On 25th of June UCL held the first UCL Open Science Day, a one-day workshop organised by UCL Library Services with support from UCL Organisational Development. Over sixty people attanded the workshop, and the day began with a welcome from Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research).
Morning sessions discussed different aspects of and perspectives on Open Science. Dr Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services and Pro-Vice-Provost, started with an analysis of the LERU Roadmap for Open Science from the League of European Research Universities. After this introduction to Open Science Dr Catriona MacCallum, Director of Open Science, Hindawi, followed with a publisher’s perspective on the Open Science movement. Professor James Wilsdon from the University of Sheffield presented an overview of the responsible use of metrics in an Open Science environment.
After the break Simon Hetrrick from Software Sustainability Institute followed with a talk about the role of software in Open Science. Dr Emily Sena from the University of Edinburgh ended the session with a presentation on how Open Science can help in pre-clinical work.
In the afternoon attendees participated in one of the five breakout sessions:
- How do we make Open the default at UCL?
- How to make your data Open and FAIR
- UCL Press: engaging in Open Peer Review
- Open Education: Introducing OpenEd@UCL
- Citizen Science in research: UCL ExCites
These workshops gave an opportunity to ask for practical advice and to discuss different aspects of Open Science in a greater detail.
The day ended with a panel discussion – Dr Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services and Pro-Vice-Provost, Professor David Bogle, Pro-Vice-Provost, UCL Doctoral School, and Clare Gryce, Director of Research IT Services, UCL ISD answered questions from the audience about the emerging role of Open Science at UCL. Following the panel, Rebecca Lawrence from F1000 delivered a final presentation on embedding Open Science in university culture.
Presentations from the sessions are now available in UCL Discovery, under the following links:
- Open Science and Universities: managing the change, Dr Paul Ayris
- Open Science – a publisher perspective, Dr Catriona MacCallum
- A turning tide? Responsible metrics for open science, professor James Wilsdon
- Translational failure in preclinical research; how open science can help, Dr Emily Sena
- Embedding open science in the university culture, Rebecca Lawrence