UKeiG CPD Workshop: Open Access, Open Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review: Overview of a Disruptive Technology

David Ball

Tue, 21st Nov 2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The concept of Open Access to research outputs has been common currency for many years. This reflects the rapid growth of the Internet making different publication models easily available. More recent thinking has expanded the concept of openness even further, to Open Science (OS), which aims to transform science by making research more open, global, collaborative, creative and closer to society. This approach is being embraced by all academic disciplines. The shift is extremely important for the development and exploitation of research, and hence for the professionals who support it.

Who should attend?

Research support, information and library professionals keen to understand the impact of Open Access, Open Monographs, Open Data and Open Peer Review on their organisations and on current and future service provision. The key aim of the workshop is to provide a state of the art overview of Open Science issues and to encourage discussion amongst library and information professionals who support research. It will benefit LIS professionals across all subjects, sectors and disciplines new to or interested in Open Science issues.

Previous delegate feedback

  • “Really helpful, great information.”
  • “Excellent day; really benefitted from the discussions.”
  • “Engaging and interesting overview of a complex topic.”
  • “David Ball is very knowledgeable and provided plenty of time for debate. It was a great opportunity to discuss and reflect on my work.”


Workshop outline and topics

This one-day workshop gives an overview of developments in Open Access, Open Monographs, Open Data and Open Peer Review. This will be framed within the context of Open Access as a disruptive technology. Delegates will be encouraged to raise questions and debate issues of immediate concern throughout the day.

Topics covered include:

  • Disruptive technologies – examples, definition (following C.M. Christensen) and discussion
  • Open Science – what it encompasses; the rationales given for instance by the OECD for its development
  • Open Data – what it is; how it is managed; policy development
  • Open Access – definitions, policy development; costs; the challenges of moving from subscription to Open Access; obstacles and practicalities.
  • Open Access scholarly monographs - the new frontier? Open Access in STM subjects is well established, but the Humanities and Social Sciences now stand to benefit greatly too
  • Open Peer Review – traditional peer review practice, the characteristics of Open Peer Review, definitions, the spread of Open Peer Review
  • Open Access as a disruptive technology? Implications for the future - our world turned upside down

Booking and payment

If you require information about booking and payment please contact Gary Horrocks at Credit and debit cards are the preferred method of payment. Invoices are available on request.

Further information about course content is available from David Ball at:


  • David Ball

    David Ball

    David Ball Consulting

    David Ball is a consultant specialising in scholarly communication, e-books, virtual learning environments, design and management of academic libraries. As University Librarian and Head of Academic Development Services at Bournemouth University from 1994 to 2012, he created a vibrant library service, winning two major national awards. Since he became a consultant in 2012, Open Access clients include: Public Library of Science (PLoS), the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Public Health England, OAPEN, Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS). David was the SPARC Europe Project Officer on two major European Open Science projects: PASTEUR4OA (which aims to support the development and implementation of policies to ensure Open Access to all outputs from publicly-funded research) and FOSTER (which aims to support researchers to FOSTER Open Science in their daily workflow). He has recently finished working on a range of projects for SPARC Europe.


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Contact Details

Gary Horrocks


  • Cost (including lunch, refreshments and course documentation): UKeiG members £180 + VAT; others £220 + VAT. Credit and debit cards are the preferred method of payment. Invoices are available on request.