Plenary Speaker: Natalia Manola

This year we are excited to have Natalia Manola, the Managing Director of OpenAIRE, to speak at IFLA Congress 2019!

Natalia Manola is the Managing Director of OpenAIRE, a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results and a research associate in “Athena” Research and Innovation Center and the University of Athens, Department of Informatics & Telecommunications. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, having worked for several years as a Software Engineer in the Bioinformatics commercial sector.

She has expertise in Open Science policies and their implementation, currently a member of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Executive Board, also having served a two year term in the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC High Level Advisory Group to Commissioner Moedas to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe (2016-18). Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining complex data visualization, and research analytics.


Open Science Commons: a holistic and ecological approach to science Open science comes on the heels of the fourth paradigm of science, which is based on data-intensive scientific discovery, and represents a new paradigm shift, affecting the entire research lifecycle and all aspects of science execution, collaboration, communication, innovation. From supporting and using (big) data infrastructures for data archiving and analysis, to continuously sharing with peers all types of research results at any stage of the research endeavor and to communicating them to the broad public or commercial audiences, openness moves science away from being a concern exclusively of researchers and research performing organisations and brings it to center stage of our connected society, requiring the engagement of a much wider range of stakeholders: digital and research infrastructures, policy decision makers, funders, industry, and the public itself.

This presentation focuses on two Europe’s flagship initiatives for Open Science, the European Open Science Cloud and OpenAIRE, and discusses the role of the libraries in the wider data ecosystem as that of (i) an enabler for openness, FAIRness, participation, transparency and social impact, active in the preservation, curation, publication and dissemination of digital scientific materials, and (ii) a multiplier for training and supporting scientists and non-scientists alike (citizen science, open innovation) for a harmonic co-existence in this emerging environment.