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.
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 November, in what promise to be a stimulating event!
WORKSHOP: Focus on FAIR - FAIR Data
and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
WHEN: 7th November 2019
WHERE: Aula, Graz University of Technology,
Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz, Austria (Google Maps)
FAIR data and the European Open Science Cloud are two crucial building blocks for the future of collaborative,
data-driven research. Much work is currently ongoing to turn these high-level principles and concepts into reality: as concrete infrastructure, standards and practices. A year since the signing
of the Declaration and the launch of the EOSC in Vienna (https://eosc-launch.eu/home/), Graz University of Technology invites researchers and research support staff to meet to discuss future priorities for EOSC and FAIR
data at the international, national and regional levels. Through expert presentations and interactive sessions, it will advance discussion on these topics, whilst also providing an accessible
introduction to these topics for newcomers.
Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Universitat de
Ignasi Labastida has a PhD in Physics. He is the Head of the Research
Unit at the University of Barcelona's Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI) where he also leads the Office for the Dissemination of Knowledge. He is currently chairing the Board of SPARC
Europe and he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Info and Open Access Policy Group at the LERU (League of European Research Universities). He is the co-author of the LERU Roadmap for
Research Data and the LERU Roadmap on Open Science
Paving the way for adopting FAIR Data in a university
Researchers are being aware of
the need to share their research data but there is still a lot of misinformation about how to do it. Universities should provide information, training, infrastructure and services to make it
possible. It is not just a question of posting some spreadsheets in a repository it goes far beyond. The FAIR principles set some criteria that can be followed by researchers and institutions to
reach the ultimate goal: to have research data publicly available to be reused by others to reproduce results and to build upon them.
Dr. Marta Teperek, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Marta did a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. In
2015 she joined the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge and led the creation and development of the Research Data Management Facility, which supported researchers in
good management and sharing of research data. In 2017 Marta moved to TU Delft in Netherlands, where she is leading the Data Stewardship project.
Marta serves on the Editorial Board of the Data Science Journal and Co-Chairs the Research Data Alliance Libraries for Research Data Interest Group. She regularly publishes blog posts and
peer-reviewed publications on topics of data management and open science and is professionally active on Twitter.
Who hasn't heard about FAIR?
FAIR data has become the new buzzword within research communities: funders, publishers, research institutions... all require that researchers make their research data FAIR: Findable, Accessible,
Interoperable and Re-usable. But what do researchers think about FAIR? What does FAIR really mean to them in practice? I will use a case study from TU Delft to talk about institutional support
for FAIR data and reflect on some FAIR and unFAIR approaches to support the research community in their transition to the FAIRer world.
Paolo Budroni, University Library of Technical University of Vienna
Paolo Budroni, member of staff of University Library of Technical
University of Vienna, in charge of International Projects and Change Management. Member of the EOSC Secretariat, Sub Task Researchers Engagement, based at TU-Wien. Counselling Partner of
University of Vienna, H2020 Project EOSC Pillar. He holds a PhD in Philosophy, Art History, and Romance Philology and an education degree in Foreign Trade at the Vienna University of Economics
and Business (WU).
Among his areas of expertise are research data management, the
architecture of digital asset management systems, current research information systems and cost development in life cycle management of data. He is also advising research institutions in Europe
in data management policy development and alignment. Paolo Budroni is Austrian National Delegate in the E-Infrastructure Reflection Group (E-IRG) , member of board of the Austrian RDA National
Node , chair of the General Assembly of E-Infrastructures Austria, member of board of Open Education Austria (advanced library services) , registered TAIEX Expert, coordinator of the Austrian
Open Science Support Group (AOSSG). He represents the TU Wien at COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories).
Towards the European Open
Science Cloud (EOSC): reflections on a local basis for domestic infrastructures
In November 2018, the European Commission launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) at the University
of Vienna. The EOSC is a process of making research data in Europe accessible to all researchers under the same conditions of use and usage; it gives a strong push in Europe towards a
culture of open research data that are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR); it fosters networking within the existing European data infrastructures, integrating
high-capacity cloud solutions, and in due course, widening the scope of these services to include users from the public sector and industry.
