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  Jeff Clovis, Clarivate Analytics

Trained as a biologist in the United States and then a Germanic language specialist and translator in the US and Germany, Jeff Clovis has been working in the field of Information Sciences for the past thirty-eight years at Clarivate Analytics (formerly ISI and Thomson Reuters). He held a variety of positions for this period, mainly in Editorial Development, Product Production, Business and Technology Planning, Product Development, Business Development and finally Head of Global Solutions Support & Customer Education.

He was jointly responsible for: the design of the Image based editorial production system used in processing all journals, conference proceedings, and scholarly books, the development of the Web of Science Core Collection and the Derwent Innovations Index, as well as responsible for the addition and development of BIOSIS resources, CAB Abstracts from CABI Publishing and Inspec from IET. All of these were developed for the Web of Science platform.

He is currently Senior Director, Customer Success & Education and in this position is responsible for supporting Research & Discovery and Research Analytics platforms and custom analytics projects in Europe and North America.


  Patricia Cruse, DataCite

Presentation: DataCite Services for Reseachers: creating downstream value
With research data increasingly being acknowledged as a first-class research output, it’s important for repositories to think about persistent identification of datasets. DataCite is a global non-profit organization working with repositories arond the world. Through our portfolio of services, we provide the means to create, find, cite, connect, and use research and thereybe creating downstream value. This presentation will provide an overview of these services to explain how they can make the most of the existing services for datasets and other non-traditional research outputs.


  Dr. Bertil F. Dorch, The University Library of Southern Denmark

Bertil F. Dorch is the three times elected President of the Danish Research Library Association, and Library Director at the University Library of Southern Denmark. Dorch has a background as a researcher in computational physics and astronomy. Currently, Dorch teaches responsible conduct of research, while also serving as a board member of e.g. LIBER and of Denmark’s Electronic Research Library. Dorch’s main research interests include scholarly communication, research analysis, responsible conduct of research and scholarly publishing, especially within natural sciences.

Presentation: Metrics without merits
Scholarly metrics and rewards are both part of the Open Science agenda, and next generation and open metrics are perceived as necessary for supporting transparency in research: E.g. the EC Expert Group on Altmetrics conclude that ‘next generation metrics should be underpinned by an open, transparent and liked data infrastructure’, and similarly LIBER has formed an Innovative Metrics Working Group to discuss the role and actions of libraries in this respect. In the context of Open Science metrics is often addressed as being related to rewarding a particular Open scholarly practise based on sophisticated evaluation and new metrics. However, experience shows that great care needs to be taken in order for new metrics not to introduce unwanted and unethical behaviour or to infringe freedom of research. To illustrate the potential danger of metrics actually working against the ideals of Open Science, I present the results of recent studies into the gaming incentives of metrics, and discuss possible pitfalls faced by libraries venturing into the business of developing and supplying metrics to research institutions.


  Tomas Foltyn, National Library of Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Mgr. Tomas Foltyn is the graduate of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pardubice, where he completed his master studies in the field of cultural history in 2008. From 2007 he worked in the Digitization Department of the National Library of Czech Republic, first as Project Manager, then as the Head of the Metadata Creation and Management Department. From February 2012 he held the position of the Head of the Strategic Planning Department for the Digitization of Library Collections. In January 2013, he was appointed as Collections´ Management Division Director.

Mgr. Tomas Foltyn is involved in various national and international research projects, is an expert guarantor of the VISK 7 Funding Program and the member of the Central Library Council of the Czech Republic. More detailed information about his professional activities are available on his LinkedIn profile.

