Opening Up Knowledge

Opening Up Knowledge

Wednesday 24 June, 09:00-10:30 CEST

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Claudia Fabian, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Germany

Speakers:

  • Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe, The Netherlands
  • Alicia Fagerving, Wikimedia Sverige, Sweden
  • Iva Melinščak Zlodi, University of Zagreb of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia
  • Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, Intellectual Property Institute, Slovenia

Papers:

  • Opening up Knowledge in Higher Education. Survey results: Supporting Open Education in European Libraries today (by Vanessa Proudman )
  • Wikidata as an open, collaborative bibliographic database: the case of the National Library of Sweden (by Alicia Fagerving)
  • Retiring an institutional repository and the transition to the new system: a checklist for the worried librarian (by Iva Melinščak Zlodi)
  • SPEED TALK – Shortcoming of the two new exceptions for the text and data mining (TDM) in the DSM Directive and how to improve them (by Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič)

Session Overview

One of LIBER’s main goals, as part of the 2018-2022 Strategy, is the opening up of resources and information, making them more accessible to researchers and society, and supporting knowledge creation. European academic libraries have undertaken several projects to advance Open Scholarship and Open Science. Interested in how to open up your library’s knowledge to the public, and how others have successfully done so? Be sure to join this session, Opening Up Knowledge!

Vanessa Proudman will discuss the results of a study into the current Open Education (OE) support in HEd libraries, conducted by SPARC Europe, to gain a better understanding of where we are with providing OE vision through policy, advocacy and practice. She will elaborate on the extent to which libraries have adopted OE policies, the trends in OE library plans for 2020, and the role for libraries in OE management. She will also share findings on how to advocate for OE and who to engage with, as advocating for more openness in educational practices and outputs is key for change. Finally, she will address the top challenges and key opportunities in supporting OE as perceived by library respondents today.

Alicia Fagerving will showcase a project Wikidata is working on: building an openly licensed, collaborative and multilingual database of publications. Hosted on wikidata, it can be used both on Wikipedia and externally, helping researchers, students and developers explore and visualise knowledge resources. The Strategic Inclusion of Library Data on Wikidata project will be presented, an initiative being carried out by Wikimedia Sverige in partnership with the National Library of Sweden since 2018. It makes the data in the libraries union catalog easily accessible via the internet. This case will be used as a springboard to explore how a national library can use Wikidata to share its resources and better meet the needs of the open web and the Open Knowledge movement.

Iva Melinščak Zlodi will subsequently discuss the experiences of one higher education library with the transition of its institutional repository from the custom solution built using open source EPrints software to a system that is a node within a national repository network: centrally maintained, collaboratively developed and based on the Islandora framework. This transition could be used as an opportunity to bring the institutional repository back into focus, to encourage (re)defining the Open Access policy and building stronger Open science community within the institution.

Finally, Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič will highlight shortcomings to the exceptions stated in articles 3 and 4 in the DSM Directive. Although two mandatory exceptions increase legal certainty for those involved in text and data analytics in the EU, they do not provide full freedoms for text and data analytics. She will conclude by presenting possible improvements that can be implemented by member states in the implementation process.

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