Focus on Open Science

Chapter IV: Rome


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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. 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), Adviser to the LIBER Board.

- Carolyn Alderson, Deputy Director Jisc Collections, UK.

- Jeannette Frey, Director of BCU Lausanne and Vice-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 17th 2018  

WHERE: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Science,  Room 2A (Via Caserta, 6 | 00161 - Roma)


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

1. Open Science and the Management of A Cultural Change

2. The drivers of change: FAIR Data and Open Access 


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;
  • Dr. Ignasi Labastida i Juan, Head of the Research and Innovation Unit of the CRAI at the University of Barcelona;
  • TBD Jisc Collections, UK;
  • Colleen Campbell, Partner Development at Max Planck Digital Library;
  • Dr. Paolo Anagnostou, University of Sapienza




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Registration and networking

Opening Key Note: 

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK

Sponsor 1

Colleen Campbell, Max Planck Digital Library, Germany

Sponsor 2

Coffee Break

Dr. Paolo Anagnostou, University of Sapienza, Italy

Sponsor 3

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

Sponsor 4

Lunch Break

TBD, Jisc Collections, UK

Sponsor 5

Discussion Panel and Lightning Talks 

Closing Key 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; 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.






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.






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 is a member of the SPARC Europe board and a member of the Steering Committee of the Information & Open Access Policy Group at the LERU. 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. 






Dr. Paolo Anagnostou, University of Sapienza, Italy


Dr. Paolo Anagnostou is a Biologist and he is currently working as a research fellow of the Department of Environmental Biology of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He has a Ph.D. in “Biodiversity and Evolution” from the University of Bologna. His main research interest is Molecular Anthropology and his more recent research activities focused on reconstructing the demographic history and the relations among southern Tunisian populations as well as exploring the genetic and genomic diversity of populations subject to isolation factors. In the last few years he grew an interest on Open Science, especially on Open Research Data. He participated in several research projects aimed at investigating the rates and ways research data are shared in the fields of human genetics and genomics. He is also a founding member of the Italian

Association for the promotion of Open Science (AISA). A non-profit organization whose goal is to advance

open access to knowledge.




In recent years there has been a growing consensus among scientific communities that the possibility to get access and reuse data may help scientific progress allowing a better exploitation of information and an optimized use of resources in a climate of scientific openness and transparency. This becomes even more important for those scientific fields whose findings and outputs can strongly impact our life and the way we think, such as human genetic research. This discipline has witness a constant and rapid development in the past decades and the consequent all increasing amount of genetic data produced, falling to both the so called small and big data categories, have found a wide range of applications in different scientific fields, like biomedicine, human evolution and forensics. Given these premises, understand how much, in which way and why researchers in this field share, or withhold, their data is fundamental for the identification of critical aspects and the development of strategies aimed at increasing their availability for the scientific community as a whole. To this end, we explored both small data (genetic) and big data (genomic) sharing practices in the above-mentioned fields through a in depth scrutiny of papers. Our results tell a two-path story. One path narrates of two scientific communities: Paleogeneticists and Forensic scientists, who, due to the shared effort towards reproducibility and transparency of scientific practices, successfully embraced good data sharing practices, reaching around 97% and 86% of data sharing rates, respectively. The second path, on the contrary, tells us about the biomedical community for which data sharing is quite uncommon. In fact, data availability in this discipline ranges from 64% for small data to a poor 18% for big data (combined value for SNP chip and Next Generation Sequencing data), even though the availability of several digital infrastructures specifically designed to host and disseminate these types of data as well as mandatory data sharing policies implemented by publishers and funders. Potential conflicts with ethical and privacy issues and/or being a highly competitive field of research and having connections with industry may combine and make biomedical researchers less willing to share their data. 


In conclusion, we believe that to invert the trend and popularize good data sharing practices, research stakeholders must commit to set up tailored approaches for each research field taking Paleogenetics and Forensic science communities as an example. At the same time, we all must make an effort to increase awareness on the importance a robust a sustainable data sharing for scientific progress, especially among young researchers..

Massimiliano Carloni, Clarivate Analytics, Italy


Massimiliano Carloni (47) graduated in Electronic Engineering at Tor Vergata, E-MBA at MiB in 2008. He has been operating for over 18 years in Sales & Marketing in different sectors and markets. Massimiliano is married and a father of two daughters.

Since March 2013, he has been working in Clarivate Analytics (at that time Thomson Reuters) as Solution Consultant being in charge of pre- and post- sales customer support for European customers. Previously he was in charge of the Italian Top Accounts of Elsevier.

He has developed a deep knowledge of the academic publishing market, paying particular attention to digital platforms.

Previously, he served for five years in the defense industry, at a multinational company (Northrop Grumman), dealing with strategic marketing, business development and institutional relations.



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TBD, Jisc Collections, UK


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