Creative Commons seminar at the University of Latvia

Post by Aija Uzula, University of Latvia.

OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Latvia.



Gita Rozenberga

On May 16, 2018 the OpenAIRE NOAD in Latvia organised a seminar about the Creative Commons licences and movement in general, as well as the idea of Open Bussiness models, held at the Humanities and social sciences centre of  the University of Latvia (UL). The key speaker of the seminar Gwen Franck is Open Access Programme Coordinator at EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) and Open Access Project Officer at LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), and act as a representative of Creative Commons Belgium.

The opening part was given by Gita Rozenberga, Chef Librarian of the Library of UL and the Representative of The National Open Access Desk (NOAD) for Latvia. Rozenberga introduced the audience to the Open Access idea in general, as well as Open Science and OpenAIRE projects under the idea of Open Access. The work done by the NOAD was presented as well. Rozenberga highlighted the benefits of Open Access and the importance of engaging the academic community in this process.

Gwen Franck

The first part of Gwen Franck’s  presentation was dedicated to the Creative Commons movement, solid information was given about how licensing works with CC and other open licences, several questions arised in a discussion about the licensing among the participants. Franck emphasizes that „an open license is a tool, not a silver bullet: it cannot fix bad science”.  In the second part of the seminar it was spoken about the Open Bussiness model – what is it? how it is been done? with several examples given by the key speaker.

“Research no longer exclusively happens behind the university walls”, says Franck ,about the idea of Open Science. Scientific research should be accessible by every member of our society.   It was stressed in the presentation of the Open Bussiness models as well that there are many great examples of how Open Science tools and workflows can be based on a successful business model.  Franck gave the persuasive illustrations how going ‘open’ with your business can generate extra visibility, boost innovation, save money and have many societal benefits.

The full presentation is accessible here:

The event was mainly targeted towards the academics, researchers, PhD students, information specialists, librarians, publishing and bussiness representatives.  

Gita Rozenberga

University of Latvia Library, Chief librarian. OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Latvia.

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