LIBER 2018: Leading the Transition to Open Science

Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services), and Tiberius Ignat (Scientific Knowledge Services) addressed the need for wider cultural change in universities to deliver the transition to Open Science.  They argued that this starts with university leadership and with Open Science being embedded in university vision and strategy.  It should be implemented transparently, with accountability and monitoring, having agreed targeted measures, and the vision should be shared.

The cultural change is about moving researchers from the purely competitive mindset to recognising the value of combining competition and collaboration, e.g. shared infrastructure.  The key to this is leadership: Paul argued for a national co-ordinator of Open Science, echoing the French national strategy, for national task forces, for the HR Strategy for Researchers to reflect Open Science principles, and for universities to embark on cultural change programmes with designated leaders at senior level and advocacy programmes.

Their presentation can be found at

Maastricht University, which aims to become a “FAIR University” by 2025 or 2023, made the case for Open Science on the basis greatly improved research data management and the ability to gain data-driven insights, accelerating scientific discoveries.

Their Community for Data-Driven Insights (CDDI) brings together researchers, the University Library, the Institute for Data Science, the DataHub, and the ICT Service Center, in a partnership to deliver Open Science.  The Library’s roles included linking open access from data to different publications (FAIR), training “data stewards”, running the CRIS system (PURE in this case), and managing smaller datasets.

Their approach appeared to be based on the “if we build it the researchers will come” principle but they embarked on a community engagement programme, looked at the potential benefits of combining RDM and e-science in different disciplines, and are running a number of pilots which they plan to extend into the humanities and areas of qualitative data.

It will be instructive to look at the progress of the two institutions taking contrasting approaches.

Henk Van den Hoogen’s presentation on Maastricht: Towards a “FAIR” university is at




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