Open Science Policies

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Martin's academic background is in English Literature and Information Technology, and before joining the University of Edinburgh he was Technology Assessor and Tutor/Lecturer at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow.

His main curation focus is on data management planning and policy. He wrote a book chapter on data management planning in 2012 (Pryor ed., Managing Research Data, London: Facet), and was co-author of the DCC's original "Checklist for a Data Management Plan". He also conceived and project managed the first three iterations of the DCC's DMPonline tool, and has presented about this in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Italy and Belgium.

Externally, Martin was a founder member of the steering group of the US DMPTool, sits on the Advisory Board for Databib, and acts as Secretary to the UK CODATA national committee. He also represents the DCC's Edinburgh contingent on the EC-funded FOSTER project, and heads up the DCC's consultancy activities.

An erstwhile HE administrator, Martin previously served as Policy Officer at the University of Glasgow and as Quality Officer (Strategic Development) at Edinburgh College of Art, and as such is interested in the interlinking of research and administrative information systems. Also interested in arts and humanities data management, government data/policy, and literary and cultural theory.

Languages: English (EN)

Topics of interest: Research Data Management, Open Science Policies, Open Access, Open Data, Open Government Data, Funders policies, Governmental policies, Institutional policies, Open Access policies, Open Data Policies

Audience: Policy makers and Funders, Librarians and Repository managers, Project Managers, Researchers and Students

Dr Nancy Pontika has a PhD in Scholarly Communications with a focus on Open Access from the [School of Library and Information Science](, at Simmons College, Massachusetts, United States. She has been involved in international open access projects, such as the [Open Access Tracking Project]( (OATP), the [Open Access Directory]( (OAD), in which she also serves as an Editor, and the [SPARC Europe Open Access Diary]( Her interests are scholarly communications, licenses and rights, open science, open access, and open access funders' policies and their compliance. In the past she did an internship at the [Berkman Center for the Internet and the Society](, Harvard University, as a research assistant on open access, at the [Repositories Support Project]( as the Project Coordinator and she was also a repository manager at [Royal Holloway](, University of London. Currently she is working for [CORE](, an aggregation service of open access content, funded by Jisc. She is also the External Liaison Officer at the [United Kingdom Council for Research Repositories]( (UKCoRR). Nancy has been involved in two European-funder projects, [FOSTER]( and [OpenMinTeD]( and has published both at international conferences and journals based on this work.

Languages: English (EN), Greek (EL)

Topics of interest: Open Science, Open Access, Open Access Routes, Open Access Definition, Open Access Initiatives, Gold Route, Green Route, Open Access Use and Reuse, Definition of Open Reproducible Research, Open Science Workflows, Open Reproducible Research, Open Science Policies, Open Science Tools, Organisational mandates, Open Science Guidelines, Open Metrics and Impact, Open Science Definition, Open Repositories, Open Services

Audience: Librarians and Repository managers, PHD Students, Policy makers and Funders, Project Managers, Research Administration, Researchers and Students

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COURSE: Open Science at the Core of Libraries
Intended audience Librarians and Repository managers Level: Introductory: no previous knowledge is required

Libraries have gone a long way to facilitating research workflows, and more recently on fostering open access to science and openness in a broader sense. Science is evolving: research practices, resources and tools are opening up and going beyond a publication based model, to a new open environment of research data and digital research tools, social media and collaborative platforms. There is a compelling need for libraries to encompass these changes. The challenges are not only technological but also cultural and attitudinal and require a clear effort to engage and develop the necessary skills and knowledge involved in this Open Science environment.

This introductory course is addressed to librarians at different levels and positions that are committed to supporting researchers and their research processes at their institutions, and would like to gain understanding of the implications of Open Science for them, the potential opportunities and possible challenges, and check on existing best practices to deal with them.

Learning outcomes:

The learning outcomes of this course are:

  • Understand the relevance of Open Science in relation to research integrity, reproducibility and impact
  • Identify the implications and opportunities for libraries in the development and support of Open Science
  • Know existing initiatives and best practices on Open Science
  • Identify suitable resources and tools to further develop library services on Open Science

Greater insight on how to implement Open Data and Research Data Management, Open Access, copyright and e-infrastructures into the scholarly lifecycle and grant proposal preparation, can be found in the other FOSTER courses and training resources.

Credits: Cover image : Tim Green at Flickr . House of Knowledge, a sculpture by Jaume Plensa