Focus on Open Science

Chapter II: Budapest

Citizen Science, Research Data, Access to Knowledge, and Beyond

An event organised in cooperation with

EISZ Office (Library of Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and

Central European University.


LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) is the official partner of this event.

Scientific Knowledge Services and its partners are introducing an exciting series of Workshops in Central Europe on the theme of Open Science. The purpose of the Workshops is to introduce the concept and values of the Open Science agenda to new communities.


We see the Workshop as an introduction to the 'disruptive change' which Open Science brings. The presenters will offer a complete overview of Open Science's core elements, from the perspective of libraries. It will clearly show how Open Access, Research Data Management, E-Infrastructures and Citizen Science are connected and form a building block that represents a future role for libraries. 


Does this road ahead represents a future for your library? 

Register here, find out and be part of this event!


The language of the Workshop will be English.


The sessions will be videoed and made available on the Conference website after the event. They will also be live streamed during the Workshops themselves.


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

WHEN: November 22nd 2017,  

WHERE: at Central European University

Address: Budapest, Nádor u. 15, 1051 Hungary


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

- Citizen Science 

- Research Data Management and Long-tail Data

- Offsetting Models. 


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), Adviser to the LIBER Board;
  • Daniel Wyler, Delegate of the President, for Strategic Projects at University of Zurich;
  • Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona;
  • Liam Earney, Director of Jisc Collections, UK;
  • Colleen Campbell, Partner Development at Max Planck Digital Library, Germany;
  • Wilhelm Widmark, member of LIBER Board (Association of European Research Libraries).


8:30 - 09:00 Registration
9:00 - 09:10 Opening
9:10 - 09:50 Ignasi Labastida: Is my university ready for the open science challenges?
9:50 - 10:10 Taylor & Francis
10:10 - 10:50 Dr. Paul Ayris: The Empires of the Future are The Empires of the Mind: Defining the Role of Libraries in Open Science Landscape
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:10 Panel discussion
12:10 - 12:30 Taylor & Francis eBooks
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:10 Colleen Campbell: OA2020: achieving a rapid and scholarly oriented transition to Open Access
14:10 - 14:30 Clarivate Analytics
14:30 - 15:10 Liam Earney: The development of consortial approaches to Open Access in the UK
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 15:50 Alexander Street
15:50 - 16:30 Prof.Dr. Daniel Wyler: Citizen Science: Involving Citizens in research
16:30 - 16:50 Oxford University Press
16:50 - 17:30 Wilhelm Widmark: LIBER’s new strategy 2018 - 2022
17:30 - 17:40 Closing Notes

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 now Advisor to the LIBER Board. 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.



The Needs of Stakeholders in the RDM process: the role of LEARN

This presentation will look at the needs of stakeholders in the RDM process – researchers, research funders, policy and decision makers, support staff, publishers. It will start by analysing the conclusions of the LERU Roadmap for research data and show how these have been taken up by LEARN. The presentation will demonstrate how research data management fits into the emerging Open Science agenda and then look at exemplar issues which LEARN has studied, and for which it has produced guidance in its Toolkit available on the LEARN website. The presentation will conclude by looking at the LEARN self-assessment tool and its list of Key Performance Indicators for measuring progress in research data management.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Wyler, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Born 1949, Diploma in Physics 1974, PhD 1977.

Various research activities in theoretical particle physics and astroparticle physics.


Professor of theoretical physics at the University of Zurich, 1987 - 2015

Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Vice President for Science and Medicine at the University of Zurich 2008 - 2015

Activities in science outreach and contacts to society.

Present position: Strategic advisor to the President of the University of Zurich


Activities in citizen science and open science:

Two years of involvement in citizen science. Main activities in formulating guidelines and principles for sustainable and high quality projects and the incorporation of citizen science at universities with an eye on the general setting of science in society and academia.


Author and initiator of LERU paper on citizen science and universities (2016).

Initiator and organisation of a Citizen Science Center in Zurich (ETH and University of Zurich).

Author of a book chapter for ECSA (European Citizen Science Association) on citizen science at universities (2017).

Several articles and talks on citizen science at meetings, including the ECSA annual meeting in Barcelona (2015) and at a meeting of the advisory group SWAFS (2016).


Organizing conferences and meetings on citizen science:

  • November. 2015 Zürich, Standards and recommendations for citizen science
  • October 2016: Kick-off meeting for Zurich Citizen Science Center

Involvement in the Swiss Network for Citizen Science

  • Contacts to citizen science organizations in Europe and worldwide
  • Member of EUA expert group on open science
  • Co-organizer of open science activities of Swiss Academy of Natural Science

Member of Swiss working group on Open Access strategy

Participation in conferences on Open Science



Citizen Science: Involving Citizens in research


Active participation of citizens in research is increasing, due to new IT-technology and novel research questions that require the participation of many people, but also due to the trend towards‚ open science strongly advocated by the European Commission. This has led, in fields as varied as astronomy, linguistics or medicine to new insights and to a widening of research areas. I will argue that citizen science is a valid research method and should be part of research agendas and strategies at universities and other public institutions. Citizen science (and more generally open science) opens new ways in how universities interact with the general public. It can be an important element when universities reflect and negotiate their place and role in society; for instance, citizen science results can be relevant in policy making.

