9 July 2012 saw three keynotes at the LERU Summer School on Open Access at the University of Barcelona. The Summer School is designed for leading young European researchers, although there are attenders in addition from China and the USA.
The keynotes on the morning of 9 July have set the tone for the rest of the week. Dr Paul Ayris, President of LIBER and Chair of the LERU Scholarly Communications Group, gave an overview of the LERU Open Access Roadmap launched in June 2011 – see http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/19998/. He also talked about the Finch Report in the UK, which advocates a unilateral move to Gold Open Access – see http://poynder.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/finch-report-in-global-open-access.html, and UCL’s response to the Finch recommendations. Dr Ayris finished his presentation by introducing the concept of data-driven science and suggesting that the Workshops in the Summer School construct a Roadmap for young European researchers who wish to use Open Access, Open Scholarship and Open Knowledge as values to underpin their work.
The second keynote was given by Dr Carlos Morais Pires, from the newly-formed DG Connect in the EU. The EU representative gave an overview of current EU thinking on Open Access, which is supportive of the development, and explained what the impact of the data deluge would be.
The third keynote was given by Susan Reilly, EU Projects Officer in LIBER, who examined a number of LIBER EU-funded projects which impact on European researchers. Perhaps the most important is ODE (Opportunities for Data Exchange). Susan explained what the implications for European researchers are in sharing their data for re-use, and how European research libraries are beginning to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to support researchers in this brave new world.