Open 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 more transparent and
collaborative approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. This potential has been successfully tested - if only that - during pandemic
Open Science started as a vision, aiming to address
matters like research reproducibility and access to the results of publicly-funded research. The vision was generally welcome by academic and research institutions and benefited from a great
advocacy movement. It’s high time now to build on practice and effective management.
It is generally accepted in Europe that research
should be as open as possible and as close as necessary. Finding the borderline between the two is one of the most important tasks for practitioners, whether they belong to funders, research
organisations, their partners or researchers themselves.
Yet, this borderline is not sufficiently explored.
Guidelines based on feedback and learning from practice should be created, rather sooner than later.
This innovative approach to research has further
potential: to address existing inequalities and matters like inclusivity, ethics, better assessment or the missing links between science and society or to re-shape public-private
Emphasizing research practices, we will discuss the
role of research organisations to support this transition, both acting local and internationally.
The results of the workshops will be captured in a
formal report. The report is intended to be used by all involved partners, to advance the implementation of Open Science in their communities and their own institutions.
The language of this event is
The Workshop format offers both on-the-spot
interactions and follow-up opportunities.
Please feel welcomed to participate to the sessions
and to extend your professional network at the international level.
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.
Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director, Stockholm
Wilhelm Widmark is the Library Director of Stockholm University scince 2012. He has a Master of Arts in
literature and a Master of Arts in library and information science from Uppsala University. Wilhelm is active in the Open Science movement in Sweden and Europe. He is the Vice Chairman of the
Swedish Bibsam consortia and a member of the Swedish Rectors conferences Open Science group. He is also a member of EUAs Expert Group on Open Science and since December one of the Directors
of EOSC Association.
About the Speakers
Astrid Söderbergh Widding,
President of Stockholm University, Chair of the
Swedish Association for Higher Education Institutions and Chair of the Swedish Bibsam Consortium.
Astrid Söderbergh Widding holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from Stockholm
University, 1992. In 2000 she was appointed Professor of Cinema Studies, and is the President of Stockholm University since February 2013.
Astrid Söderbergh Widding is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences, of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and of the Academia Europaea. She is Chair of the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions since 2019,
member of the EUA Council as well as of the EUA Research Policy working group. Since 2016, she is Chair of the BIBSAM consortium – responsible for the Swedish negotiations with scientific
publishers – Governing Council member of the Magna Charta Observatory since 2020 and member of the board of Aarhus University since 2018. Previous assignments include membership in the Swedish
Government’s Research Expert Group until 2020 and chairmanship for the Principals Council of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation until 2019.
Photo credit: Anna-Karin
A Swedish Roadmap for Open Science
The talk aims at presenting the Roadmap recently adopted by the Swedish
Association for Higher Education Institutions, and reflections over the challenges ahead from the perspective of a university president, including the new Open Science mission for universities
from the government.
Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK
Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services & UCL Office for
Open Science and Scholarship). He joined UCL in 1997.
Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research
Libraries) 2010-14. He was Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community for 10 years, ending in 2020. He also chairs OAI12 – The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in
Scholarly Communication. He is a member of the UUK High-Level Strategy Group on E-Resource purchasing for the Jisc community. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He
has served two terms of office as a member of the President’s and Provost’s Senior Management Team in UCL. On 1 October 2020, Dr Ayris launched the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship, of
which he is head.
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.
Open Science – a blueprint for the university in the
This paper looks at the role and importance of Open Science as identified by LERU (League of European Research
Universities). It then shows how in UCL (University College London) those principles are put into practice via the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship. The paper looks at 2 areas of Open
Science – the development of new publishing models in UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access University Press; and the adoption of the principles of the San Francisco Declaration and the
Leiden Manifesto in UCL’s academic Careers Framework. The paper concludes that Open Science does indeed represent a blueprint for the University of the 21st century, but that challenging choices
have to be made.
Karin Grönvall, National Librarian, National Library
Karin started her library career at the National Library in the late
90’s, in the early days of the BIBSAM-consortium, working with licensing electronic resources for the higher education sector. She was then recruited to Karolinska Institutet University Library
as head of the division of information provision. Karin has been library manager at Södertörn University and at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, focusing on development areas such as
student support and data management. She has been part of several working groups for cooperation in the library sector. In 2019, she was appointed National Librarian by the Minister for Higher
Education and Research in Sweden.
Promotion, coordination and assessment, the mission of
the National Library concerning open access to scholarly publications
One given task for the National Library is to support access to information for higher education and research. Open
access to scholarly information fits naturally into that mission and the NL has received a directive from the Swedish Government to promote and coordinate the work of introducing open access to
scholarly publications. This task assumes a close cooperation with the universities where the scholarly publication takes place. The cooperation is based, among other things, on the well
established collaboration structure for the BIBSAM consortium. The directive also includes submitting a survey and assessment of the national work to the government. The NL works on
infrastructural solutions to collect the data needed as well as constituting a platform for strategic discussions.
Sven Stafström, Head of Swedish Research Council
Sven Stafström is Director General of the Swedish Research Council. He
has a long background in academic leadership. He has served as acting Dean at Linköping Institute of Technology, Director of the National Supercomputer Centre and Head of the Department of
Science and Technology at Linköping University. In 2010 he became Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences. Since 2014 he is Director General of the
Swedish Research Council. Stafström is governing board member of Science Europe and the Swedish delegate in the European Science Advisors Forum (ESAF).
