Max Bergmann studied North American Studies (BA) and Media and Culture Studies (MA) at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. Subsequently, he began his doctoral studies at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in the field of film and media studies. At the GCSC, he was also publications coordinator and responsible for the Centre‘s Open Access activities. Since 2022, he has been working at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the coordination of the Open Access university press mdwPress as well as the OA publication services.


Andreas Ferus studied History and Library & Information Studies at the University of Vienna. He is working at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Library, and also as a lecturer at its Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies as well as its Institute for Conservation-Restoration. He is doing research and teaching in Library & Information Studies, especially on Open Scholarship/Open Science & Scholarly Communication, and is currently involved in several projects, e.g. “Austrian Transition to Open Access 2 (AT2OA2)”, “FAIR Data Austria”, and “RIS Synergy”.


Clara Ginther studied Catholic Theology at the University of Graz. She then continued her scientific work abroad in Germany, England and Ireland for several years, after which she began working in the library in 2014. At the moment she is the deputy head of the library at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Meanwhile she continued her scientific work mainly in the fields of theology, complex systems theory and information and library science. Her main intrerests lie in scholarly communication and the effect complexity has on it as well as on librarianship, focussing especially on knowledge transfer.


Lothar Hölbling studied history and numismatics at the University of Vienna and trained as a library and information expert at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. Over the past 30 years he has worked in various positions as historian, archivist, librarian and data analyst in the private sector (Vienna; Hong Kong) and in the public sector (University of Vienna; Museum of Military History Vienna; New York University, New York).
From 2016 to 2020 Lothar Hölbling was employed as data analyst in the nationwide Austrian Open Access-Initiative AT2OA (Austrian Transition to Open Access). His main tasks were data acquisition, data processing and data analysis regarding the scientific publication output of all Austrian State Universities. Since 2021, Lothar Hölbling has been working in the follow-up project AT2OA2 (Austrian Transition to Open Access 2) as project coordinator and as a data analyst.


Edith Leitner studied Political Science at the Universities of Salzburg and Bordeaux as well as Library and Information Science in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2011 she has been the head of the departmental library of the Mozarteum in Innsbruck and began her work at the main library in Salzburg in 2013, where she is responsible for the implementation and running of the institutional repository and agendas in the area of Open Science. Since 2022 she is the deputy head of the library.


Susanne Luger studied Classical and Provincial Roman Archaeology at the University of Innsbruck. During her last year there, she attended the programme Library and Information Studies. She has been working at the library of the Johannes Kepler University Linz since 2012 where, in 2018, she became part of the team license management and scholarly services focussing mainly on open occess, including approval management within the agreements, managing the publication fund as well as the repository ePUB. In addition she has been responsible for the library of the newly founded medical faculty between 2018 and 2021.


Gerlinde Maxl studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Graz. In 2002 she completed the course »Information Management« at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, and then worked at the library of Åbo Akademi University in Turku and the library of the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. Back in Austria, she completed the master’s program »Library and Information Studies« at the University of Graz in 2012. Since 2010, she is a staff member of the »Service and Information« department in the library of Graz University of Technology. She is head of this department since July 2020.


Melanie Stummvoll studied German Philology at the University of Vienna and finished her training as a library and information expert at the Vienna University Library in 2016. Subsequently to this, she worked at the Head Office of the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ), being primary responsible for open access agreements. In 2021 Melanie Stummvoll returned to Vienna University Library. She is currently part of the consortia clearinghouse, the open access office as well as the Austrian Transition to Open Access 2 (AT2OA2) project.