OA6: Open Scholarly Communication

This sub-program is a pivotal component of the EOSC initiative, focusing on the critical and often underrepresented field of Open Scholarly Communication (OSC).

OSC is defined as the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. Open Access, especially Diamond Open Access and the corresponding information infrastructures around it are seen as key elements for OSC.


This program aims to bring together key stakeholders from various domains to address the integration and advancement of OSC within EOSC. By applying an integrating approach to various forms of scientific record, be they research data or scientific publication in different types, OSC can unfold in a multidimensional way. Recognizing the global significance of the Diamond Open Access model, as supported by entities like EC and UNESCO, the program seeks to establish a robust framework for OSC, identifying gaps especially around metadata integration, fostering collaborations of data and service providers, and setting strategic directions for future development. The sub-session caters to a diverse audience from the various EOSC projects, including researchers with their discipline-specific perspectives, technical experts for platforms, protocols and identifiers, facilitating a multi-faceted discussion on the challenges and opportunities in OSC.


  • Integrate and Advance OSC within EOSC: This involves bringing together stakeholders to enhance OSC’s role and integration within EOSC, aligning with EOSC’s broader goals while respecting the diversity of origins.
  • Identify Gaps, Foster Collaborations, and Set Strategic Directions for OSC: This includes pinpointing existing gaps, encouraging stakeholder collaborations, and charting future OSC development paths.


  • A unified understanding of OSC.
  • Practical strategies for integrating data management and scholarly publishing.
  • A collaborative roadmap for OSC’s advancement within EOSC.
<span class=”uppercase”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;” class=”ek-underline”><sup>Tuesday afternoon</sup></span></span><br><span class=”uppercase”><strong>Establishing a Common Foundation</strong></span>

This session delves into the essence of OSC, exploring its scope, significance, and the critical need for interoperability in publishing.

It sets the stage for a comprehensive understanding of OSC within the scholarly community, with a special focus on smaller journals and publishing platforms.

The session adopts an interactive and inclusive approach, engaging participants in discussions, presentations, and case studies. It aims to clarify the definition and scope of OSC, discuss its role within the EOSC framework, and highlight the importance of the Diamond Open Access (OA) model in the global scholarly communication landscape.


  • Integrate and Advance OSC within EOSC: This involves bringing together stakeholders to enhance OSC’s role and integration within EOSC, aligning with EOSC’s broader goals while respecting the diversity of origins.
  • Identify Gaps, Foster Collaborations, and Set Strategic Directions for OSC: This includes pinpointing existing gaps, encouraging stakeholder collaborations, and charting future OSC development paths.


  • A unified understanding of OSC.
  • Practical strategies for integrating data management and scholarly publishing.
  • A collaborative roadmap for OSC’s advancement within EOSC.

Establishing a Common Foundation

Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Session chair: Sy Holsinger
Session rapporteur: Zisis Kozlakidis

TimeslotActivityFormatModerator / FacilitatorParticipant Experience
14:00 – 14:15Welcome and IntroductionPresentationSy Holsinger (CRAFT-OA)Overview of the session’s theme and objectives, setting the context for the day’s discussions.
14:15 – 14:45Defining OSCInteractive Talk / DiscussionSy Holsinger (CRAFT-OA), Leonidas Pispiringas (CRAFT-OA), Margo Bargheer (CRAFT-OA)Engaging in a dynamic discussion to clarify OSC’s definition and scope.
14:45 – 15:15OSC in the EOSC FrameworkGroup DiscussionPierre Mounier (DIAMAS)Collaborative exploration of OSC’s current role and potential within the EOSC framework.
15:15 – 15:30Diamond OA ModelPresentationMargo Bargheer (CRAFT-OA)Learning about the global importance of the Diamond OA model in scholarly communication.
15:30 – 16:00Coffee BreakNetworking 
16:00 – 17:30Interoperability and interconnectivity in PublishingGroup DiscussionTomasz Miksa (OSTrails), Stefania Amodeo (SciLake) + AllInsightful panel discussion on publishing standards and interoperability, with real-world case studiesand outlook for a future system.
17:30 – 18:00Wrap-up and Q&AQ&A SessionZisis Kozlakidis (Task Force: Upskilling countries to engage in EOSC)Summarizing key takeaways, answering questions, and discussing next steps.
<sup><span class=”uppercase”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;” class=”ek-underline”>Wednesday morning</span></span></sup><span class=”uppercase”><br><strong>Bridging Data and Publications</strong></span>

This session focuses on the interplay between data management and scholarly publishing.

