Focus on Open Science

Open Science by Design: Practical Commitments for Implementation by (Young) Universities

New Indicators -- FAIR Data -- Citizen Science

Chapter XVII: Madrid


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201907 Madrid Focus OS Final Report
A strategic document including recommendations and observation issued after Focus on Open Science event in Madrid, July 8th 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 and it is crucial for all the stakeholders (researchers, librarians, policy makers, etc.) to understand and to be part of the new scientific scenario.


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 and addressed by the Open Science Policy Platform in its general integrated recommendations (See OSPP-REC).

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

We are driven by our 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 our Steering Committee are here.


Open Science by Design in Madrid 

The Madrid workshop will put in correlation 3 of the 8 challenges of EU Open Science: New indicators and reward system – FAIR Data – and Citizen Science. We will analyse and discuss these important topics with the aim of getting PCIs (Practical Commitments for Implementations) of Open Science, particularly for Universities and Research Performing Organisations. The workshop will include the participation of Early Career Researchers.


How are the Universities going to implement new career assessment methods for Open Science? What are the needed infrastructures and skills for FAIR data? How are we going to include citizens in the scientific landscape for public engagement? Are the data produced by citizen science FAIR? How are going to be rewarded FAIR data practices? 



The language of the Workshop will be English.

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

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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

  • Prof. Dr. Juan José Vaquero. Vice-President of Scientific Policy. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • 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. Rebecca Lawrence, Managing Director, F1000
  • Prof. Barend Mons, President CODATA and Director for the Dutch International Support and Coordination Office GO FAIR
  • Prof. Muki Haklay, University College London (UCL), founder and Co-director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group.
  • Dr. Daniel Hook, CEO Digital Science
  • Ghislain Onestas, Solution Expert, Ex Libris
  • Silvia Gómez Recio, Secretary General, YERUN
  • Dr. Eva Mendez, UC3M/YERUN


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08:30 - 09:00 Registration and networking
09:00 - 9:15

Welcome notes: 

Prof. Dr. Juan José Vaquero. Vice-President of Scientific Policy. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

- Cecilia Cabello. Director of Open and International Science. FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology)

- Dr. Eva Méndez. Chair of the OSPP. Deputy vicepresident for Research Policy. Open Science. UC3M

- Dr . Tiberius Ignat. Director of Scientific Knowledge Services (PDF)

9:15 - 9:45

Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost University College London, UK: Leading the change to Open Science in European Universities (PDF)

     Chair: Silvia Gómez Recio, YERUN

9:45 - 10:15

Dr. Rebecca Lawrence, F1000: Shifting the research assessment system to enable the adoption of open knowledge practices (PDF)

     Chair: Cecilia Cabello, FECYT

10:15 - 10:35

Dr. Daniel Hook, Digital Science: The Ascent of Open Access (PDF)

     Chair: Tiberius Ignat, SKS

10:35 - 11:10


11:10 - 11:30

Ghislain Onestas, Ex Libris: Putting the library at the heart of research (PDF)

     Chair: Tiberius Ignat, SKS

11:30 - 12:00

Prof. Dr. Barend Mons, Director for the Dutch International Support and Coordination Office GO FAIR and President of CODATA: The Internet for Social Machines 

     Chair: Tony Hernández. UC3M-FAIR4Health project

12:00 - 12:30

Prof. Dr. Muki Haklay, Professor of Geographic Information Science at  Department of Geography, University College London (UCL): Citizen Science in Open Science context: measuring and understanding impacts of deeper public participation in science (PDF)

    Chair: Paul Ayris. UCL

13:30 - 14:30

Panel discussion: Open Science challenges’ alignment: Next Generation Metrics/Indicators– FAIR Data – Citizen Science

- Paul Ayris, UCL

- Rebeca Lawrance, F1000

-Barend Mons, CODATA/GO FAIR

-Muki Haklay, UCL

-Daniel Hook, Digital Science

-Ghislain Onestas, Ex Libris

     Chair: Eva Mendez. UC3M/YERUN

14:30 - 15:00

Closing Notes: Practical Commitments for Implementation of Open Science in Universities (Indicators-FAIRData-Citizen Science) (PDF)

     Silvia Gómez Recio. YERUN

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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.




Leading the change to Open Science in European Universities 


This paper will take the LERU Roadmap for Open Science as a blueprint for introducing Open Science principles and practices into universities. UCL (University College London) is in the top 10 of global research-led universities. It is also the third oldest university in England. Using UCL as a case study, this paper will look at the 8 pillars of Open Science, as defined by the European Commission, and examine progress in introducing Open Science principles and practice at a university level. The paper will identify the benefits and challenges of the approach, and highlight what remains to be done.

The paper will end by examining the LERU statement on the Leadership needed for Open Science to succeed.

Prof. Barend Mons, GO FAIR, CODATA


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. 

He is also the elected president of CODATA, the standing committee on research data related issues of the International Science Council. Barend is a member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation(ACTI). He is also the European representative in the Board on research Data and Information (BRDI) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in the USA.



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, published 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.


