Focus on Open Science

Chapter XVII: Madrid


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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 July, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: July 08th 2019

WHERE: CAMPUS MADRID - PUERTA DE TOLEDO, Ronda de Toledo, 1, 28005 Madrid


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

1. FAIR Data

2. Next Generation Metrics / Indicators

3. Citizen Science


Confirmed speakers

  • PhD. Paul Wouters, Professor of Scientometrics and Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University
  • 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);
  • Prof. Barend Mons, GO FAIR
  • Johannes Vogel, Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Chair of ECSA, European Citizen Science Association
  • Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Center (DCC). Rapporteur of the EC HLEG on FAIR data

AGENDA - Preliminary


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08:30 - 09:30 Registration and networking
09:30 - 10:10 Welcome notes
10:10 - 10:45 Academic talk: Paul Wouters, Professor of Scientometrics and Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University: Keynote on Next Generation Metrics
10:45 - 11:05 Industry talk: TBD
11:05 - 11:40 Academic Talk: Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost University College London, UK
11:40 - 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 - 12:35 Academic Talk: Johannes Vogel, Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Chair of ECSA, European Citizen Science Association: Keynote on Citizen Science
12:35 - 12:55 Industry talk: TBD
12:55 - 13:30 Academic Talk: Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Center (DCC). Rapporteur of the EC HLEG on FAIR data: Keynote on FAIR Data
13:30 - 13:50 Lightning talks: Open Science approaches in Spain
13:50 - 14:40 Lunch Break
14:40 -15:00 Lightning talks: NextGen Science: Lightning talks by UC3M doctoral students
15:00 - 15:35 Industry talk: TBD
15:35 - 16:25 Panel
16:25 - 16:30 Closing Notes

About the Speakers

PhD. Paul Wouters, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). In between these degrees he has worked as science journalist and as editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). He has published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics, and on the way the criteria of scientific quality and relevance have been changed by the use of performance indicators. His PhD thesis "The Citation Culture" (1999) is available here. He has also studied the role of information and information technologies in the creation of new scientific and scholarly knowledge. In this area, he was appointed as leader of two research programs by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Networked Research and Digital Information (Nerdi) (2000 - 2005) and The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS) (2005 - 2010). The experiences and insights gained in the VKS were condensed in Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a collection edited in collaboration with Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst and Sally Wyatt (MIT Press 2013). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). From 2014 until 2019 he was chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional) and has since published in the journal. He is a member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics, was member of the Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science from 2006 to 2008, and sits on various advisory boards of international programs and projects. He is member of the program board of the ZonMW program to promote responsible research behaviour. He is also member of the international advisory board of the Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS Network).



Indicator Frameworks for Fostering Open Knowledge


In this talk I will present the findings of the EU Expert Group on Indicators for open science that has recently delivered its report. The ongoing transformation of the scientific and scholarly system to more open practices requires changes in funding, human resource management, the reward structure in science and the practices of evaluation. These changes can be supported by indicators if, and only if, these indicators are interpreted in their context. The talk will outline approaches that enable this transformation while preventing a limited focus on performance indicators that would only hinder progress in science and scholarship.

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.




Prof. Barend Mons, GO FAIR


Barend Mons is a global expert on FAIR principles and he led the 5 day long early meeting in January 2014 (Leiden) where the principles were first defined. Originally a molecular biologist with 15 years of basic  research experience on malaria parasites and vaccines, he refocused in 2000 on semantic technologies and later on Open Science. He has thus been in this field from the very beginning and started various early movements for open science ‘avant la lettre’ (a.o. Wiki professional, Concept Web Alliance). Mons published

over 100 peer reviewed articles and more recently a handbook named: Data Stewardship for Open Science. He was the senior author on the now widely cited FAIR principles paper in Nature’s Scientific Data in 2016.

In 2015, Barend was appointed Chair of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) for the European Open

Science Cloud, and the group published its report, which marked a critical step towards realising the

aspiration of the EOSC. After leaving the HLEG he continued to be active towards the practical realisation of

the EOSC, defined in the report as the Internet of FAIR data and services. Three countries (The Netherlands,

Germany and France) took the early initiative to create a Global, Open approach to the implementation of

FAIR principles in practice, called GO FAIR, with the aim to kick-start the developments towards EOSC in a

global, open science and innovation context. Mons was appointed director for the Dutch International Support

and Coordination Office of the infinitive with sister offices in Germany and France. 



The Internet for Social Machines 


We are in a transition phase of science, where machines (mainly computers) have become our

major research assistants. Humans and computers increasingly work together as ‘social machines’ to makes

sense of complex natural phenomena. However, computers need a very different input as compared to

people and the way we adapt the communication and reuse of our research results is adopting to this new

situation only at glacial speed. Still, the 15 FAIR Principles, publsihed in 2016, dealing with machine

actionable data and services, have found unusually rapid uptake among a broad spectrum of stakeholders,

from research scientists who create and reuse data, to publishers who distribute data, to science funders

who track impact of data. Barend will describe the FAIR Principles and show examples of how they have

been implemented. He will also present a set of core FAIR Metrics that can help gauge the level of FAIRness

of any digital resource. Of particular interest is how additional FAIR Metrics can (and should) be defined to

address community-specific data structures and analytic requirements. This discussion, and these examples

will be presented in the context of the International GO FAIR Initiative. GO FAIR is a voluntary community of

stakeholders devoted to implementation solutions of an emerging Internet of FAIR Data and Services.