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LIBER 2021 Session #6: The Future is Open: Democratisation of Knowledge

Kaarsted, Thomas; Munke, Martin; Kraker, Peter; Guba, Beate; Saunders, Heather; Orr, Jaime

These are the slides from the LIBER 2021 Session The Future is Open: Democratisation of Knowledge

This session will be chaired by Thomas Kaarsted, University Library of Southern Denmark

  • Libraries, Citizen Science and Open (Cultural) Data: a seminal relationship?, Martin Munke, Saxon State and University Library Dresden, Germany
  • Leveraging an open infrastructure to enable visual discovery in library systems: the case of Open Knowledge Maps, Peter Kraker, Open Knowledge Maps; Beate Guba, TU Wien Bibliothek, Austria, Andreas Ferus, University Library, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, Andrea Hacker, University Library of Bern, Switzerland, David Johann, ETH Library, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Najmeh Shaghaei, University Library of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Guido Scherp, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany
  • Speed talk: Early Career Researcher Day: A Case Study in Collaboration Across the University and Beyond, Heather Saunders, Jaime Orr, Brianne Selman, University of Winnipeg, Canada


In the first presentation, Martin Munke presents the concept of Open Citizen Science in detail – the Open curation, editing and further processing of digital data and objects provided by GLAM institutions in collaboration between citizen scientists and these institutions. He also discusses its suitability for dealing with the library identity crisis that came with the digital revolution and the profound changes the research landscape underwent as a result of it. The main question asked concerns whether it is viable to claim there is a seminal relationship between libraries, Citizen Science and Open (Cultural) Data.
Next, Peter Kraker and Beate Guba discuss Open Knowledge Maps in order to present a novel model that connects them back to library systems and makes it possible to add custom visual discovery services to their offerings. Open Knowledge Maps attempt to transform discovery of scientific knowledge by providing an open, visual, and community-driven system that is based on Open Infrastructure. They provide an instant overview of a field by showing its main areas at a glance and papers related to each area. Based on this idea, in the novel model, Open Knowledge Maps acts as a cloud, so there is no need to install new software on library servers. The presentation explains the workings, and uses, of this tool.
Finally, a lightning talk by Jaime Orr, Heather Saunders, and then Brianne Selman will explore Early Career Researcher Day, an inter-university event spearheaded by the University of Winnipeg. Attendees considering how to encourage knowledge sharing among early-career researchers and between academics and their support staff can learn from the case study of this event. The talk will report on the successes and challenges of both the inaugural in-person event in 2020 and the 2021 virtual adaptation, which responded to the unique challenges of the global pandemic.

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