement could be shaped so that the scientific system actually become more equitable and participatory. Hannah has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Sorbonne University and Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and a psychology degree from the University of Vienna. In her previous research, she used behavioural experiments combined with physiological or neural measures to investigate topics in the field of social cognition and behaviour.

Stefan Reichmann is a researcher in the ORRG and a PhD-candidate in sociology at the University of Graz. As project researcher in data management, he is involved in developing Research Data Management and Open Science Policies. His doctoral research focuses on data as a social construct. Stefan holds degrees in sociology and philosophy. Before joining the ORRG, Stefan was a research assistant in national and European-funded research projects, in particular the Horizon2020 project which developed a criteria catalogue for trustworthy IT.

Thomas Klebel is a researcher and data scientist in the ORRG. As a project researcher, he is involved in analysing data from various sources, such as internal surveys, large-scale bibliometric databases and publicly available datasets. Before joining ORRG he collaborated on a project on the scientific elite within sociology. Thomas frequently contributes to open source software within the R community and has developed a package for R to import and analyse data on scientific articles

Konrad Lang is a project assistant in the ORRG. In his role he is involved in the development and deployment of services for various aspects of RDM. He has a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) in Computer Science from the University of Salzburg. Before joining the ORRG, Konrad was involved in a variety of projects at Know-Center with a focus on data management.

Mojib Wali is a certified full stack developer with knowledge in various aspects of web development such as front-end and back-end and deployment of web applications. He has experience in multiple programming languages like Python, Java, Typescript, and databases including SQL & NoSQL. In his role at ORRG, he is working alongside the research team, producing scalable software solutions and collaborating on the various layers of the infrastructure and application development for diverse projects. His interest areas include artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and data analytics.


Tony Ross-Hellauer

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