•  Open Science and the transformation of academic institutions

  • Responsible research indicators

  • Citizen Science.

An event organised by: Electronic Information Service National Programme / Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and 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 September, in what promise to be a stimulating event!


* The times are shown in CET.

Chapter XVIII: Budapest 09-17-2019
08:30 - 09:00

On-Site Registration

09:10 - 09:40

Citizen Science: Why Should We Bother?

There are two major concerns for scientists: the Nature and the Society. All involved make fundamental and applied efforts to discover knowledge and to build meaning on it. Scholars search for sustainable progress; beings are rubbing shoulders on planet Earth. We all need data and collective intelligence that is orders of magnitude larger than what scientists could do alone. The underuse of citizen science is a missed opportunity for science and society. You are invited to take part in a cultural change and help both Science and Society to build a bridge that lasts, by developing research support services for citizen science.

08:40 - 09:00

Sponsor Talk: The Bigger Impact Picture

What the impacts of scholarly research should be, and how they can be measured, are increasingly important questions for researchers, their institutions, and funders. In this session we'll be exploring the range of insights publishers can make available to help the community to answer these questions and to maximise research impact.

09:00 - 09:30

Leading the Change to Open Science in European Universities

This paper will take the LERU Roadmap for Open Science as a blueprint for introducing Open Science principles and practices into universities. UCL (University College London) is in the top 10 of global research-led universities. It is also the third oldest university in England. Using UCL as a case study, this paper will look at the 8 pillars of Open Science, as defined by the European Commission, and examine progress in introducing Open Science principles and practice at a university level. The paper will identify the benefits and challenges of the approach, and highlight what remains to be done. The paper will end by examining the LERU statement on the Leadership needed for Open Science to succeed.

09:30 - 09:50

Sponsor Talk: Measles Outbreak: The Tip of the Iceberg of the Anti-Vaccination Movement -- How Evidence-Based Content Can Support to Contain This Crisis?

Vaccination instead ignorance is the only way to contain the anti-vaccine movement. Providing reliable, current, evidence-based information to deliver safer clinical practice to improve patient outcomes is a responsibility for content providers like Elsevier; It’s a means to helping contain this epidemic.

09:50 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:50

The Future of Research Evaluation

The research evaluation agenda is evolving to include more than just academic impact. Stakeholders are shifting focus from research quality to research delivery, demanding more accountability and transparency on the research investment. The conceptualisation and tracking of the wider socio-economic impact of research is now firmly on the agenda and requires a broader range of data sources and more subtle interpretation of metrics and indicators. The ISI presentation will provide a historical perspective, giving details of how the current approaches have been developed and where they are heading.

10:50 - 11:20

Google Scholar: Highly Comprehensive Coverage... Inside a Hermetic Black Box

Google Scholar (GS) is a freely-accessible and widely used academic search engine that indexes academic literature from a broad range of disciplines, document types, and languages. A considerable number of studies have tried to analyse the main characteristics of GS, despite its general lack of transparency (or perhaps because of it). This talk will provide an overview of GS's known strengths and weaknesses as a source bibliographic and citation data, including comparisons with other similar sources. In addition, several prototype web applications that utilize data from GS for bibliometric purposes (at the journal and author levels) will be presented. The talk will end with a discussion on whether GS data can be sustainably collected and reused for a variety of purposes.

11:20 - 11:40

Sponsor Talk: Progressing Down the Path to Greater Openness

What is the role of the publisher in an open science future and what progress are publishers making to support the open science environment? Kathryn’s presentation will highlight and examine some of the key steps that Wiley has made in support of the transition to open access (for example, via read and publish agreements), and will also look at a range of journal-based initiatives that help authors and editors to embrace an open science future.

11:40 - 00:10

Citizen Science: the Necessary Ingredients for a Successful Ensemble

Citizen Science, the active inclusion of citizens into research projects is expanding. On one hand, new (IT) technologies and novel research questions enable and often require lay people to contribute. On the other, politics, especially at the European level strongly encourage open science and in particular citizens participation. These developments may influence the role of science (and eventually education) in general and the perception of universities and their functioning in particular. In this presentation, I will trace these developments and necessary steps to channel them into a successful ensemble.

00:10 - 00:30

Sponsor Talk: Transition to OA for HSS Publishing

OA2020 and PlanS have brought together funders, institutions, publishers and researchers to discuss an accelerated transition to a subscription-free future on a global stage. The prevalent models in this arena focus on APC publishing for STM journals. This does not extend well to researchers in the humanities and their publishers. This talk aims to bring in the perspective of humanities publishing – analysing the impact of open access on various subject areas using the examples of OA HSS journals and new models to support a transition to OA for book publishing. De Gruyter is an international publisher based in Berlin, Germany, that publishes research in 28 disciplines – across HSS and STM. As a publisher, they were an early adopter of open access – publishing their first OA book in 2005 and reaching over 1,500 open access monographs on their platform this year, making them the largest independent OA book publisher worldwide.

00:30 - 01:30

Lunch Break and Exhibition Viewing

01:30 - 01:50

Sponsor Talk: Society Publishing: Open Science & Open Data

The world’s oldest national scientific academy and publisher of scientific journals, The Royal Society, has taken a leading role in fostering ‘open science’. From encouraging a move towards open access publishing to recent policy work on research culture and hosting a conference on the future of scholarly scientific communications. The Royal Society has taken concrete action to support our policy pronouncements. Most recently leading the way to open up peer review and to improve reproducibility in research through encouragement of study pre-registration and open data mandates.

01:50 - 02:20

The Impact of EISZ Transformative Agreements

Electronic Information Service National Programme has been providing access for scientific content for Hungarian research institutions since 2001. The strategic direction of the consortium changed considerably in 2018, when we signed our first transformative agreement. Since then, the consortium was actively pursuing the inclusion of OA publishing elements in national-level agreements. By September 2019, EISZ, together with its member institutions, implemented transformative agreements with a high number of publishers, becoming one of the pioneers of the global movement which aims to change scholarly communications by negotiating transformative agreements with subscription publishers. The first part of the presentation will summarise the progress of the last 1,5 years from the consortium’s point of view, assessing the economic, organisational, scientific impact of EISZ transformative agreements, and laying out aims for future developments. In the second part, the audience will hear more from the Hungarian publisher Akadémiai Kiadó on their perspective on transformative agreements, and the impact of these on their portfolio. Akadémiai Kiadó was founded in 1828 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and is now majority owned by Wolters Kluwer. It is Hungary’s oldest continuously operating publishing house and one of the largest scientific publishers in Central and Eastern Europe. Its portfolio includes international peer-reviewed journals, conference series and online scientific content services.

02:20 - 03:20

Panel Discussion: With participation of Brigitte Kromp (Universität Wien), Diane Geraci (Central European University Library), Paul Ayris (University College London) and Martin Szomszor (Institute for Scientific Information)

03:20 - 03:30

Closing Notes


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Ádám Török

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Alberto Martín-Martín

Granada University

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Andrew Dunn

Royal Society

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Balázs Réffy

Akadémiai Kiadó

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Daniel Wyler

University of Zurich

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Martin Szomszor

Institute for Scientific Information

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Nicolo Pierini

Taylor and Francis

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Paul Ayris

UCL (University College London)

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Tiberius Ignat

Scientific Knowledge Services

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Ximena Alvira

Elsevier Clinical Solutions

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