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Open Science

The University Library's Open Science services are available to individual researchers as well as on the level of the University's faculties and institutes.

By embracing Open Science, the University seeks to strengthen the quality and integrity of research results, to promote interdisciplinary research, and to share new ideas more quickly and widely. In this way, we will increase the impact and visibilty of our research. 

Open Science is part of the University's wider Academia in Motion programme (AiM).

The Library fulfills a supporting role within the Open Science ambitions of Academia in Motion.

Our experts at the Centre for Digital Scholarship (CDS) provide training, answer questions, and advise researchers, students, board members, faculty information managers, and data stewards about current developments regarding Open Access, FAIR data and software management.

FAIR data and data management

FAIR refers to Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

  • The CDS answers questions and offers advice as well as training regarding FAIR data and software management via: datamanagement@library.leidenuniv.nl
  • The CDS participates in the university-wide data management programme and is closely involved in the founding of the Leiden Digital Competence Centre (LDCC).
  • The Leiden University Research Data Management Community has grown to become a versatile network of researchers and support staff. For the members of this network, the CDS organizes online as well as in-person meeting to discuss topics such as FAIRification, data registration, software management, and DataverseNL. We facilitate the community of faculty data stewards by hosting monthly meetings.

Open Access

  • The CDS offers several opportunities for instruction on Open Access and copyright; we also answer questions and offer advice via: openaccess@library.leidenuniv.nl
  • The Library offers help to the research institutes in drawing up or updating their publication policies and with the budgeting of Open Access publishing. In this way, we aim to stimulate researchers to maximize their use of opportunities to publish Open Access.
  • As a member of the national working group Open Access Monitoring, we collaborate with other universities to develop a new framework for an Open Access monitor.
  • Together with partners from the other university libraries, the UBL negotiates with publishers to conclude national agreements allowing researchers to publish Open Access.
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