A CHAPTER XXII(22nd) OF FOCUS ON OPEN SCIENCE: ACADEMIC LIBRARIES AND OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCES
An event organised by: Scientific Knowledge Services and in collaboration with UCL Press, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).
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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.
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 November, in what promise to be a stimulating event!
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Education as a Pillar of Open Science
Education does not feature as one of the 8 pillars of Open Science, as defined by the European Commission, and this is a problem when considering the full range of activities which Open Science should embrace. There are also challenges in the UK in introducing the ‘Open’ concept to educational materials as these, unlike research outputs, do not fall under the Open Access requirements of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) or the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework). UCL (University College London) has embraced the concept of research-based education and ‘Open’ approaches are helping to support this agenda. This paper will look at an initial UCL Scoping Study for Open Education (2016) and the current version of the UCL Open Education Roadmap (2017). The second part of the paper will look at the work of UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press, in delivering Open Educational outputs. It will start with the traditional textbook approach and then look at the development of the Press’s own textbook platform based on the BOOC (Books as Open Online Content). The paper will conclude by summarizing the challenges and benefits of Open Educational Resources as part of the Open Science agenda.
International Collaboration Boosting Open Science
Open Science is being implemented in many countries in Europe. Research is global and also the development of policies, infrastructures, sharing of best practices etc. must happen in international collaboration. Various platforms and organisations -Open Science Policy Platform, Liber, LERU, OA2020 initiative and licensing consortia to mention a few- support the transition towards Open Science. Finland aims to be a leading country in Open Science. The development of the basic building blocks was started already in 2010 in a national initiative. In 2018 the responsibility of national coordination of Open Science was given to the Federation of Learned Societies in accordance with the recommendations of the Open Science Policy Platform. The presentation will discuss European and national level policies and give some practical examples of implementing Plan S principles.
Towards the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): Reflections on a Local Basis for Domestic Infrastructures
In November 2018, the European Commission launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) at the University of Vienna. The EOSC envisions establishing a European data infrastructure, integrating high-capacity cloud solutions, eventually widening the scope of these services to include the public sector and industry. The EOSC is not a new dedicated infrastructure or software package: it is a process of making research data in Europe accessible to all researchers under the same conditions of use and usage; it gives a strong push in Europe towards a culture of open research data that are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR); it fosters networking within the existing European data infrastructures, integrating high-capacity cloud solutions, and in due course, widening the scope of these services to include users from the public sector and industry. But, what does it mean at a domestic level, and how does it fit with the now launched EOSC? How can relevant relevant communities engage with the EOSC? How can EOSC Stakeholders contribute to the structuring of the co-creation processes? How can the addressed communities help to prepare the transition to a new "Stakeholder-based governance”? Understanding the EOSC structure is a first step in recognizing the opportunities offered by the newly launched EOSC. This presentation offers some reflections for a better understanding of the realization of the EOSC at the present stage, including the activities of the newly established EOSC Secretariat and the so called “5b-EOSC Supporting Projects” (with special focus on EOSC Pillar). The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) fosters open science and the digital transformation of science by providing a trusted and open virtual environment for the scientific community with seamless access to services addressing the whole research data life cycle. Focus is on user-orientation and inclusiveness across borders and disciplines, whilst the governance should be characterised by a minimal set of rules of participation. Addressed main topics: Open science and the digital transformation of science - Development of sustainable collaborative digital ecosystems - trusted and open virtual environment for the scientific communities - Digital Single Market - Data Culture - Research Data Services - Architecture and Funding - Governance models - Pan European initiatives, infrastructures and bodies – co-creation processes.
Paving the Way for Adopting FAIR Data in a University
Supporting Open Education by Providing Usable Materials in Open Access: University library Belgrade Keyword Searchable Digital Library
University library Belgrade has developed a system for digitizing, long term preservation and effective presentation of keyword searchable digital materials in METS-ALTO format. This system provides the backbone for emerging national infrastructure that supports creation and use of machine readable METS-ALTO files. The talk will present a review of the basics of the system along with analysis of its technical and organizational advantages and disadvantages, plans for development and some user statistics.