LIBER/University of Patras
Giannis Tsakonas is Director of the Library of University of Patras, Greece. Since July 2016, he is member of the Executive Board of LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries), while since July 2022 he is serving the Association as Vice President. In the past he has been elected to the Board of Directors of Hellenic Academic Libraries Link, the consortium of Greek academic libraries, and now he coordinates the Scholarly Communication Unit of the consortium. He has served as Vice President of the Hellenic General Council of Libraries, a body of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs monitoring the operation of Greek public libraries (2016-2019) and he has been appointed representative of LIBER in the Governing Board of SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services.
All Sessions by Giannis Tsakonas
Open Science Implementation and the Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runners
Although the noble aim of Open Science is now widely known, the lack of a deep understanding and adoption in countries without a cultured approach to science and innovation is a prohibiting factor. While many OS developments have been recorded the last few years in Greece, following mainly with a bottom up approach, the level of adoption of OS practices is quite low. Research libraries in Greece are trying to address these through collaboration and solutions of economy of scale internally, as well as networking and knowledge transfer with external bodies. Therefore, the recent approaches of the Greek research libraries to address these issues will be presented with examples mainly from the Open Access and Citizen Science area.
Open Science as a discourse topic between libraries, researchers and societies
Open Science is high on the European Union agenda as one of the prime instruments for a more transparent, effective and competitive research environment. Recently, key organizations, such as libraries and Universities associations, as well as Ministries of European countries have joined the stream of calls for a transition to a new scientific paradigm. LIBER, the leading network of European Research Libraries, is running its new strategy for the period 2018-2022 “Research Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age”. The strategy has a strong interest in Open Science that was recently expressed through publishing the Open Science Roadmap. The Roadmap describes the context that has been shaped, the challenges that research libraries face and the pillars of Open Science activities. Together with other documents and activities, it aims to enable libraries to familiarize, embrace and facilitate Open Science. It also becomes clear that Open Science will be a key discourse topic between libraries, researchers and societies, and at the end of the dialogue, all should be persuaded about a cultural change that will help the European research landscape to progress.
Citizen Science as an act of innovation: librarians, scientists and citizens claiming knowledge structures
In its recommendations, the Open Science Policy Platform identified Citizen Science as one of the key streams to strengthen the dialogue between science and society. Citizen Science projects produce interesting results but, more than that, they challenge the shape of current scholarly processes. The OSPP has emphatically linked libraries with Citizen Science, as being “well placed” for a number of activities. The role they can have has been echoed in Open Science Roadmaps from LIBER and LERU. The potential that OSPP sees in libraries is a responsibility that libraries have to respond to. In this frame, the presentation will introduce the new working group of LIBER that is expected to start working after June 2019 and will give an outline of the key areas that research libraries will need to work. These areas will help us prepare a future where sustainable new structures of knowledge will help European citizens participate in scientific processes.