Every year LIBER (Ligue des Bibliotheques Europeennes de Recherche, Association of European Research Libraries) organizes a conference. The theme of the 47th annual conference was ‘Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age’. The conference venue was the Conference and Cultural Centre of Patras, Greece.

Prior to the conference were meetings of working groups, general assembly, editorial groups and even more. This annual conference facilitates LIBER members to meet and gives the opportunity to network and get informed of the newest developments in the field.

Last February Essentials 4 Data Support submitted an abstract on how the FAIR guidelines are incorporated in the course. In Patras we heard that about 100 abstracts were submitted and only 30 were invited to present at the conference. We are very proud of that! We were invited to present in the Student-Centered Services session on Friday.

We explained how the course was developed and what the main starting points of the course are. Thereafter the FAIR guidelines were explained and following to that was examined on how these guidelines meet the course. The starting point was: what do we teach the students, so they can support the researcher to be FAIR? How can the data supporter help the researcher to be FAIR and how can they use the Essentials 4 Data Support content in this matter? We proved that many parts of the course are FAIRproof!

I visited a lot of sessions, which gave me an overview of the matters that are now playing a role in the library world. It is too much to list here what I have heard, some important insights:

  • European Commission is now rewriting the copyright law. There are some dangerous developments. It will be very tight and give lots of restrictions to use/link data/publications to another. LIBER is now very active in fighting this!
  • many presentations on collaboration, like COAR
  • Citizen Science from University College of London
  • Text and Data Mining, A project on TDM, which focuses on practical issues in TDM, like user guidelines, stakeholders guidelines on licenses, university policies, data management, legal issues. After that, we had a practical exercise, which showed me that TDM is not yet in Essentials 4 Data Support. We should integrate a paragraph on TDM in the course.
  • a very inspiring talk of CERN on Risk aversion narrows the future of libraries. CERN has a long tradition of Open Access and is a researcher-centred organisation.