LIBER is pleased to welcome Gwen Franck as our newest team member. As an Open Access Project Officer for LIBER, Gwen is coordinating the OpenAIRE FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot, which is run by LIBER. She brings to the role extensive experience related to Open Science.
As a freelance consultant, Gwen has worked for several organisations dedicated to Open Science and has been involved with the OpenAIRE project since 2010, when she was working at Ghent University Library. Gwen is currently the Open Access Programme Coordinator for EIFL, coordinating the Region East activities within OpenAIRE, and recently worked on FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA, two high profile FP7 open science projects.
Within the scope of the OpenAIRE project, Gwen co-started Open Access Belgium, aiming to spread the word about Open Access for scientific research in the Belgian research community. From 2013 to 2016, Gwen was also the regional coordinator for Creative Commons, overseeing the activities of the Creative Commons affiliate teams in Europe. In addition, she is a board member for Open Belgium, a network of people who want to see all kinds of knowledge open, used and useful in Belgium.
Gwen has always been committed to making ‘going open’ as easy as possible. Open Science should not be an abstract extra burden for researchers, but a logical and uncomplicated step in the research workflow. In order to achieve this, she thinks Open Science training and education should be emphasised, both for researchers and for the general public.
Gwen holds a Masters in Medieval History and in European Politics from Ghent University, Belgium.