An event organised by: UCL Press, University of Stockholm, and in collaboration with Scientific Knowledge Services.

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About 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 organized by the University of Stockholm, supported by UCL’s (University College London) Global Engagement Office and the UCL Office for Open Science, with technical support by Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS).

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 (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

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 June, in what promise to be a stimulating event!


09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:10

Welcome notes

10:10 - 10:30

Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President of Stockholm University and Chair of SUHF | 'A Swedish Roadmap for Open Science'

Title: A Swedish Roadmap for Open Science
Abstract: The talk aims at presenting the Roadmap recently adopted by the Swedish Association for Higher Education Institutions, and reflections over the challenges ahead from the perspective of a university president, including the new Open Science mission for universities from the government.

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Astrid Söderbergh Widding Astrid Söderbergh Widding University of Stockholm
10:30 - 10:50

Paul Ayris, Library Director UCL | 'Open Science – a blueprint for the university in the 21st century?'

Title: Open Science – a blueprint for the university in the 21st century?
Abstract: This paper looks at the role and importance of Open Science as identified by LERU (League of European Research Universities). It then shows how in UCL (University College London) those principles are put into practice via the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship. The paper looks at 2 areas of Open Science – the development of new publishing models in UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press; and the adoption of the principles of the San Francisco Declaration and the Leiden Manifesto in UCL’s academic Careers Framework. The paper concludes that Open Science does indeed represent a blueprint for the University of the 21st century, but that challenging choices have to be made.

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Paul Ayris Paul Ayris UCL (University College London)
10:50 - 11:10

Karin Grönvall, National Librarian, National Library of Sweden | 'Promotion, coordination and assessment, the mission of the National Library concerning open access to scholarly publications'

Title: Promotion, coordination and assessment, the mission of the National Library concerning open access to scholarly publications.
Abstract: One given task for the National Library is to support access to information for higher education and research. Open access to scholarly information fits naturally into that mission and the NL has received a directive from the Swedish Government to promote and coordinate the work of introducing open access to scholarly publications. This task assumes a close cooperation with the universities where the scholarly publication takes place. The cooperation is based, among other things, on the well established collaboration structure for the BIBSAM consortium. The directive also includes submitting a survey and assessment of the national work to the government. The NL works on infrastructural solutions to collect the data needed as well as constituting a platform for strategic discussions.

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Karin Grönvall Karin Grönvall National Library of Sweden
11:10 - 11:20

Music break

Live Music Break - Jazz'n'Tonic

11:20 - 11:40

Sven Safström, Head of Swedish Research Council | 'National coordination of open access to research data'

Title: National coordination of open access to research data
Abstract: Open access to research data means that data collected and/or created during the course of research shall be published with free access via internet. Since 2017, the Swedish Research Council has had the task of coordinating the national work of introducing open access to research data. The task is based on the 2016 research policy bill (2016/17:50), with the goal for the transition to open access to research data to be fully implemented by 2026.

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Sven Stafström Sven Stafström Swedish Research Council
11:40 - 12:20

Lightning talks

-Maria Almbro, Data Steward, Stockholm University
Title: Introduction to Open Science for PhD students
Abstract: Early career researchers face a rapidly changing scholarly publication and funding landscape with increasing expectations on open publication and transparent research practices from universities, funders and publishers. To help and encourage doctoral students to navigate the open science landscape we designed an Open Science course (5 ECTS) which was offered for the first time in the spring of 2021, with the aim of giving PhD students in the human and natural sciences essential skills in good research data management and open access publication routes for both articles, books and data.
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-Sabina Anderberg, Business developer, Stockholm University
Title: From idea to the implementation: a central storage service at Stockholm University
Abstract: Stockholm University has been developing and implementating a local infrastructure and support for RDM services since 2016 in order to support the transition to an open scholarly system and fulfill the responsibilities of the University and the needs of the researchers. This lightning talk will focus on our latest service for a new central storage solution and the strategies and work to get it in place. Stockholm University offers a new structure for storing research data that is available to researchers and doctoral students at Stockholm University. The storage solution is based on a private cloud solution offered via Sunet (Swedish University Computer Network). The service is offered to researchers and doctoral students whom are allocated a free storage space of 200 Gigabyte, after which it is possible to order additional storage space to a reasonable price. The solution offers the opportunity to both share and control access to data within and outside Stockholm University in accordance with regulations.
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-Joakim Philipson, Research Data Analyst at Stockholm University Library
Title: Facilitating FAIRness with a maDMP Online Stockholm University template
Abstract: For the multiple purpose of making it easier for researchers to fill out a DMP form, reviewing it and evaluating the projective FAIRness of the data management in a described by the DMP, Stockholm University (SU) is developing a local DMP template in DMP Online for our researchers. This template, built on the Science Europe and Swedish Research Council DMP models, with the original sections and questions in the headings, is made more machine-actionable, by means of targeted questions and answers from multiple choice check-boxes or drop-down menus. As a result, the output via API from a DMP using this template can then easily be transformed to be compliant with the RDA DMP Common Standard, validating against the current maDMP-schema-1.1.json. This talk will be a live, lightning demo of how the template works and part of the FAIR assessment it could be used for.
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-Abeni Wickham, SciFree
Title: Universities making Open Access Easy: SciFree Journal Search tool
Abstract: Together with the Librarians at Stockholm University and the Royal Library of Sweden, we set our sights to create a tool for researchers to find out how and where to publish within the Open Access Agreements. By combining the libraries’ workflow with a simplified output for researchers to quickly find what they need, the Journal Search Tool created an opportunity for libraries and researchers to connect towards open access. An opportunity met by 28 Swedish Universities with thirty-five thousand (35 000) searches in two months, including researchers asking whom they must thank for all these Open Access agreements-their Libraries.

12:20 - 12:30

Closing remarks


Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Wilhelm Widmark

Stockholm University


Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Astrid Söderbergh Widding

University of Stockholm

Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Paul Ayris

UCL (University College London)

Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Karin Grönvall

National Library of Sweden

Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Sven Stafström

Swedish Research Council

Lightning Talks Presenters

Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Maria Almbro

Stockholm University

Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Sabina Anderberg

Stockholm University

Chapter XXXII: Stockholm

Joakim Philipson

University of Stockholm

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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.
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– Respect
– Trust
– Friendship #OSBiz2020