Presentation: INDIHU: New Platform to Support Digital Humanities in the Czech Republic
The area of the Digital Humanities belongs to the one of the most important tasks for all the Czech culture heritage institutions. Many various activities has been launched since 2016, e. g. LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ (based on the formal preparation phase of DARIAH-cz), Czech Association for Digital Humanities, DH programme of the Czech Academy of Sciences Strategy AV 21 or finally the big research project called “INDIHU – development of tools and infrastructure for digital humanities”. This project is realized in the cooperation of the Academy of Sciences Library, National Library of the Czech Republic and seven institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences – e. g. Institute for Archaeology, Institute of Philosophy, Institute of Art History and others. The main aim of the project is to create highly professional tools and specialized infrastructure for scientific work in the humanities (such as history, philosophy, history of literature, etc.) that enables the usage of the resources available in electronic form – digitized documents, electronic databases or various collections of e-born data. The project outcomes will cover also the development of the specific tools that will promote the outputs of the research via virtual exhibitions, let the users process their datasets via OCR open source mechanism or create their own virtual file database, where they can store all the permanent links, standardized quotations, RSS feeds, individual datasets or modern trends tracking tools. Such an innovative approach to the research opens also the discussion about the reform of the grounds of the higher education in humanities. At the Czech universities, the classical “static” methodology of the research in literature and archival resources is still promoted. New ways of thinking describing the influence of new technologies and electronic sources are side lined. This opens a new possibilities for broad discussion about the digital humanities. The presentation will aim to provide the general information about the “INDIHU – development of tools and infrastructure for digital humanities” project, its results and describe the heavy and challenging journey to strengthen the cooperation among the Czech culture heritage institutions, professional researchers and university students.


  Rachel L. Frick, OCLC Research Library Partnership

Rachel L. Frick is the Executive Director of the OCLC Research Library Partnership – a transnational collaboration of library professionals who work together to develop network-level solutions. For more than 20 years, Rachel has worked with libraries on a wide array of systemic and strategic initiatives.

Her expertise includes improving digital library workflows, leading organizational change, building community, and creatively solving current challenges of the library field with a special interest in how libraries position themselves for the future. She honed her expertise in these and other areas throughout her career, including at notable leadership positions at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is a strong believer in the power of librarians to influence change and build stronger, knowledgeable, empowered communities, and is a passionate advocate for open culture and its potential transformative impact on the creative marketplace. Rachel earned her MSLS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Presentation: Understanding Position
Effectively positioning the research library as a valuable partner in the knowledge creation enterprise requires an understanding of the research library environment as well as the trends impacting the higher education and scholarly communications ecosystems is key. It is critical to see library needs in the context of its networks, current reach and potential influence. But seeing the “big picture” needed to effectively strategize and lead is extremely difficult when managing the operational day to day. Ms. Frick will walk through key concepts that help to frame what libraries should be focusing their energies and expertise, based on the OCLC reports “The Evolving Scholarly Record” and “Stewardship of the Evolving Scholary Record”. Reviewing survey work conducted with EuroCRIS on RIM, as well as other related research efforts, Ms. Frick will provide an overview of the current library ecosystem and identify rich areas of opportunity for the research library.

  Mark Hahnel, figshare
United Kingdom

Mark Hahnel is a former academic researcher himself, with a PhD from Imperial College London, where his work focused on both the basic science of, and therapeutic applications of stem cells. Originally designed as a personal store of digital research outputs, the figshare technology has grown to include both a repository and data management solution for institutions as well as a data publishing and visualization solution for academic publishers.

Presentation: Matching technology with policies, compliance and people
With Plan S and Horizon 2020, the need for universities to upgrade existing repository infrastructure, to more or an ‘Academic Reuse Platform’ is becoming more urgent. Whether universities are looking to publish datasets, control access rights or measure the impact of their outputs, the technological requirements to comply with policy are coming faster than most can keep up with.

As well as needing to focus attention and resources into compliance issues around open access and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), library resources are needed to protect the University and their academics, so that content is not inappropriately made public. Compliance with PII and copyright means that someone needs to be curating the growing amount of content being published through the university.

This talk looks to suggest simple workflows and reflect on experience to review the human and technological requirements to move the space forward in a FAIR way for all.

