Previous events

Here you can find a list of events previously held or organized by Lib4RI. If available, course materials, screen casts, and presentation slides are included.

Open Access Week 2023

  • Please note: The videos of these coffee lectures are only available within the four Research Institutes! Please connect to the server via cable or VPN.

    Data as the Lifeblood of the Circular Economy - The Role of ReMade@ARI in Shaping Sustainable Futures

    • Speaker: Reza Ali Rezaee Vahdati, PSI
    • Date: Monday, 12 February 2024, 13:00-13:15
    • Abstract: The talk will introduce open science and data management strategies that enable transparency, research integrity, and knowledge transfer within the context of the Circular Economy and the ReMade@ARI project. It will detail the development and implementation of a comprehensive Data Management Plan aligned with FAIR principles, as well as strategies for open access publishing. The talk will also expand on how research infrastructures integrate local data policies with open science principles.
    • Video


    Using High Performance Computing for "normal" data

    • Speaker: Stuart Dennis, Eawag
    • Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 13:00 - 13:15
    • Abstract: There is a common misconception that High Performance Computing is only for “big data”, huge datasets that require hundreds or thousands of CPUs, and using HPC is too complicated for “normal’ data. 
      In this coffee lecture I will dispel this notion and show that HPC could be useful for your data-loving needs, and might even help you to time-travel.
    • Video


    Data visualization - What makes a good graph?

    • Speaker: Martins Zaumanis, Empa
    • Date: Wednesday, 14 February, 13:00-13:15
    • Abstract: Poor data charts are hindering the effective transfer of knowledge in academia. On the contrary – clear charts can help your research papers get noticed and your presentations - understood. Martins Zaumanis will show his 8-step method for creating self-explanatory data visualizations. Download a cheat sheet summarizing the 8 steps here.
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    Don’t underestimate the task - Horizon Europe DMP as a project partner

    • Speaker: Matthias Rösslein, Empa
    • Date: Thursday, 15 February, 13:00-13:15
    • Abstract: In any HorizonEurope projects Data Management Plans (DMPs) and FAIR Data treatment are now mandatory. Hence each project partner has to contribute, update the DMP on a regular basis, and implement essential parts of FAIR data treatment. We explain, what has to be done, so that you can budget the work accordingly - otherwise you will have to it for free.
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    Do you care about FAIR data series? You NEAD to upgrade!

    • Speakers: Mathias Bavay, SLF and Ionut Iosifescu, WSL
    • Date: Friday, 16 February, 13:00-13:15
    • Abstract: The data life cycle for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) environmental data timeseries is complex. For example, before such timeseries can be made accessible in EnviDat ( as FAIR data, they need to be properly understood (in terms of which parameters and which units), be quality controlled, converted into file formats suitable for sharing and reused and enriched with metadata that accurately provide all the necessary information. In this context, the use of MeteoIO (an open-source meteorological data processing library) and NEAD (the non-binary environmental archive data format) can add value to the data by standardisation, metadata enrichment, quality control and potential corrections in a fully reproducible and documented way. This is the main idea behind the Data Life Cycle Integrated System for Sensor Data at WSL/SLF project (DLCIS).
    • Video
  • As our contribution to Open Access Week 2023 and as part of «WSL Distinguished Lectures», Lib4RI hosted a lecture by Matthias Egger, President of the National Research Council of the SNSF.

    In recent years, Open Access (OA) publishing has experienced rapid growth, witnessing the emergence of numerous new publishers and journals. In this talk, I will explore the benefits, challenges, and potential pitfalls of OA publishing from the perspectives of both an active researcher and a research funder. I will briefly revisit the well-rehearsed arguments for OA and discuss some challenges and abuses, such as peer review quality or predatory practices. Finally, I will conclude with a discussion of best practices and alternative publishing models.

    • Talk: Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger, President of the National Research Council of the SNSF
    • Place: WSL Birmensdorf & via Zoom
    • Date: 24 October 2023, 10:30 - 11:30
    • Moderation: Dr. Lothar Nunnenmacher, Head of Lib4RI
    • Language: English

    Slides and video

    The slides and video of Matthias Egger's talk “Open access: the good, the bad and the ugly?” are only available within the four Research Institutes! Please connect to the server via cable or VPN.

  • OA Week is a global event aimed at raising awareness about free access to scholarly literature and research outputs. This year's focus on «Community over Commercialisation» emphasizes the collaborative nature of research and the benefits of sharing knowledge openly.

    Lib4RI is committed to promoting OA and facilitating the dissemination of knowledge within the research community. The events during the OA week provide a platform for discussions, information sharing, and networking among researchers. Check our website for further information on OA services by Lib4RI.

    The OA information booths, aimed at researchers from Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL, will be held at the following locations and dates:

    • Monday, 23.10.2023, Eawag Dübendorf (Atrium Forum Chriesbach) 11:30 - 14:00
    • Tuesday, 24.10.2023, WSL Birmensdorf (next to the staff restaurant) 11:30 - 14:00
    • Wednesday, 25.10.2023, PSI Villigen (in front of the main entrance of OASE) 11:30 - 14:00
    • Thursday, 26.10.2023, Empa Dübendorf (next to the exit of the staff restaurant) 11:30 - 14:00

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