Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Technical Universities

A highly participative workshop format, with only 2 short presentations and generous time for a creative discussions session.  Make your participation remarkable!

Research libraries have been championing Open Access and Open Science both within and beyond our institutions. We have demonstrated strong leadership in Open Science as policy-makers on the one hand and sound management when implementing plans to realise that policy on the other. Research libraries have been the key holders of data for a long time and play a key role in connecting end-users/researchers to Open Science and the EOSC. Also research libraries develop and maintain services that users rely upon and that need to be integrated into the EOSC. Libraries can, therefore, help develop the requirements for the inclusion of services and data into the EOSC. The strong experience in advocating for Open Science for many years can help to advocate for the EOSC in the research community.

Target audience: researchers, research library staff

Language: English


Are you interested to learn more about the EOSC and to contribute with your insights as a key stakeholder group? Please  register your interest below, including a short motivation for your participation. In order to ensure the interactivity and the regional representation of each workshop we will evaluate all registrations before they are finalised and we will select 30 participants from all applications. We are looking for your participation and we will be in touch with you promptly with more information. 


Make your voice heard and help build EOSC. The European Open Science Cloud is a world-leading initiative. Contributing to its first design represents a lifetime opportunity. It requires fresh, new ideas and bold ambitions. Community work is the most suitable approach to deliver a service which suits the interest of many.

We count on your enthusiasm, creativity and energy. We are looking for your participation!


Expect to be stimulated and to engage in a deep, highly interactive discussion. You are expected to contribute with ideas, including out of box perspectives, visions, unique practices, less traveled routes that could help build EOSC.

Don’t expect a workshop-like-a-conference. Don’t expect long presentations with “two immediate questions” at the end. Don’t expect a learning programme. Expect an interactive one. Become a part of it! Register now!


Once you registered, please book the day and the time slot in your calendar. Digital events have – statistically – a lower turn up rate. Those that register and don’t turn up will block a valuable participation of another colleague. Thank you for understanding!

WHEN: January 27th, 2021 (14:30 – 16:15 CET)

WHERE: Zoom Meeting (details will be provided to participants)

Workshop size: 30 participants


  • Raphael Ritz, Head of Data Division at the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) – the central IT service unit of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Germany
  • Dr Federica Cappelluti, Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino
  • Laurents Sesink, Head Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University

Moderator: Birgit Schmidt, Head of Knowledge Commons, Göttingen State and University Library  

Rapporteur: Gergely Sipos, Head Department, Services, Solutions and Support at EGI Foundation 

Twitter: #Lib4EOSC


AGENDA (all times are CET)                                        

14:30 – 14:35 Introduction to the Workshop Series
 14:35 – 14:45 Presentation: Dr Raphael Ritz, Head of Data Division at the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) – the central IT service unit of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Germany
 14:45 – 14:55 Presentation: Dr Federica Cappelluti, Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. EOSC and Technical universities: what can they bring to each other?
14:55 – 15:05 Presentation: Laurents Sesink, Head Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University
 15:05 – 15:45 Breakout SessionsThe participants forms 3 moderated discussion groups on the research topics
 15:45 – 16:05 The results of discussion groups are presented to all participants
16:05 – 16:15 Conclusions and final remarks
 16:15 Workshop Closes


About Presenters

Raphael Ritz

Head of Data Division at the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) 

Dr Raphael Ritz is the Head of Data Division at the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) – the central IT service unit of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Germany. The MPG is Germany’s major basic research organization and operates 84 institutes across the country (and a few abroad). Raphael and his team offer generic data services, including sync&share, transfer, backup and archive solutions, as well as tailored database and web services often in collaboration with individual institutes or projects.

Prior to his role at MPCDF, Raphael was the Scientific Officer of the International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility (INCF) headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was responsible for establishing a platform for research-oriented services for the neuroinformatics and broader neuroscience research communities worldwide. Raphael has experience in computational neuroscience, advanced data analysis techniques, and web portal development. He is also a member of the Plone Foundation. He holds a degree in physics and received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Technical University of Munich. Raphael has also been participating in various RDA working and interest groups as well as several EOSC projects and has been a member of the EOSC Architecture Working group. 


