Focus on Open Science Chapter XI: Dublin

Chapter XI: Dublin


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An event organised by:

Scientific Knowledge Services, Dublin City University and in collaboration with UCL Press and LIBER (The European Association of Research Libraries).


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.

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

– Christopher Pressler, Director of Dublin City University Library

– 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.

The language of the Workshop will be English.

We look forward to seeing you in November, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: November, 29th

WHERE: Dublin City University, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Room: E223 & Cregan Library, Ground Floor.

 This one-day workshop will address the following critical topics:

1. Open Science and the Management of A Cultural Change

2. Citizen Science

3. The drivers of change: FAIR Data and Open Access


Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Sally Smith, Director of Research, Dublin City University
  • 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);
  • Jeannette Frey, President LIBER and Director of BCU Lausanne
  • Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University
  • Robert van der Vooren
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services
  • Dr. Annalisa Montersanti, Programme Manager (Health Research Careers), Health Research Board
  • Ben McLeish, Digital Science
  • James Tapp, Ex libris 



08.30 – 09.30Registration and networking
09.30 – 09.40Welcome note by Dr Sally Smith, Director of Research, Dublin City University
09.40 – 10.15Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities): Open Science – Current policies, practices and open issues in Europe
10.15 – 10.35Sponsored talk: Digital Science, Ben McLeish: From silos to connected research insights: opportunities and challenges for the scholarly community
10.35 – 11.10Jeannette Frey, President LIBER, Director of BCU Lausanne: Research Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age: LIBER strategy 2018-2022 in action
11.10 – 11.20Coffee break
11.20 – 11.40Sponsored talk: Ex libris, James Tapp: Libraries and Research Assets – The Need for a New Approach
11.40 – 12.15Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University: Open Access to Publications and to Data: What’s Next?
12.15 – 12.50Robert van der Vooren: Prevailing open science challenges between policy beliefs and operations
12.50 – 14.00Lunch break
14.00 – 14.35Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services: Citizen Science and Research Libraries: the prospect of a long term relationship  
14.35 – 15.55Dr Annalisa Montersanti, Programme Manager (Health Research Careers), Health Research Board: Driving a national approach to Open Science
14.55 – 16.30Discussion Panel

About the Speakers

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK

Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997. 

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14 and Advisor to the LIBER Board until 2018. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also the Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group.

On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a PhD in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.


Open Science – Current policies, practices and open issues in Europe

The LERU Roadmap for Open Science presents a model for how universities and research institutes can engage with the principles of Open Science. The paper will give an overview of the 8 pillars of Open Science which the Roadmap addresses, based on the definition of Open Science offered by the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform. The speaker will then concentrate on three of the eight pillars, describing current work in each of these areas in UCL (University College London). For the Future of Scholarly Publishing, the speaker will look at the possible impact of Plan S on current models for scholarly publishing and also describe the new open journal publishing platform being launched by UCL Press in January 2019.

The paper will also look at the readiness of universities to participate in the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud), being launched in Vienna on 23 November 2018. The third area the paper will look at is the challenging area of Bibliometrics and how/if Open Science principles can change prevailing practice. The paper will then offer some tentative thoughts on the ability of European universities to embrace Open Science principles.

Jeannette Frey, President LIBER and Library Director BCU Lausanne

Born April 13, 1962, in Kirchberg, BE, Switzerland. First studied Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, then worked in the field of academic publishing at Redaction LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae) in Basel. 1992, changed to the Swiss national museum in Zurich as Head of Photographic Collections.

First experiences in the digitization of photographic collections in the years 1992-1998. 1998, changed to heading the Federal Archive for Historic Monuments in Bern, where other projects for the digitization of photographic collection stake place. After 2002, worked in the private sector as Head of Information & Communication, studying in parallel Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Fribourg. 2004, changed to be the Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resources at BCU Lausanne. Director of BCU Lausanne since 2008. Main projects 2015: extension of the main building of the university library, implementation of a new ILS for the network of libraries of the Canton de Vaud (100 libraries). President of LIBER since 2018 and member of the Board of EUROPEANA since 2014.


Research Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age: LIBER strategy 2018-2022 in action

LIBER new strategy 2018-2022 aims to support research libraries in powering sustainable knowledge in the Digital Age. LIBER is currently progressing in the implementation of this strategy. The presentation will show on which kind of questions LIBER Working Groups and Steering Committees are working, what results are already or will soon be available, which new questions arise from this work. Last but not least, the presentation will show what can and should be done by every research library to advance Open Science in Europe.

Prof. Alan Smeaton, Founding Director Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University

Alan Smeaton is Professor of Computing at Dublin City University and one of the Founding Directors of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU, the largest non-capital investment in research in Ireland. He is a former member of the Board of the Irish Research Council and a member of the inaugural Scientific Committee of COST | Cooperation in Science and Technology.  Alan is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and winner of the Academy’s Gold Medal in Engineering Sciences, an award given once every three years. 


Open Access to Publications and to Data: What’s Next?

Robert van der Vooren

Robert is a resilient and entrepreneurial person. He competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games, a magnificent experience and stimulation to pursue dreams and ambitions.

In 2008 he was co-responsible for the financial reform of Radboud University Medical Centre. It took courage to turn down the imminent bankruptcy by developing a completely new financial management. In 2011 Robert started his own consultancy firm and successfully led a national program on alternative academic hospital funding.

