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UCL Open Science Day 23 May – Join us

t.johnson14 May 2019

All staff and students – UCL and external – are welcome to attend the UCL Open Science Day on 23 May at the IOL.  This is a free workshop on developing open scholarship at UCL.

Thursday 23 May 2019 9.30 – 4pm

This event is now fully booked.  Read more about the Open Science Day 2019  programme and speakers.

Logan Hall, Institute of Education (IOE), 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL  View Map

Blogposts on Open Science and Open Scholarship:

This blog was updated 22 May.

Open Education at UCL

C. Yogeswaran19 September 2018

UCL Library Services is working with ISD on an Open Education project. The project, which commenced in January 2018, focuses on creating a proof-of-concept repository to make UCL’s teaching and learning resources available online and for free as open educational resources (OER). It will also raise awareness and promote Open Education to the UCL community. The repository will showcase the institution’s world-class education, and enable different learning methods, effective discovery, and collaboration across academic levels and disciplines. As well as academic-created materials, the repository will provide a vehicle to publish student outputs, reflecting a key dimension of the Connected Curriculum.

The repository is already live along with further information about the project and Open Education more generally available through the project website. We are keen to promote this project further to departments and will be asking colleagues in Subject Liaison and Site Library roles to help us engage with UCL staff to develop use cases and explore how the repository can support teaching, and how we can help to promote and embed open practices in our teaching and learning.

We are now providing fortnightly support drop-in sessions to allow colleagues to learn more about open education, how to create OER, or how to upload content to the repository; information about drop-ins and other events can be found on our full events programme.

Feel free to drop me an email if you want to learn more but cannot attend one of these sessions.

Contact us or request to join the mailing list by emailing oer@ucl.ac.uk, visit the website at www.ucl.ac.uk/oer, or follow us on Twitter @OpenUCL.

The Pro-Vice-Provost’s view

Paul Ayris13 June 2018

Open Science is launched

12 June saw the launch of an important paper on Open Science in Brussels. This was Open Science and its role in universities: a roadmap for cultural change, which can be found here. As chair of the Editorial Group which wrote the paper, I worked with 3 colleagues from LERU (League of European Research Universities) – Dr Ignasi Labastida (University of Barcelona), Katrien Maes (LERU) and Alea López de San Román (LERU).

The paper looks at the opportunity for cultural change in universities to enable Open Science, and how that change can be introduced with the support of all stakeholders in the academic community. Open Science represents a fundamental shift in how research, teaching, learning and support activities are undertaken at institutional level. It is a global agenda, but one which is particularly being promoted by the European Commission. It will form one of the main pillars of the new European framework programme Horizon Europe.

The launch began with a presentation which I made on LERU’s understanding of how Open Science makes a difference at university level, using the 8 pillars of Open Science as defined by the European Commission. Whilst this list of issues is not an exhaustive list of themes covered by the topic of Open Science, it does represent a good starting point for any investigations:

  • Future of Scholarly Communication
  • EOSC (European Open Science Cloud)
  • FAIR data
  • Skills
  • Research Integrity
  • Rewards
  • Altmetrics
  • Citizen Science

I then described the opportunities and challenges that Open Science brings in each of these areas. In Scholarly Communication, I cited the work of UCL Press as an example of the transformative changes that institutional Open Access publishing can deliver. In the area of Citizen Science, I described the importance for universities of re-engaging with Society in order to enable the results of teaching and research to help solve the challenges which we all face.

Open peer review of the LERU paper

Following the presentation of the paper, we had a session of Open Peer review where 4 panel members commented on the paper – one senior official from the European Commission, one representative of a university association, one research funding organization and one publisher. Everyone was unanimous in agreeing with the main conclusions of the paper. One of the comments was that this was one of the best papers written on the impact of Open Science in a university setting. The LERU Secretary General was also fulsome in his praise for the ideas in the paper, as revealed by his tweet after the event:

A fantastic lead author and speaker @ucylpay, a fantastic panel @evamen @BurgelmanJean @Researchkuster @StefEurope, a fantastic paper and a fantastic audience ! Great launch event this morning @Alea_LdSR @katrien_maes @ignasi @BartValkenaers ! Thanks all ! @bertvanderzwaan

But now the work really begins, because the Editorial Group has been commissioned to construct an Open Science Toolkit to support universities in acting on all the 41 Recommendations which the paper contains.

In the 15th century, the invention of moveable type printing in the West revolutionized the way ideas were disseminated across Europe. In the 21st century, Open Science has the potential to do the same at a global level. Open Science is an area where UCL is taking a lead at a European level, and UCL Library Services is making an outstanding contribution in embedding Open Science approaches across the university.

Paul Ayris

Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services)