A virtual event organised by:
University of Barcelona, supported by the UCL Office for Open Science University College London, UCL Press, with technical support by Scientific Knowledge Services

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About the event

Open Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for more transparent and collaborative approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. This potential has been successfully tested – if only that – during pandemic times. 

Open Science started as a vision, aiming to address matters like research reproducibility and access to the results of publicly-funded research. The vision was generally welcome by academic and research institutions and benefited from a great advocacy movement. It’s high time now to build on practice and effective management. 
It is generally accepted in Europe that research should be as open as possible and as close as necessary. Finding the borderline between the two is one of the most important tasks for practitioners, whether they belong to funders, research organisations, their partners or researchers themselves.
Yet, this borderline is not sufficiently explored. Guidelines based on feedback and learning from practice should be created, rather sooner than later.
This innovative approach to research has further potential: to address existing inequalities and matters like inclusivity, ethics, better assessment or the missing links between science and society or to re-shape public-private partnerships.

This Open Science event is organized by the University of Barcelona, supported by the UCL Office for Open Science University College LondonUCL Press, with technical support by Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS).

Emphasizing research practices, we will discuss the role of research organisations to support this transition, both acting local and internationally.

The results of the workshops will be captured in a formal report. The report is intended to be used by all involved partners, to advance the implementation of Open Science in their communities and their own institutions.

The language of this event is English. 

The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.
Please feel welcomed to participate to the sessions and to extend your professional network at the international level.

Steering Committee
Our team is happy to announce a Steering Committee that will help us select the annual topics, the invited speakers and advise on best practices for delivering successful events.

The members of Open Science Workshops Steering Committee are:

  • Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL LCCOS – Library, Culture, Collections & Open Science), Chief Executive, UCL Press, Open Science Ambassador in LERU (League of European Research Universities)
  • Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, UK
  • Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)
  • Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library
  • Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services

We look forward to seeing you in March, in what promise to be a stimulating event!


 * The times are shown in CET.

Chapter XL: Barcelona 03-28-2023
09:00 - 10:00


10:05 - 10:25

Modernizing repositories for the era of Open Science

To fulfill the potential of Open Science in an equitable, sustainable and innovative way, we need a well-functioning network of repositories that provide human and machine access to the wide range of valuable research outputs. Repositories advance equity and diversity, because they are distributed and localized and can respond to different users’ needs, and they are more likely to be sustainable and persistent because they are usually managed by long-lived research institutions and their libraries. Repositories can also play a key role in an innovative new model of publishing, referred to “Publish-Review-Curate”, where authors first post a preprint of their article in an open access repository in order to be considered for peer review and publishing. In this talk I will briefly present the vision of repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for open science and scholarship, which has been developed in last years at COAR and through initiatives like Next Generation Repositories and the Pubfair conceptual model. And I will introduce the current work being developed in the COAR Notify Project, which is developing and accelerating community adoption of a standard, interoperable, and decentralised approach to linking research outputs hosted in the distributed network of repositories with resources from external services such as overlay-journals and open peer review services, based on Linked Data Notifications and ActivityStreams2 W3C standards. To achieve this vision, and realize all their potential, including the new functionalities being promoted and supported by COAR Notify, repositories need to maintain up-to-date software platforms and suitable staffing levels, which is a challenge in some institutions and contexts. We will conclude by referring to the joint strategy launched by OpenAIRE, LIBER, SPARC Europe, and COAR aimed at strengthening the European repository network, helping repositories to modernize and to take on this new and expanded role in the ecosystem.

10:25 - 10:45

CoARA: an opportunity to move forward Responsible Assessment

In this presentation, Dr. Eva Méndez, a member of the Steering Board of CoARA, will review the role of the Coalition for the Advance of Research Assessment, the to evolve and adapt Research Assessment to the current Open Science times. She will also review the current status of the coalition and further steps.

10:45 - 11:05

Data management support services at IRTA: How to encourage open science for researchers

The overview of the strategic context in which the RDM has appeared on the IRTA agenda is presented, and the key drivers and problems for researchers between 2017-2023. Analysis of RDM research support activities and roles to encourage open science and good research data management practices.

11:05 - 11:25

Barcelona Citizen Science Office: 10 years connecting research and society

The Barcelona City Council created the Citizen Science Office in 2012, a pioneer initiative to connect citizens and science through active participation in research projects on urban challenges. Two programs, ‘Citizen Science at Schools’ and ‘Citizen Science in the Neighbourhoods’, and a Community of Practice of around 20 different research groups constitute the main working ambits of the Office. After these years, we are facing new steps according to the Barcelona Science Plan 2020-2023: the Office Re-launching Strategy consolidates the current programs and incorporates new strategic objectives. These include the creation of a Promoting Group, formed by Universities and Research Centres as well as by representatives of the City Council, and the implementation of a new citizen science research project at the city level, involving different research groups, local administration and civic organizations.

11:25 - 11:35

Music Break

11:35 - 11:55

Open Science – the role of the UCL Office for Open Science & Scholarship

There are commonly 8 pillars of Open Science which are acknowledged as such in Europe. They are diverse in coverage and touch on many aspects of university work. The foci for this work are situated both inside and outside an institutional Library. Given this fragmentation, how can the full agenda for Open Science be implemented across a whole institution? UCL is a research-intensive university and is usually accepted as one of the top 10 universities in the world. UCL’s answer to the challenge of Open Science has been to create the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship, which is a separate unit reporting to the Pro-Vice-Provost for LCCOS (Library, Culture, Collections & Open Science). The role of the Office is to engage in Leadership, Advocacy and to encourage Engagement with Open Science across the University. An organogram shows how the Office works both inside and outside the Library. The talk identifies staffing numbers devoted to each of the 8 pillars and analyzes the different types of activity which the Office supports. The presentation ends with a Reading List, presenting the foundational reading and investigations which have helped shape the form of the UCL Open Science Office.


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Anna Bröll Nadal

Barcelona City Council

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Diana Escobar Vicent

Barcelona City Council

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Eloy Rodrigues

University of Minho Libraries

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Eva Méndez

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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Ignasi Labastida

University of Barcelona

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Paul Ayris

UCL (University College London)

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@KarelLuyben sets up our discussion: Fundamental research driven by curiosity is critical, linking to pragmatic and utility driven research and industry.
Our basis for collaboration:
– Respect
– Trust
– Friendship #OSBiz2020