Open science seminar

Welcome to a seminar on open science targeted at all researchers and research projects at the University of Skövde. The seminar features a presentation by Andrew Katz with the title "Challenges and opportunities related to data portability in the context of open science".

Date: Thursday 17 May 2018 (10:15-12:00)
Venue: E108, University of Skövde
Registration: The number of seats is limited. Registration in advance is required. Please register for this event by sending an email with subject "Open science seminar" containing your name and affiliation to this email address by latest 14 May.


  • An introduction to LIM-OS: challenges and opportunities for researchers (Björn Lundell)
  • Challenges and opportunities related to data portability in the context of open science (Andrew Katz) [slides]
  • Interaction and discussion amongst participants related to talk by Andrew Katz

There is also a poster exhibition.

Abstract for presentation by Andrew Katz:
As data is generated at an unparalleled rate, the opportunities for exploring new areas of research are also increasing. However, the ability to use that data is subject to a number of challenges, ranging from file formats (including patent issues), copyright and database right restrictions, protection of computer-generated works, restrictions on text and data-mining activities, and requirements imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This talk will provide an overview of the challenges these legal aspects currently raise, a review of current initiatives in the EU and beyond, and suggests proposals aimed at achieving a fair balance between the legitimate interests of researchers and rights-holders, as well as introducing some misunderstood benefits of the research exemption in the GDPR regime.

Bio for Andrew Katz
Andrew Katz is a UK-based lawyer specialising in FOSS and open content.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew Katz was a developer and has released software under the GPL. He advises individuals, corporations, foundations and public sector organisations on FOSS law issues, and is a visiting researcher at the University of Skövde, Sweden, and visiting lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a founder editor of the Free and Open Source Software Law Review. He is a director of Public Software CIC.

This seminar addresses opportunities, obligations and challenges that all researchers need to handle when data and digital documents are developed, maintained, and archived in different research projects. This seminar is the second in a series of LIM-OS activities (Lock-in, Interoperability, and Long-Term Maintenance for digital assets and software developed and used in research projects) which aim to strengthen the entire research environment at University of Skövde. LIM-OS is conducted in the context of the LIM-IT project (2016-2020), which is financially supported by the Knowledge Foundation.

LIM-OS for sustainable science and digitalisation
With increasing demands for transparency and opportunities for re-use of software and associated digital assets developed and used by researchers and all others involved in research projects at the University of Skövde it is of uttermost importance to address fundamental challenges related to lock-in, interoperability, and long-term maintenance during conduct of research. To address these demands, researchers and research projects may strategically consider: use and development of software provided under open source licences; use of file formats (used for representation of data developed in research projects) which are open file formats; and use and provision of data (developed, used and provided from research projects) provided under open content licences. Realisation of these considerations in research projects will significantly contribute to increased transparency and opportunities for re-use of software and digital assets developed in research.

Björn Lundell (bjorn.lundell [at], University of Skövde

Further information about the LIM-IT project can be found here.