Federica Cappelluti   

Dr Federica Cappelluti holds a PhD in Electronics and Communication Engineering and works as Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. Her research interests mainly focus on semiconductor devices for energy and telecom. She has a long track record in international collaborations and research projects. In 2016-2018, she coordinated the H2020 project TFQD on innovative photovoltaics for space. Since 2018, Federica acts as Advisor to the Rector for Open Science, working at institutional and management level to enable and promote best practices in open access and FAIR data management at Politecnico di Torino. She is a member of the Italian Observatory on Open Science and of the Scientific Board of the research centre Scienza Nuova, a joint effort of Politecnico and University of Torino, aiming to address the ongoing social transformations due to the digital revolution, connecting technological and humanistic knowledge. She is actively involved in the Task Force Open Science of CESAER and she represents Politecnico di Torino in the EOSC association. ORCID: 

EOSC and Technical universities: what can they bring to each other?

Laurents Sesink, Head Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University 

Laurents studied history at Utrecht University and historical information science (Digital Humanities) at Leiden University. At the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Laurents was involved in open access, data management, digital longevity, Digital Humanities, Research Infrastructures (DARIAH and CESSDA) and EC funded projects to foster data management, develop interoperability standards for scholarly communication and build technical infrastructures to enable Data Science. Laurents has a broad background in the area of Open Science and is now head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at Leiden University Libraries. The central objective of CDS is to support and to facilitate digital scholarship within Leiden University, in close collaboration with other centres of expertise, with research institutes and with national and international research support organizations. Researchers can contact the Centre for Digital Scholarship for questions, consultancy, training and workshops on Research Data Management, Open Access, copyright, Open Science and Data Science.


About the Moderator

Birgit Schmidt, Head of Knowledge Commons, Göttingen State and University Library 

Birgit is Head of Knowledge Commons at Göttingen State and University Library, with a focus on policies, e-infrastructures and training. In addition, she contributes to several international committees as a co-chair or group member (e.g. in the context of LIBER, the Research Data Alliance, Knowledge Exchange and formerly the Belmont Forum). Previously, she was Scientific Manager of the European OpenAIRE project and Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). Her background is in Mathematics and Philosophy, with a postgraduate degree in Library and Information Science.

Over the last decade, she has contributed to several exciting Open Science projects/initiatives and have linked these to institutional services and policies. Most recently, she initiated an Open Science Göttingen Meetup which brings together committed researchers and librarians.


About the Rapporteurs

Gergely Sipos

Head Department, Services, Solutions and Support at EGI Foundation 

Gergely Sipos works for the EGI Foundation, a research institute that coordinates the largest, publicly funded e-infrastructure of the World. He is the head of ‘Services, Solutions and Support’ department, being responsible for the design and delivery of advanced computing services for researchers, innovators and educators.

His responsibilities cover the areas of outreach and stakeholder engagement, requirement collection and analysis, software specification, development and testing, service integration, validation, rollout and operation, training, user support and customer relationship management.

Since 2017, Gergely contributes to the European Open Science Cloud, first through the EOSC pilot, and later on

through the EOSC-hub project. He is responsible for Stakeholder Engagement, Research Infrastructure Competence Centres and Technical support in EOSC-hub.


Grand Rapporteur

Ignasi Labastida is the General Rapporteur for all Workshops.

Ignasi Labastida holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona. He works as Head of the Research Unit at the University of Barcelona’s Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) where he also leads the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge. He is currently chairing the Board of SPARC Europe. He is the chair of the Steering Committee of the Info and Open Access Policy Group at the LERU (League of European Research Universities). He is the co-author of the LERU Roadmap for Research Data and the LERU Roadmap on Open Science. He is a member of several Open Science working groups at CRUE, FECYT and at the Research Directorate of the Catalan Government.


Special Adviser

Paolo Budroni, University Library of Technical University of Vienna

Paolo Budroni, member of staff of University Library of Technical University of Vienna, in charge of International Projects and Change Management. Member of the EOSC Secretariat, Sub Task Researchers Engagement, based at TU-Wien. Counselling Partner of University of Vienna, H2020 Project EOSC Pillar. He holds a PhD in Philosophy, Art History, and Romance Philology and an education degree in Foreign Trade at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). 

Among his areas of expertise are research data management, the architecture of digital asset management systems, current research information systems and cost development in life cycle management of data. He is also advising research institutions in Europe in data management policy development and alignment. Paolo Budroni is Austrian National Delegate in the E-Infrastructure Reflection Group (E-IRG) , member of board of the Austrian RDA National Node , chair of the General Assembly of E-Infrastructures Austria, member of board of Open Education Austria (advanced library services) , registered TAIEX Expert, coordinator of the Austrian Open Science Support Group (AOSSG). He represents the TU Wien at COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories).

@KarelLuyben sets up our discussion: Fundamental research driven by curiosity is critical, linking to pragmatic and utility driven research and industry.
Our basis for collaboration:
– Respect
– Trust
– Friendship #OSBiz2020 

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