  Josef Jilek, Web of Science Group – Clarivate Analytics
Czech Republic

Josef Jilek is Solution Specialist for Central European region, responsible for customer’s training and customer support mainly in Slovakia and Czech Republic. He joined the team of Web of Science Group a division of Clarivate Analytics in June 2016.

For prior 9 years worked as a librarian in university library where changed various customer-facing same as technical roles. He is educated in the field of Information Sciences and Librarianship (graduated at Charles University Prague).

Presentation: Web of Science workshop
Web of science Group solutions are currently going through tremendous development period. Our Workshop describes the most important functionalities which were developed to improve Web of Science user experience. Discover Kopernio for easier access to full text and Publons -the unique research platform. Get to know full potential of Web of Science Citation Connection, a unique set of citation databases aggregating both published and non-published scientific resources (including patents and data). Understand the added value of Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) for Slovak and Central European research community.

Learn how to use the analytic platform InCites to support your publishing strategy using new journal profiles in Journal Citation Reports. Define your strengths and uncover new opportunities.


  Kamila Kokot, Gdańsk University of Technology Library

Kamila Kokot is a digital media librarian at Gdańsk University of Technology Library. She works in Digital Archive and Multimedia Creation Department and her main areas of interests include early printed books, digital libraries, Open Access and Open Science. Previously, Kamila worked as a librarian in the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław. Kamila received her MA in History from University of Wrocław and then she completed post-graduade studies in Librarianship at the University of Wrocław.

Presentation: Breaking the waves: Creating a database for copyright policies for Polish scientific journals
Although the idea of Open Access is emerging dynamically in Poland, we have noticed a lack of knowledge in terms of copyright policies among Polish scientific journals and publishers. According to this fact, we have started to create first Polish database for copyright policies that will index journals from all scientific disciplines based on the current scientific evaluation system. This Project will fill the gap for different stakeholders such as publishers, editors, librarians or researchers. This presentation will outline the background and our first experiences (aims, difficulties, and solutions) in the process of setting up our service.


  Ákos Lencsés and Péter Sütő, Electronic Information Service National Programme

Ákos Lencsés is Head of Institutional Coordination at the Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme. The Hungarian National Consortium provides access to more than 50 scientific journal collections and databases for more than 220 member institutions.

Ákos was trained as librarian and mathematician, and has been working actively as a librarian since 2002 at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (Corvinus University of Budapest), the Hungarian Central Statistical Office and the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Péter Sütő is a librarian at the Hungarian National Consortium EISZ and has been working on institutional coordination and service development for 1 year. His main tasks are to maintain and develop the Hungarian unit catalogue of e-resources which was launched at the end of 2017 as well as to develop new admin dashboard for consortium member institutions.

Péter is graduated as a librarian and collected international experiences as a trainee by working on the reorganisation of the library at the Irish Peace Centre. He worked as an e-resources manager of the University of Debrecen for several years and now he works for the EISZ Programme at the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Presentation: The consortium-level search platform: COMPASS
Hungarian university- and research libraries procure most of their electronic scientific content in the framework of consortium-level agreements via the Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme (EISZ). At the same time, it could be a challenge for researchers and librarians to be familiar with more than 50 databases.

COMPASS was developed to collect, organise and make available the scientific databases and electronic documents licensed by the consortium or institutions individually. In addition, COMPASS offers direct access to the databases for eligible users as well as the full text of Open Access articles.


  Martin Lhoták, Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Martin Lhoták works from 1997 at the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences. For nearly 10 years, he was responsible for library automation as the head of the IT Department. In 2003, he established the Library’s Digitization Center, which is still one of the largest and most productive digitization library workplaces in the Czech Republic. From 2007 he was for two 5 year terms appointed as the director of the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences and currently he is in the position of the Library deputy director responsible for research, development and technologies.

At the research level Martin Lhotak focuses on the development of open source solutions supporting digitization processes and dissemination of digital documents. He is the leader of the development team of the Kramerius digital library open source system and currently he is also responsible for two national projects “The Czech Digital Library” and “The Central Portal of Czech Libraries”. He has been involved in the open access movement and he initiated the Open Access Policy of the Czech Academy of Sciences adopted by the Academic Council and the start-up of the institutional repository of the Academy.

