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 Sapienza, 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.
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!
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.
Jean-Claude Burgelman, Vrije Universiteit Brussel | 'From H-Index to OS-Index. Incentivising the Open Science Uptake Among Scientists by Highlighting Their Open Science Effort'
Title: From H-Index to OS-Index. Incentivising the Open Science Uptake Among Scientists by Highlighting Their Open Science Effort
Abstract: Most experts agree that a very important factor to accelerate the uptake of open science is to establish a system of reward and incentives for it. In fact, the Achilles heel of open science is the lack of recognition for such work at the researcher's level. In this paper, I will advocate a simple solution for this: Build an OS index!
Dr Lizzie Gadd, Research Policy Manager at Loughborough University | 'Value-led research evaluation: a practical guide for Open Research'
Title: Value-led research evaluation: a practical guide for Open Research
Enabling open research has been hampered by poor, publication-focussed research evaluation mechanisms which start with the availability of bibliometric data, rather than with what the evaluator truly values about the entity under assessment. To support more value-led approaches to research evaluation, the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Group (REG) have developed a five-stage framework called ‘SCOPE’. SCOPE starts (S) with what we value about research and has been used by funders, universities and publishers to design evaluations that are (C ) context-sensitive, based on all options (O) for evaluating, and probe (P) deeply to mitigate against unintended consequences, prior to running an evaluation (E ). This session will outline the benefits of the SCOPE framework and use case studies to demonstrate how it can be applied in practice