Focus on Open Science



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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

WHERE: Univerza v Ljubljani / University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana


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

  • Academic Libraries and Open Education Resources


Confirmed speakers

  • Dr. Paul Ayris, UCL (videorecorded)
  • Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, National Library of Finland
  • Dr. Paolo Budroni, Vienna University Library
  • Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Adam Sofronijević, University of Belgrade
  • Jonatan Vinkler, University of Primorska 
  • Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services



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08:00 - 09:00 Registration and networking
09:00 - 10:00

CTK 70th Anniversary Celebration

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 10:50

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London: Education as a pillar of Open Science

10:50 - 11:20 Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, National Library of Finland: International Collaboration Boosting Open Science
11:20 - 11:40 Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services: Seachange in Research: Collaboration next to competition
11:40 - 12:10  Dr. Paolo Budroni, Vienna University Library: Towards the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): reflections on a local basis for domestic infrastructures
12:10 - 12:40  Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, University of Barcelona: Paving the way for adopting FAIR Data in a university
12:40 - 13:10 Lunch break
13:10 - 13:25 Josef Ilek, Marko Zovko: Open Access and its impact based on bibliographic data
13:25 - 13:40  Dunja Legat, M.Sc., University of Maribor Library: EOSC Slovenia
13:40 - 13:55  Dr. AleksandarJerkov, Dr. Adam Sofronijevic, Nicola Smolenski: Supporting Open Education by Providing Usable Materials in Open Access: University library Belgrade Keyword Searchable Digital Library
13:55 - 14:15 Break 
14:15 - 14:35  Miro Pušnik, M.Sc., Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana: Strategic planning in libraries in the digital age
14:35 - 15:00  Dr. Jonatan Vinkler,  University of Primorska Press: Supporting Open Science and Open Education
15:00 - 15:50  Round table: Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Dunja Legat, M. Sc., Dr. Paolo Budroni, Dr. Adam Sofronijević
15:50 - 16:00  Closing notes

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 and Advisor to the LIBER Board until 2018. 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 the 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.



Education as a pillar of Open Science


Education does not feature as one of the 8 pillars of Open Science, as defined by the European Commission, and this is a problem when considering the full range of activities which Open Science should embrace. There are also challenges in the UK in introducing the ‘Open’ concept to educational materials as these, unlike research outputs, do not fall under the Open Access requirements of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) or the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework). UCL (University College London) has embraced the concept of research-based education and ‘Open’ approaches are helping to support this agenda. This paper will look at an initial UCL Scoping Study for Open Education (2016) and the current version of the UCL Open Education Roadmap (2017). The second part of the paper will look at the work of UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press, in delivering Open Educational outputs. It will start with the traditional textbook approach and then look at the development of the Press’s own textbook platform based on the BOOC (Books as Open Online Content). The paper will conclude by summarizing the challenges and benefits of Open Educational Resources as part of the Open Science agenda.

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). 



Paving the way for adopting FAIR Data in a university



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


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.



Seachange in Research: Collaboration next to competition

Today, science is performed in a highly competitive frame. Researchers and organisations compete for promoting their scientific assumptions, for winning funds, to be the first that discovered something or anything, to get the best publication space which makes their conclusions brighter. In this landscape, researchers compete to publish more, compete for attention, compete to win comparative assessments. There is an important observation we should mark here: competition is about winning a race of which rules are set by others. 

Every time we compete, our success is measured on someone else’s definition of it.

Competition is one important element of human progress but is not the only one and it usually works better when it’s related to other elements, like collaboration.


In Locked Science, researchers and organisations compete for promoting their scientific assumptions, for winning funds,  to find first,  communicate first. It's a careers gold-rush! Scientists compete to publish more, for attention, for visibility and keep comparing with our colleagues. COMPETITION IS ABOUT WINNING.


Open Science is paying a great respect to competition, but it brings another element in this framework that is expected to unlock further resources and to bring a balance. This element is collaboration and it should be seen equal to competition. Adding Collaboration means:  more resources, shared infrastructure for efficient use, collective intelligence,  to reach groups of micro-expertise, to save time, save resources, communicate efficiently and share. 




Dr. Adam Sofronijevic, University of Belgrade


Adam Sofronijevic (1973) holds a PhD in library and information science from University of Belgrade, a MSc in management and a MSc in library and information science and a BSc in information and communization technologies. Adam is certified with CISCO CCNA industrial certificate and over 40 Coursera, Udacity and MITx online certificates in fields of computing, management and humanities. His PhD thesis is entitled ''New paradigm of library collaboration'' and is built around the first European wide research into implementation of Enterprise 2.0 in libraries. He has ten  years of managerial experience as a department head and a deputy director of University library Belgrade and rich experience as a board member of University library Belgrade, ''Milutin Bojic'' library in Belgrade and DART Europe. Adam was the driving force behind participation of University library Belgrade in two EU CIP ICT-PSP projects and is currently heading the participation of the library in Horizon 2020 READ project. He was also responsible for implementation of 10 projects granted by Serbian Ministry of culture. Adam has published internationally over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has been presenting at more than 30 international scientific conferences in 12 European countries. He is a member of LIBER annual conference program committee since 2012. Adam is locally well known lecturer and speaker with more than 70 presentations held for librarians in Serbia and many lectures given for PhD and master students at University of Belgrade. He has rich experience in media communications and public relations being an organizer of more than 50 special events hosted by University library Belgrade some of which included participation of dignitaries such as the President of Republic of Serbia and ministers in Government of Republic of Serbia. 



Supporting Open Education by Providing Usable Materials in Open Access: University lirbary Belgrade Keyword Searchable Digital Library


University library Belgrade has developed a system for digitizing, long term preservation and effective presentation of keyword searchable digital materials in METS-ALTO format. This system provides the backbone for emerging  national infrastructure that supports creation and use of machine readable METS-ALTO files. The talk will present a review of the basics of the system along with analysis of its technical and organizational advantages and disadvantages, plans for development and some user statistics. 


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