Martin Lhotak is also engaged in digital humanities projects concerning mainly on development of new tools and building of information infrastructures. He represents the Czech Republic in the European project DESIR with goal to establish full membership of the Czech Republic in the European digital humanities infrastructure DARIAH-EU.

Presentation: DARIAH-CZ consortium and accession of the Czech Republic to DARIAH ERIC
The presentation will introduce the European reserach infrastructure for digital humanities DARIAH ERIC as well as newly formed consortium DARIAH-CZ, its partners, goals and its accession process to DARIAH ERIC which is currently under way.


  Jeff Love, TU Delft
The Netherlands

Jeff Love’s research focuses primarily on medieval literature and culture and how these can be made more accessible and enriched through digital means. Since September 2018 he has been serving as the Data Steward of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. Prior to this, he has worked as a data librarian at Stockholm University Library, as a primary contributor to the forthcoming digital Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law and as a postdoc creating web-based bibliographies and textual editions for the ‘Stories for All Time’ project.

Presentation: Data Stewards as Research Consultants
Multiple factors within the current academic landscape – the ever-increasing availability of digital tools and more rigorous requirements from funders on sharing and transparency, to name but two – are changing the nature of how academic investigations can be undertaken. To best meet these novel opportunities and challenges, universities and other institutions have been establishing several new ‘research infrastructures’, community spaces and hubs for exchange of practice, but how connected are their activities to research practitioners? To help navigate the gap between policy and practice, tools and implementation, TU Delft is investing in human infrastructure: the Data Stewards. Our goal is the gradual advancement of research practices, incremental movements in working culture through constant engagement with upcoming and active projects. The group is experimental and ongoing, and this presentation will showcase some of the distinctive qualities of the Data Stewards programme as well as a selection of examples of work in practice, drawn primarily from the realms of the humanities and design.


  Günter Mühlberger, Innsbruck University

Günter Mühlberger is coordinator of the eInfrastructure H2020 project READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents). He also heads the Digital Humanities Research Centre at the University of Innsbruck. Günter worked for more than 20 years in the domains of digitization, digital preservation, digital libraries and Digital Humanities. He initiated and managed a large number of national and international research and digitization projects. His current focus is on managing the transformation of a publicly funded research infrastructure into a spin-off company in order to sustain the research infrastructure independently from public funding.

Presentation: Handwritten Text Recognition and Keyword Spotting. Two powerful technologies for archives and libraries.
In the last few years we have seen a technical revolution in processing digital images. Nowadays it is not only possible to detect faces, animals or labels in images, but also to automatically transcribe historical writings with impressive results. In addition to text recognition also the field of keyword spotting showed great progress so that users are able to search in historical collections with extremely high success rates. The talk will introduce both techniques based on the Transkribus platform. Transkribus is open to everyone, users can train their own text recognition models and apply them to their documents. Transkribus was developed as part of the H2020 Project READ.


  Fiona Murphy, Murphy Mitchell Consulting Ltd.
United Kingdom

An experienced Open Science and scholarly communications specialist, Fiona Murphy works with fellow stakeholders, including learned societies, publishers, large- and small-scale projects and tech start-ups, in their navigation of the disruptive publishing and scholarly communications environment with research, product and policy development, outreach and communications.

Meanwhile, she is an Associate Fellow at the University of Reading, a member of the FORCE11 Steering Committee for the Scholarly Commons Working Group and Secretary for the Dryad Data Repository Board of Directors. Among other activities, she regularly writes and presents on data and scholarly communications, serves on a number of research working groups, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Researcher to Reader Conference.

Presentation: Enabling FAIR Data – landscape and next steps
Since their codification in 2016, the FAIR Data Principles have provided a framework and a banner around which those involved in scholarly communications have rallied to improve the state and status of non-article based research outputs. Yet, although this has led to new investments, products and services around FAIR, many stakeholders – both organisational and individual – are uncertain how to navigate effectively through the new requirements. This is especially critical for the ongoing tension between research outputs and the evaluation of both outputs and researchers themselves.

