1. LIBER Open Access Working Group Workshop


2. Research data support meets disciplines: Opportunities & challenges

Research data services address various needs of researchers across the research data lifecycle. In this workshop we will further investigate how libraries can step into direct support and collaborative roles with researchers and research groups. Immediately disciplinary differences will play an important role and specific needs have to be made explicit and addressed. The workshop will offer insights into a range of use cases and lessons learned from working with researchers from the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences (aka alpha, beta and gamma sciences).

In addition, legal issues increasingly are an important challenge for research libraries which offer research data services. In particular, as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in 2018 the processing and movement of personal data is affected, and other legal aspects of research data will need to be addressed.

The following questions are targeted in the workshop:

  • How to link up with researchers and how can their work environments be connected with research data management services and tools?
  • What roles are libraries assuming in collaborations, what are according opportunities and challenges? (e.g. embedded data librarian)
  • What organisational structures work best? Whom to work with and what needs have been identified in these collaborations?
  • What legal challenges can be foreseen for the implementation of the EU Data protection regulation, what discipline-specific issues arise and how can research data services provide support?

Organizers: Birgit Schmidt, Rob Grim, Jonas Holm

Jointly offered by the Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructures Steering Committee (working group on Scientific Information Infrastructures) and the Advocacy and Communications Steering Committee (working group on Copyright)

3. The Digital Humanities Landscape in Europe (LIBER Digital Humanities WG)

The LIBER working group Digital Humanities (DH) would like to take the opportunity to organise a workshop for members and interested parties during the LIBER conference in Patras. During this workshop we wish to bring together libraries working or interested in Digital Humanities. A panel of experienced European research librarians will introduce the activities they undertake in their library in a lightning talk manner, while a moderator (still to be confirmed) from the research community questions them on the issues and solutions they encounter while working in DH. Topics such as personnel skills, organisational structure, policy, (international) collaboration with researchers and libraries and providing access to digital collections will all be touched upon during this discussion.

After the plenary panel session, the participants will be divided into six groups, each led by a panel member. Each group will discuss one of the aforementioned topics from their own experience, after which the panel members will report back about these discussion in a plenary setup, led by the moderator. All input from these discussions will be taken on by LIBER WG Digital Humanities chairs Andreas Degkwitz and Lotte Wilms, who will present the next steps for the WG. Concluding, the moderator will wrap up the workshop with the most important observations from a researcher’s perspective.

Besides being a wonderful networking opportunity to share experiences and knowledge, this workshop will serve as input for the activities of the LIBER WG Digital Humanities, such as the DH in Libraries FAQs, best and worst practices and the report on the state of the art in DH in European research libraries.

Panel members

  • Neil Fitzgerald, Head of Digital Research, British Library
  • Hege Stensrud Høsøien, Director of Collections and Research, National Library of Norway
  • Adam Sofronijevic, Deputy Director at University Library of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Dr. Mirjam Blümm, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany
  • Elena Sanchez-Gonzalez, National Library of Spain
  • One panel member still to be confirmed one from a university library.

4. How libraries can get started with impact metrics (LIBER Metrics WG)

Over the course of this past year the Metrics working group has worked towards compiling recommendations on how libraries can get started with impact metrics. These recommendations target the broad scope of Metrics (including new ways of quantifying scientific impact, such as altmetrics) with a view towards research libraries active in and beyond LIBER. The Leiden Manifesto for research assessment served as a starting point for translating its general recommendations into more practical ones that are applicable to libraries’ actual working environments. The working group also formulated recommendations on how to use Metrics in other areas, for example for discovery or showcasing research. The recommendations are accompanied by preliminary information on the respective target group(s) as well as by additional resources and tools that assist getting in touch with Metrics.

During the upcoming LIBER conference we will present and discuss the draft recommendations with the LIBER community, present various use cases for Metrics services, and engage participants in interactive workshop elements. It is also planned to invite participants of working groups and/or projects that explore a similar territory to present their work (e.g., NISO WG on Altmetrics, EU Open Science Policy Platform, COAR, OpenUP, *metrics etc.).