It addresses the challenges and best practices in data citation, linking publications to datasets, and the role of indexing services. The session aims to provide insights into enhancing the accessibility and usability of scholarly data.

The session employs a combination of interactive talks, flash presentations, workshops, and discussions. It is designed to explore how data management practices can complement scholarly publishing and to discuss strategies for improving data accessibility and usability.


  • To explore the integration of data management with scholarly publishing.
  • To discuss the role of research graphs in linking publications and datasets.
  • To identify strategies for improving data accessibility in scholarly publications.
  • To address technical challenges and gaps for Open Access journals.


Participants will identify actionable strategies for integrating data management and scholarly publishing. They will gain an understanding of how to address technical challenges in OSC.

Bridging Data and Publications

Time: 09:30 – 12:30
Session Chair: Leonidas Pispiringas
Session rapporteur: Tomasz Miksa

TimeslotActivityFormatModerator / FacilitatorParticipant Experience
09:30 – 09:45Opening Remarks + Lessons Learned from Day 1Summary NotesMargo Bargheer (CRAFT-OA)Recap of the previous day’s insights and introduction to the day’s theme and objectives.
09:45 – 11:00Flash Presentations and DiscussionInteractive TalkModerated by Margo Bargheer(CRAFT-OA);

Presenters: Stefania Amodeo (CRAFT-OA), Leonidas Pispiringas (GraspOS), Pierre Mounier (DIAMAS), others
Engaging in focused presentations on data management in scholarly publishing, followed by a dynamic Q&A session.
11:00 – 11:15Coffee BreakNetworking 
11:15 – 12:15Best Practices in Data CitationWorkshopLeonidas Pispiringas (CRAFT-OA)Participating in an interactive workshop on data citation best practices and linking data with publications.
12:15 – 12:30Closing Discussion and Q&AQ&A SessionLeonidas Pispiringas (CRAFT-OA)Summarising key takeaways, addressing questions, and discussing strategies for data management integration.
<sup><span class=”uppercase”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;” class=”ek-underline”>Wednesday afternoon</span></span></sup><br><span class=”uppercase”><strong>Collaborative Efforts and </strong></span><br><span class=”uppercase”><strong>Future Direction</strong></span>

This session explores the collaborative landscape of OSC, focusing on the integration of the Diamond Open Access (OA) model within the EOSC.

Participants will learn from success stories, discuss emerging trends, and gain insights into overcoming interoperability challenges, setting the stage for future innovations in OSC.

The session combines presentations, interactive talks, and workshops to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of collaborative approaches and future planning in OSC. It emphasises the examination of ongoing projects, identifying collaboration opportunities, and discussing future directions and innovations in the field.


  • To examine ongoing projects and their contributions to OSC.
  • To identify collaboration opportunities and synergies between different initiatives.
  • To discuss future directions and innovations in OSC.
  • To emphasize the role of Diamond OA and its integration with EOSC.


Participants will develop a collaborative roadmap for OSC, highlighting joint initiatives and future projects. They will gain actionable insights on overcoming interoperability challenges. 

Collaborative Efforts and Future Direction

Time: 15:00 – 19:00
Session Chair: Margo Bargheer
Session rapporteur: Leonidas Pispiringas

TimeslotActivityFormatModerator / FacilitatorParticipant Experience
15:00 – 15:15Introduction to the Session + Summary of Previous SessionsPresentationMargo Bargheer (CRAFT-OA)Receiving an overview of the session’s theme and a recap of previous sessions’ key points.
15:15 – 15:45Role of Diamond OA in EOSCPresentationPierre Mounier (DIAMAS)Learning about the significance of Diamond OA in the context of EOSC and its integration.
15:45 – 17:00Collaborative Opportunities in OSC and Future DirectionsInteractive Talk Margo Bargheer (CRAFT-OA), Pierre Mounier (DIAMAS), Tomasz Miksa (OSTrails)Engaging in a discussion about collaborative opportunities in OSC and exploring future directions and innovations.
17:00 – 17:30Coffee BreakNetworking 
17:30 – 19:00Developing a Joint Action PlanDiscussion, WorkshopMargo Bargheer (CRAFT-OA)Participating in a workshop to develop a joint action plan for advancing OSC within EOSC, addressing challenges and opportunities.
<span class=”uppercase”><sup><span style=”text-decoration: underline;” class=”ek-underline”>Thursday morning</span></sup></span><br><span class=”uppercase”>Wrap-up</span>

This session recaps key takeaways, discusses sustaining developments in OSC, and engages in forward-thinking planning for its integration within the broader EOSC strategy, aiming to build a strong community of practice in OSC.