This presentation clarifies key FAIR requirements as evidenced by work done to date. It also highlights ongoing challenges and posits next steps for reflection, implementation and further discussion.


  Pekka Olsbo, Oulu University Library

Pekka Olsbo works as the head of services at the Oulu University Library. Before joining the University of Oulu, he worked as the head of publishing at the Jyväskylä University Library. He has been an active member of open science community since late 90´s and has worked in several national open access projects. At the moment, he is involved with two working groups of the Finnish Open Science action plan.

Presentation: Power to the People: Committing the Scholarly Community to the Development of Open Science in Finland
Finland has been internationally recognized as one of the pioneers in Open Science. After the Open Science and Research project (ATT) in 2014–2017 funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland has now taken a new perspective to the development of Open Science. In the spring of 2018, UNIFI: the Finnish universities’ council of rectors published a new Open Science and Data action plan for the Finnish scholarly community. The key element of this plan is coordination. The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) coordinates the national debate on Open Science and has assumed responsibility for the establishment of an Open Science coordination body. The coordinating body is responsible for identifying and addressing with the current issues of Open Science including all stakeholders in the scholarly community. The coordinating body does not implement reforms and development measures directly, but rather it contributes to and enables the sharing of roles and responsibilities within the scholarly community. This means that the operational programme requires mutual understanding and cooperation between the whole scholarly community. However, at the same time a major national research funder, The Finnish Academy, has joined the Plan S initiative by cOAlition S. How do these two approaches towards Open Science work together or do they collide?


  Igor Osipov, UArctic Institute for Science & Research Analytics
Academic & Government, Digital Science

United Kingdom, Russia

Igor Osipov has been founder and Chair of UArctic Science & Research Analytics Institute since its establishment in 2015, as an international academic research working group, uniting scientists from Canada, Russia, US, Norway, Finland, Sweden and UK. Concurrently, he has played an active role in development of Dimensions platform – first as a research leader and later as an academic consultant and vice-president of Digital Science. Having spent nearly 10 years in the Alaskan, Canadian and Russian Arctic, Igor also held executive positions at Elsevier, leading research strategy projects with libraries, universities and governments, served in various Boards and working groups including FEFU Endowment, BMJ and UArctic.

Igor has applied social sciences research background and holds a B.A. from U. of Alaska (US), an M.A. from U. of Sussex (UK) and a Doctorate from University of Alberta (Canada), with scholarly interests in climate change, decision-making, large-scale resource development projects, arctic anthropology, and international research publication assessments.

Presentation: Funding trends, research policy and innovation. How new types of data change the way we look at science (Arctic and climate change case)
Recent decade has seen a fundamental shift from publication-centered, publisher-driven paradigm to multi-type information, community- and government/funder-driven open science. Looking at further digitization of science information, we see that funding, patents, and other equally important indicators play an increasing role in how research information landscape has been shaped and strategies developed. In several recent collaborative research analysis studies, we looked at how research policy, funding trends and innovation datasets unleash the new, previously unknown dimensions of research in climate change, global arctic research and other important societal issues. Serving as an example, this innovative way of looking at research information is equally applicable to multitude of other research fields and subject matters.


  Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe
The Netherlands

Vanessa Proudman is Director of SPARC Europe; she is working to make Open the default in Europe. Vanessa has 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide, with research institutions, international policy makers, together with information and IT professionals and designers from over 15 countries. She also headed information and IT at a UN-affiliated international research institution in Vienna for 10 years. She has also been programme and project manager to Europeana. She is also the owner of Proud2Know, a consultancy that supports the development of Europe’s academic libraries.

