Dublin, OH -- 22 September 2020. OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a discussion series on Open Science through webinars and discussion groups from 24 September-5 November. The series, based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap, will help guide research libraries in envisioning the support infrastructure for Open Science (OS) and their role at local, national, and global levels.
Speaking of the initiative, Astrid Verheusen, Executive Director, LIBER, said, "We believe Open Science is a cause where breakthroughs are needed and where efforts to introduce widespread practices could benefit from alignment at a global scale. The events will provide a valuable forum for discussion between subject matter experts and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic to find meaningful ways forward."
Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership, added, "While respecting differences in approach at national levels, bringing library communities in higher education together to compare and share will help them head in the same direction. We respect the lead that the European Research library community has taken in Open Science and hope that a collaboration between OCLC and LIBER can add further momentum to the effort. It is anticipated that the format of the series discussions will expose potential research questions for further investigation by OCLC Research."
The series starts with an introductory webinar delivered by LIBER, providing an overview of the Roadmap. This will be followed by interactive group discussions covering scholarly publishing, FAIR data, research infrastructures and the EOSC, metrics & rewards, open science skills, research integrity and citizen science, taking place throughout October. The aim, to collectively explore a vision and path forward for the future role of libraries in each of the Roadmap focus areas. The series will conclude with a wrap-up webinar on 5 November. Separate registration will be required for each event, and numbers are strictly limited.
For further information: https://www.oclc.org/research/events/oclc-liber-open-science-series.html.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.
LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe. Founded in 1971, LIBER represents the interests of 450 national, university and research institute libraries in some 40 countries. LIBER's mission is to Enable World Class Research by representing and championing the interests of member institutions, their universities and their researchers in several key areas.