Conference “Focus on Open Science”, Ljubljana, 24 November 2017

A somewhat unusual programme of seven presentations and five sponsor updates offered precious insights into the latest developments in open science and into the changing scholarly communication landscape, and highlighted the roles of libraries.

European and universities worldwide are facing open science challenges. How to tackle them efficiently and sustainably? The University of Barcelona, a member of the League of European Research Universities, believes into learning from good practices, analysing own situation and readjusting actions along the way as well as sharing experiences with wider open science community. The main open science tracks to follow are open access to publications, research data management, research evaluation, training on open science topics, and public engagement.

The serials crisis, consuming a large portion of scholarly communication budget of research performing organizations, is being topped by the requirements to enable openness of publicly funded research results. Max Planck Digital Library has demonstrated that there are more than enough means in the scholarly communication system worldwide to transform the subscription based scholarly journals into open access.

The United Kingdom has extensive experience with paying Article Processing Charges (APC) in hybrid and open access journals due to the Research Councils UK’s policy giving preference to gold open access. Processing APCs presents a significant workload. Introducing APCs into license agreements with publishers in the form of offsetting cannot lead to the transition to full open access, it increases revenues of scientific publishers.

ADP – Social Sciences Data Archive, member of CESSDA, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Research data can be made open through data publications or/and archiving in data repositories. Both outlets have established procedures for quality control of research datasets.

The roles of libraries in open science landscape include support for green and gold open access and for open research data, training for openness, and support for university publishing. Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) has designed a strategy for the period from 2018 to 2022 entitled Research libraries powering sustainable knowledge in the digital age. Within the three strategic directions libraries are to act as a platform for innovative scholarly communication, as a hub for digital skills and services, and as partners in the research infrastructure.

Dr Paul Ayris, University College London

General public is encouraged to practise Citizen Science where science meets society. Citizen Science greatly benefits from openness and there are options for research libraries’ support. The European Commission provides a definition, results from an EU-wide survey on citizen science, and case studies.

An engaged participant

Interested parties are invited to consult the presentations and videos at the conference website for details.

Photo Credits: Gašper Lešnik

Mojca Kotar

Mojca Kotar, Assistant Secretary General of the University of Ljubljana in the University Office of Library Services. OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Slovenia.

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