A highly participative workshop format, with only 3 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 learing 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 20th, 2021 (14:30 – 16:15 CET)

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

Workshop size: 30 participants


  • Judit Fazekas-Paragh, Head of Education and Research Support Department, University of Debrecen University and National Library OpenAIRE NOAD – Hungary
  • Ana Slavec, researcher at the InnoRenew CoE, Slovenia
  • András Holl,  Deputy Director, Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Moderator: Giannis Tsakonas, Director, Library & Information Center, Patras, Greece

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 Judit Fazekas-Paragh, Head of Education and Research Support Department, University of Debrecen University and National Library OpenAIRE NOAD – Hungary: How libraries support open science?  
14:45 – 14:55 Preentation Ana Slavec, researcher at the InnoRenew CoE, Slovenia: How could libraries support researchers in making data FAIR?
14:55 – 15:05 Presentation András Holl, Deputy Director, Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary:  Libraries & research data
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

Judit Fazekas-Paragh, Head of Education and Research Support Department, University of Debrecen University and National Library

OpenAIRE NOAD – Hungary

Judit Fazekas-Paragh is a research support librarian and currently the head of DEENK’s Education and Research Support Department. Her primary work is to deepen open science guidelines at the national level. As an OpenAIRE NOAD and HUNOR working group coordinator, she aids Hungarian stakeholders to connect to the open science discourse of the European Union. Her responsibilities include expanding open access publishing, introducing FAIR principles and research data management, conducting related trainings, and support the development of open infrastructures. Related to her dissemination activities she works on strengthening and promoting data management standards within the national RDA organization. In the NI4OS-Europe regional project, she’s acting as the coordinator of the dissemination, marketing and sustainability work package, where she represents national initiatives, forward-looking developments and related trainings in connection with EOSC. In 2020, as the Hungarian delegate of the EOSC Training and Skills working group, she worked on the development of 21st century scientific communication skills and related trainings. The aim was to create and provide a long-term framework for a sustainable training infrastructure that offers competitive competencies to different actors in the scientific community.



Twitter: @judit_paragh

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/judit-eva-fazekas-paragh-b5509467 

How libraries support open science?  

Libraries are key actors in the open science discourse, as they are preserving and disseminating sciencetific knowledge. They are the bridge between the different stakeholder groups whom are somehow involved in scholarly communication. In the past years they had the chance to develop the communication channels with the researchers, funders, research infrastructures, etc., to collect case studies, know-hows and have a better understanding and wider view on how to promote the benefits and tools of open science. Libraries support reserachers on FAIR data, research data management and on how to open their research workflows to the wider public. Different actors have different needs so libraries offer various types of trainings on funders requirements, on FAIR data, RDM, on infrastructures, tools, and always try to satisfy the needs. In my presentation I will demonstrate a Hungarian case study on the topic.


Ana Slavec, researcher at the InnoRenew CoE, Slovenia

Ana Slavec is a consulting statistician and researcher at the InnoRenew CoE Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence where one of her roles is to support the development and implementation of the institute data management plan and to assist other researchers with data collection, analysis and reporting. She obtained a PhD in Statistics from the University of Ljubljana where she has been employed as a research assistant at the Centre for Social Informatics and later at the Social Science Data Archive.  Since 2018 she has been a co-coordinator of the Open Science WG at the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers and is an alumni of the 2019 CODATA-RDA Data Steward School. In 2019 and 2020 she was the Research Data Alliance Ambassador for Engineering/Renewable materials and a member of the Euoropean Open Science Cloud FAIR WG. 


How could libraries support researchers in making data FAIR?

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a big investment of the European Commission to make science more open and in line with FAIR principles. However, most of the researchers are not aware of EOSC and other open science inititatives and do not have the necessary knowledge and skills to make data FAIR. Moreover, there are big disciplinary differences in required data formats, vocabularies, metadata standards and data sharing procedures. Using their existing information literacy skills librarians have the potential to support to researchers in making their data FAIR to some extent. However, research institutions should invest in additional trainings of librarians and other support stuff to assist researchers in this process.


András Holl,  Deputy Director, Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

András Holl is the deputy director of the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Responsible for the national scientific bibliography database, and the repository of the Library.

In the past years he has actively promoted the use of PIDs in Hungary. Chair of the Hungarian  repository certification committee. In 1995 he started the digital version of a small astronomy journal, which was subsequently developed to an enhanced journal, with data journal features. Open Access advocate, with a pragmatic approach.

ORCID: 0000-0002-6873-3425

Libraries & research data

„Big Science” can easily make research data FAIR. Large projects build pipelines to produce and process data – these pipelines could be modified to fit the FAIR principles. Space agencies and other large, well funded organisations do have the means.

„Little Science”, on the other hand, will have difficulties. The long tail of science should be made FAIR too. This is where libraries could help.

Publishers try to dictate the terms of archival – and libraries seem to have a different view. (See COAR’s statement: https://www.coar-repositories.org/news-updates/input-to-data-repository-selection-criteria-that-matter/ about the issue.)

This talk will focus on the role of libraries in making research data FAIR.


About the Moderator

Giannis Tsakonas, Director, Library & Information Center, Patras, Greece

Giannis Tsakonas holds a BA in Librarianship from the Department of Archives and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Greece and a PhD in Information Science from the same Department. Currently he works as Director in the Library & Information Center, University of Patras. 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 2018 he has been appointed Chair of the Steering Committee on Innovative Scholarly Communication. Since July 2016, he has been elected to the Board of Directors of Hellenic Academic Libraries Link and from December 2016 to December 2019 he 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. From June 2019 he has been appointed representative of LIBER in the Governing Board of SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services.


About the Rapporteur

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 EOSCpilot, 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 https://focusopenscience.org/book/20cesaer/ #OSBiz2020 

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