Two years later on behalf of the Dutch universities, he took up an ambitious plan to make a transition towards open access with a unique negotiation. This Dutch approach is internationally considered to be a ‘gamechanger’. Robert frequently advises research organizations in European member states about open access. Currently, he is leading a strategic project to make research data management one of the ‘competitive edges’ of Radboud University.


Prevailing open science challenges between policy beliefs and operations

In the past few years, the open access debate evolved into a wider policy belief about open science. It was not only a shift to a larger framework that includes data and quality assessment, but also a shift towards the involvement of politics. Early adopters from universities successfully serve as ambassadors and brokers to EU policymakers. FAIR principles are key to EU open science policy and the infrastructural cloud focus. Inevitably divergence between policymakers and researchers occurs with a resulting gap. A majority of researchers does not share FAIR policy beliefs or is not even familiar with the acronym.

I will highlight some challenges and best practices derived from my various positions and experience with political, institutional and individual research representatives. The biggest challenge may be bridging the gap between political policy beliefs on the one hand and institutional open science strategies on the other hand.

Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services

Tiberius Ignat is the Director of Scientific Knowledge Services, a company which specialises in helping European libraries to embrace new technologies and ways of working. He runs in partnership with UCL Press and LIBER Europe a successful series of workshops – Focus On Open Science, now in its fourth year. He is a long-time individual member of LIBER, a member of the European Citizen Science Association and Citizen Science Association (US) and has a personal interest in Open Science, particularly Citizen Science and the management of this cultural change. He has a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Bucharest.


Citizen Science and Research Libraries: the prospect of a long term relationship  

This presentation will highlight important new opportunities for libraries by analysing the roles they could potentially play in citizen science projects. Citizen science is one of the eight pillars of open science identified by the Open Science Policy Platform, a high-level EC Working Group. Several of these roles will be illustrated by recent case studies. This presentation thus will present a snapshot of what libraries have so far achieved in this sphere and the challenges and opportunities which remain.

Dr. Annalisa Montersanti, Programme Manager (Health Research Careers), Health Research Board

Annalisa is the Programme Manager managing the Health Research Careers portfolio at the Health Research Board (HRB). She is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of training and career development to develop a coordinated approach to building capacity and supporting a highly-skilled workforce in health research in Ireland. To this end, she also prepared a Framework for Health Research Careers to support the successful delivery of some of the main objectives of the HRB strategy. The funding instruments support individuals through several mechanisms and at many different career stages – ranging from doctoral training and mid-career researchers to leadership in health research – and through other training courses/initiatives. 

Annalisa is also deeply involved in promoting open science, FAIR data and research data stewardship through also international collaborations.  

She has previous experience in managing a variety of other initiatives, including investigator-led projects, programmatic awards and European funding initiatives.

Before joining the HRB in 2005, Annalisa had 13 years’ experience in scientific research in institutions and Universities in Italy, England and Ireland. She has a Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology) from Palermo University in Italy and a PhD in cancer biology from the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, UK. She was also awarded a fellowship from the Italian Association for Cancer Research while working in Italy and a Marie Curie Training and Mobility for Researchers fellowship while in Oxford. 


Driving a national approach to Open Science  

Ben McLeish, Digital Science 

Director of Outreach and Engagement, Dimensions & Altmetric

Ben McLeish is Director of Outreach and Engagement, Dimensions & Altmetric. He has been working in the publishing industry since 2004, and has developed long-term positive and mutually beneficial relationships with institutions across Europe. He has extensive knowledge of electronic content and library/information systems, and a background in digital media, trend forecasting systems, index-based searching, social media and metrics.


From silos to connected research insights: opportunities and challenges for the scholarly community

The research landscape exists in silos, often split by proprietary tools and databases that do not meet the needs of the institutions they were created for. What if we could change that? In this session we’ll discuss how connected and more openly available data now can empower institutions to more easily gather the insights they need to inform the most effective development of their organisation’s activities and look at how linking different sections of the scholarly ecosystem (including grants, publications, patents and data) would deliver powerful results that can then be integrated into existing systems and workflows through the use of APIs and other applications. 

James Tapp, Vice-president of Sales, UK, Ireland and Northern Europe, Ex Libris

James Tapp has spent his career working with organisations to identify and solve organisational challenges through the use of technology in complex mission-critical environments that require the integration of a wide range of disparate data sources. Today, as head of the UK, Ireland and Northern-European business for Ex Libris, he and his team work with many types of institutions to address challenges in the areas of library management and experience, enhanced teaching and learning outcomes and the management, discoverability and promotion of research data. James holds a BSc (Hons) Computing Systems from Nottingham Trent University.


Libraries and Research Assets – The Need for a New Approach

Many in the academia recognize the need for a better, more integrated approach for managing research assets throughout the research cycle – a systematic data management approach that would eliminate duplication of effort, reduce the burden on individual stakeholders, and – above all – would support the institutional goal of increasing the impact of research output.

Academic libraries are often at the crossroads of increasing their involvement in supporting research output and improving research data management and are already providing a measure of centralized coherence in their support of academic research. In this session, we will discuss the potential role that libraries can play in driving this transition, by leveraging their expertise in data curation, resource management, and content dissemination, and the infrastructure needed for supporting these processes. We will aim to inspire a conversation around the need for a new, comprehensive approach to research data services.

The session will also look at a possible solution via a new library–led initiative being launched (Ex Libris Esploro) that brings together a number of universities and Ex Libris in order to develop a new approach to increase visibility, impact and compliance of research outputs and data while serving the multiple stakeholders.








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