Workshops and Tutorials


All workshops and the tutorial will be offered on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 as part of the pre-conference day. Some of them will be offered as half day events (either in the morning or in the afternoon) and other will be offered as a full day events. Information will be added as it becomes available.


Tutorial: Digital Preservation Lifecycle: from challenges to solutions


Andreas Rauber, Associate Professor, Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology

Kresimir Duretec, PhD student and research assistant, Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology

This tutorial will consist of two parts, providing first an introduction to digital preservation, followed by an in-depth discussion of the preservation life cycle and tool support to manage it.

We will start with an introduction to the 3 leayers of preservation challenges, and discuss potential preservation actions at each of the levels, their advantages amd disadvantages. We will also take a brief look at the OAIS functional model as a reference framework for Digital preservation activities. We will then look at one of the first steps of a digital preservation life cycle, namely understanding the type of content at hand. This will include using tools such as FITS and C3PO to create a collection profile and analyzinits characteristics.

Participants will be guided through the process of characterizing the certain amount of their content with the FITS tool. Afterwards they will load extracted characterization data into C3PO. This will allow them to get a detailed overview of their collection. Furthermore, the dynamic web interface will allow them to explore certain parts of their collection in more details. After conducting this exercise the attendees will have a deeper understanding of the collection profiling its goals and main challenges.   

In the second part we will go into more detail, walking step by staep through the digital preservation lifecycle. Intertwining presentations and demonstrations, we will discuss the principles and see how it is enabled by integrating several key tools, starting from C3PO (collection profiling tool), via Scout (preservation monitoring system) and Plato (preservation planning tool) to how these can be integrated with a digital repository. The attendees will get an in-depth overview of each tool and the processeses it supports. The focus will be on the preservation planning and the planning workflow which is provided by the Plato tool. Preservation policies as glue between different components will be explained. The attendees will get an understanding how their high level organizational policies could drive all the operations in their repository.

There is registration fee (40 Euros) for this workshop.

The tutorial will be offered as a full day event.


 Workshop 1: ‘Non-profit Open Access ventures of significant scope in Europe’ (Updated description, 17/06/2014)



Discussion leaders: Pierre Mounier, Associate Director of the Center for open electronic publishing (Cléo)

Victoria Tsoukala, ePublishing and SSH Unit (National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Research Foundation)

Workshop Purpose: This workshop will provide a forum for discussion of different aspects of not-for-profit open access publishing ventures in Europe. It will examine specific case-studies, such as Open Edition, Ubiquity Press and and other innovative models and collaborations in Europe, as well as focus on a number of current subjects, such as business models and economics, policy developments, the case of the SSH, collaboration opportunities.

Workshop Description: Open Access and electronic publishing offer an exciting way for scientific knowledge to be shared more widely among researchers and the public at large. At the same time open access and the ever-evolving technology open up innovative and disruptive new ways of communicating research. Recent years have witnessed a large number of initiatives in this domain, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Large commercial publishers have successfully exploited the so-called gold open access model, which entails charging author or institutional fees, often large amounts of money, as a means of generating income. This workshop examines case studies and issues that pertain specifically to not-for-profit ventures in Europe, as an open access publishing model that differs from the for-profit one in its aims and modalities.

The workshop will address in a structured way issues that are current in the context of not-for-profit open access publishing, using also specific case studies. More specifically, it will focus on the following topics:

  • Business models (good practices) for not-for-profit open access publishing, especially paying attention to issues of sustainability of such ventures
  • International policy developments as opportunities and challenges for not-for-profit open access ventures (E.g. EC Recommendation; Horizon 2020 rules etc)
  • SSH open access publishing in the context of not-for-profit open access publishing ventures
  • Alternative peer-review models
  • Collaborations among such ventures and new potential initiatives



The following organizations will briefly present their activities with a focus on the aforementioned topics and structured discussion will follow:

ePublishing@EKT> (Victoria Tsoukala, ePublishing and SSH Unit, National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Research Foundation)- moderator

Cléo –Open Edition (Pierre Mounier, Associate Director of the Center for Open Electronic Publishing)-moderator

OAPEN Foundation (Eelco Ferwerda, Director)

Ubiquity Press (Brian Hole, Founder and CEO)

Maison des sciences de l’Homme (Emanuelle Corne, Head of Publications)

Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (Heal-link) (Dimitris Kouis)

Library and Information Centre, University of Patras (Panos Georgiou)



There is registration fee (40 Euros) for this workshop.