Prof. Muki Haklay, University College London (UCL)


Muki Haklay is a Professor of Geographic Information Science at University College London (UCL). He is the founder and Co-director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group. He is recognised as an international expert in participatory mapping and science, usability and Human-Computer Interaction aspects of geospatial technologies, and public access to environmental information. He is also co-founder and director of the social enterprise ‘Mapping for Change’, which provides services in participatory mapping and citizen science.  Prof Haklay has been combining the fields of Computer Science and Geography throughout his studies, culminating with a PhD in Geography (2002, UCL) which focused on Public Access to Environmental Information. In 2001 he joined UCL as a lecturer and promoted to a professor in 2011. He is currently the co-Vice Chair of the European Citizen Science Association, and have been an inaugural board member of the US Citizen Science Association. He recently completed coordinating the H2020 project “Doing It Together Science” (DITOs) which engaged over 500,000 members of the public and policy makers in citizen science, and currently running an ERC Advanced Grant “Extreme Citizen Science: Analysis and Visualisation”.



Citizen Science in Open Science context: measuring and understanding impacts of deeper public participation in science 


Within the emerging European agenda for open science, deeper public engagement with science, through citizen science, is now part and parcel of Horizon Europe. Yet, there are many issues that need to be understood – the uneven landscape of citizen science across the European Research Area, scientific disciplines, and institutions; the balancing of multiple goals that citizen science projects enact between raising awareness to scientific issues to producing data and analysis that can lead to top discoveries; measuring and assessing the outcomes and outputs of projects; and consideration about the data, analysis, and outputs. The talk will provide a short introduction to citizen science and modes of engagement in it, introduce the “Doing It Together Science” (DITOs) escalator model; and review some of the emerging policy responses to citizen science across the world.


Rebecca Lawrence, F1000


Rebecca Lawrence is Managing Director of F1000, providers of a series of tools and services to support the research community in writing, publishing, discovering and evaluating new scientific findings. She was responsible for the launch of the novel open science publishing platform F1000Research. She has subsequently led the initiative behind the recent launches of Wellcome Open Research, Gates Open Research, and many other funder- and institution-based publishing platforms that aim to start a new trajectory in the way scientific findings and data are communicated and ultimately research and researchers are evaluated.

She is a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform, chairing their work on next-generation indicators and their integrated advice: OSPP-REC, and is a member of the US National Academies (NASEM) Committee on Advanced and Automated Workflows. She has been a co-Chair of a number working groups focussing on data and peer review, for organisations including the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and ORCID. She is also an Advisory Board member for DORA (the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment) and for the data policy and standards initiative, FAIRsharing. She has worked in STM publishing for almost 20 years for several publishers including Elsevier where she built and ran the Drug Discovery Group. She originally trained and qualified as a pharmacist, and holds a PhD in Cardiovascular Pharmacology.




Shifting the research assessment system to enable the adoption of open knowledge practices 


While there is much focus in Europe and indeed globally to encourage the adoption of open science and open knowledge practices by the research community, there are several factors that make it hard for researchers and the broader community to truly embrace such a change.  Chief amongst these are the way that researchers are incentivized and rewarded, and the indicators used to support decisions on career progression, and research and institutional funding. Following the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science in 2016, the European Commission set up the Open Science Policy Platform, a cross-stakeholder group from across Europe, to work together to drive coordinated action to create a step-change in all the main areas of open science.   Rebecca will describe some of work of this group, and other related initiatives around Europe, with a particular focus on efforts to address the until now intractable challenge of implementing frameworks and alternative approaches to research assessment that incentivize open knowledge practices across the research ecosystem.

Daniel Hook, Digital Science


Daniel Hook is CEO of Digital Science. He has been involved in research information

management and software development for more than a decade, as Director of Research

Metrics at Digital Science, Founder and CEO of Symplectic and COO of Figshare. Daniel is a

mathematical physicist specialising in quantum theory and holds visiting positions at Imperial

College London and Washington University, St Louis and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.



The Ascent of Open Access  

The Open Access movement maintains its momentum via a continuous set of initiatives, from different geographies and actors in the sector.  We look at the effects of Open Access on different countries and assess how far we have come in the last few years.

Ghislain Onestas, Ex Libris


Ghislain Onestas works with Ex Libris’ team of Solution Experts advising customers on aspects of Ex Libris solutions and how they can be used to solve problems of librarianship around the areas of teaching, learning and research. As a subject matter expert, Ghislain works closely with customers to define their issues and identify the optimal resolution to them. Prior to joining Ex Libris, Ghislain worked for Clarivate Analytics as Customer Education Specialist.



Putting the library at the heart of research

Many in the academia recognize the need for a better, more integrated approach for managing research assets throughout the research cycle – a systematic data management approach that will eliminate duplication of effort, reduce the burden on individual stakeholders and – above all – would support the institutional goal of increasing the impact of research output.

Academic libraries are increasing their involvement in supporting research output and improving research data management, and in many institutions are already bringing coherence to the way that these are managed. In this session, we will discuss the potential role that libraries can play in driving this transition, by leveraging their expertise in data curation, resource management, and content dissemination, and the infrastructure needed for supporting these processes. We will aim to inspire a conversation around the need for a new, comprehensive approach to research data services. The session will also look at a possible solution via a new library–led initiative being launched (Ex Libris Esploro) that brings together a number of universities and Ex Libris in order to develop a new approach to increase visibility, impact and compliance of research outputs and data while serving the multiple stakeholders.

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