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Legal and Sustainability Issues for Open Access Infrastructures (4th OpenAIRE Workshop - November 2013)


 Vilnius, 5 November 2013

Premise of the workshop

The workshop focused on the two studíes currently underway in OpenAIRE which examine two important aspects in running an open access infrastructure: 'Legal and Licensing Issues' and 'Sustainability and Business models' . The workshop was attended by nearly 100 people. 

Legal and Licensing Issues - A summary of the report available below

Any e-infrastructure which primarily relies on harvesting external data sources (e.g. repositories) needs to be fully aware of any legal implications for re-use of this knowledge, and further application by 3rd parties. OpenAIRE's legal study will put forward recommendations as to applicable licenses that appropriately address scientific data in the context of OpenAIRE. This session examined the scope of the database protection right, different types of usage and where re-use infringement might lie.

Summaries: Two summaries of the studies can be found here: A short one-pager summarising the study OpenAIRE Licensing Study Short Summary  (pdf) and a longer 10 page summary which encapsulates the main direction of the study OpenAIRE Licensing Study Summary (pdf).

The full publication will soon be available as an OA monograph....watch this space.

Sustainability Issues

Open access infrastructures need to be maintained in the long-run. At present these infrastructures tend to develop within project environments, and approaches in setting them up as permanent infrastructures remains to be answered. The sustainability and business model for OpenAIRE study is examining the costs and maintenance of the elements of a permanent infrastructure, identifying the key stakeholders and putting forward a viable business model for OpenAIRE. The session also invited other infrastructure experts to present their ideas and input on sustainability. The workshop concluded with a panel session which discussed approaches to making OA infrastructures and services sustainable. 

Programme Videos

For links to all the video recordings, go to our Vimeo channel: http://vimeo.com/channels/openaireworkshop4

Programme Slides

Legal Session

9.00 Welcome - Najla Rettberg, Göttingen State and University Library [presentation] [video]

9.15 An overview of the legal framework for an OA infrastructure like OpenAIRE - Andreas Wiebe, Prof. Faculty of Law Goettingen University [presentation] [video]Thomas Margoni, Dr. IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam [presentation] [video]

9.55 Presentation of case studies - Introduction by Andreas Wiebe

  1. Legal prototype of e-infrastructure – legal evaluation of selected usage scenarios - Nils Dietrich, Faculty of law, Goettingen University [presentation] [video]
  2. Legal relations within the project - presentation of the graphical toolbox - Krzysztof Siewicz, Dr., ICM, Poland [presentation] [video]
10.35 Presentation of conclusions and guidelines for OpenAIREplus partners - Lucie Guibault, Prof., IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam [presentation] [video]


Looking Ahead

11.05 Panel session: Q&A - Moderator Rob Grim, Head Research Support Tilburg University [video]


  • Andreas Wiebe, Prof. Faculty of Law Goettingen University
  • Thomas Margoni, Dr. IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Krzysztof Siewicz, Dr., ICM, Poland
  • Lucie Guibault, Prof., IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

11.35  Panel discussion 'Looking ahead / gathering the threads' - Moderator Andreas Wiebe, Prof. Faculty of Law Goettingen University


  • Thomas Margoni, Dr. IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
  • Krzysztof Siewicz, Dr., ICM, Poland
  • Lucie Guibault, Prof., IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam


12:10 Lunch

Sustainability and Business Models Session

13.00 Background to the Sustainability of OpenAIRE - Dr. Birgit Schmidt, Scientific Manager - Goettingen State and University Library [presentation

13.10 Preliminary Results of the OpenAIRE Sustainability Study - Phoebe Koundouri, Associate Professor - Athens University of Economic and Business  [presentation] [video]

13.30 External Experts - Moderator: Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, ‎Co-ordinator digital library at University library Ghent

Perspectives, Ideas, success and challenges of sustainability models 

  • DOAJ - Lars Björnshauge, Director SPARC Europe & Managing Director, DOAJ [presentation] [video]
  • Arxiv - Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University [presentation] [video]
  • DuraSpace - Michele Kimpton, Chief Executive Officer [presentation] [video]
  • Europeana cloud - Julia Fallon, IPR and Policy Advisor [presentation] [video]
  • DARIAH - Ingrida Vosyliūtė, Project manager, Vilnius University Faculty of Communication [presentation] [video]

 14.45 Panel Discussion - Moderator Iryna Kuchma [video]

The aim of the panel session is to discuss approaches to making OA infrastructures sustainable and panelists will address a range of pertinent questions, including funding issues, relevant stakeholders and range of services needed.

Panelists represented: 

  • Kevin Ashley, UK (Digital Curation Centre)
  • Rūta Petrauskaitė (Research Council of Lithuania) 
  • Damien Lecarpentier, Project Manager, EUDAT, CSC- IT Center for Science
  • Lars Björnshauge, Director SPARC Europe & Member of Knowledge Exchange Open Access working group

15.25 Wrap up, Mikael K. Elbæk, Project coordinator Technical University of Denmark [video]

15:30 Close


With many thanks to ISM for providing the venue free of charge.


Vilnius image courtesy of Gintare Zakarauskaite
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