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“The Future Depends on What You Do Today”: The Library as a Leader in Open Science

“The Future Depends on What You Do Today”: The Library as a Leader in Open Science
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Author(s): Paul Ayris (University College London, UK)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 27
Source title: Cases on Research Support Services in Academic Libraries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viviana Fernández-Marcial (University of A Coruña, Spain) and Llarina González-Solar (University of A Coruña, Spain & General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4546-1.ch002


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UCL (University College London) strongly supports the implementation of Open Science policies and practices. The library has taken the lead in the university across all eight areas of Open Science: the Future of Scholarly Communication, the EOSC, FAIR data, Skills, Research Integrity, Rewards, Altmetrics, and Citizen Science. UCL has modified these themes slightly to better fit its academic requirements, developing ambitious programmes and services to support the change of culture which is required. From the future of scholarly publishing, with the formation of UCL Press as the UK's first fully open access university press, to research data management, rewards, research integrity and next-generation metrics, UCL has become a leader in Open Science. This chapter analyses the success of UCL to date, describes the challenges, shows the benefits, and indicates what future steps are being planned to deliver a culture where Open Science is the default, thus delivering on the prophecy of Mahatma Ghandi, one of UCL's most illustrious alumni, ‘The future depends on what you do today'.

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