Stafström received his PhD in theoretical physics from Linköping
University in 1985. In 2000 he became professor in Computational Physics at the same university. His main research interest relates to charge transport in carbon based materials for applications
in photo-voltaic devices and light emitting diodes.
National coordination of open access to research
Open access to research data means that data collected and/or created
during the course of research shall be published with free access via internet. Since 2017, the Swedish Research Council has had the task of coordinating the national work of introducing open
access to research data. The task is based on the 2016 research policy bill (2016/17:50), with the goal for the transition to open access to research data to be fully implemented by
In this presentation I will describe the Swedish Research Council’s
coordination assignment and how it is carried out in continuous collaboration with relevant actors at both national and international levels. The aim is to drive policy at a strategic level, as
well as to support the practical implementation of the transition to open access. Concerning the practical implementation, we are using our funding instruments to support a number of activities
aimed at creating the infrastructure needed for open access. We have also formulated a list of criteria for research data to be considered FAIR and a guide for their implementation. Another
important result of our work is the development of a common template and a digital tool/service for data management plans. This was based on a template by Science Europe, which was translated and
adapted by the Swedish Research Council and the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF).
Lightning talks speakers:
Maria Almbro,Research Data Analyst, Stockholm University
Studied pedagogics, literature and Swedish at Mälardalen University as
well as Ecology at Gotland University College and Stockholm University with a degree in Zoology earned in 2004. In 2009 I defended my PhD thesis “Escape flight in butterflies” at Stockholm
University and received a doctoral degree in Ethology. After several years of working as a postdoctoral researcher and teacher I am currently holding a position at Stockholm University as a
Research Data Analyst.
Early career researchers face a rapidly changing scholarly publication
and funding landscape with increasing expectations on open publication and transparent research practices from universities, funders and publishers. To help and encourage doctoral students to
navigate the open science landscape we designed an Open Science course (5 ECTS) which was offered for the first time in the spring of 2021, with the aim of giving PhD students in the human and
natural sciences essential skills in good research data management and open access publication routes for both articles, books and data.
Sabina Anderberg, Business developer, Stockholm
Master degree in Library and Information Science, University of
Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from University of
The National Research Data Working Group, The Association of Swedish
Higher Education Institutions
The EOSC Reference Group , The Association of Swedish Higher Education
The National EOSC Reference Group , The Swedish Research
The EOSC Task Force Group Upskilling countries to engage in EOSC
From idea to the implementation: a central storage
service at Stockholm University
Stockholm University has been developing and implementating a local
infrastructure and support for RDM services since 2016 in order to support the transition to an open scholarly system and fulfill the responsibilities of the University and the needs of the
researchers. This lightning talk will focus on our latest service for a new central storage solution and the strategies and work to get it in place. Stockholm University offers a new
structure for storing research data that is available to researchers and doctoral students at Stockholm University. The storage solution is based on a private cloud solution offered via Sunet
(Swedish University Computer Network). The service is offered to researchers and doctoral students whom are allocated a free storage space of 200 Gigabyte, after which it is possible to order
additional storage space to a reasonable price.
The solution offers the opportunity to both share and control access to
data within and outside Stockholm University in accordance with regulations.
Joakim Philipson, Research Data Analyst
at Stockholm University Library
Studied mathematics, history of ideas, philosophy of science, Russian
language and literature at Umeå and Stockholm Universities, Library and Information Science at Borås University College (Masters degree - MLIS), 1996 . PhD in Slavic languages (Russian) at SU,
Dec. 2008 (diss. The Purpose of Evolution: the ‘struggle for existence’ in the Russian-Jewish Press 1860-1900).
Facilitating FAIRness with a maDMP Online Stockholm
For the multiple purpose of making it easier for researchers to fill
out a DMP form, reviewing it and evaluating the projective
FAIRness of the data management in a project described by the DMP, Stockholm University (SU) is developing a local DMP template in DMP Online for our researchers. This template, built on the Science Europe and Swedish Research Council
DMP models, with the original sections and questions in the
headings, is made more machine-actionable, by means of targeted
questions and answers from multiple choice check-boxes or
drop-down menus. As a result, the output via API from a DMP using this template can then easily be transformed to be compliant with the RDA DMP Common Standard, validating
against the current maDMP-schema-1.1.json. This talk will be a live,
lightning demo of how the template works and part of the
FAIR assessment it could be used for.
Abeni Wickham, SciFree
Abeni Wickham, PhD
MSc from University College London, PhD from Linköping University, Post
Docs from Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces and Imperial College London. Currently the CEO of SciFree, working to help libraries and researchers go 100% OA.
Universities making Open Access Easy: SciFree Journal
Together with the Librarians at Stockholm University and the Royal
Library of Sweden, we set our sights to create a tool for researchers to find out how and where to publish within the Open Access Agreements. By combining the libraries’ workflow with a
simplified output for researchers to quickly find what they need, the Journal Search Tool created an opportunity for libraries and researchers to connect towards open access. An opportunity met
by 28 Swedish Universities with thirty-five thousand (35 000) searches in two months, including researchers asking whom they must thank for all these Open Access agreements-their