Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Digital Libraries

Sadia Vancauwenbergh

University of Hasselt

Head of Information Management and Data-Analysis at the Research Coordination Office, as well as the Project Leader at the Data Science Institute and Expertise Centre for Research and Development Monitoring at Hasselt University, Belgium.


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Over the past decade, the research community has undergone a major transformation in thinking about Open Science which aims to open up research to society, based on the idea that scientific knowledge is public good. To this end, digital libraries play a crucial role in facilitating open access to publications, data, codes, and methodologies, as well as open research evaluation and even open learning initiatives, thereby facilitating collaboration and participation in research around the globe.

This book provides the reader with detailed insight into the values and current practices in Open Science, Open Access and Open data with an emphasis on the role that digital libraries can and could play in information retrieval, archival, integration as well as data mining. Recent advancements, in terms of methodologies used for paving the way towards Open Science, are being highlighted, including their strengths and weaknesses to the entire research system.

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Sadia Vancauwenbergh

University of Hasselt

Dr. Sadia Vancauwenbergh is the Head of Information Management and Data-Analysis at the Research Coordination Office as well as the Project Leader at the Data Science Institute and Expertise Centre for Research and Development Monitoring at Hasselt University, Belgium. Dr. Vancauwenbergh graduated at KU Leuven as MSc in Biomedical Sciences, after which she obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, an MSc of management in the Public Sector at UAMS and a Postgraduate degree in Big Data and Analytics at KU Leuven. She was a Research Coordination Manager in the VIB Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Antwerp, from 2009-2014, after which she moved to her current position at Hasselt University. Over the past years, Dr. Vancauwenbergh has performed research on the semantic interoperability of research information systems, which is an essential cornerstone of Open Science. From her research interest, she is the Vice-Chair of the International Society of Knowledge Organisation - Low Countries Chapter, Board Member of EuroCRIS (International Organisation on current research information systems) and Task Group Leader of the EuroCRIS Standards and Classifications Working Group. Furthermore, she has been working as a Belgian Delegate in the EOSC Landscape Working Group, as well as the EOSC Skills and Training Working Group and is involved in different Flemish Working Groups on Research Data Management and Open Science. She has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and serves as a reviewer for several scientific peer-reviewed journals.

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