Building Consistency for Open Science in Europe:
Rhetoric and Practice
An online international workshop organised by:
UEFISCDI, host of the Romanian Open Science Knowledge Hub and the Romanian Programme Operator for the Research Programme under EEA and Norway Grants, with the support of Scientific Knowledge Services.
About the event
UEFISCDI – host of the Romanian Open Science Knowledge Hub and the Romanian Programme Operator for the Research Programme under EEA and Norway Grants – organizes the on-line international workshop “Building Consistency for Open Science in Europe – rhetorics and practices”.
The event is organized with the support of Scientific Knowledge Services.
The discussions are addressed to the research and innovation communities from the countries beneficiaries of EEA and Norway Grants and other further interested communities and organisations around Europe.
The workshop will take place during 2 days and will tackle the challenges associated with making open science a reality: how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for Open Science approaches. A special focus will be given to the challenges and practices of embedding open access to the research results as it is mandated by the EEA and Norway Financial Mechanism.
With a research culture that had to prove its principles during pandemic times, new funding cycles and an increasing number of Open Science national roadmaps, we see the need to bind the rhetoric and practice of this new way of doing research.
This event is organised to host deep conversation and interaction for topics like:
– Open Science at a Glance: its current state at various European countries
– Current practices for making Open Access effective strategies
– Open Science, Research Assessment and Career Development.
– Supporting Open Science: the role of academic institutions and the role of other research organisations
– How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?
– What Open Science means for public-private partnerships?
– How Open Science and Competitiveness go together?
– Citizen Science – an essential part of Open Science in Europe
We expect an audience of researchers, funders, research administrators, knowledge transfer officers and research libraries (other professionals being welcome). We expect the main audience to come from the countries listed under the EEA and Norway Grants, but we encourage even more international participation. The research community nurtured by the EEA and Norway Grants is dynamic and responsive, therefore we expect consistent participation.
The language of this event is English. Please feel welcomed to participate in the sessions and to extend your professional network at international level.
- 19 Apr Building Consistency for Open Science in Europe: Day 1
- 20 Apr Building Consistency for Open Science in Europe: Day 2
Networking and Housekeeping
Welcome and Opening Notes
Dr Ignasi Labastida (University of Barcelona) | 'Can Open Science be the default option? An experience from a multidisciplinary university'
Abstract: Open Science is becoming a priority for funders and policy makers to support practices aimed at increasing the societal impact of research activities and outcomes. Universities can not just wait and see how these practices are being implemented, they need to play an active role. They need to transform themselves, to create new profiles, new services, new infrastructures and to make a cultural change at all levels. In this talk I would like to share what we have done, and we are still doing, at the University of Barcelona for making Open Science the default option but also how we are trying to lead the change. We don't want just to change because funders and policy makers are asking us but because we believe science needs to be open by default.
Dr Marie Louise Conradsen (Aarhus University) | 'The Scientific Conversation Starter – How Openness Can Pave the Way for Innovation in Drug Discovery'
Abstract: Can a research platform with a strict “no-IP” rule – and open sharing of all its results – accelerate drug discovery, engage industry in collective problem solving, and go hand in hand with commercialization downstream? Inspired by great open science initiatives like the Structural Genomics Consortium and the TOSI at McGill, Aarhus University has set out to answer this question with its own version of an open science platform for drug discovery (ODIN). A platform that is designed for “bottom up” ideation and crowdsourcing in a vast network of university researchers and life science companies. At the core of its activities, ODIN funds open and IP-free research projects that are co-created and carried out by industry and academia in close collaboration. In the presentation, Marie Louise Conradsen will talk about ODIN’s journey towards openness, its valorization strategy, the learnings so far – and why the initiative has chosen a slightly different approach to i.e. governance and ideation than its sources of inspiration.
Music Break and Networking
Julien Roche (University of Lille; LIBER) | 'From Open Access to Open Science, the way forward. National and European initiatives'
Abstract: Open Science is probably the most challenging issue research stakeholders will have to tackle in the coming years. It will indeed become a key area for research institutions, as pointed out recently by the European Commission in the Towards a 2030 vision on the future of universities in Europe report - https://op.europa.eu/s/oUhE . Many players have published or are currently producing their roadmap for Open Science. This paper will present two important and hopefully helpful initiatives. The former is the LIBER one. Research libraries across Europe are usually in a proeminent position to support Open Science in the research communities. LIBER, the main European association of research libraries, has made an early move in 2018 to help its members by publishing its « LIBER Open Science roadmap », as a central action in its 2018-2022 strategy. The latter is the French one, also published in 2018, leading to the creation of a French national committee for Open Science, able to develop several actions including the coordination of local policies at a national level when relevant or the management of a national fund for Open Science.
Dr Huma Shah (CSI-COP Project; University of Coventry) | 'How Citizen Science Can Add Value to Investigate Compliance of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)'
We have “zero privacy” and should “get over it”. These are words uttered in 1999 by Sun Microsystems co-founder, Scott McNealy (Sprenger, 1999). CSI-COP disagree. Using a bottom-up approach to assess whether the informed consent and transparency elements in the GDPR are being complied with, specifically on websites and in apps on smart mobile devices, the CSI-COP EU Horizon2020 funded research and innovation project (grant agreement 873169) will engage, educate and inform recruited adults from the general public to become citizen scientists joining the project’s research team. In this talk the problem of near-ubiquitous online tracking will be presented.
