Open workshops



Institutional Support for Open Access to Research Data


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There is growing consensus that open access to research data benefits science and society. However, institutions, including universities, research associations, libraries and funders, face various challenges in making open access possible. High on the agenda of many of these institutions are the following: evaluating and maintaining the quality and trustworthiness of data; training and developing the skills of researchers and other relevant stakeholders; advocating the value of open access; and securing funding.  These issues have implications for institutional processes and require some level of institutional response.

This workshop is organized by the Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) project, which will leverage existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector, and produce policy recommendations on open access to research data based on existing good practice. The aim of this workshop, ‘Institutional Support for Open Access to Research Data ,’ is to develop a set of policy recommendations which provide support for institutions involved in making open access to research data possible. During the workshop we will present and discuss the findings of our research on institutional policies and practices regarding data quality management, training, advocacy and financing. To illustrate these findings, case studies on institutional support for Open Access to research data will be presented and discussed.

The workshop is aimed at professionals from libraries, universities, data centres, publishers and funding institutions working to make Open Access to research data possible.  The RECODE project makes travel bursaries available for European participants. Please contact if you would like to enquire about such support.

For more information about the RECODE project, please have a look at the project website.


Success Factors for Institutional Open Access Policies  – What is the Role(s) for Libraries?


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In recent years a growing number of universities and research institutions in Europe have established Open Access Policies for the publications of their researchers. Many other academic institutions are planning to set up such a policy in the near future. But how successful are these policies in their impact on the free availability of research results? What are the pros and cons of voluntary or mandatory policies? And what roles can libraries play here from advocacy and infrastructure to monitoring? Are they able to be the driving force towards more Open Access in their institutions?

Our workshop (organized by the NEREUS Network of European Libraries in Economics and Social Sciences) tries to address these issues. The first part showcases a number of presentations from different universities which have established Open Access Policies, and they discuss their experience and the lessons learned. In the second half we want to involve all workshop participants and discuss different aspects in small groups, before bringing the results together in a plenary.

The workshop is free and open to everybody – but registration is required because of limited space!




This workshop is for partners of the international EconBiz partner network. Prospective new partners of the network are also welcome. The focus of the workshop is on knowledge exchange and partner networking.

In the first part of the workshop, partners can introduce their institutions and also present their experience and ideas on research in business and economics in general and EconBiz in particular. We will invite feedback and discussions on developments and on the student competition. New features of EconBiz will be presented and reviewed. There is also room for ideas and brainstorming on future developments and networking possibilities.

The new eexcess plugin and plans will be presented in order to collect user feedback.

For more information and if you would like to join the workshop, please contact: Tamara Pianos




The docWorks User Group will get together ‘face-to-face’ in Europe just before the LIBER annual Conference.

What is the user group about?

Libraries using docWorks can attend quarterly online meetings to hear about new technology for digitisation and to discuss digitisation projects and their experiences with using docWorks. Twice a year, face-to-face meetings are held in Europe and the US, usually around IFLA, LIBER, DLF or ALA.  Face-to-face meetings are a great opportunity to meet in person and hear about how other parties use docWorks for their digitisation initiatives.

This year we are hosting the docWorks User Group in Riga on 1 July, just before the LIBER Annual Conference begins. We focus on the question:

Main topic: How can I best digitise contemporary newspapers?

Digitising historic material is a challenge, but digitising contemporary newspapers, often served as born digital PDFs or JPGs, come with different challenges.  In addition, we will also present the new docWorks ControlCenter and visit LETA’s production facility in Riga. After the visit we invite you to our docWorks User Group dinner reception!

We are happy to welcome docWorks users and interested parties not using docWorks yet.

Please contact Jennifer Oxley to register ( until 20June 2014.

Please note that registration for this event is restricted to cultural heritage institutions.