Focus on Open Science



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An event organised by:

Scientific Knowledge Services and in collaboration with UCL Press and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries).

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 November, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: November 8th 2019



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




Confirmed speakers

  • 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);
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services
  • Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, National Library of Finland
  • Dr. Paolo Budroni, Vienna University Library



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About the Speakers

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK


Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997. 

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies. In 2019, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 





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. After being a long-time individual member of LIBER, he became an LIBER Associate through his company. Tiberius is a 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.




Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, National Library of Finland


Director, Library Network Services, National Library of Finland 2000–

Adviser of LIBER (2018–2020), President 2014–2018, vice-president 2010–2014

Member of DORA (The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment) advisory committee 2018–2021

Member of the Open Science Policy Platform, European Commission 2016–2018, 2018–2020 

Member of the Digital Heritage Expert Group, 2017–2021, European Commission 2017-2021

Member of the Finnish Open Science strategy group 2017–

Member of the steering committee of the Research information hub - a new window into Finnish research 2017–2020

Member of the steering committee of the Finnish Open Science and Research Initiative 2014–2017

Member of the National Digital Library steering committee 2010–2017


Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen is the director of Library Network Services at the National Library of Finland (NLF). She is a director who leads the development of national infrastructure services for HE institutions, public libraries, archives, museums, and other public sector institutions.

The Library Network Services provides national infrastructure services for libraries (universities’ and universities of applied sciences’ libraries, special libraries as well as public libraries), archives, museums and for the public sector as a whole. The services can be divided into two main categories:1) services that improve access to information and 2) metadata and bibliographic services. The services that improve access to information are: national licensing (FinELib), national institutional repository services and national discovery and PaaS service, Finna ( Metadata services include development of metadata standards and guidelines as well as national ontologies (, development and streamlining of metadata production in collaboration with HE institutions and libraries as well as commercial organisations. The National Ontology Service Finto ( is an infrastructure service which is used widely in Finland. It is also a building block for Artificial Intelligence services.


Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen is the director of two research infrastructures of the Finnish Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2014–2020), namely FinELib and Finna. 


She is the former President and current special adviser of LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries. Fostering Open Science is a priority of LIBER, which represents ca. 440 research libraries across 40 countries in Europe. LIBER has been actively fostering Open Science especially in the fields of Open Access, Research Data Management, FAIR Data, Digital Humanities, as well as leadership and skills development. Advocacy related to the copyright reform, raising awareness, building strategic partnerships and being active in EU projects related to Open Science are also among the duties of LIBER.

Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen is a member of the Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission. She is the only person representing libraries in the expert group. The mandate of the OSPP is to advice the Commission on Open Science policy; to practically implement the European Open Science Policy Agenda; improve the quality and impact of European scientific research across member states and internationally; to identify related stakeholder groups. The OSPP consists of 25 high-level representatives of European Open Science stakeholders. The OSPP has published recommendations in 2018 that cover the eight priorities of the Commission.

She has been a member of steering committees of the Open Science and Research Initiative as well as the National Digital Library in Finland. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture coordinated the Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT) for the term 2014–2017. The objective was for Finland to become one of the leading countries in Open Science and Research and to ensure the possibilities of Open Science are widely utilised in our society. The National Digital Library of Finland developed the availability and usability of digital cultural heritage; preservation of digital cultural heritage; digitisation of cultural heritage and collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums. The National Library of Finland is responsible for the development of the National Discovery Service Finna ( Based on external evaluation, Finna has been the most successful of the NDL services.


Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen is also a member of the Digital Heritage Expert Group and she has been a member of the Europeana board and the Europeana executive committee during 2010–2015. The mandate of the Digital Heritage Expert Group is to assist the Commission in relation to the implementation of existing EU legislation, programmes, and policies; to coordinate with the member states, exchange of views; give guidance on Europeana, in particular the general objectives, priorities for actions, and the envisaged level of funding to be proposed for the Europeana core service platform and generic services in the annual Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) work programmes. 


She is a member of the Finnish Research Information Hub - a new window into Finnish research for the term 2017–2020.


Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen has extensive national and international networks related to Open Science (Open Access, research data management, research infrastructures, skills development, libraries, consortia); open innovation and open discovery.



International Collaboration Boosting Open Science


Open Science is being implemented in many countries in Europe. Research is global and also the development of policies, infrastructures, sharing of best practices etc. must happen in international collaboration. Various platforms and organisations -Open Science Policy Platform, Liber, LERU, OA2020 initiative and licensing consortia to mention a few-  support the transition towards Open Science. 

Finland aims to be a leading country in Open Science. The development of the basic building blocks was started already in 2010 in a national initiative. In 2018 the responsibility of national coordination of Open Science was given to the Federation of Learned Societies in accordance with the recommendations of the Open Science Policy Platform.

The presentation will discuss European and national level policies and give some practical examples of implementing Plan S principles. 

Dr. Paolo Budroni, Vienna University Library



Dr. 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 has worked in the field of knowledge management and research information systems for the last 26 years.

In 1988, he completed his education degree in Foreign Trade at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He also holds a postgraduate degree in European Integration for Public Administration, received at the Austrian Federal European Academy in 1996.

Dr Paolo Budroni was staff member of the University of Vienna from 1991 until September 2019. From 2005 until 2019 he was based at Vienna University Libray, heading in the long run the Phaidra Dpt. and the E-Infrastructures Liaison office.

While on sabbatical (2001-2005), Paolo Budroni worked as Strategic Alliances Manager at a German BI Company, further as professor for marketing courses at the graduate level at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Scienze della Comunicazione), and as Marketing Manager and, later, as Strategic Business Development Manager for a German telecommunications firm.

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).

On behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Paolo Budroni has participated in February 2018 to the Launch of the Ethiopian National data Centre (NADRE)  and has further  organized and led the “Training seminar for research data stewardship and e-infrastructures for Ethiopian Stakeholders at Gondar University” in August 2018.

He was involved in the organization of ICRI 2018, Vienna, September 2018. Currently he is involved in the coordination and co-organisation with the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of events like the officlal “Launch of the EOSC”  (November 23rd - and the Presidency event “EOSC – Austria takes initiative” (2018, October 30th




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 envisions establishing a European data infrastructure, integrating high-capacity cloud solutions, eventually widening the scope of these services to include the public sector and industry. 

The EOSC is not a new dedicated infrastructure or software package: it 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.

But, what does it mean at a domestic level, and how does it fit with the now launched EOSC? 

How can relevant relevant communities engage with the EOSC? 

How can EOSC Stakeholders contribute to the structuring of the co-creation processes?

How can the addressed communities help to prepare the transition to  a new  "Stakeholder-based governance”?

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).

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) fosters open science and the digital transformation of science by providing a trusted and open virtual environment for the scientific community with seamless access to services addressing the whole research data life cycle. Focus is on user-orientation and inclusiveness across borders and disciplines, whilst the governance should be characterised by a minimal set of rules of participation. 


Addressed main topics: 

Open science and the digital transformation of science - Development of sustainable collaborative digital ecosystems - trusted and open virtual environment for the scientific communities - Digital Single Market - Data Culture  - Research Data Services  - Architecture and Funding - Governance models  - Pan European initiatives, infrastructures and bodies – co-creation processes


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