Our Shared Open Future: Building from Tradition
April 3-5, 2019
European University Institute
Villa Schifanoia - Via Boccaccio, 121
50133 - Florence, Italy
Founding Sponsors: Against the Grain Casalini Libri The Charleston Company
An informal meeting of leading library and information industry participants devoted to thinking through and debating the new world order in collection development.
Local Host 2019
Join us for the 21st in this series of important discussions about the future of libraries, publishing, collections, and scholarship.
The Fiesole Retreat Series offers a unique opportunity to interact with a select group of your colleagues in a relaxed and thoughtful setting.

Our 2019 Fiesole Retreat returns to its home in Fiesole (Florence), Italy and the beautiful campus of the European University Institute. This year, our Pre-Retreat Session will focus on exciting new technologies and their applications. Our Full-Day Session will be devoted to a multi-dimensional discussion of Open Strategies, including the important movements of Open Science, Plan S, and Open Scholarship. We will examine and discuss the impacts of these strategies from the perspectives of all stakeholders, and end with a debate and discussion concerning our shared future. Our Final Half-Day Session will examine the Academic Monograph and its place in the emerging environment.

Our goal is to create an environment of open and honest conversation that builds from our shared traditions and seeks always to harness what is best in the new world in service to researchers, scholars, learners and students. We welcome wide participation in our discussion.

Speeches & Presentations

Listed in order of program schedule


Registration is now open, please click here to apply.

Practical Information

• Where to stay in Fiesole & Florence  

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, April 3

 Villa Schifanoia, Florence
At the Cutting Edge: AI, IIIF, Mirador, LD4P, Share-VDE & Discovery by Concepts
Seatbelts & up-to-date medical insurance advised. This session will examine new technologies and their applications in learning and research
  • Convener
    Michael Keller
    University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Founder of HighWire Press, Publisher of Stanford University Press, Stanford University
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Panel One: AI
  • Roger Jøsevold
    Deputy Director, National Library of Norway
    AI in Libraries
  • Ruggero Gramatica
    Founder and CEO, Yewno
    Use of AI, Machine Learning, and Neural Networking
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Panel Two: Image Interoperability Technologies
  • Phil Schreur
    Assistant University Librarian for Technical and Access Services, Stanford University
    LD4P: Development and Current State of Play
  • Tiziana Possemato
    CIO, Casalini Libri
  • Paola Manoni
    Head of the Coordination of IT Services, Vatican Apostolic Library
    IIIF and Mirador
 Villa La Torrossa, Fiesole

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception at Villa La Torrossa
Sponsored by Casalini Libri
Dinner Open / On Your Own

