Tom Cramer, Stanford University Libraries

Tom Cramer is the Chief Technology Strategist and Associate Director of Digital Library Systems and Services for the Stanford University Libraries. He directs the Stanford Digital Repository, and oversees the technical development and delivery of Stanford’s digital library services, including digitization, management, preservation and access of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research.

Dr. Jan Černý, Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, Prague University of Economics and Business
Czech Republic

Prague University of Economics and Business fellow and researcher focused on the intelligence studies, particularly on the CI, TECHINT, OSINT domains. His research activities cover topics on external data and information environment analysis of enterprises, early warning systems, surface web & deep web investigations, search strategy and tactics, and digital forensics. He also deals with public librarianship management, specifically on the role of libraries in today’s competitive environment.

Presentation: Darkweb, security and the world of libraries

Neil Jefferies, University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Petr Knoth, The Open University
United Kingdom

Dr. Petr Knoth leads the Big Scientific Data and Text Analytics group (BSDTAG) at the Knowledge Media institute, The Open University in the UK. He is the founder and Head of CORE (core.ac.uk), a service with over 30 million monthly active users providing access to the world’s largest collection of full text open access research papers aggregated from data providers around the world. Petr has a deep interest in the use of AI to improve research workflows and is a relentless advocate of open science. He has led the team developing the fosteropenscience.eu e-learning platform which has become widely used for training European researchers. Petr has also been involved as a researcher and as a PI in over 20 European Commission, national and international funded research projects in the areas of data science, text-mining, open science and technology enhanced learning and has over 80 peer-reviewed publications based on this work.

Presentation: PIDs for open access metadata records

Kevin Leonard, University of Ghent

Kevin Leonard works as a data curator in Ghent University’s Open Science Team. In that capacity, he assists researchers in making their data FAIR and complying with national and international open data. His work includes the development of automation processes designed to reduce the administrative burdens associated with data sharing and improve the university’s oversight of its research data and software outputs. He is also involved in multi-institution collaborative efforts to improve metadata standards and interoperability between research performing organizations.

Presentation: Post-Publication Curation: How to Maximize Curation Benefits Without an Institutional Repository
Data curation is often conceptualized as an activity that occurs prior to a dataset being published in a repository for long-term preservation. Although this kind of pre-publication curation may be ideal, data curators – particularly those employed by research institutions – do not always have access to datasets prior to deposition, particularly if the dataset comes from an institution lacking its own institutional repository and is submitted to a general data repository which lacks its own curation process. We propose a novel post-publication curation method that allows institutional data curators to curate aspects of a dataset’s records to improve its FAIRness. By finding and Lastly, we provide suggestions for how to communicate these recommended edits to researchers. This approach has significant potential as a curation strategy, as it exposes a novel subset of research outputs that might otherwise go without curation.

Anthony Leroy, Université libre de Bruxelles

Anthony Leroy is a software engineer at the Libraries of the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) since 2011.He is in charge of the digitization infrastructure and the digital preservation program of the University Libraries. He coordinates the activities of the SAFE distributed preservation network, an international LOCKSS network operated by seven partner universities. He is also actively involved in various research data management activities at ULB.Anthony is an engineer in electronics and telecommunications with a PhD in microelectronics (ULB) and has been a researcher for almost ten years in collaboration with several industrial partners.

Presentation: Building a complete RDM ecosystem for your researchers

Martin Lhoták, Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Martin Lhoták graduated at the Czech University of Life Sciences in field of Informatics in 1996. He works at the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences from 1997. For nearly 10 years, he was responsible for library automation as the head of the IT department. In 2003, he established the Library’s Digitization Center. From 2007 he was for two 5 year terms appointed as the director of the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences and currently he is in the position of the Library deputy director responsible for research, development and technologies.

At the research level Martin Lhoták focuses on development of open source solutions supporting digitization, dissemination and archiving of digital documents – Kramerius, ProArc and ARCLib systems. He is also responsible for coordination of two national projects “The Czech Digital Library” http://www.czechdigitallibrary.cz/en/ and “The Central Portal of Czech Libraries” http://www.knihovny.cz/en/. He has been involved in the open access movement and he initiated the Open Access Policy of the Czech Academy of Sciences adopted by the Academic Council and the start-up of the institutional repository of the Academy.