  • Session Theme: Concluding Reflections and Strategic Planning.
  • Focus:
    • Recap of key takeaways from the sessions.
    • Discussion on sustaining the momentum and developments in OSC.
    • Strategic planning for integrating OSC into the broader EOSC strategy.
  • Specific Discussion Points:
    • Identifying priorities and action items for the near future.
    • The role of policy and funding in supporting OSC initiatives.
    • Building a community of practice around OSC.
  • SpeakersZisis Kozlakidis

Bios of the Open Scholarly Communication sub-committee


  • Margo Bargheer(CRAFT OA): Margo Bargheer is a trained graphic designer with a master’s degree in social anthropology and media studies. She currently serves as the Head of the Team for Electronic Publishing at the Göttingen State and University Library. With her expertise in electronic publishing, Margo Bargheer has contributed significantly to the field, particularly in the context of scholarly communication and open access initiatives. Her work involves overseeing various aspects of electronic publishing, ensuring the dissemination and accessibility of scholarly works.
  • Tomasz Miksa (EOSC Focus, OSTrails): Tomasz Miksa is involved in the OSTrails project, which aims to advance processes and instruments for planning, tracking, and assessing scientific knowledge production. His work is associated with the EOSC Focus project, contributing to the development of scientific knowledge management.
  • Leonidas Pispiringas (CRAFT-OA): Leonidas Pispiringas has been working as a Data Scientist and Scholarly Communication Technical Expert for OpenAIRE. His responsibilities include overseeing the institutional dashboards in the OpenAIRE MONITOR service, actively contributing to OpenAIRE’s aggregation team, and managing the Metadata Validator service. He represents OpenAIRE in the Horizon Europe CRAFT-OA Project, focusing on enhancing the technical and organisational infrastructure of Diamond OA publishing. Specialising in data science, he focuses on predictive modelling and data visualisation. His expertise encompasses interoperability models, and international standards within scholarly communication infrastructures and addressing technical requirements in line with FAIR principles showcasing a comprehensive skill set in the field of Open Science. 
  • Thanasis Vergoulis (SciLake): Thanasis Vergoulis is involved in the SciLake project, which aims to create a scientific lake for the research ecosystem. He plays a significant role in the development and operation of OpenAIRE, contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge management and accessibility.
  • Sy Holsinger (CRAFT-OA): Sy is the Chief Technology Officer at OPERAS Research Infrastructure, brings over fifteen years of experience in EU-funded e-Infrastructure projects and service management. His expertise includes senior roles at the EGI Foundation and certifications in FitSM and ISO/IEC 27001 standards, complemented by a background in Business Management and Communications.
  • Pierre Mounier (DIAMAS) : Pierre supports cooperation between OPERAS members and contributes to the strategic roadmap of the infrastructure. He is trained in classics and social anthropology. Affiliated to the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Pierre is deputy director of OpenEdition, the French national infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and co-director of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). He publishes regularly on digital humanities and open science, and more generally on the social and political impact of information and communication technologies (ICT).

EOSC-A Task Forces

Zisis Kozlakidis (Upskilling countries to engage in EOSC): Zisis Kozlakidis is a co-chair of the EOSC Task Force focused on upskilling countries to engage in EOSC. He has been instrumental in addressing developments in Open Science education at the Member State level within the EOSC framework. He currently serves as the Head of Laboratory Services and Biobanking at IARC/WHO and as a Board Member of the EU infrastructure BBMRI-ERIC.

EOSC-A Board of Directors

  • Suzanne Dumouchel (EOSC-A Board Member): Suzanne Dumouchel is a member of the EOSC Association Board of Directors. She holds a doctorate in French literature and is in charge of international cooperation at the CNRS Open Research Data Directorate. She is also the co-coordinator of the OPERAS European research infrastructure devoted to open scientific communication in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Wilhelm Widmark (EOSC-A Board Member): Wilhelm Widmark is a member of the EOSC Association Board of Directors. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Swedish Bibsam consortia and a member of the Swedish Rectors’ conference Open Science group. He is also a member of EUA’s Expert Group on Open Science.

Coordination & Support

Edith Euan Diaz (EOSC Focus Project): Edith holds a PhD in Physics and has professional experience in the Public, Private and Non-Profit sectors. She is a Senior Coordinator in EOSC-A and supports the sub-program committee to deliver an impactful session. She is known for her enthusiasm for innovation, blending science, tech, business, and people, with extensive knowledge in innovation management within the scientific community.