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The Challenge of Open Science

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 Open approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. What is the role of academic libraries in supporting this transition? Is there indeed a role for libraries at all? What are the current views and agendas in various European countries? How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?

The Aim of the Focus on Open Science Workshops

Started in 2015, we aim through these workshops to address the challenges posed by Open Science, using the 8 pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission in its Open Science Policy Platform.

The mission statement for the workshops is: “Promote the concept of, values and best practices in the Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to libraries.”

Why are These Workshops Important?

We believe that such Workshops offer a practitioner experience, grounded in the principles of Open Science, and opportunities for networking at the local level. The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.

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.

 Steering Committee are:

  • Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (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

The language of the workshop will be English.

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


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Focus on Open Science: Introduction

This presentation shows the 5 years journey of our series of events. What is our mission statement, what are our aims and values and how a community could benefit from the organisation of a Focus on Open Science chapter?

Encouraging Open Science »Literacy«: Four Years of Focus on Open Science Workshops

Open Science is designed to make scientific processes more transparent and results more accessible. Overall, open science represents slow, but long-term changes to fundamental concepts of scholarly communication. Nowadays, many funders encourage, require, or reward some of open science practices. At the same time, in many cases funders do not provide comprehensive information or infrastructure support in this field. Consequently, researchers are faced with lack of skills, which could result in frustrations and distrust in new practices. Academic libraries are strongly involved in the transition processes of changing concepts of scientific communication. However, even librarians often do not have sufficient skills and expertise to address complex problems in this field. Therefore, in the CTK, we decided to provide a range of educational events for librarians and other stakeholders in the development of scientific communication to inspire the best possible practices in scholarly communication within the framework of open science. In cooperation with Scientific Knowledge Services, we have attracted numerous international speakers in Ljubljana, who presented various thematic aspects and solutions in the field of open science in developed research and educational environments. The importance of these meetings is substantial. After four years, we can observe the results of these meetings also in the applicative forms of various open science activities.

Fostering the Open Science Agenda from the Library

Open Science is a new way of performing research and disseminating its results that many researches are embracing. Some universities have started to create an agenda to acknowledge, support and reward this new attitudes and libraries can play a key role in its development. Looking at some of the initiatives that are set in some European universities we can learn how to build our own approach to Open Science from an institutional point of view and especially from the library. Open Science brings many challenges and opportunities and we must be ready for them.

2019 Lovran Focus OS Final Report


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Ignasi Labastida

University of Barcelona

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Miro Pušnik

University of Ljubljana

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Tiberius Ignat

Scientific Knowledge Services

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– Trust
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