September 3-5, 2018 | bologna, italy

Workshop on Open Citations

the workshop


About 500 million open bibliographic citations are available on the web. We invite to this workshop researchers, scholarly publishers, funders, policy makers, and opening citations advocates, interested in the widespread adoption of practises for creation, reuse and improvement of open citation data.

day workshop
plenary sessions
day hackathon
invited speakers

call for participation

Applications are open!

Although the official registration date for this workshop has past, the program for platform presentations is complete, and places for the Hack Day all assigned, there is still space for a very small number of additional participants for the first two days of the Workshop (3rd and 4th September), whether or not they wish to submit posters. For this reason, the registration date has been extended to 30th June, with notification of acceptance for such late applicants by 9th July.

Fill in the form. Provide your details and a short biography. If additionally you would like to speak at this event, please select the session your talk would fit in, and provide a title and abstract (max 500 words) for your talk. Selected submissions will involve either a talk of 10 minute duration, with a 5 minute discussion following, or a poster presentation. The number of participants is limited. In case of oversubscriptions, the organisers will select speakers and attendees from among those have applied.

For those accepted, we request a small registration fee of €100 to cover expenses (€25 for students), which must be paid by the 15th of July 2018, but which will be waived in cases of financial hardship. Details of how to pay will be sent to those accepted. Registration for the Hack Day is free of charge.

Application deadline: May 20, 2018
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2018

Proposals should address one of the following topics:

Opening up citations

Initiatives, collaborations, methods and approaches for the creation of open access to bibliographic citations.

Policies and funding

Strategies, policies and mandates for promoting open access to citations, and transparency and reproducibility of research and research evaluation.

Publishers and learned societies

Approaches to, benefits of, and issues surrounding the deposit, distribution, and services for open bibliographic metadata and citations.


Metrics, visualizations and other projects. The uses and applications of open citations, and bibliometric analyses and metrics based upon them.

Invited speakers

Since 2015, Ginny has been developing a new team at Crossref encompassing outreach and education, user experience and support, and metadata strategy.

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Ginny Hendricks Crossref

Dario is a social computing researcher and open knowledge advocate. He is the Director, Head of Research at the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Dario Taraborelli Wikimedia

Stephen is a professor of structural biology at Imperial College London. He is also chair of the DORA steering group.

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Stephen Curry Imperial College London | DORA

Catriona has more than 19 years experience in scholarly publishing and 14 years in Open Access publishing. She is Director of Open Science at Hindawi.

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Stephanie spent over 10 years in the academic publishing industry in the fields of biology and chemistry. She is CEO of ScienceOpen.

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Stephanie Dawson ScienceOpen

Diego works at the European Research Council and is responsible for the data infrastructure, the information flow architecture and the policy analysis.

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Diego Valerio Chialva European Research Council


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Day One and Day Two

Formal presentations and discussions on the creation, availability, uses and applications of open bibliographic citations, and of bibliometric studies based upon them. This will involve both invited and contributed presentations.

Day Three

A Hack Day on Open Citations to see what services can be prototyped using large volumes of open citation data.

our organisers

OpenCitations runs the OpenCitations Corpus (OCC), a RDF repository of open scholarly citation data harvested from the scholarly literature.

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OpenCitations Service Organisation

The EXCITE Project is developing a tool chain of software components for reference extraction from PDF documents, to be applied to existing scientific bibliographic databases.

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EXCITE Project

Europe PMC is a database for life-science literature and a platform for text-based innovation.

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Europe PMC Infrastructure


travel information

Welcome to Bologna!

The University of Bologna is the oldest university in the western world, and one of the largest universities in Italy (with about 90,000 enrolled students).

Get to Bologna

The airport “Guglielmo Marconi” is located at 15-20 minutes by car from the city centre. A direct bus, Airport Bus BLQ, leaves regularly from the Airport for Bologna Central Rail Station. The trip costs 6€. A taxi costs about 15-20€ (call a taxi at 0039 051 372727).

The venue

The workshop will take place at the University of Bologna in the heart of the city, at the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies (italian translation: Filologia Classica e Italianistica, FICLIT), via Zamboni 32, Bologna. From the train station you can either walk to FICLIT (20') or take bus C (direction "Cestello", see the time table, page 2).


The organizers are negotiating with local hotels for rooms to be reserved and made available at special rates for participants. More information available here.

About the location

Bologna is home to numerous prestigious cultural, economic and political institutions as well as one of the most impressive trade fair districts in Europe. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture, and in 2006, a UNESCO "city of music".

For any enquiry

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via Zamboni, 32 (first floor) | Bologna, BO | 40126 Italy

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