Focus on Open Science was organised in London for the first time, by UCL (University College London), Scientific Knowledge Services and in collaboration with UCL Press and LIBER
(Association of European Research Libraries).
Speakers from UCL, Oxford University, Imperial College London and University of Cardiff put up together an exceptional programme and engaged with a very active audience.
The presentations are now ready to download from www.focusopenscience.org/book/19londonwhere we also welcome your
Here is the final version of the strategic report, incorporating the suggestions from all organizers.
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.
It has been a pleasure to be in Madrid for the first time with our Focus on Open Science series. The event has been organised by Scientific Knowledge Services, University
Carlos III de Madrid and in collaboration with UCL Press, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) and YERUN.
We had a great line-up of speakers and the audience was numerous and very active.
Our event in Croatia was a pilot organised by Scientific Knowledge Services, Section for the Higher Education and Special Libraries of the Croatian Library Association, National and
University Library Zagreb, University Library Rijeka and in collaboration with UCL Press and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).
The audience consisted from about 45 librarians from all over Croatia and warmly welcomed our initiative to discuss elements of Open Science with their community. The event included 2
key presentations (dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan of University of Barcelona and SPARC Europe and Miro Pusnic of CTK Ljubljana) and a discussion panel (which included Dr. Jadranka Stojanovki of
Rudjer Boskovic Institute and University of Zadar).
Here is the final version of the strategic report,
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
The audience is speaking about the same. We had 22 questions coming via Sli.do 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%).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.knowledge.services/events/.
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
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.
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).