The meeting covered several topics of interest for the Commission, in areas where LIBER is actively working. Dr. Ayris also gave a lecture to EC representatives in Brussels and via video link to Luxembourg on the role of libraries in the future of research and higher education.
LIBER and the Commission exchanged ideas about the Research data pilot that will be launched in the framework of Horizon 2020, and about how the Commission intends to follow up on the Open Access pilot to publications in FP7 in the next funding programme.
The Commission also expressed its intention to run a pilot on a research electronic ID to provide single access to electronic services to European researchers in which research libraries would also be involved. LIBER contributed some initial ideas based on its work on the Authentication, Authorization and Accounting platforms study, and will take this forward by suggesting possible next steps to the Commission.
The Commission also showed great interest in LIBER and the fact that European research libraries are participating in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) as natural stakeholders in worldwide research data infrastructures. LIBER underlined its commitment to the Alliance and informed the Commission of the recently-approved RDA Interest Group on the long tail of research data, in which institutional repositories and research libraries can have a prominent role.
Curricula for Educating the Librarian in the Digital Age
The adaptation of curricula in library schools to produce librarians for the digital age is also high on the Commission’s agenda. LIBER is also working on this challenge, and informed the Commission of the recently-created task force in coalition with CARL, ARL and COAR that will look at the new competences needed by librarians in the context of e-science.
Text and Data Mining Debate in Europe
LIBER stated its position regarding Text and Data Mining, and the reasons behind the withdrawal of research and library communities from the Licenses for Europe process. LIBER is holding a TDM workshop on September 27th in London. This workshop aims to explain to the research and SME communities the conditions needed to foster text and data mining in Europe.
Research Libraries In Europe’s Knowledge Infrastructure
Throughout the meeting, the Commission and LIBER agreed that research libraries have great opportunities for funding in the framework of Horizon 2020. Engagement in Horizon 2020 will allow research libraries to contribute to the European Research Area.
LIBER and DG Connect committed to update each other in future meetings on the topics discussed during the day.