Presentation: Plan S and the implications on national and academic libraries
Funders are the life-blood of research and innovation; they are uniquely positioned to influence and fundamentally shift publishing practices. September 2018 saw the launch of the 10 Plan S principles published by Science Europe bringing a number of national funding organisations together in the guise of coalition S, with the support of the ERC and the European Commission. Plan S critically focuses on making access to public research results fully open as quickly as possible rather than extending the current system under an indefinite period of transition. A funder-driven mandate of this scope and scale is a first. This move by funders is a recognition of their responsibility to not only fund the research itself, but to also ensure that it has the greatest possible impact; this involves a duty of care to the academic research system as a whole – and encompasses the details of research dissemination as well as the need to ensure the smart and fair use of public funds. Plan S speaks out in no uncertain terms saying enough is enough — to make the full transition to OA, bold decisions need to be made.

Plan S has the potential to greatly accelerate the migration to a more fully Open Access environment. However, for the principles to be meaningful and impactful, we need an implementation framework that enables and supports this change. SPARC Europe already brought the needs of the scholarly communications community to the cOAlition task force at an early stage whilst they were developing their implementation guidance. Many of our calls were addressed, however, a number of challenges remain if we are to see the 2020 goal met. The first version of cOAlition S’s Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S was published some months ago, and an open consultation has seen hundreds of responses to this proposal. SPARC Europe has spoken on behalf of the interests of academic libraries in Europe for a more open scholarly communications system.

This presentation will outline the motivations behind Plan S, what it aims to achieve, and how. Although the final Plan S implementation guidance has yet to be published, SPARC Europe will above all discuss a range of ways as to how libraries can potentially influence and above all support the implementation of the 10 Plan S principles whilst also highlighting some of the challenges in doing so.


  Klaus Rechert, EaaSI/Freiburg

Klaus Rechert is a researcher, leading the digital preservation research group at the University of Freiburg and since 2018 CEO of the OpenSLX GmbH. Klaus was the principle investigator of bwFLA and is the main architect behind Emulation as a Service. As project manager, he oversees multiple national and international projects related to digital preservation, reproducible science and research data management. He studied computer science and economics at the University of Freiburg and received a diploma from the University of Freiburg in 2005. Since 2013, he holds a doctoral degree (Dr rer. nat.) from the University of Freiburg.

Presentation: Scaling Emulation and Software Preservation Infrastructure (EaaSI)
Emulation as a preservation strategy has technically matured during the last years, e.g. due to the development of Emulation as a Service framework. The Scaling Emulation and Software Preservation Infrastructure (EaaSI) program is expanding capabilities of the Emulation-as-a-Service (EaaS) model to enable broader access and use of preserved software and digital objects. Led by the Digital Preservation services team at Yale University Library, the EaaSI program of work is focused on the development of technology and services that support distributed management, documentation, sharing, and use of emulated software across a broad range of disciplines.

This talk gives a brief overview on the technical foundations of EaaSI project, in particular how a distributed emulation service is build and how it can be used by participating network members. It further, provides some insight into current challenges and recent technical developments.


  Kathleen Shearer, COAR

Presentation: Open is not enough: building a sustainable network of next generation repositories
In 2017, COAR published the behaviours and technologies underpinning their vision for the next generation of repositories. The vision is to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community. This presentation will provide an overview of the functionalities of next generation repositories, and discuss progress to date in terms of implementing this vision around the world.


  Sarah Slowe, University of Kent
United Kingdom

Sarah Slowe is the Head of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) at the University of Kent. The OSC provides support for researchers in maximising the dissemination, in the widest sense, of their work, fostering a diverse and inclusive interdisciplinary research environment through creating inclusive and adaptable systems, training and support. Through cross departmental working Sarah co-ordinates Kent’s response to external changes in scholarly communications, including best practice in Research Data Management, embedding open research and the use of responsible metrics, as well as helping researchers to raise the profile of all academic outputs. She writes the OSC blog and tweets as @headunikentosc