Thursday, April 4

 Villa Schifanoia, Florence
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Session One
Examining Library Initiatives in Open Science
In this session the Open Science approach of the European Union will be explored through presentations concerning applied activities, developments, initiatives and policies of Open Science. The speakers are experts on these fields and very familiar with the Open Science movement in Europe. Open Science has and will continue to have a great impact on information infrastructures including libraries.
  • Convener
    Andreas Degkwitz
    Chief Librarian, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen
    LIBER Adviser on Open Science/Member of the Open Science Policy Platform of the EU - National Library of Finland
    International Collaboration Boosting Open Science in Finland
    Finland aims to be a leading country in Open Science. The development of the basic building blocks was started already in 2010 in a national initiative. In 2018 the responsibility of national coordination of Open Science was given to the Federation of Learned Societies in accordance with the recommendations of the Open Science Policy Platform. Research is global and also the development of policies, infrastructures, sharing of best practices etc. must happen in international collaboration. Various platforms and organisations -Open Science Policy Platform, Liber, LERU, OA2020 initiative and licensing consortia to mention a few- support the transition towards Open Science.
  • Jean-Claude Burgelman
    European Commission - Brussels
    Open Access and Open Science initiatives of the EU
  • Beate Eellend
    National Library of Sweden
    National Assignment to Coordinate Open Access in Sweden
    Since 2006 The National Library of Sweden has worked with advancing open access to scholarly output. In 2017 the National Library received an appropriation directive from the Swedish Government to act as a national coordinating body in the work towards a transition to open access to scholarly publications. During 2017-2019 the NLS coordinates five studies on open access concerning:
    - The current merit and resource allocation system versus incentives for open access
    - Funding for a transition from a subscription-based to an open access publishing system
    - Open access to scholarly monographs
    - Financial and technical support to open access scholarly journals published in Sweden ? Monitoring of compliance with open access policies and mandates
  • Ines Drefs
    GO FAIR International Support & Coordination Office - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
    The GO FAIR Initiative: An Open and Inclusive Eco-system for FAIR Pioneers
    In this presentation, the GO FAIR office at the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics shares its experience with supporting and coordinating individual researchers, projects or organisations who in one way or another work towards making unlinked research data findable, interoperable, accessible and reusable (FAIR). Under the umbrella of the GO FAIR initiative, they team up as so-called Implementation Networks and contribute to a bottom-up implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) as part of a global Internet of FAIR Data & Services. The GO FAIR initiative is entirely open, inclusive and stakeholder-driven.
11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 p.m. - 12:00 noon
Another Perspective
Open Science, Open Scholarship and STM
  • Guest Speaker
    Michael Mabe
    CEO, International Association of STM Publishers
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Session Two
Barriers to Researchers Adopting Open Practices
The purpose of this session is to highlight the importance of the attitudes of and problems for the research community, that is, the people who create knowledge - those stakeholders in scholarly communication whose views have recently proved of perhaps little interest to those who make policies. The entire panel are either present or past researchers, or who work in researcher-led organisations, or who have reflected on the research communities in a wider context including not just scientists but social scientists and scholars in the humanities.
  • Convener
    Anthony Watkinson
    Principal Consultant, CIBER Research
    What Harbingers Tell Us
  • Alison Mudditt
    Chief Executive Officer, PLOS
    Deconstructing the Prestige Economy: And How We Can Catalyze Change
  • Dr Bernd Pulverer
    Chief Editor, The EMBO Journal
    Open Access - or Open Science?
  • Piero Attanasio
    Head of International Affairs, R&D and Academic Publishing, Associazione Italiana Editori (AIE)
    How Open Access May Serve a Wider Audience
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session Three
Publisher Strategies in the Open Era
The purpose of this session is to air publisher perspectives on the various accelerating push movements towards open access. While most recently "Plan S" has been proposed at the EU level and supported by a growing number of funding organizations, there have been other initiatives and still more are likely. Events are in rapid motion. All the initiatives, especially "Plan S", will have significant impacts for the current publishing community, with particular effect on society publishers and publishers in non-science areas such as humanities and social sciences. This panel of participants will discuss their organizations' activities and strategies with respect to advancing open access and will air their concerns about downstream consequences of current proposals.
  • Convener
    Ann Okerson
    Center for Research Libraries

Speakers to address this session in panel format:
  • Jasmine Lange
    Chief Publishing Officer, Brill (Netherlands)
  • Natasha Mellins-Cohen
    Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society (UK)
  • Simon Ross
    CEO, Manchester University Press (UK)
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Questions for our Shared Open Future
  • Facilitator
    David Worlock
    Co-Chair, Outsell Leadership Programs
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Conference Dinner
Sponsored by EBSCO
  • Dinner Speaker
    Sam Brooks
    Executive Vice President, EBSCO Information Services

Friday, April 5

 Villa Schifanoia, Florence
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Session Four
Academic Monographs: Open and Commercial Tools and Services
  • Convener
    Pep Torn
    Library Director European University Institute
  • Michael Levine-Clark
    Dean and Director, University of Denver Libraries
  • Eric Merkel-Sobotta
    Vice President, Communications & External Affairs, De Gruyter
  • Esther Chen
    Open Access Initiatives at the Max Planck Institute of Science
    Klaus Thoden
    Open Access Initiatives at the Max Planck Institute of Science
  • Heather Staines
    Director Business Development at
    Collaborative Open Annotation in Research and Education
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
  • Jim ODonnell
    University Librarian, Arizona State University
12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m.
Informal Lunch & Tours