The advantages, fields of application and challenges of citizen science are discussed and illustrated; a set of considerations and guidelines for successful projects is formulated and elaborated.

Colleen Campbell, Max Planck Digital Library, Germany


COLLEEN CAMPBELL recently joined the Max Planck Digital Library to lead Partner Development in the global Open Access 2020 Initiative. Previously, Director for Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships in Europe for JSTOR and Portico, she has over 20 years’ experience working in various roles within the scholarly communications sector. She is presently serving a 3-year term as an elected member of the UKSG Main Committee and recently co-edited an issue of Against the Grain on the Future of the Monograph. Combining her passions for books and people, she began work in Library acquisitions while pursuing a Theatre degree from Indiana University. She later completed an MA in Italian Studies from Middlebury College and settled near Florence, Italy.



OA2020: achieving a rapid and scholarly oriented transition to Open Access

Open Access 2020 is a global initiative that aims to induce the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing. OA2020 aims to bring a new approach to the transactional side of the publishing system and the ways in which its cash flow is organized. The goal is to achieve on a larger scale what SCOAP3 has successfully done for some core journals in the field of High-Energy Physics: to convert journals from subscription to open access by re-directing the existing subscription spend into open access funds, and from these to finance the essential services that publishers provide for scholarly communication, i.e. the administration of peer review, editing, and open access article dissemination.


The OA2020 initiative is based on the understanding that the subscription system that has underpinned scholarly journals will eventually become obsolete. Subscription belongs to an era when the challenge for the sharing of knowledge was physical distribution; a journal’s hard copies needed to be laid out, printed and shipped, with payment organized accordingly. While the modernization of the publishing industry has enabled easy distribution in a context of abundant supply, the step that has yet to happen is the cash flow’s shift from the journal level to the article level. Scholarship’s crucial publishing services should be remunerated directly, rather than indirectly through subscriptions. With such a move, the publishing system will be able to engage with the realities and potentials of the 21st century.


In considering the financial aspects of this initiative, OA2020 builds on analysis that shows that there is already enough money within journal publishing to allow for a transition to open access that will be – at a minimum – cost-neutral. This analysis is outlined in a widely-read White Paper, published by the Max Planck Digital Library in April 2015.


The key to success in the transformation from the current subscription model to Open Access publishing is in the hands of the world’s research organizations, as they decide – in tandem with their libraries – how to allocate their funds. What is required is a broad, global consensus among these organizations to withdraw all spending from journal subscriptions and re-allocate those same resources to publishing services.

 Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain


Dr. Ignasi Labastida is the Head of the Office the Dissemination of Knowledge at the Universitat de Barcelona where he is also leading the Research Unit at the CRAI (Learning and Research Resource Center). From this Office he is leading different projects towards openness related to open educational resources, open access and open data within his own institution and partnering with external institutions. He has been a member of the OCW Consortium Board of Directors on behalf of Creative Commons and a member of the Administrative Council of Communia, an International Association on the Public Domain built on the eponymous Thematic Network. Currently, he is engaged in the LEARN project funded by the European Commission aimed at the implementation of the LERU Roadmap for Research Data. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the CIO Community of the LERU..



Is my university ready for the open science challenges?

Open science has become a buzzword in the academic environment but it has many meanings and it brings a lot of challenges to the university that wants to deal with it. The complexity of the multiple faces of open science requires having an institutional plan or roadmap to tackle it and to try to succeed. On one hand, funders and national bodies are advocating for open science to bring research closer to citizens without restrictions; and on the other hand a new generation of researchers is expecting broad institutional support for their new practices.  We will share what has been done at the University of Barcelona and th experiences we have gained, hoping they could serve any other university in the same situation.

Liam Earney, Jisc Collections, UK


Mr. Earney has worked at Jisc Collections since 2003 as collections manager, collections team manager and head of licensing, in which roles he was involved in the negotiation and licensing of a wide range of e-content agreements on behalf of universities, colleges and museum libraries. He has also been involved in a large number of projects associated with copyright and licensing, especially the adoption of machine readable licences, as well as providing consultancy and advice to the National Health Service (NHS), the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and a variety of overseas consortia on the negotiation and procurement of e-content.

Most recently he was seconded to lead the Knowledge Base+ project building a shared academic community knowledge base for UK organisations.

As well as the UK education sector, Liam has worked with the NHS and museum library sectors and a number of overseas consortia, providing advice on the procurement and licensing of scholarly content.



The development of consortial approaches to Open Access in the UK


Section to be updated soon!

Wilhelm Widmark, member of LIBER Board (Association of European Research Libraries) 


Wilhelm Widmark has a master in Library and information science and a master in literature from Uppsala University in Sweden. He has worked at Stockholm University since year 2000 and has been the Library Director since 2011. He has been a member of LIBER Executive Board since 2012 and has the Chair of the Advocacy and Communications Steering Committee. In Sweden he is engaged in the movement towards Open Science and is the vice chair of Bibsam consortia. He is also a member of different steering groups within SUHF, The Swedish Association of Higher Education.



Liber’s new strategy 2018 - 2022

Mr. Wilhelm Widmark will talk about the new LIBER Strategy 2018 – 2022 and the work behind it as well as its implementation and consequences.



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