Presentation: Responsible metrics: Why management matters
Management like numbers, especially numbers that gradually (or quickly!) increase over time. It is very easy to explain to more senior management that a 20 is bigger than a 10. However, when it comes to metrics in relation to research, numbers fluctuate over time, bigger is not always better and numbers don’t reveal the whole picture – things that are clear to those working with research outputs, but not necessarily understood at a strategic development level. A management culture that rewards increasing measures over quality, innovation and collaborative interdisciplinary research can lead to many unintended consequences, but often the effect of a change in policy to value research culture over metrics can lead to the measures decreasing for a period. This presentation will cover why responsible research indicators are important and the role that institutional managers have in their adoption. We will briefly cover the various approaches that are being adopted by institutions, including DORA, the Leiden Manifesto and the Metric Tide, and then discuss some of the key information that institutional managers need to consider in using research metrics to inform institutional policy.


  Robert Szczodruch, Gdansk University of Technology Library

Robert Szczodruch is Head of Digital Archive and Multimedia Creation Section at the Gdansk University of Technology Library. He is an employee of the GUT Library since 2006. He is an IT specialist, and he is responsible for Integrated Library System and other systems which support library services. He carries out digitization projects in the library and is responsible for the coordination of the Pomeranian Digital Library Project. Robert is also a member of the Competency Center at Bridge of Knowledge Project team.


  Magdalena Szuflita-Żurawska, Gdansk University of Technology Library

Magdalena Szuflita-Żurawska is Head of the Scientific Information Section at the Gdansk University of Technology Library. Her main areas of research and interests include Open Access, Open Research Data, information literacy, scholarly communication, and bibliometrics.

Previously, she served as Library Assistant in Health Sciences Library at University College Dublin, Ireland. In this role, she for example provided information skills training for students. She holds her BA in Librarianship from Warsaw University, Poland and earned her Master of Science in Digital Library Management from Boras University, Sweden.

Magda has participated in numerous conferences and workshops, both national and international. She is a member of IATUL Special Interest Group for Library Services related to Research Data Management, SIG-DATA, engaged in CESAER’s activities, substantive coordinator of training programme POWER 3.4, leader of Competency Center at Bridge of Knowledge Project.

Presentation: The Bridge of Data – building a bridge in a “vacuum” – challenges and opportunities.
The next big challenges for different stakeholders advocating for Open Science are issues regarding open research data. The Bridge of Data project was launched at Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) in October 2018. GUT is the leader of the project and the project partners are the University of Gdansk and Gdansk Medical University. The project has been set up to support data curation and sharing for scientists, especially from Northern Poland. The Bridge of Data project is the continuum and built upon the previous project called the Bridge of Knowledge that was foremost concentrated on Open Access.

The Bridge of Data is designed as Open Science Hub that will contain both the data repository and the Competency Center that will provide support and on-site tailoring training among researchers from all scientific disciplines. The Competency Center will be situated in the GUT Library.

In my talk, I would like to present the first stage of the Bridge of Data project that has focused on supporting researchers’ team with an inventory of datasets, training facilities and delivering project promotion activities.


  David Jiří Šlosar, Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

David Jiří Šlosar studied Information studies and librarianship (bachelor’s degree) at Charles University in Prague and currently studies Information studies and librarianship: Information science (master ‘s degree) at this same university.

Since 2017 he works at the Bibliometric & Scientometric department of the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Here he works with systems as CRIS, WoS, Scopus and ASEP Analytika.

Presentation: Use of bibliometrics for the evaluation of institutes at the Czech Academy of Sciences
The institutional evaluation of the Czech Academy of Sciences in years 2010-2014 was considered by the stakeholders as a high quality one. Important part of this evaluation were a bibliometric reports, which were used as background for evaluators. This study briefly shows the indicators which were used and the data preparation. Presentation might be an inspiration for other research libraries and may introduce the opportunities that the institutional evaluation can offer for them.


