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OpenAIRE presentation at IFLA 2019 annual conference.
Open science comes on the heels of the fourth paradigm of science, which is based on data-intensive scientific discovery, and represents a new paradigm shift, affecting the entire research lifecycle and all aspects of science execution, collaboration, communication, innovation. From supporting and using (big) data infrastructures for data archiving and analysis, to continuously sharing with peers all types of research results at any stage of the research endeavor and to communicating them to the broad public or commercial audiences, openness moves science away from being a concern exclusively of researchers and research performing organisations and brings it to center stage of our connected society, requiring the engagement of a much wider range of stakeholders: digital and research infrastructures, policy decision makers, funders, industry, and the public itself.
This presentation focuses on two Europe’s flagship initiatives for Open Science, the European Open Science Cloud and Open AIRE (www.openaire.eu), and discusses the role of the libraries in the wider data ecosystem as that of (i) an enabler for openness, FAIRness, participation, transparency and social impact, active in the preservation, curation, publication and dissemination of digital scientific materials, and (ii) a multiplier for training and supporting scientists and non-scientists alike (citizen science, open innovation) for a harmonic co-existence in this emerging environment.