Dr Birgit Schmidt leads the Knowledge Commons unit at Göttingen State and University Library, and coordinates projects and activities with a focus on policies, e-infrastructures and training in support of the implementation of Open Science. She co-chairs working groups on research data management (Association of European Research Libraries, Research Data Alliance) and contributes to international committees, e.g. the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 expert group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication, Knowledge Exchange's Open Access Experts Group and formerly the Belmont Forum's working group on Open Data. Previously, she acted as Scientific Manager of the European OpenAIRE project and as Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). She has a background in Mathematics and Philosophy, and a postgraduate degree in Library and Information Science.