Assessing, Financing and Maintaining Open Access Infrastructures: a New Role for Libraries

Assessing, Financing and Maintaining Open Access Infrastructures: a New Role for Libraries

Date workshop: 6.7.2022

Timing workshop: 9:00 – 12:00

Coffee break: 10.15AM

Minimum number of participants: 10

Maximum number of participants: 50

The LIBER Working Group on Open Access invite participants to an interactive workshop where we offer the opportunity to gain insights in the field of open infrastructures and how the ecosystem for such initiatives work. We will provide leading examples and give the participants room to discuss and assess opportunities within their specific setting.

As part of the ongoing open access transformation in Europe, open and community owned  infrastructures have become more important (e.g., SPARC Europe Report on “Open Science Infrastructures”, the Coalition-S-commissioned Diamond-OA-Study or the SCOSS approach of collaborative financing). Open Access related infrastructures can range from publication platforms (e.g. or, disciplinary repositories and preprint servers (e.g. Zenodo and arXiv) and search services (e.g. BASE, Sherpa/ROMEO) to Monitoring tools (German Open Access monitor or the ESAC initiative) and impact analysis services (e.g. Open Citations). An increasing amount  of these infrastructures are maintained and/or financed by research libraries. Libraries could play a prominent role for the sustainability of these services. It is, furthermore, important to understand how the services are governed in relation to the needs of the user community.

Session outline/agenda

  • Welcome & introductions
  • Presentation about scholarly infrastructures, giving examples such as DOAJ, PKP and other initiatives.
  • Presentation about the POSI (the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructures) and SCOSS as frameworks for assessment and evaluation of new or existing infrastructures
  • Presentation about an example library supporting open infrastructures
  • Breakout session: Practical exercise involving all workshop participants on how to assess open infrastructures
  • Summary and closing of workshop

The final list of speakers and a detailed agenda will be shared closer to the conference date.

52nd LIBER Annual Conference