Over 320 people from Poland and around the world participated in the launch event of the Library of Science organized on June 15, 2021. The new website was inaugurated as part of the 'Platform of Polish Scientific Publications' project by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw (ICM UW).
An introductory speech was given by Marek Michalewicz, director of ICM UW, who presented the unit's activities in the field of open science and the contribution of the PPPN project team to the development of infrastructure and resources of the Library of Science.
After introductory remarks, Krzysztof Siewicz, the project coordinator, presented the functions of the new platform, its operating model and its place in the scientific communication system in Poland. The Library of Science provides full-text publications of journals and books, along with an interface for automatic import and upload of new resources by journal editors and publishers.
Krzysztof Siewicz discussed additional features that help publishers and editorial offices in managing journal resources and reporting. The speaker also presented support and training programmes developed within the project.
The next speech was given by Alea López de San Román González (Open Science team at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation) who presented recent developments in the European Commission policy on Open Science. The speaker drew attention to the benefits of implementing an open model of scientific communication, such as improving the quality and effectiveness of research, increasing creativity and facilitating cooperation, or increasing public confidence in science.
After the break, two discussion panels took place. The first one, moderated by Jakub Szprot (ICM UW), was attended by the representatives of Polish scientific institutions and the Ministry of Education and Science: prof. Zbigniew Błocki (National Science Center), prof. Paweł Rowiński (Polish Academy of Sciences), prof. Elżbieta Żądzińska (Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland), Miłosz Rojek and Piotr Krasiński (Ministry of Education and Science). Panellists discussed the development of local scientific journals, especially the diamond model of open access publishing, which is widely used in Poland. Moreover, the services and tools for implementing open access in Poland were discussed, including the Library of Science.
The next discussion panel gathered the representatives of regional Open Access platforms who shared their experiences in the development of local infrastructures for the scientific literature:
The main goal of the presented platforms is to increase the visibility of journals and support publishers in open access publishing. Speakers presented the institutional and financial model for administering platforms, as well as technical issues such as data input and curation models, statistics and other solutions that improve scientific communication. The local conditions important for the implementation of open access, platform development plans and the challenges they face were also discussed.