•  The Culture of Open Science
  • FAIR Data and GDPR 
  • Alternative publishing models
  • Citizen Science.

An event organised by: Scientific Knowledge Services in collaboration with UCL PressLIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).


About event

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!


* The times are shown in CET.

Chapter XVI: London 05-23-2019
09:30 - 10:00

On-Site Registration

10:20 - 10:50

Research Evaluation and DORA

Opinions differ as to how radical the open access ‘revolution’ has been over the past 20 years. There has been substantial progress, but we have yet to realise all the potential of opening up research and research publishing that appeared to on offer with the advent of the internet. Part of the difficulty is that we have become entangled by the metricisation of research assessment. Unpicking this knotty problem is the task that DORA – among others – has set itself.

10:50 - 11:20

Reproducible Research Oxford

Reproducible Research Oxford is the local network of UKRN, the UK Reproducibility Network, at the University of Oxford. Its aim is to foster a culture of open research and reproducibility at Oxford, encompassing all disciplines --- including disciplines in the social sciences and in the humanities which may not identify with the "open science" label. I will discuss opportunities and challenges that have arisen in building a community focused around open research and reproducibility from the ground up.

11:20 - 11:40

Coffee Break

11:40 - 12:00

A Data Driven Approach to Analysing Open Access

The Dimensions database contains over 100 million publications and a wealth of data on funding, open access, and details of research collaborations. Analysis of this data not only gives us an indication of individual trends in these facets of scholarly communications, but also the relationships between them, allowing us to create a snapshot of how initiatives in one area can influence another. This presentation will reflect on some of the work Digital Science have done in analysing relationships in these trends using Dimensions data, from an institutional, national and global perspective.

12:00 - 12:40

Registered Reports and the UKRN (session delivered in partnership with ReproducibiliTea)

Chris Chambers, University of Cardiff

12:40 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Open Pharma

Open science offers a genuinely new route to the discovery and development of much-needed medicines that complements the traditional pharmaceutical industry. This talk will focus on our research in consortia such as Open Source Malaria, specifically the rules of engagement, the infrastructure and the effects of making everything open in real time. Applying open science in pharmaceutical discovery also presents an economic challenge: how can investment be secured for research conducted without secrecy?

14:10 - 15:20

Breakout Group 1: Scholarly Communication: Megajournals and Measuring Impact

Room 739, 7th Floor, IOE Building

Professor Dan Osborn, UCL Department of Earth Sciences; Dr Yasemin Aktas, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering; Ian Caswell, UCL Press & Andrew Gray, UCL Library Services

14:10 - 15:20

Breakout Group 2: Software Carpentry Taster

Room 731, 7th Floor, IOE Building

Software Carpentry teaches researchers the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain. A web of volunteer instructors that have been trained into good teaching practices run workshops worldwide mostly to young researchers, but they are available to all. In this mini-workshop, we will run a quick overview of a two-day workshop. You are encouraged to bring your laptops with you already set up with the tools needed*, if you don't succeed to do so before we will give you access to an online environment for you to be able to participate. * You can follow the instructions from our last workshop:

14:10 - 15:20

Breakout Group 3: Designing Institutional Services for Enabling Citizen Science

Room 604, 6th Floor, IOE Building

Citizen Science is a fundamental element of at least three roadmaps that serve as inspiration for many European research libraries: the LIBER roadmap, the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) and the LERU Roadmap. It has a strong support from EC as the new framework program clearly recommends a stronger relationship between Science and Society. LIBER, LERU and OSPP all offer a series of recommendations about what could be done in this area. According to this, universities are presented with the opportunity to create new services and support their strategies, in many cases in collaboration with the library.

14:10 - 15:20

Breakout Group 4: GDPR and Opening Data

Room 642, 6th Floor, IOE Building

If your research involves working with people, be it through surveys, interviews, trials, experiments, focus groups or other methods, then it is important to know the legal and ethical obligations you have towards research participants. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the responsibilities that researchers have for the handling and processing of personal information have changed. At the same time, research data obtained from people can be published in a data repository, shared and reused in future if you pay attention to gaining consent for data sharing, de-identifying (anonymising) data where needed and controlling access.

14:10 - 15:20

Breakout Group 5: On the Trail of OE Policy Co-creation

Room 828, 8th Floor, IOE Building

By using a policy canvas and change cards, we encourage participants to consider issues such as who needs to be involved in the policy-making process, and who is needed to implement the policy considering the local context and the sociocultural issues at play, alongside with and other policies or regulatory models to draw upon. The main elements reviewed in this co-creation policy workshop which will be reviewed by the participants can be seen in the following categories. 1. Process and Partners 2. Context 3. Stakeholders 4. Solutions & Approaches 5. Policy opportunities 6. Policy challenges 7. Key Elements 8. Evidence 9. Beneficiaries 10. Risks Participants will discuss the 10 key elements and will use the cards to exchange ideas to co-create and draft a policy that can be support open education, open science and open access. Open Science Salon is a series of talks aimed at sharing some of the key components in open science practice, alongside some of the emerging or latest tools. It was born out of the fact that many people I spoke too were keen on open science in principal but were not familiar with how to do things – like share data on line, or pre-print papers – or didn’t have anyone to discuss their concerns and questions with.

16:00 - 16:10

Closing Notes

2019 London Focus OS Final Report


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Ben Thomas

University College London

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David Pérez-Suárez

University College London

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Isabelle van der Vegt

University College London

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Javiera Atenas

Latin American Initiative for Open Data

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Laura Fortunato

University of Oxford

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Leo Havemann

University College London

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Matthew H. Todd

University College London

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Paul Ayris

UCL (University College London)

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Sandy Schumann

University College London

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Stephen Curry

Imperial College London

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Suze Kundu

Digital Science

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Tiberius Ignat

Scientific Knowledge Services

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Vaughan Bell

University College London

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Veerle Van den Eynden

University College London

Lightning Talks

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