UCL has a global reputation for excellence in research and is committed to delivering impact and innovations that enhance the lives of people in the UK, across Europe and around the world. UCL is consistently placed in the global top 20 across a wide range of university rankings (currently 4th in the QS World University Rankings with a score of 98.9). Furthermore, the Thomson Scientific Citation Index shows that UCL is the 2nd most highly cited European university and 14th in the world.
UCL Library Services is a family comprising 18 library sites across London. The Library was founded in 1829 and is one of the major research libraries in the UK. It is a member of RLUK (Research Libraries UK). UCL is one of the leading institutions in promoting Open Access to publications. UCL Library Services runs UCL’s Open Access repository UCL Discovery and the new UCL Press as an Open Access Press. It is also a partner with UCL Research Data Services in running advocacy across UCL for research data management. The Director of Library Services chairs UCL’s Research Data Executive, responsible for policy development and for the construction of a pan-university infrastructure for research data management. The Director of Library Services chaired the 2 LERU (League of European Research Universities) Working Groups which produced 2 European Roadmaps for open access to Publications and to Research Data.
UCL leads the LEARN work packages 1: Stakeholder Engagement and 5: Project Management and Co-ordination. In the frame of WP1, UCL will ensure that the 5 planned Workshops, aimed at advocating the use of the LERU Research Data Roadmap, are successfully organised by the Consortium. UCL will also collect case studies and best practice for the LERU Toolkit. Under WP5, UCL will ensure that all aspects of project such as financial and contractual monitoring, reporting and communication internal to the Consortium are implemented in the most efficient manner.
Paul Ayris is Director of UCL Library Services, UCL Copyright Officer and the CEO of UCL Press. He is chair of the Chief Information Officer Community for LERU (League of European Research Universities), and advises the LIBER Board (Association of European Research Libraries) on EU matters and Horizon2020. He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History, and has published widely in the field of European Reformation Studies. In the field of Information Studies, Dr Ayris has published frequently on digital libraries, the role of research libraries, and the impact of open access on the dissemination of scholarly research. He gives many talks at the European level on open access to publications, research data management and open data. Dr Ayris will have the role of Project Coordinator in the LEARN project. Dr Ayris is an experienced project manager and has a track record of participating in successful EU- and JISC-funded projects. With his extensive subject knowledge in research data management, particularly in policy development, Dr Ayris will be able to contribute to the academic context of the project work and ensure that the project outputs are grounded in a rigorous analysis of current thinking on research data management.
Martin Moyle is Assistant Director, Support Services in UCL Library Services. He oversees the day-to-day work of Library Services in collections, digital libraries, records management, open access, publishing, and academic liaison, including support for research data management. He has managed a number of multi-partner open access and technical projects in the UK, including several funded by the UK JISC, and has managed Work Packages for the EU-funded EuropeanaTravel, Europeana Libraries and Europeana Cloud projects.