Reference Sprenger, P. (1999). Sun on Privacy: ‘Get Over It’. Wired. www.wired.com/1999/01/sun-on-privacy-get-over-it/
- Elli Papadopoulou (IMSI) | 'Open Science evolution in the Greek landscape: policies, synergies and EOSC'
- Arend Küster ( Springer Nature) | 'Trust Matters: Building an understanding of the publishing process in an open research environment'
- Milen Baltov (Burgas Free University) | 'DOORS “opening” - Octavian Andronic (Carol Davila University) | 'Open Science - are we really open for it?'
Music Break and Networking
Networking and Housekeeping
Welcome and Opening Notes
Colleen Campbell (Max Planck Digital Library) | 'Accelerating the Open Access Transition: Progress of Transformative Agreements'
Abstract: For nearly 20 years, the research community has sought to overturn the subscription business model in scholarly journal publishing to unlock the potentials of digital technologies and enable an open research environment. While more than a decade of efforts have bolstered institutional repositories and other open access publishing alternatives, these efforts have had little impact in challenging the market dominance of the large commercial publishers.
More recently publisher open access negotiations have been identified as a viable pathway to finally regain some control over how existing scholarly journals are financed, to deliver open access publishing options to authors in the journals they prefer.
Now, the number of transformative open access agreements being negotiated, globally, is growing exponentially, bringing together national library consortia, institutions and publishers of all shapes and sizes in the transition of scholarly publishing to open access. As the transition picks up speed, what impact are these agreements having in the transition of scholarly journals to open access and what insights have we gained?
Dr Paolo Budroni (TU Wien Bibliothek) | 'Towards the European Open Science Cloud: The Austrian Experience Moment of truth: April 2021 – Setting up the Austrian Mandated Organisation'
Abstract: The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) envisions establishing a European data infrastructure, integrating high-capacity cloud solutions, eventually widening the scope of these services to include the public sector and industry. In November 2018, the European Commission launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) at the University of Vienna. Two years later the EOSC Association was established as a legal entity on 29th July 2020 with four founding members. In January 2021 TU Wien created a new organizational unit, the EOSC and International Liaison Office, based at TU Wien Bibliothek – and in February 2021 the Austrian Mandated Organisation applied for membership in the EOSC Association. But, what does it mean to implement the EOSC at a domestic level, and how does it fit with the now launched EOSC Association? How can relevant Austrian communities engage with the EOSC? How can Austrian EOSC Stakeholders contribute to the structuring of these co-creation processes? How can the addressed communities help to prepare the transition to a new "Stakeholder-based governance” at domestic level?
This presentation offers some reflections for a better understanding of the realization of the EOSC at the present stage at a local level, including the newly established Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation and the EOSC Support Office Austria.
Dr Paul Ayris (University College London) | 'Open Science – a blueprint for the university in the 21st century?'
Abstract The paper looks at the 8 pillars of Open Science, as defined in Europe. It will use UCL (University College London) as a case study to illustrate the cultural change which is needed in an organization to support a move to Open Science. It will also identify the mechanisms being adopted by LERU (League of European Research Universities) to deliver that change. The paper will then look at 2 of the 8 pillars of Open Science as exemplars of change – the impact of the development of a bespoke publishing platform and the position taken by UCL in embedding DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment) into research assessment and career development frameworks.
Music Break and Networking
Iryna Kuchma (EIFL) | 'What kind of policies and strategies? Aligning institutional, national and European open science priorities'
Abstract: How to design open science policies and strategies that address local needs and are at the same time aligned with broader regional and European priorities? Building on the open science policy work in Eastern European countries, this talk will focus on finding the right balance between institutional, national and regional priorities and identifying working solutions for open science policy development and implementation.
Emily Poznanski (CEU Press) and Dr Frances Pinter (CEU Press) | 'The Road Less Travelled: Models for Transitioning Books to OA'
Abstract: Books have long been the more popular vehicle for communicating research in the Humanities and to a large extent the Social Sciences. Indeed, it has been said that writing the monograph is the research process. However, despite their academic value, books have remained the Cinderella at the Open Access ball.
With limited funding available in HSS and books remaining an important publishing format for HSS researchers, the question of how to move books into open access is gaining more attention. This session outlines general trends in OA book publishing and recent policy developments, as well as the growth of collective funding models for OA books.
CEU Press is a mission driven university press widely recognized for its contribution to research on Central and Eastern Europe. It has recently launched a new model called Opening the Future with COPIM to transition its front list books to open access. Opening the Future is a collective subscription/membership model that uses library spending on backlist access as a leverage to fund future OA publications.
Teodor Ivanoaica (ELI-DC) | 'ELI FAIR Data challenges and the federated services for Open Science'
Abstract: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable DATA, the principles that are governing ELI (but not limited to ELI) Data Policies, Data Management Plans, Data Management Systems or our software architectures, all have one thing in common: DATA. FAIR is now a standard, allowing interdisciplinary research to become more than just a concept and giving unpreceded access to research communities to scientific data, thereby allowing them to unveil new results and deepen our understanding in numerous fields of research. The presentation focuses on a possible approach to support FAIR Data and Open Science in large Research Infrastructures from the perspective of the future EOSC Integration.
- Vladimir Risojević (University of Banja Luka) | 'Open Science Practices in BEE4EXP Project'
- Deniz Özdemir (Charles University) | 'Futuristic Implications of Social Robotics in Longevity: Moving Towards Open Science 2.0'
- Linda Andersson (Artificial Researcher-IT GmbH) | 'Open Data: An Important Source for Intellectual Property Awareness'