Focus on Open Science, Rome 2019

4rd Log: May 20th, 2019 (Tiberius Ignat)


It has been a pleasure to be in Rome again after our first Italian chapter in 2018. It has been an extraordinary effort from University of Sapienza Library Systems to organize this event!


The audience is speaking about the same. We had 22 questions coming via and probably 5 more from the room. The most lively discussions went around Citizen Science and the role of academic libraries in supporting this valid research method. The structure of the audience was split between librarians (50%) and research officers, teachers and students (33%). 


The presentations are now ready to download from where we also welcome your feedback!


Here is the final version of the strategic report, incorporating the suggestions from all organizers.

We recommend considering this report for your strategy to implement Open Science as a valid and high-quality method of conducting research. 

It could be a source of inspiration for other organizations that want to design their strategy to implement Open Science as a valid and high-quality method of conducting research.

201905 Rome Focus Open Science Final Report

Focus on Open Science, Turin 2019

3rd Log: May 16th, 2019 (Tiberius Ignat)


It has been a great pleasure being in Turin on May 7th, having the event introduced by Prof. Pasini (Rector's Delegate for Library, Archives and Museum System at University of Turin) and very professionally organized locally by our colleagues Elena Giglia and Federica Capelluti who brought together an *outstanding* line-up of speakers!


The interactions that were generated by the event speak exactly the same. Throughout the day, we had 14 questions coming up via the online interactive tool and supported by 20 participants. The most popular questions were referring to Research Data Management infrastructures, Knowledge Transfer and the necessary leadership that is needed at the institutional level in order to implement Open Science principles. A number of about 10 more questions came directly from the room.


The presentations are now ready to download from where we also welcome your feedback!


This year, we initiated a new practice for our Focus on Open Science series: after each chapter, we produce a strategic report that we hope to help the institutions to start implementing their strategies that support Open Science methods.



Below, you can find the report generated after our chapter in Turin. It could be a source of inspiration for other organizations that want to design their strategy to implement Open Science as a valid and high-quality method of conducting research.

201905 Turin Focus Open Science Final Report

Focus on Open Science, Korsør (Denmark)

2nd Log: March 5th, 2019 (Tiberius Ignat)

Last week we spent great moments in Denmark (Korsør) where we kicked off our 2019 series of Focus on Open Science. This chapter was organised together with DFFU, the Danish Research Libraries Association.


We had 100 registrants and we estimate the number of participants came very close to that. We received a warm welcome not only from the people, but also from the nature: it was warm and sunny in Korsør, good enough to spend the breaks outside, on terrace!


The topics of the event were: 1) Open Science and the Management of A Cultural Change, 2) Citizen Science and 3) European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). 


We had 4 keynotes on this topics, delivered by Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Dr. Eva Mendez of University Carlos III of Madrid and EC's OSPP Chair, Dr. Paolo Budroni of University of Vienna and Tiberius Ignat of Scientific Knowledge Services. A panel discussion took place at the end of the day and it was moderated by Prof. David Budtz Pedersen, Aalborg University. It included all keynotes speakers and the Dr. Martin Zachariasen, Vice Chancellor IT from University of Copenhagen.


You can download the presentation from You can also check Twitter (#os19dk) for following the conversation and for nice pictures.


The lively meeting of the Danish chapter in Korsoer on 28 February 2019 reached a number of conclusions on the future of Open Science in Denmark.

201902 Denmark Focus Open Science Final Report



1.    This can be a role and an attitude for libraries in the Open Science landscape, helping the library to re-define its position in the organisation.

2.    There is an opportunity for Denmark to define an Action Plan for implementing Open Science principles and practices at a national level, and libraries have a potential role in determining what the Action Plan contains.


Strategic contexts

3.    Research-supporting organisations should move outside Ivory Towers to embrace the new world of Open Science.

4.    Libraries need to ensure that they are present in the strategic pictures developed by research institutions and have an appropriate role.


Changing Roles

5.    Librarians must not lack confidence in their own community. Act with confidence to tackle challenging agendas.

6.    Going forward, the librarian’s role may be less to be involved in cataloguing and metadata, and more in research data and discovery.

