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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 organised by: Scientific Knowledge Services, Electronic Information Service National Programme / Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in collaboration with UCL Office for Open Science University College London, UCL Press and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).

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 (LCCOS – Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science) in UCL (University College London) 
  • 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

Additionally, our local partners will be able to delegate a member to join our Steering Committee with reference to the respective event that will take place in their country.

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


The full program will be announced shortly.

Chapter XLII: Budapest 14/11/2023
09:00 - 09:30

Registration and Coffee Break

10:00 - 10:05

Welcome Notes

10:05 - 10:15

Introduction - What is Citizen Science?

10:15 - 10:40

Open Science Implementation and the Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runners

Although the noble aim of Open Science is now widely known, the lack of a deep understanding and adoption in countries without a cultured approach to science and innovation is a prohibiting factor. While many OS developments have been recorded the last few years in Greece, following mainly with a bottom up approach, the level of adoption of OS practices is quite low. Research libraries in Greece are trying to address these through collaboration and solutions of economy of scale internally, as well as networking and knowledge transfer with external bodies. Therefore, the recent approaches of the Greek research libraries to address these issues will be presented with examples mainly from the Open Access and Citizen Science area.

10:40 - 11:10

Sponsor Presentation

11:10 - 11:25

Citizen Science and Scholarly communication: issues, challenges and opportunities for libraries

The development of citizen science raises new questions in the field of scientific information. How do we write science when we're not aiming for a purely academic reception? How can we rethink the challenges of collective authoring in the light of these new practices? How can we identify publications relating to scientific projects when all projects are still careful not to mention the source of their data too explicitly? These and other questions are at the heart of our research on the impact of citizen science on the way science is written, published and promoted. Our communication will aim to understand what is at stake for librarians in these issues.

11:25 - 11:50

United we stand’: the role of Citizen Science in a research library

This programme point will be an online presentation. The presentation will use UCL (University College London) as a Case Study in how Citizen Science activity can be embedded in the work of research libraries. Key to this development is the role of the UCL Office for Open Science, which is one of the new services offered by UCL Library Services. The second half of the presentation will look at exemplar Citizen Science activities in which the Library and Office have been engaged: the Transcribe Bentham project, and a collaboration with the London Borough of Camden in certifying Citizen Science activity in the joint UCL-Camden Citizen Science Office.

11:50 - 12:10

Sponsor Presentation

12:10 - 13:10

Lunch Break

13:10 - 13:35

Citizen Science – bridging the gap between Science and Society

Citizen Science is manifesting itself at European universities in the form of hubs and formalized services - and lately research libraries are getting onboard. What is the rationale of this, how does it fit with the European research agenda and what are the current trends within the Citizen Science landscape? Building on experiences and research from the SDU Citizen Science Knowledge Center in Denmark, we propose some initial steps on how to get started and address the current misalignment between local action and the European research agenda. Finally, we address potential strategies for European research libraries in the context of bridging the gap between science and society.

13:35 - 14:00

Harmonizing Citizen Science Initiatives: Implementation of the BESPOC Prototype Across Five Baltic Universities

Abstract: As part of the LibOCS project, this presentation explores the ambitious implementation of the BESPOC model across five renowned Baltic universities: Tartu University, TallTech, Kaunas Technical University, Latvian University, and Vytautas Magnus University. This initiative is designed to foster collaborative and efficient single points of contact for citizen science endeavours within universities in the Baltic region. Central to this endeavour is a comprehensive programme that offers expert consultancy activities and enriching workshops, tailored to meet the needs of a diverse range of stakeholders, from libraries and researchers to associated community members. This integrated approach not only promises to streamline citizen science project management and public engagements at universities but it also has the potential to catalyse advancements in regional research collaborations.

14:00 - 14:20

Sponsor Presentation

14:20 - 14:45

The Challenges and the Achievements of Hungarian Citizen Science Projects

The acceptance of Citizen Science is not as straightforward in Central-Eastern Europe as in Western Europe. The co-authors present the historical background of volunteer engagement in the region, what difficulties a library faces participating in a Citizen Science project, and how Hungarian (university) libraries started to implement Citizen Science realising it is an added value to their mission and to build a trusted hub. The presentation also highlights how the Hungarian Librarian Association encourages citizen science projects building on the network of libraries. Achievements demonstrated through an implemented Citizen Science project in Eger and ongoing projects in Budapest and in the Tokaj region.

14:45 - 15:15

Panel Discussion with the speakers


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Anna Lundén

National Library of Sweden


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Anne Kathrine Overgaard

University of Southern Denmark

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Giannis Tsakonas

LIBER/University of Patras

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Paul Ayris

UCL (University College London)

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Raphaëlle Bats

University of Bordeaux

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Thomas Kaarsted

University of Southern Denmark

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Tiberius Ignat

Scientific Knowledge Services

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Tímea Nemesné Kis

Tokaj University

Lightning Talks Presenters

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Astrid Söderbergh Widding

University of Stockholm

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Paul Ayris

UCL (University College London)

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Linda Andersson

Artificial Researcher-IT GmbH

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Octavian Andronic

Carol Davila University

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Paolo Budroni

TU Wien Bibliothek

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Milen Baltov

Burgas Free University

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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