Martin Lhoták is the national coordinator of the Czech Republic for DARIAH ERIC and he currently actively participates in digital humanities projects with concern mainly on development of new tools and building of information infrastructures.

Open source software development projects: Kramerius, ProArc, ARCLib, INDIHU.

Presentation: Digital Libraries for Digital Humanities – data mining from digital libraries

David Minor, UC San Diego Library

David Minor works at the University of California, San Diego, where he is the Director of the Research Data Curation Program in the UC San Diego Library. In this role he helps define and lead work needed for the contemporary and long-term management digital resources. His position includes significant interaction with stakeholders on the UC San Diego campus, throughout the UC System, and national initiatives. His program also includes management of Chronopolis, a national-scale digital preservation network.

Pekka Olsbo, Jyväskylän University Open Science Centre

Mr. Pekka Olsbo is the director of the Open Science Centre in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He´s been an active member of Finnish open science coordination and open access development since late 1990s. He is the chairman of the Finnish open access monographs working group and member of the Finnish open science evaluation working group.

Presentation: The Finnish model for coordinating Open Science

David Jiří Šlosar, Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship, FA, Charles University
Czech Republic

David Jiří Šlosar is a PhD student and lecturer at the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship, FA, Charles University. His research and teaching interests include science evaluation, scientometrics, information theory, philosophy of science and data analysis.

Since 2017, he has been working at the Library of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Bibliometrics and Scientometrics Department, where he creates the materials for the evaluation of science at the CAS and provides methodological support to the institutes. He also works on Open Science topics.

Sofie Wennström, Stockholm University Library

Sofie Wennström (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1229-7019), Analyst at the Stockholm University Library; with an assignment as Managing Editor for Stockholm University Press, a non-profit library publishing house for peer-reviewed and open access books and journals. Sofie is also Chair of the LIBER Working Group on Open Access, aiming to share knowledge and best practices among European research libraries. Sofie is also involved in teaching about publishing, open licensing and peer-review.

Presentation: What is in a university press? – Stockholm University Library as a publishing agent
The incentives for open access publishing increases with the rise of open science strategies on a global scale. The introduction of Stockholm University Press in 2014 was an initiative from the university management, where they wanted to create an alternative open access route for publishing digital and peer-reviewed content. The University Library was assigned the task to build this new service offer based on researchers’ needs. One of the first challenges was to gain trust within the own organisation to find publishing projects we could start working on.

The transformation for university libraries from curating print book collections into knowledge hubs for open science is also challenging but at the same time a needed change. Library-based publishing entities have been increasing in the past ten years, showing an interest in providing local services with global reach. But, how is this done in practice? What does it mean for a press to belong to an organisation of experts in organising information for knowledge, and at the same time be competing with commercial companies that are already serving quite a few of the users’ needs? How can we provide a relevant publishing platform with small means?

Over the years, we have learned a lot and made some mistakes, this presentation aims to tell the story of how we established ourselves by hiring experienced publishing staff, working within the organisation to find researchers with an interest in open publishing and how we have been dealing with challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing academic publishing landscape. The presentation will also show some of the on-going developments and how we plan to grow at a sustainable pace to ensure that the authors and editors are getting recognised for their hard work.

Petr Žabička, Moravian Library
Czech Republic

Petr Žabička is an expert in library automation with experience in digitisation, digital libraries, and machine learning. As an associate director at the Moravian Library, he is responsible for research and development projects. Currently, his activities focus on implementing machine learning technologies to enhance access to digitised documents. He has been involved in the PERO project, which aimed to improve the accuracy of digitised texts through the application of machine learning algorithms to optical character recognition (OCR). Previously, he led projects related to map digitisation, online access to digitised maps, and the development of the Czech library portal Knihovny.cz.

Presentation: PERO OCR for prints and manuscripts and other machine learning activities at the Moravian library in Brno