The use cases include (1 hour)

  • A presentation on the use of new metrics in libraries based on the experience of University Library Vienna and the opportunities, tasks and challenges this has brought (Speaker: Juan Gorraiz)
  • A presentation on the services developed around metrics and the tools used to do this by the University of Duisburg-Essen (Speaker: Ania Lopez, probably remote)
  • A presentation on the use of metrics in the context of presenting and assessing the impact of research outputs at the University of Göttingen (remote presentation as the speaker Najko Jahn will not be able to attend the LIBER conference)
  • A presentation from related working groups/ projects (topic to be announced)

The interactive part will engage participants as a soundboard to (2 hours)

  • Assess the priorities of the recommendations
  • Define target groups of the recommendations
  • Discuss the effort required to make recommendations work
  • Collect best practices
  • Collect additional resources about Metrics

The feedback from the workshop will feed into the final recommendations that the working group will present to the LIBER board after the conference. The final deliverable will be distributed to LIBER members and published online (OA) to spark further discussion and provide guidelines.

5. So you want to do text and data mining? We can help you

Background to the projects and to text and data mining

The exponential growth of data in the digital age has led to the development of powerful techniques for effectively harnessing digital information and discovering new knowledge. In this context, text and data mining (TDM) enables researchers and others to analyse, extract insights and knowledge, and exploit diverse and complex datasets from various digital media. Libraries – powering sustainable knowledge in the digital age – are already at the forefront of this technological opportunity.

Because the present use of TDM in Europe is significantly lower than in the US and Asia, two EU Commission funded projects are in the process of to identifying and reducing the barriers that inhibit the uptake of TDM within Europe

  • OpenMinTeD seeks to improve the technical environment for TDM use
  • FutureTDM seeks to improve the policy environment for TDM use

These projects have been gathering evidence on the ground, talking to the TDM community (including libraries). They have now set out policy and practical solutions that can help the library sector to take advantage of this technology.

The workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to let conference participants know about the findings, including guidelines for the library sector and where librarians can go for help and advice on text and data mining opportunities. The event is aimed as much at people who are new to the subject and to those with more in depth knowledge. We will kick off the session with a presentation on the trials, tribulations and opportunities for libraries negotiating their way around TDM in practice. We then include an opportunity for participants to try text and data mining for themselves through a hands on tutorial.

As supporting material, “How-to” guides and best practice case studies will be provided as dissemination materials for workshop attendees.

Draft Agenda – 90 minutes

  • 15 minutes Introduction – TDM, the opportunity for libraries
    • Inspirational library speaker as a case example
  • 25 minutes Project findings – how we can help you
    • OpenMinTeD representative
    • FutureTDM representative
  • 10 minutes Q and A
  • 40 minutes TDM in practice – have a go!
    • Content Mine tutorial

6. SPARC Europe Making Open the Default


7. Managing digital estates: new challenges for libraries (LIBER Digital Cultural Heritage Forum)

Preserving the literary, musical and scientific heritage of the past centuries has always been at the core of national, regional and academic libraries’ missions. Today’s writers, composers and scientists are no longer using the pen, but the computer to compose their work, challenging libraries to develop the appropriate strategy in order to preserve the digital manuscripts and all other kinds of documents related to the act of creation, from the basic text file until the e-mails and even the text messages sent and received by the author.

This session intends to explore what kind of answers libraries have put in place to respond to this challenge. We invite contributions from libraries that have already deployed operational solutions to address the management of digital estates, meaning all documents created by a person through her/his professional activity, to present not only these solutions but also the methodology and choices they implemented during the course of this process. Among the questions for which we would welcome inspiring views and experiences are following:

Is the traditional “manuscript department” now also in charge of managing the “digital manuscripts”, or has a new service been formed specifically and where is it located within the institution’s organisation? What kind of competences are required and how has the competent staff been trained or recruited? Are the catalogues the same for analogue and digital manuscripts and archives? Are specific bibliographical formats or metadata required? Are the tools used to manage the files the same that those which are used for the digital library or the institutional repository? What specific challenges represent e-mails, text messages, or other social contents? Do easy-to-use technical solutions exist that could be shared among libraries? Does literary creation present the same issues as scientific or musical creation? How are copyright challenges addressed?

Along with two keynote speakers, which will be announced in due course, we are looking for diverse experiences in the form of 10-minutes presentations. Proposals for these short presentations should be sent to

8. Customer satisfaction surveys – an active and collaborative workshop