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.
Anna Lundén works at National Library of Sweden heading the Department
for Libraries Collaboration and Research Support. The
national coordination task to advance the transition to open access to scholarly publications is managed within this department. It also handles the national library consortia for universities and research institutes, Bibsam, negotiating
transformative agreements with all major academic
publishers. Anna Lundén was appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research to represent Sweden in the intergovernmental negotiation meeting of experts related to UNESCO’s recommendation on Open Science, and she is the
Swedish representative in the European University
Association’s negotiators’ group. Before working at the National Library of Sweden, she has a long experience from the commercial side of the library business.
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
How can we transforme the system of scholarly
Plan S and the transition to Open Access beyond 2024
In this talk I will provide an overview of policies and tools cOAlition S has put in place to
accelerate the transition to immediate open access. cOAlition S is currently considering policy options beyond 2024, the date that was originally indicated as the endpoint of the transition.
Since these options have not been decided yet, I will provide a sketch of an ideal situation that could take shape after 2024 as a result of our policies, tools, and
Colleen Campbell,OA2020 Partner Development, Max
Planck Digital Library
Colleen Campbell leads external engagement in the OA transition at the
Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). There she advises on stakeholder engagement in Germany’s nationwide DEAL agreements and coordinates two key library initiatives: the Open Access 2020 Initiative, a global alliance of research libraries that is driving the
transition of today’s scholarly journals to open access publishing models, and the ESAC Initiative, an international community of practice dedicated to optimizing open access workflows and processes. She is a
member of the LIBER Open Access Working Group, serves on the Managing Board of EIFL, a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and
transition economy countries, and contributes in the advisory groups of a number of other scholarly communication initiatives.
Are we ready for what comes next?
The concept of transformative
agreements (TAs) was first put into practice by national library consortia in northern Europe just a few short years ago. With hundreds of TAs now negotiated in more than 60 countries,
the library community has enabled more than half a million new research articles to be published openly to date.
In the meantime, the first movers in Europe are now reaching their
targets of 100% open access for their research articles and are beginning to look ahead at what comes next. If the largest commercial publishers were to flip their entire journal portfolios to
open access business models tomorrow, would the library community be ready?
Gustav Nilsonne, Researcher at Karolinska
Gustav Nilsonne, MD, PhD, is associate professor of neuroscience at Karolinska
Nilsonne is co-chair of the EOSC Association task force “researcher careers,
Replacing Academic Journals
Scientific publishing is beset by a triple crisis of reproducibility,
affordability, and functionality. An important root cause
is the monopoly-like status of scholarly journals and publishers. Digital technology promises ways out of this lock-in, but at the same time there is an increasing risk of capture of new digital academic workflows by commercial actors. A
shift to open platforms, governed by the scientific
community, is overdue. Traditional journal publishing can
be replaced by a decentralised, evolvable network connected by open standards. Journal prestige as an indicator of quality can be replaced by systematic assessment of the content of research. Solutions are possible by redirecting funding
streams from subscription deals to new infrastructures. A
well-functioning market can be built on the principle of
open tenders. Such a system can spur innovation and evolution of scientific communication and assessment.
Abeni Wickham, SciFree
Abeni holds a PhD in Molecular Physics but gave it all up to
create SciFree, a software company with a mission to make research open to the public for free. Why? Because fake news is free, and Science should be free too!
Apart from building a new tech platform and creating a mostly
female led software company, Abeni also volunteers on the NASIG Digital Preservation committee, and tries to help PhDs transition in the careers.
SciFree Dynamica: Your university innovation for academic
Research, peer-review, and assessment of research integrity are dynamic
processes. The end result, which is a published paper, is not enough to honestly assess or explain research progress and implementation. Yet, that paper's costs and workflow pains have grown
substantially. How then do we reduce our costs at the library while allowing for innovation that meets the needs of researchers, Universities and funders? Meet SciFree Dynamica, a software as a
service tool with faster and better peer-review, free open access, all under the University brand. Dynamica is a tool built with open science and free open access at its core and, innovated to
ensure a sustainable and equitable business model for all.
Johanne Rade, Library Director at UiT The Arctic
University of Norway
Library Director at UiT The Arctic University of Norway since
Leader of the National negotiation group for consortia
A New Open Access policy – researchers freedom and the University
obligations to the public
UiT adopted a new open access policy from January 2022. In order to get
to 100 % OA before 2024.
The new policy includes a an institutional Right Retention Strategy of
all peer-reviewed work by UiT authors.
I will talk about the process to get to a new policy and reactions from
researchers and others.
Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director Stockholm
Wilhelm Widmark is the Library Director of Stockholm University since
2012 and Senior Adviser for Open Science to the President.
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 one of the Directors of EOSC Association.
Will there be any transformation or are we stuck in the transformative agreements?
Sweden is one of the countries that was early adopters of
transformative agreements. Today we have around 25 national
transformative agreements and many universities have their own agreements with different publishers. The goal for Sweden is to reach 100% Open access and we reached nearly 75% in 2021. One question is how we can reach the missing
25 %. Another bigger question is about the
transition. The Rectors conference in Sweden have started a group “Beyond the transformative agreements” with the mission to come up with a strategy to the consortium for negotiations after 2024. As early adaptors we think that
the transition period soon should be over and that the
publishers must come up with new business models to reach
or demands on 100% Open access in a sustainable way. I will talk about the mission and the work of the group.
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.