Work Shops


NEREUS Workshop: Open data, restricted data and the library role – practical cases with regards to economics and social sciences


Open Science and Open Data have become hot topics in recent years. Effective research data management is increasingly emphasised by research funders while infrastructure institutions worldwide are busy establishing various tools and services to support researchers and the research data lifecycle. How successful have been these approaches? How open could or should data be and what role(s) can libraries play to support researchers more effectively? Research indicates that infrastructure institutions see their expertise within the area of RDM, however there are clear distinctions in how different disciplines, even within the same institution, will make use of the various available repositories.

The workshop attempts to address these issues with a particular focus on economics and social sciences. Organized by NEREUS (Network of European Libraries in Economics and Social Sciences), the first part of the workshop features presentations from several notable institutions who will discusses their experiences of establishing research data management and RD services. The presentations will highlight the various demands researchers face in this area and also the role(s) libraries can play in the administration or management or open and restricted research data. The second part of the workshop will comprise small group discussions, culminating in summary plenary discussion.

The workshop is free and open but due to limited space registration is required.

See our Eventbrite page for further details and registration.


OpenAire Gold Open Access Pilot Workshop


This workshop will present the progress of the LIBER-led, OpenAIRE2020 Gold Open Access Pilot and discuss the Pilot’s goals, challenges and working procedures.

The EC Gold OA Pilot began recently by establishing collaboration agreements between a number of institutions in different countries and OpenAIRE regions. LIBER recognises the variety of publishing landscapes across Europe and wants to explore the possibility of international alignment in respect of institutional best practice in OA publishing management.

The workshop will review the current OA publishing models in use at the institutional level. It will also explore the potential benefits of introducing more transparency to the reporting of institutional APC expenses. There will be a special emphasis on the opportunities for libraries that could flow from decentralised management of the OpenAIRE2010 Gold OA Fund, in particular learning more about researchers’ publishing behaviour in order to better inform them of the various publishing choices they face.

Libraries and Research Data Management – Filling the gap between research data training and support


Several institutions are stepping up their capacities for training and support for research data management (RDM). In this workshop we will examine experiences with RDM training, i.e. what groups are targeted, what materials used, what strategies are applied. Training efforts will certainly help raising awareness, in particular among young researchers. But this does not seem to be sufficient for establishing working relationships that last beyond the event. Therefore, further effort is needed to fill the gap and turn awareness into opportunities for closer collaboration and hands-on skilling.

Questions covered by the workshop: • How to organize and structure support for RDM?
• Training for RDM: What models and methods, what learning objectives, what works?
• Tools: Writing and reviewing data management plans, data interviews and more.


SPARC Europe Workshop: Open Access policy and training in Europe

The workshop will bring you up to date on two important EU-funded projects currently underway. One is FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research), a project focused on providing or enabling training courses on all aspects of Open Science. We will report on the courses tat have taken place, those still to come, and on the online training materials that the project is creating.  The other is PASTEUR4OA (OA Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research), which is focused on OA policy. We will report on the policy analysis work that the project has carried out, including the criteria that make a policy most effective, will introduce the new, revamped ROARMAP policy registry, and talk about the project events that are being planned for policymakers.

Please note: The workshop will run for approximately 1.5 hours. In the second half of the morning session we will be hosting a meeting for SPARC Europe members to update them on what SPARC Europe has been doing and its plans for the next period.