  Dominic Tate, Edinburgh University Library

Dominic Tate is the Head of Library Research Support at Edinburgh University Library. Dominic and his teams provide help and support for staff and students in all matters relating to scholarly communications and research publication (including open access, bibliometrics and copyright), research data management, and management of the University’s research information systems . Dominic was previously the University’s Scholarly Communications Manager and has previously held similar roles at Royal Holloway, University of London and at the University of Nottingham. Dominic started his career working for open access publisher, BioMed Central.

Presentation: Implementation of Open Science in the University of Edinburgh
The move towards Open Science is gaining momentum, with groupings such as LERU adopting policies to encourage openness, and research funder policies increasingly requiring open access and open data. How can researchers change their practices to foster a culture of openness in the research endeavour? How can universities facilitate a programme of cultural change to transition to Open Science? The University of Edinburgh has started to implement some changes to encourage its researchers to become more open in their activities, and this presentation will look at the progress that has been made, in the hope of sharing best practice, what has worked, and what has not.


  Dr. Charlotte Wien, The University Library of Southern Denmark

Charlotte Wien is a full professor of Scholarly Communication at the University Library of Southern Denmark – the second largest research library in Denmark. She is head of and research manager for the library’s research and analysis department and responsible for its researcher services. She holds a Pd.D.- degree in information retrieval. On top of this she is chair of the LIBER WG on Innovative metrics.

Presentation: New public management and the house of human knowledge
Since the mid-2000s ‘The Para-Academic industry’ has gained momentum and become ‘big business’. The industry is led by private companies like the scientific publishers and assisted by many different stakeholders providing various services to researchers like storage and retrieval of scientific papers, OA repositories, SoMe for researchers and so on. The starting point of my presentation will be a discussion of how the introduction of ‘New Public Management’ has created the momentum for the Para-Academic industry and has made academic life easier in some ways, but it has also (mis-)lead (some) researchers to increasingly focusing on optimizing and gaming the regime. Researchers share authorships like never, paying little or no attention to ethical guidelines like the Vancouver Protocol. They create citation cartels. They set up artificial profiles on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn creating SoMe echo chambers to boost their ‘societal impact measures’. All of which takes time away from what they should be doing: Building, rearranging and extending the house of human knowledge.


  Ivo Wijnbergen, ORCID
The Netherlands

Presentation: ORCID: adding value to the global research community
A look into the benefits of ORCID and what is planned for the future. Open in name and practice, ORCID focusses on improving transparency and trust in research information. The presentation will highlight some of our key 2019 initiatives, including:

  • Researchers: Establish compelling reasons and methods for researchers to use ORCID to share verified information about themselves.
  • Infrastructure: Establish ORCID’s role as a trusted and neutral stakeholder in sharing metadata.
  • Trusted assertions: Establish ORCID as a credible hub for asserting and re-using researcher information.
  • Strategic relationships: Increase engagement with our global community.


  Ulrike Wuttke, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Ulrike Wuttke is a medievalist and textual scholar by training with a specialisation in Medieval Dutch Literature (Doctor of Literature, Universiteit Gent). She works in the context of Digital (Humanities) Research Infrastructures and contributes to projects and networks in digital preservation and digital arts and humanities via groups such as the Working Group Data Centres of the Verband Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum (deputy convenor), the metablog OpenMethods (Deputy Chief Editor), the DARIAH Working Group DiMPO (Digital Methods and Practices Observatory) and the FOSTER Open Science Trainer Network.

Presentation: “Here be dragons”: Open Access to Research Data in the Humanities
Due to the paradigm shift to reusable, machine-readable data as one pillar of Open Science or Open Scholarship (the latter being a more inclusive term for the Arts and Humanities), for Humanities and Heritage researchers, activities and issues around planning, organizing, storing, and sharing data and other research results and products play an increasing role. Currently huge efforts are being undertaken to increase the general awareness for these topics and to teach relevant knowledge and skills in order to enable the broad uptake of Good Research Data Management Practices in Arts and Humanities researcher’s practical workflows. In my presentation, I will address key challenges and perspectives of Humanities Research Data Management with a focus on educational aspects and available tools, especially the Research Data Management Organizer (RDMO) tool.