The number of participants will be set by the workshop organisers


 Workshop 2: ‘Fostering a culture of Open Science for young researchers’ (TO BE CONFIRMED - THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED)


Leslie Chan, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Toronto

Milena Dobreva, Professor, Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences, University of Malta

Gabriella Ivacs, Chief Archivist, Open Society Archives


There will be no registration fee for this workshop.

The number of participants will be limited to 25 persons, preferably young researchers.

The participation criteria will be set by the workshop organisers.

The workshop will be offered as a full day event.


 Workshop 3: Information Literacy in the context of Scientific Information Policies (IMPORTANT NOTE – Workshop running time 10:00-12:30)


Carla Basili, Associate Professor, Sapienza University in Rome

Aspasia Togia, ATEITh

Claudia Yogeswaran, University College London


1. An efficient framework for analysing Information Policies is the “3Cs model”. According to this model, the main axes along which an efficient information policy articulates are:

- Connectivity: measures aimed at creating a well-established structure – both institutional (for example, the libraries in a country) and technological (for example, the Internet) – acting as a “conveyer” (or distribution network) of information to every citizen;

- Content: measures aimed at assuring that reliable information is conveyed to “connected” users;

- Competencies: measures aimed at assuring that “receivers” are able to efficiently retrieve and fully exploit the conveyed information, i.e. , the Information Literacy goal.

2. Information Literacy is linked to Information Policy in the European Commission vision. Information Literacy explicitly entered the EU policy making landscape (only) with the IMPACT Programme (1988-1995) – a community programme devoted to Information Policy – and more specifically through the action line “Increasing user-friendliness and improving information literacy”.

3. Information Literacy is natively a policy issue, but not yet entered in the policy debate. Information Literacy was natively conceived as a policy goal, involving the decisional level of society. The corpus of literature on Information Literacy is permeated by the initial coin of the term “Information Literacy” attributed to Paul Zurkowsky, who in 1974 wrote to the US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science that: “ … the top priority of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science should be directed toward establishing a major national program to achieve universal information literacy by 1984.”

4. Scientific Information is increasingly a pillar in the policies for the European Research Area (see EC official documents like "Study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets in Europe" 2006) followed by a public consultation (from 31 March to 15 June 2006) addressed to individual researchers, academic organisations, libraries, information organisations and publishers. Results from the 2006 consultation have provided the basis for the next Communication on scientific information in the digital age: access, dissemination and preservation (2007).

5. Policy measures for scientific information have been and will continue to be subject to periodic review and revision, as a function of factors both internal and external to the science system.

The concept itself of "scientific information policies" tends to adapt to new configurations of the scientific system, to emerging models of knowledge circulation, the alternation of new agents, as well as to the role and functions of innovative vehicles for the dissemination of scientific results. (research data, research infrastructures, knowledge transfer besides knowledge sharing, open access)

6. From an economic perspective, knowledge sharing and transfer are increasingly the leitmotiv of the recommendations issued by the European Commission to support the economic development of Europe.

 In view of the above, the workshop intends to analyse Information Literacy as an element of Scientific Information Policy, aiming to understand the mutual influence between Information Literacy policies and Scientific Information policies.

More specifically, the workshop is aimed on the one hand to understand how new patterns of circulation for scientific information can induce changes in the traditional models of Information Literacy, and on the other how Information Literacy policy objectives constitute an integral part of Information Policy strategies.



Information literacy policies in Europe and the European Observatory on IL Policies and Research (Aspasia Togia)

Scientific Information Management Policies and Information Literacy Schemes in Greek Higher Education Institutions and Libraries (I. Clapsopoulos, S. Zapounidou, M. Balatzaras and D. Petrinos)

Information literacy aspects in the Open Science environment (P. Georgiou)

Information literacy skills and aspects: some quality assurance aspects (Milena Dobreva)



There is registration fee (40 Euros) for this workshop.


The number of participants will be set by the workshop organisers

This workshop will be offered as a full day event.





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