NUI Galway to Host Virtual Open Scholarship Week 2020

May 05 2020 Posted: 09:44 IST

NUI Galway will host a virtual Open Scholarship Week (OSW2020) to showcase the importance of research and education that is accessible to everyone. The event will take place online from 11–15 May.

Open Scholarship is a global movement towards research and educational practices that are collaborative and transparent. The aim is to make research and educational resources such as publications, data, research outputs and teaching and learning resources, publicly available as early as possible, as well as actively encouraging participation in the research process by the general public and co-creation of knowledge.

OWS2020 builds on the successful Open Science Week 2019, which was the first of its kind in Ireland. The event will again bring together researchers, academics, educators, and members of the public to highlight and showcase what open scholarship is and how to work together towards creating knowledge that is open and accessible to everyone. Online events taking place across this week will target several elements of Open Scholarship, including Open Data, Open Access, Open Education and Citizen Science.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway, commented: “The importance of transparency and openness in research and scholarship has never been so important or so apparent. Transparency and openness play key roles in NUI Galway's strategy; emerging from the success of last year’s inaugural Open Science Week, we are delighted to host Open Scholarship Week 2020.”

Dr Elaine Toomey, Cochrane Ireland/Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Open Scholarship Week committee member at NUI Galway, said: “Recently, the COVID-19 emergency has really shone a spotlight on the importance of open scholarship, collaborative working and the importance of making research widely accessible and available early-on. We are delighted to be able to run a full week of events dedicated to open scholarship for the second year running. In particular, it has been fantastic to see such great engagement from different disciplines within NUI Galway and from our national and international collaborators.”  

A number of workshops, discussions and lectures will take place OSW2020 including:

  • Antonio Schettino, Erasmus University Rotterdam, will deliver a keynote address on ‘Open Science Communities: to The Netherlands and Beyond!’. This will be followed by NUI Galway’s Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research and Dr John Caulfield (Strategic Implementation) from NUI Galway who will discuss open scholarship within NUI Galway strategy.
  • Antonio will host an introductory workshop on how to use the Open Science Framework
  • A session on how to discover, license, re-purpose and share Open Educational Resources, delivered by Iain MacLaren, Director of NUI Galway’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • Sharon Flynn from the Irish Universities Association will host the panel discussion ‘Wikipedia in Higher Education: Ban or Embrace?’ and a workshop entitled ‘Wikithon - become a Wikipedia editor’
  • Two lightning talks on ‘The Growing Importance of Open Access Data and Open Source Software’ by Speakers Niall Moran from the Irish Centre for High End Computing and Adam Leadbetter from the Marine Institute, who will also present examples from their relevant fields
  • The Digital Repository of Ireland will present a session on ‘Publishing, citing and preserving your research’ using the Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository
  • A half-day session on ‘Open Synthesis: Open Science in Evidence Synthesis’ which will feature insights from international experts including David Moher, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Emma Thompson, Cochrane, and Neil Haddaway, Stockholm Environment Institute.

All events are free and open to all but individual registration is required for all events. Full details and registration is available at, and follow #oswgalway2020 on Twitter.


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