Focus on Open Science

Chapter XIII: Turin


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201905 Turin Focus Open Science Final Report
A strategic document including recommendations and observation issued after Focus on Open Science event in Turin, May 7th 2019
201905 Turin Focus Open Science Final Re
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An event organised by:

Scientific Knowledge Services in collaboration with University of Turin and Polytechnic University of Turin.

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 May, in what promise to be a stimulating event!

WHEN: May 7th 2019

WHERE: via Po 17, 10124 Torino, Rettorato, aula CLAB (


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

1. The Culture of Open Science

2. European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)


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
  • Erik  Schultes,  GoFAIR
  • Carlo  Napoli,  ENEL Foundation
  • Germano Paini, UniTO PICTO
  • Antonio Vetrò, Nexa Center for Internet & Society / Future Urban Legacy Lab
  • Tania Cerquitelli, Politecnico di Torino
  • Andrea De Bortoli, UniTO
  • Andrea Sforzi, Museo naturale della Maremma
  • Sonke Hardersen, Reparto Carabinieri Biodiversità di Verona Centro Nazionale per lo Studio e la Conservazione della Biodiversità Forestale "Bosco Fontana" Carabinieri
  • Alice de Marco, Legambiente



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08.00 - 09.00 Registration and networking
 09.00 - 09.20 Welcome note from University of Turin and Turin Polytechnic
 1st SESSION: The value of Open science
09.20 - 10.00

Keynote: EOSC and the future of research and innovation in Europe, Paul  Ayris, University College London 

10.00 - 10.30 EOSC and data reuse: what’s in it for industries and SMEs, Erik  Schultes,  GoFAIR
10:30 - 10:50 The Role of Public-Private Partnership in Open ScienceTiberius  Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services
 10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
 11:10 - 11:40 Open Innovation: thinking out of the box, Carlo  Napoli,  ENEL Foundation
 11:40 - 12:00 Universities and their surroundings: Contamination Lab and Piemonte 2029, Germano Paini, UniTO PICTO
12:00 - 12:35

Broad Research Data Commons: the example of the Digital Open Urban Twin at the Future Urban Legacy Lab

Antonio Vetrò, Nexa Center for Internet & Society / Future Urban Legacy Lab

12:35 - 13:10 Exploring open data to spread out knowledge: a real-world use case in the energy domain, Tania Cerquitelli, Politecnico di Torino, Department of Computer and Control Engineering, SmartData@Polito
 13:10 - 14:15 Lunch Break
 2nd SESSION: Do you speak Open Science?
14:15 - 14:45 Bringing science to citizens: the FRIDA experience, Andrea De Bortoli, UniTO
14:45 - 15.30 Citizen science: what’s going on Italy, Andrea Sforzi, Museo naturale della Maremma
 15.30 - 15.50 Monitoring protected species of insects with the help of citizens: scientific results and lessons learned, Sonke Hardersen, Reparto Carabinieri Biodiversità di Verona Centro Nazionale per lo Studio e la Conservazione della Biodiversità Forestale "Bosco Fontana" Carabinieri
15.50 -  16.10 Air Pollution and Citizen science: how the citizens can drive the change. The CAPTOR experience, Alice de Marco, Legambiente
 16.10 - 16.30 Q&A
 16:30 Closing Note

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.



EOSC and the future of research and innovation in Europe 


As defined by the European Commission, Open Science consists of 8 pillars of understanding, amongst which are FAIR data and the European Open Science Cloud. Drawing on the results of the EC-funded LEARN project, this paper will look at the challenges which research data management brings to the research institution in an Open Science landscape where research data are at least as equally valued as publications. How, in Rewards systems, can FAIR and/or Open research data be valued as a route to reward and promotion? The paper will look at how these concepts have been embodied into the new UCL Academic Promotions Framework.  In terms of skills development, what needs to happen to equip researchers (especially early career researchers) with the knowledge they need to work in a data-intensive environment? A recent European report has shown that, for the EU, the cost of not using FAIR data will be 10.2 bn euros a year. A second report promotes policy recommendations to make the FAIR data model sustainable. The paper will conclude by looking at the research infrastructure being put in place by UCL (University College London) to deliver on the research data agenda by studying in detail the launch of its new research data repository, which takes Open and FAIR data as the default.

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. He is a long-time individual member of LIBER, 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.


Presentation: The Role of Public-Private Partnership in Open Science 


This presentation will discuss the role of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Open Science. The presenter will speak about how employing honesty, transparency, hard work and politeness in an environment of trust and understanding allow individual and organisations from all walks of life to take risks, express in confidence the intellectual curiosity, explore the bizarre and share lessons learned. 

Ignoring PPP opportunities is making Open Science less vibrant, disadvantaged and a reversible movement. 

Open Science in this view, means inclusiveness, interoperability and partnerships.

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