Lithuanian OpenAIRE event 2016: conference “Academic Libraries and Open Science”


Guest post by Ieva Ceseviciute, NOAD Lithuania

OpenAIRE national conference “Academic Libraries and Open Science” was held at Kaunas University of Technology on the 6th of December, 2016. The full-day event co-organized with the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium attracted more than 100 participants, most of them librarians, researchers and PhD students.  The aim of the event was to provide a space for discussion about open access to research data, changes in scholarly communication, academic publishing and other issues related to open science. It was livestreamed and recorded. The recording of the event is available at

The key-note speaker Dr Ralf Shimmer, Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library, spoke about the need for a large-scale transformation of the current scholarly communication system on the way to OA2020. In his presentation he described the philosophical and practical considerations of a particular initiative – SCOAP3 – and expectations for the future developments.

Professor Rūta Petrauskaitė, Vice-Chair of the Research Council of Lithuania, in her key-note speech introduced the main aspects of the Open Access policy by the Research Council of Lithuania adopted in 2016 and addressed the issues of implementation.

In the second session Elena Simukovic from the University of Vienna spoke about open access, academic libraries and the future of scholarly publishing. In her talk she addressed the imaginaries of the future of scholarly publishing, the broader context of the transformations in the scholarly communication system as well as the roles that academic libraries are expected to play.

Two presentations at the conference were on OpenAIRE: “OpenAIRE: eInfrastructure and policies for Open Science and facilitating Open Science training for European Union Research“ by Iryna Kuchma and “OpenAIRE2020: infrastructure and support for Open Science” by Ieva Ceseviciute and Gintare Tautkeviciene.

The national context of open access publications indexed in the Web of Science was highlighted in the presentation by Egle Segzdiene and Audre Trumpiene from Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

The session with two presentations by the representatives of publishers focused on research data. Marcin Kapczynski, Strategic Business Manager at Clarivate Analitics, spoke on “Open data repositories and citation indexes – data citation index on Web of Science”. The presentation “Embracing research data” by Lucie Boudova, consultant and marketing manager for Eastern Europe at Elsevier, addressed the impact of research data sharing, fundamentals of research data, components of effective research data, tools and programs supporting research data and research data policy.

The conference was concluded with a discussion and sharing of opinions on the future of open access.

The slides of the presentations and the video recording of the event are available at under “Seminars and Conferences”.

Gwen Franck

Open Access Programme Coordinator at EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries / Open Access Project Officer at LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries

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