7.    Librarians need to transform their advocacy activities into practical examples of Open Science implementation.


The importance of researchers

8.    Avoid undue concentration on the role of the librarian; do not ignore the researcher.


Skills development

9.    Librarians need to identify and develop appropriate Open Science skills.

10. Skills development is best attained by active participation in Open Science activity, with knowledge gained from insightful practice.


We look forward for the rest of Focus on Open Science series: 1 down, 9 to go!

Focus on Open Science, 2019 series

1st Log: January 30th, 2019

We are happy to announce that we come close to finalise our 2019 series of Focus on Open Science.

We will take this year a journey to Krosør (Denmark - 28.02), Turin (07.05), Rome(09.05), Lovran (Croatia - 16.05), London (23.05), Madrid (28.05 TBC), Gdansk (date TBC), Graz (date TBC), Budapest (date TBC) and Kaunas (Lithuania - 29.10 TBC).

We look forward to meet old friends and new communities!

The purpose of the Focus on Open Science Workshops is to engage with universities, research organisations and all stakeholders in the research landscape with the aim of encouraging them to take action on the existing Open Science policies and recommendations (example, EC’s OSPP, LERU, LIBER and other national policies).

Mission statement: Promote the concept of, values and best practices in Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to research organisations .

The Focus on Open Science Workshops are jointly organised by Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS), UCL (University College London) and local co-organisers that are typically leading research institutions in their countries. The series of Workshops started in 2015 and the full details of events can be found at We are also collaborating with LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries) for delivering this series.

Impact of the Focus on Open Science Workshops


The total number of attenders in 2018 was 530 (8 chapters). Additionally, some of the meetings were broadcast live over the web, for which viewing figures are not available. We thank you all that have attended our events!

Engagement with the audience

In 6 of the 8 meetings, an online application was used as an engagement tool, allowing chairs of Workshop sessions to interact with the audience whilst the keynote speakers were presenting their papers. 120 questions were asked via this tool in 6 Workshops. We estimate that another 50 questions were asked in all the Workshops in the traditional manner, by raising of hands.

The most popular questions included topics like Plan S, Evaluation and New Metrics, Open Science practical implementations, Open Access University Presses, Citizen Science and Open Access to publications. It is worth mentioning that the most popular question was addressed by an online participant from Slovenia during the chapter in Gdansk. This is probably representative of the European spread of the Workshops and their growing international recognition. The Word Cloud here shows the most popular questions and topics treated in the sessions.

Projected Impact in 2019 and deliverables for engaging stakeholders

In terms of numbers, the expected physical attendance would be over 800, plus those who join the streamed sessions online or view the videos afterwards.

The Focus on Open Science series will deliver a strong call for action which will benefit all stakeholders who engage with Open Science, delivering insights and developments in the Open Science activity of peer institutions. By supporting the Focus on Open ScienceWorkshops, the stakeholders will receive

  • Confirmation of and publicity for their leading role in Open Science at a European and global level.
  • Engagement at an individual level with hundreds of practitioners in universities and research institutions across Europe.
  • A series of reports on each Workshop in the series which could be used as Case Studies in implementing a sustainable Open Science agenda.
  • Acknowledgement of the stakeholder’s support on the Workshop website and in accompanying literature.
  • Outreach to communities of researchers, academic libraries and support services.
  • High visibility through accompanying social media and press coverage, and the videos of the sessions (subject to availability of such resources)
  • Ongoing association with the growing community of Open Science champions.

Call for support

This call for support seeks sustenance for a European agenda on Open Science, building on a series of Workshops initiated in 2015, now called Focus on Open Science. Please engage with us to find out how you can support our series (from branding bags and lanyards to speaking slots opportunities).

About Open Science

Open Science represents a sea change in academic culture in terms of (1) how academics create, disseminate and share their research outputs (2) the principles and practices of research integrity (3) Reward, Promotion and Evaluation criteria and (4) Outreach to Society.

The European Commission has defined Open Science in this way and LERU (League of European Research Universities) has issued an Advice Paper with 41 Recommendations on how Universities can embrace Open Science principles and practices. Similar policies are now adopted at country or organisation levels (France, LIBER, etc).