Supporting the practice of openness: LIBER activities in open scholarship


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Presentation by S.K. Reilly from the LERU Seminar on Open Scholarship, 6 June 2014, Brussels

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Supporting the practice of openness: LIBER activities in open scholarship

  1. 1. Supporting the practice of openness: LIBER activities in open scholarship LERU seminar, June 6, 2014 Susan Reilly Advocacy & Projects Manager LIBER: Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche @skreilly
  2. 2. Contents  About LIBER  Areas of activity  Policy  Research data management  Training  Opportunities  Digital research methods/library as laboratory  Library as publisher  Transparency
  3. 3. LIBER: reinventing the library of the future  Largest network of European research libraries: 410 in over 40 countries Mission: “To provide an information infrastructure to enable research in LIBER institutions to be world class”
  4. 4. Advocacy LIBER Activities Reshaping The research library Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructure
  5. 5. From serials crisis… “Wewriteto communicatean untenablesituation facingtheHarvard Library. Manylarge journalpublishers havemadethe scholarly communication environmentfiscally unsustainableand academically restrictive. ” Harvard University Library, 2012
  6. 6. To supporting the practice of openness Open access publishing New forms of peer review Open infrastructure Research data management Open educational resources Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Open science Collaboration Coyright & licencing Policy Advocacy & training Alternative Metrics Open data
  7. 7. Key Role: policy development  ReCODE: policy recommendations for open access to research data in Europe  Disciplinary approach  Values, Infrastructure, Legal & Ethical, Institutional  One size does not fit all  Values differ across disciplines  As does data  And RDM practices  Attitudes and practices will change over time  Increase in skills  Availability of infrastucture  Evidence and incentives  Legislative change will impact practices
  8. 8. Key role: policy coordination  PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research)  So many policies, so little coordination!  Surveying existing policies  Analysing effectiveness and impact  Engaging policy makers
  9. 9. Key role: research data management “Without the infrastructure that helps scientists manage their data in a convenient and efficient way, no culture of data sharing will evolve.” Stefan Winkler-Nees (German Research Foundation, DFG)
  10. 10. No. 2 benefit to organisations “Ensure the integrity of research results”
  11. 11. Getting started in RDM?  LIBER working group on scientific information infrastructures
  12. 12.  libraries-to-get-started-with-research-data-management
  13. 13. Getting started in RDM  Need for cross service collaboration  Strong case for centralised support service  Lack of clarity about what research data is and how it should be made accessible  Need to go beyond the institution  Investment in advocacy and awareness raising
  14. 14. Next steps  Recheck the gap  Identify new competencies and skills LIBER, ARL & COAR joint task force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication
  15. 15. 2. Skills a HUGE priority
  16. 16. Key role: training  Developing training platform and material  Training multipliers in open science  It’s collaborative and coordinating
  17. 17. Future roles in supporting the practice of openness  Library embedded throughout the research lifecycle  From project proposal to curation post project  Library as laboratory  Mining and visualisation of data  Library as publisher  Publishing layers over institutional repository  Shared infrastructure  For open access monographs, Linked Open Data, TDM Stacks of the José Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, cc-by
  18. 18. Library as Laboratory  Digital and digitised collections  Curation of data  Linked Open Data  Tools for data visualisation  e.g. Europeana Cloud, Haithi Trust Research Centre, Trove
  19. 19. Library as publisher  The diamond route  No fee to author  Overlay publications
  20. 20. Creating the perfect conditions for openess  Legislative change  Policy development and coordination  Mandates  Licencing  Collaboration  To implement policies  To build and connect infrastructure  Develop competencies/best practice  Transparency & cooperation  Tim Gowers started the ball rolling in the UK  Key to success of gold open access (double dipping) By Shacktown123 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( )], via Wikimedia Commons
  21. 21. Thank you!  Any questions?  Find out more at All content in this presentation is licenced cc-by 4.0 unless otherwise stated