Open Research Week 2023

Open Research Week 2023

Friday 3rd to Wednesday 15th March 2023

Celebrating its 5th year, we look at the future of open, with keynote talks from Dr Ross Mounce, Director of Open Access at the Arcadia Fund and Ashley Farley, Programme Officer at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Other events include publishing in data journals, promoting open research in smaller institutions, measuring openness, and reward and recognition.

These are new dates and times. We are very grateful to all our contributors and speakers who have enabled us to reschedule


Friday 3rd March 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Professor Keith George, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, LJMU will be opening ORW 2023 and introducing our first session.

Building a civic data cooperative from the street up. 

Ellie Fielding and Dr Emily Rempel  - Liverpool Civic Data Cooperative

The Liverpool City Region Civic Data Cooperative aims to create an environment where data can be accessed, linked and analysed securely for the benefit of society, and act as advocates for better governance and use of data.  Ellie Fielding and Dr Emily Rempel will be talking about their most recent community project Round 'Ere. The project aims to build a locally governed and designed well-being data hub in Halton that connects the community, researchers and service providers. The project is training local residents as community researchers to ask questions about well-being, data, and services in their local area.

Ellie Fielding is a Programme Manager at the Civic Data Cooperative.

Dr Emily Rempel (she/her) is the Public Participation Manager at the Civic Data Cooperative.



Monday 6th March 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm  Keynote speaker

Professor Georgina Endfield, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Environment and Postgraduate Research, University of Liverpool, will be introducing our keynote speaker.

Are We Doing This or Not? The Future of Open is Today 

Ashley Farley – Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

Ashley will discuss how the scholarly community can move from postulating the future to living in it. It will take bold action, but the outcome will be worth it! Is this the tipping point for change that we’ve been waiting for? Join this interactive discussion to find out. 

Ashley Farley is the Programme officer of Knowledge and Research Services at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She leads the Foundation’s Open Access Policy and the work of Gates Open Research.



Tuesday 7th March  10.00 am – 11.00 am Keynote speaker

Thoughts on the many different paths to achieving open access 

Dr Ross Mounce – Director of Open Access, Programmes Arcadia Fund

Ross will reflect on how progress towards providing open access to all academic research is going; the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

The good is: we're starting to realise that a lot of the problem boils down to copyright issues. The emergence and normalisation of rights retention is undoubtedly healthy.

The bad news is: there are significant problems in the way that money is being spent to enable open access e.g. "transformative agreements" (sic). Transformative for whom? 

The ugly: Journal Impact Factor™ is statistically illiterate, negotiable, and irreproducible, but some researchers are still making decisions using it.   The real question now is not can we get universal open access to research, but how.  

Dr Ross Mounce is the Director of Open Access Programmes at Arcadia - a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.



Tuesday 7th March 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm  

Open Science Indicators: Insights on prevailing norms and opportunities for supporting best practices

Dr Lauren Cadwallader, Open Research Manager at PLOS.

In 2022 as part of PLOS’s Open Research Solutions Programme, PLOS extended their relationship with DataSeer to work on a project to create and deliver three open science indicators measuring data, code and preprint sharing. The initial findings were released in December and this talk during Open Research Week is an opportunity for PLOS to give an update on findings and future plans. 

Dr Lauren Cadwallader works as Open Research Manager at PLOS. She works to advance the adoption of open science in the research communities that PLOS serves by understanding the needs that particular research communities have around open science, the challenges they face as well as the assets they bring to the table.



Monday 13th March 10.00 am - 11.00 am

Is This the Moment for Data Journals? Hearing from Editors

Data journals publish short articles which focus on the dataset, unlike traditional papers.  This allows the creators of open datasets to describe their work and gain credit for it.  It also gives users of secondary data valuable context and information about the dataset's re-use potential.

In this session, editors of two very different data journals (The Journal of Open Humanities Data and Biodiversity Data Journal) explain the background and mission for their titles and their common aims, challenges and approaches to open research.  We'll also consider whether there is a growing need for data journals with open data mandates from funders such as NIH and the greater efficiencies that using secondary datasets can bring

Dr Barbara McGillivray is Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Cultural Computation at King's College London and Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. She is passionate about supporting open data in humanities research and has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Open Humanities Data since 2019.



Monday 13th March 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Reward, recognition and assessment 

Research Assessment Reform and Open Science 

Dr Alex Rushforth – Leiden University  

An update on Project TARA from Dr Alex Rushforth. Project TARA (Tools to Advance Research Assessment) is a collaboration between San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, Illinois Institute of Technology and CWTS, Leiden University, funded by Arcadia

Dr Alex Rushforth is an assistant professor at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University, the Netherlands. He works in the social studies of science, specializing in research evaluation, uses of indicators and research assessment reforms 

Recognition and rewards for early career researchers: reshaping the evaluation of our work

Dr Annemijn Algra – University Medical Centre Utrecht

Dr Annemijn Algra, whilst a PhD candidate herself, worked with colleagues from the think tank Young Science in Transition to develop a new evaluation form and competency tool for PhD candidates, with more focus on personal accomplishments and growth in research-related competencies. 

Annemijn Algra is a clinical scientist and neurologist at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. 



Tuesday 14th March 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Making Open Research happen at smaller institutions

Professor Katherine Baxter, Northumbria University and Anna Grey, Edge Hill University.

Open research is now embedded in most UK universities' research strategies, and this has started to take root in the research culture of large, research-intensive institutions.  But what about teaching-intensive universities or institutions which have only recently become research-intensive? Research managers from Edge Hill University and Northumbria University consider driving forward open research, the challenges this can present and how they plan to overcome them.

Katherine Baxter is a Professor of English and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange) in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University.

Anna Grey is the Director of the Research Office at Edge Hill University. 



Wednesday 15th March 10.00 am – 11.00 am  THIS SESSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Reproducibility, Open Research and local networks  

Focusing on universities which have not started or have recently begun to embed reproducibility and transparency into their research culture, this session explains how Edge Hill University set up a dedicated reproducibility group at an institution which is growing its research culture and what it aims to achieve. The values and benefits of transparency, openness and reproducibility are balanced against the challenges of adopting them for a research community undertaking significant levels of qualitative and social sciences research areas less often associated with open scholarship.  Alexis Makin from the University of Liverpool also discusses building a local network. 

Speakers include members of the Edge Hill University Reproducibility Group (Liam Bullingham, Marcello TrovatiMatthew Greenhalgh) and Alexis Makin,  UKRN local network lead at the University of Liverpool. 



Wednesday 15th March 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm  THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Open Research and Me

Researchers from UoL, LJMU and Edge Hill will be showing how they have embraced ‘open’ in their research practice. Highlighting how the steps researchers can take can be different, but valuable and rewarding. 

Lucy Braand Axel Kaehne from Edge Hill University.

Jo Vincett and Neil Graffin  from Liverpool John Moores University 

John Tyson-Carr from the University of Liverpool


We would like to thank all the speakers for sharing their time and expertise as part of Open Research Week 2023 and are grateful for the funding provided by the Wellcome Trust to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool.

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