Focus on Open Science

Chapter XV: Lovran (Croatia) 

2019-05 Croatia Focus OS Final Report
A strategic document including recommendations and observation issued after Focus on Open Science event in Lovran (Croatia), May 915th 2019
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The Challenge of Open Science

Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for Open approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. What is the role of academic libraries in supporting this transition? Is there indeed a role for libraries at all? What are the current views and agendas in various European countries? How do we differentiate regionally and nationally?


The aim of the Focus on Open Science Workshops

Started in 2015, we aim through these workshops to address the challenges posed by Open Science, using the 8 pillars of Open Science identified by the European Commission in its Open Science Policy Platform.

The mission statement for the workshops is: "Promote the concept of, values and best practices in the Open Science to European communities, with particular reference to libraries."


Why are these Workshops important?

We believe that such Workshops offer a practitioner experience, grounded in the principles of Open Science, and opportunities for networking at the local level. The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot interactions and follow-up opportunities.


Steering Committee

Our team is happy to announce a Steering Committee that will help us select the annual topics, the invited speakers and advise on best practices for delivering successful events.

The members of Open Science Workshops Steering Committee are:

- Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice- Provost (UCL Library Services), Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU INFO Community (League of European Research Universities).

Frank Manista, European Open Science Manager, Jisc, UK.

- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).

- Colleen Campbell, Open Access 2020 Initiative, Max Planck Digital Library.

- Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona

- Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Director of Scientific Knowledge Services

Additionally, our local partners will be able to delegate a member to join our Steering Committee with reference to the respective event that will take place in their country.


The language of the Workshop will be English.

We look forward to seeing you in May, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: May 16th 2019

WHERE: Hotel Excelsior, Šetalište maršala Tita 15, 51415 Lovran 


 This one-day workshop will address the following critical topics:

1. The Culture of Open Science



Confirmed speakers 

  • Miro Pusnik, Director of the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana
  • Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona;
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services

AGENDA - Pilot, part of the 16th Special and Universities Library Conference in Croatia

 (Please re-visit this section! After event, we will include here links for downloads)

Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services: Focus on Open Science: Chapter V: Lovran (Croatia)
Miro Pušnik, University of Ljubljana: Encouraging Open Science „literacy“ : Four years of Focus on Open Science workshops
Ignasi Labastida i Juan, University of Barcelona: Facing the Open Science challenges from a university perspective

About the Speakers

Miro Pušnik, Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana


Miro Pušnik became Director of the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana in 2009. He holds BA in Zootechnics and MSc on Scientific and Technical Informatics from the University of Ljubljana. Before his current position, he was Director’s Adviser on digital libraries and electronic resources. He led a project on setting up and operating the Digital Library of the University of Ljubljana. CTK is the central institution for consortia management and e-content acquisition in Slovenia. Their consortia are the largest in Slovenia, and probably one of the largest also in the region.



Encouraging Open Science »literacy«:  Four years of Focus on Open Science workshops


Open Science is designed to make scientific processes more transparent and results more accessible. Overall, open science represents slow, but long-term changes to fundamental concepts of scholarly communication. Nowadays, many funders encourage, require, or reward some of open science practices. At the same time, in many cases funders do not provide comprehensive information or infrastructure support in this field. Consequently, researchers are faced with lack of skills, which could result in frustrations and distrust in new practices. 

Academic libraries are strongly involved in the transition processes of changing concepts of scientific communication. However, even librarians often do not have sufficient skills and expertise to address complex problems in this field. Therefore, in the CTK, we decided to provide a range of educational events for librarians and other stakeholders in the development of scientific communication to inspire the best possible practices in scholarly communication within the framework of open science. In cooperation with Scientific Knowledge Services, we have attracted numerous international speakers in Ljubljana, who presented various thematic aspects and solutions in the field of open science in developed research and educational environments. The importance of these meetings is substantial. After four years, we can observe the results of these meetings also in the applicative forms of various open science activities.

Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain


Dr. Ignasi Labastida is the Head of the Office of the Dissemination of Knowledge at the Universitat de Barcelona where he is also leading the Research Unit at the CRAI (Learning and Research Resource Center). From this Office he is leading different projects towards openness related to open educational resources, open access, open data, and open science within his own institution and partnering with external institutions. He is the chair of the SPARC Europe Board and a member of the Steering Committee of the Information & Open Access Policy Group at the LERU. He is also a member of the Open Science Working Groups at CRUE (Spanish National Rectors' Conference) and at FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology). 



Fostering the Open Science agenda from the library


Open Science is a new way of performing research and disseminating its results that many researches are embracing. Some universities have started to create an agenda to acknowledge, support and reward this new attitudes and libraries can play a key role in its development. Looking at some of the initiatives that are set in some European universities we can learn how to build our own approach to Open Science from an institutional point of view and especially from the library. Open Science brings many challenges and opportunities and we must be ready for them.


Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services


Tiberius Ignat is the Director of Scientific Knowledge Services, a company which specialises in helping the European libraries to embrace new technologies and ways of working. He runs in partnership with UCL Press and LIBER Europe a successful series of workshops - Focus On Open Science, now in its fourth year. He is a long-time individual member of LIBER, member of European Citizen Science Association and Citizen Science Association (US) and a member of the Scientific Committee for OAI11, the CERN - UNIGE Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication.

Tiberius Ignat has a personal interest in Open Science, particularly Citizen Science and the management of this cultural change. 

He has a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Bucharest.



Focus on Open Science: Introduction

This presentation shows the 5 years journey of our series of events. What is our mission statement, what are our aims and values and how a community could benefit from the organisation of a Focus on Open Science chapter?