Understanding the EOSC structure is a first step in recognizing the
opportunities offered by the newly launched EOSC. This presentation offers some reflections for a better understanding of the realization of the EOSC at the present stage, including the
activities of the newly established EOSC Secretariat and the so called “5b-EOSC Supporting Projects” (with special focus on EOSC Pillar).
Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt
Stefanie Lindstaedt is the
Head of the Institute for Interactive Systems & Data Science (ISDS) at Graz University of Technology and CEO of Know-Center (www.know-center.at), Austria‘s leading Research Center for
Data-driven business and Big Data Analytics. Stefanie earned her habilitation in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (Austria), where she has been teaching undergraduate and
graduate courses since 2002. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA). She has a strong background in computer science, especially
artificial intelligence. Her research focus is the integration of data-driven approaches (e.g., machine learning, neural networks) with knowledge-based models (e.g., ontologies, engineering
models) and human computer interaction.
services at TU Graz
Researchers’ perspectives on
Research Data Management (RDM) are diverse and often discipline specific, but there are many issues which occur across contexts. This talk will discuss TU Graz’s researcher-led approach to
implementing FAIR data services, as part of the Digital TU Graz project, to: (i) enable FAIR data through efficient research data management, (ii) develop state-of-the-art disciplinary and
cross-disciplinary tools and services and (iii) boost the impact and reputation of TU Graz by increasing international visibility and re-usability of research. The talk will detail and reflect
upon progress-to-date at TU Graz, from knowledge-gathering (survey/interviews) and policy development to the conception and implementation of open source tools including InvenioRDM and
Dr. Tiziana Ferrari
Tiziana is Technical Director at the EGI Foundation, the coordinating
body of EGI, the federated e-Infrastructure set up to provide advanced computing services for data-driven research and innovation. Through its partners at European and international level and
strategic collaborations with research infrastructures, EGI leads innovation in high-throughput computing, cloud, data management and security.
Since January 2018, she is project coordinator of EOSC-hub, the EC
funded project bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers and research infrastructures to create the EOSC Hub: a central contact point for European
researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research. Tiziana was formerly Chief Operations Officer of EGI, taking care of
the operations coordination of the technical infrastructure, one the largest computing platforms for research in the world.
She is a promoter of the Open Science Commons and participated in the
definition of the EGI governance and service portfolio in the framework of the EGI_DS project. Tiziana holds a PhD in Electronics and Data Communications Engineering from the Universita’ degli
Studi in Bologna.
The Ascent of Open Science
and the European Open Science Cloud
Open science is becoming more and more part of the daily practice in
conducting science. Around the world, researchers are increasingly aware of the value and importance of open science. As scientific research becomes highly data-driven and dependent on computing,
scientists are conscious of the growing need to share data, software and infrastructure to reduce wasteful duplication and increase economies of scale. In an ideal world, every step of the
research process would be public and transparent – the full methodology and all the tools used, as well as the data, would be accessible to the public and all groups without restriction, enabling
reproducibility and refinement by other scientists.
This presentation will show case a number of success stories indicating
how federated digital infrastructure, that have been sustained by the member states and the European Commission, have become an indispensable tool to enable collaboration and sharing.
The European Open Science Cloud was launched by the European Commission
in 2016 aiming to (1) increase the ability to exploit research data across scientific disciplines and between the public and private sector, (2) interconnect existing and new digital
infrastructures in Europe and (3) support open science.
After 3 years from the launch the EOSC-hub project
(https://www.eosc-hub.eu/) - the first and the largest of the EOSC implementation projects of the H220 funding programme, has succeeded in delivering some of the building blocks like the EOSC
portal and Marketplace, tools and processes for federating data and services providers, harmonized policies, a federated AAI infrastructure, Competence Centres to support research infrastructures
in their complex digital needs, interoperability guidelines and the Early Adopter Programme to provide expert support and service capacity to research projects.
The presentation will conclude with an overview of the EOSC roadmap
towards a fully operational entity.
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