OpenCon 2017 Lithuania “Towards Open Research Data and Open Science”

*posted on behalf of the OpenAIRE NOAD Lithuania*

On 23 October the conference OpenCon 2017 Lithuania “Towards Open Research Data and Open Science” was held in cooperation with OpenAIRE2020 at Kaunas University of Technology. The aim of the event was to revise the national developments in terms of policy and practice seeking a synergy effect of OS-oriented initiatives carried out by different stakeholders. The topics covered the national OA policy/ strategy, involvement in the European Open Science Cloud, national landscape of repositories, RDM training in academic settings and other current OS-related initiatives and practices in the country.

The opening address was given by Dr Leonas Balasevicius, Head of the International Doctoral School at Kaunas University of Technology, who has always been supportive of OS-related practices in the institution.

The presentation “Open Science: a Tool for Scientific Excellence“ by the representative of the Ministry of Education and Science Ausra Gribauskiene who is also the National Point of Reference on Scientific Information in Lithuania, focused on the new topics raised at the EU level, assistance and instruments for implementation of the Open Science initiative available for research and HE institutions.

Another very useful update on the European Open Science Cloud and its FAIR data was given by Vice-Chair of the Research Council of Lithuania professor Ruta Petrauskaite who discussed the need and possibility to turn data into FAIR data from the point of view of its influence on the change in both data and research culture.  

The contributions by Dr Vaidas Morkevicius “Lithuanian Data Archive for SSH: what is it and why we need it in Lithuania?” and by Dr Zibute Petrauskiene and Irena Kriviene “MIDAS: Opportunities for Implementing the Principles of Open Science” provided an update on the status quo of the two major national data repositories, whereas Dr Gintare Tautkeviciene shared the current initiative of developing research data management competencies in doctoral studies at Kaunas University of Technology.  

Egle Marija Ramanauskaite, citizen science coordinator from the Human Computation Institute,
in her talk “Citizen science – Beyond Opening Data & Research” presented  different manifestations of citizen science and DIY science, and how the involvement of non-scientists in the different steps of the scientific process can not only advance the movement and adoption of open science, but help solve environmental, biomedical and societal challenges that we are facing in the world today.


Michael R. Crusoe, project lead and co-founder of the CWL, spoke on the developments of the project Common Workflow Language (CWL) 

which is a specification for describing analysis workflows and tools in a way that makes them portable and scalable across a variety of software and hardware environments, from workstations to cluster, cloud, and high performance computing environments.

Aidis Stukas, a software developer specializing in data retrieval, who brought OpenCon to Lithuania by organizing a conference in 2016, gave a comprehensive talk about technologies for Open Science: Python, Jupyter, WebApi and BlockChain.  

Vilius Stanciauskas, research manager and senior researcher at the Public Policy and Management Institute, shared the researchers’ attitudes and practices related to Open Science defined in the Horizon 2020 project OpenUP. Finally, an illuminating example of researchers‘ practices was presented by professor Saulius Grazulis, senior researcher from the Institute of Biotechnology at Vilnius University, in his talk “Open Linked Databases in the Mining Industry”.  

The event attracted the attention of 70 face-to-face participants – researchers, research administrators, repository managers and librarians – and around the same number of on-line audience. The language of the event was Lithuanian, which also gave an opportunity to practice the national OS-related terminology and contribute to its development.   

The link to the recording and slides of the presentations may be accessed at

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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