Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Workshop Series Outcomes

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09 Jul 2021

Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Workshop Series Outcomes

  • By Athina Papadopoulou

During the last two weeks of January 2021, LIBER and Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS) organised a series of five workshops on the interaction between research libraries, researchers, and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These workshops were aimed at discussing the role of libraries in connecting researchers to Open Science and the EOSC, and at analysing how their services developed to support researchers can be integrated into the EOSC.

Workshop Series Outline

The series was organised into three regional workshops to cover the Southern, Northern and Central-Eastern European landscapes, along with two workshops that focussed on two types of universities: multidisciplinary and technical. All three workshops addressed the following main questions:

  1. What is the value of the EOSC for researchers and research libraries, based on the goals/work of the EOSC?
  2. What is the input needed from these stakeholders toward the EOSC?
  3. How can these stakeholder groups become actively involved in EOSC activities and what do they need to get involved?
  4. What feedback mechanism could be built to continuously inform the EOSC, in its quest to remain an agile infrastructure?

Workshop Reports

Based on the discussions and the lively participation of the workshop attendees and reporters, we drafted five individual workshop reports and a final report that summarises and advocates concrete recommendations to the EOSC and research libraries. As a result of the five workshops, we concluded that libraries are willing to play a more relevant role in the design and development of the EOSC beyond that of content providers and intermediaries. The EOSC is seen as an opportunity to create new roles and new services, and to evolve libraries to a new level of engagement with researchers and other institutional departments/services. However, the level of readiness of libraries across Europe to do so is not the same and there is a need to exchange best practices and strategies to improve the situation.

Learn more by reading our final report here. You can also find individual reports per workshop session below:

Workshop 1: Blagaić Kišiček, Mihaela. (2021, March 31). Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: European Landscape. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4744819

Workshop 2: Sipos, Gergely. (2021, March 31). Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Central-Eastern European Landscape. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4744947

Workshop 3: Lindelow, Camilla. (2021, March 31). Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Northern European Landscape. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4744953

Workshop 4: Labastida, Ignasi. (2021, March 31). Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Multidisciplinary Universities. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4744965

Workshop 5: Sipos, Gergely. (2021, March 31). Research Libraries, Researchers & the EOSC: Technical Universities. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4744996