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OpenAIRE/LIBER Workshop May 28, Ghent Belgium

For a full write up of the event, and video clips, see here: 



The past years have seen an increase in the sharing and reuse of data within a range of scientific communities. This will have far reaching effects for the research institution and librarian, not only in terms of discoverability, metadata, standards, but also in terms of infrastructure, skill-sets and practice.Librarians are seeing an increase in queries about how to handle increasingly complex research output, such as datasets, often resulting from funder mandates. In addition, many researchers don’t have an obvious  data centre to use and in some cases are turning to their library for advice. The library and research institution are having to understand their role within this changing environment, and define the necessary support mechanisms.

This joint OpenAIRE/LIBER workshop plans to explore where the library sits in relation to supporting research data management, and what future expectations for libraries might be. OpenAIRE supports a range of stakeholders, namely librarians and researchers in deposit, searching as well as linking research output. LIBER supports libraries in making the transformation and acquiring an active role in evolving areas such as research data management and scientific information infrastructures.

Sessions will cover issues such as the data life-cycle, data citation, metadata and data publication. In addition, a number of scientists will present their views on how  they  use, share, and link research data within different domains. The day will close with a panel session, supported by members of the LIBER Steering Committee “Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructure”,which will explore future skill-sets for librarians.



Take-aways from the event include

  • Understanding of data creation and publication process
  • Where/how libraries play a role in underpinning data publication
  • The skills required by librarians in supporting researchers’ needs
  • Services available to support data management, as well as linking of literature to research data

Practical information



OpenAIRE/LIBER Workshop, free pre-conference of ELAG 2013.

The workshop is free, but registration is necessary.


May 28 2013  9.30 - 17.30


Zebrastraat conference venue, Ghent, Belgium


09.30 - 09.45 : Welcome & Opening

09.45 -10.15 :  Keynote by Erik Mannens (UGent, MMLAB)

"What is open science, a researcher’s perspective"

10.15 - 11.00 : Research Data Overview by Sarah Callaghan (British Atmospheric Data Centre)

'A step by step guide through the research data lifecycle, data set creation, big data vs long-tail, metadata, data centres/data repositories'

11.00 - 11.45 : "Meet the scientists"  A Researcher’s perspective.

Exploration of researcher’s needs and expectations regarding the use and sharing of their data.

Panelists include:

Aaike de Wever (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Biofresh Data Portal)

Joris Van Zundert (Huygens ING)

Dirk Van den Poel (UGent)

11.45 - 12.45 : The data publishing process

'Supporting scientific communities by publishing data by Peggy Schäffer (Dryad)

'Data Publication: a Publisher's perspective'  by  Fiona Murphy (Wiley Publishers)


12.45 - 13.45 : Lunch


13.45 - 15.15  :  Actively Supporting Data Management : Learning from the Approach of Three Research Institutions

  • 'Developing online data management resources for researchers and librarians' by Robin Rice (Data Librarian, Edinburgh University Data Library)
  • '3TU.Datacentrum and Data Intelligence for Librarians: support to staff and researchers on data management' - Ellen Verbakel (Data Librarian, 3TU.Datacentrum, Delft University)
  • RDMRose -an open educational resource on Research Data Management tailored for information professionals by Andrew Cox (University of Sheffield)

15.15 - 16.00 : Services and tools

  • OpenAIRE : Services for Researchers, Enhanced publications: integration of data and literature, Zenodo Repository, experiences in establishing a data repositoryby Lars Holm Nielsen (OpenAIRE)
  • 'CKAN - A Research Data Management Tool. The University of Lincoln's experience in implentation' by Joss Winn (Orbital project, University of Lincoln library)


16.00 - 16.30:  Coffee Break


16.30 - 17.30 : LIBER round table/Panel session 

A round table discussion to address new areas of research support in libraries, in particular establishing research data management services, organizational aspects and new skills sets needed by librarians.Practitioners will report about their approaches, experiences and lessons learned, and engage the audience in the discussion.


Kevin Ashley (DCC)  chair

Wilma van Wezenbeek (TU Delft Library)

Wolfram Horstmann (University of Oxford Library)

Lukas Koster (Library of the University of Amsterdam)

(picture by Zoetnet, Flickr)

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