What OpenAIRE Holds for the Future: German National Workshop at Open Access Tage

On September 15th, Germany, as an OpenAIRE partner, teamed up with the organizers of the Open Access Tage 2020 at Bielefeld University for the national workshop on OpenAIRE initiatives and the EOSC. Due to the pandemic, the Open Access Tage 2020 was transferred to the digital world under the perfect organization of the team from Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and Bielefeld University Library. Speakers at the event were Ilaria Fava and Najko Jahn (University of Göttingen), Andreas Czern...

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Exploring new synergies for Digital Skills: Introducing OpenAIRE/EOSC to the Greek National Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition

Background: Digital and Open Science skills are key into EOSC's operations and future, and the upskilling of researchers and research support staff is therefore essential for its success. A culture change for sharing research outcomes, policy awareness, and compliance and knowledge of ICT is needed to empower individuals and institutions to develop and maintain EOSC competences science and capabilities. Why are synergies important: Digital skills are needed everywhere, not just in EOSC. In parti...

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OpenAIRE for repository managers: interoperability, metadata enrichment and usage statistics in Greece and Cyprus

The webinar: The National Open Access Desks in Greece and Cyprus, in collaboration with NI4OS-Europe project, organised a webinar entitled "Interoperability in EOSC: OpenAIRE Guidelines for repositories". NI4OS-Europe supports onboarding of national infrastructures and services of Southeast European countries, including the Balkans, to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and uses OpenAIRE to assist repositories in complying with OpenAIRE Guidelines and to increase information exchange be...

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LIVE NOW: A joint proposal of Greek Research and Technology organizations for a National Strategy for Open Science

The biggest research and technology organizations in Greece collaborated to co-design a proposal for a National Open Science Plan. The proposed Plan forms a comprehensive set of goals, policies, commitments and actions for the adoption of Open Science in Greece and the inclusive national participation in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). This joint proposal aspires to become a point of reference for the rapid adoption of the Open Science Task Force proposals a...

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The Importance of Open Science for the Societal Challenges - OS & Covid-19: discussion with the Romanian community Webinar, April 14, 2020

Context: The Covid-19 outbreak affecting the whole world caused sudden lockdown in Romania in March 2020, as a response to the outspread of the virus; the importance of open science has widely become more obvious and many actors started to act more "open" as a natural response to the coronavirus issues; as well as other countries, Romania feels the need of strengthening collaboration in science and innovation more than ever. Scope: In this context, the OpenAIRE NOAD representatives, who are also...

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COVID-19: Supporting research collaboration and data sharing in Greece

The occasion: In February 2020, the pandemic crisis of Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus 2, SARS-CoV-2, affected Greece. The Greek Government immediately responded to the public health emergency by taking strong measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, such as an early lockdown, followed by intensive efforts to ease the new reality in everyday life of Greek citizens through the gradual transition to an e-society, marked by...

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Joint Nordic Policy Workshop

Recently, a Nordic Policy workshop was held to discuss the state of play of open data policy,barriers and opportunities and the implementation of the EOSC at the Nordic level. The workshop was co-organized by EOSC Nordic and the Nordic OpenAIRE group, and took place at the Danish National Archive in Copenhagen on the 6th of February. Stakeholders invited were Research and academic institution representatives, research communities, e-Infrastructure service providers, policymakers, and funding age...

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Open Science Workshop, Ljubljana, 23 January 2020

The workshop was organized by the Commission for Research and Development Work of the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian OpenAIRE-Advance National Open Access Desk. The programme, presentations and videos are available at the Open Science Archived Events webpage. The workshop opened with an overview of open science and presentations of the latest activities on (super)computing in Slovenia. Then a representative of the FAIRsFAIR project presented FAIR assessment of research data, and a rep...

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OpenAIRE Barcamp: what happens in Paris… now you know it, too!

 How it all started: It is a tradition for the Open Science Conference in Berlin to complement its programme with an un-conference convention, the "Barcamp". During that time, professionals, experts and enthusiasts get together for a day to discuss Open Science issues that are relevant to their field of study or interests in an informal way, meaning that there are no presentations or lectures involved. The programme is formed on the day, the participants are the ones who propose topics for ...

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National Plan for Open Science: towards the open consultation

Background: September 2019 is a benchmark for Open Science in Greece as a bottom-up Open Science Task Force (OSFT) was set up and work towards developing a proposal for a national policy begun. Since then, the OSTF has welcomed new members who contributed to the cohesion and completion of drafting a National Plan for Open Science. During the last trimester, member representatives of the OSTF worked on defining the Open Science principles and policies to be integrated into the greek academic and ...

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Aligning the development of Open Science in Serbia with European initiatives

​Open science has become a reality and a necessity for all disciplines in the Serbian research community. By adopting the Open Science Platform (2018) and the Law on Science and Research (2019), the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development showed its commitment to implement the principles of Open Science in Serbia. Over the past two years, it has been possible to identify a number of actions and activities that could lead to an effective implementation of OS principles in Ser...

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OpenAIRE and EOSC-hub @ EOSC Symposium 2019

During the week of November 25-28, 2019, the many stakeholders involved in Open Science in Europe convened at Danubius Hotel Helia in beautiful Budapest to participate in EOSC Symposium. Co-organised by EOSC Secretariat together with EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, GÉANT, and PRACE in collaboration with the EOSC Governance Board, Executive Board and its Working Groups, the symposium promised three intense and stimulating days for all stakeholders to actively contribute to discussions around the variety of topics and issues surrounding the inception of EOSC.

With joint sessions on Skills Development, Training Infrastructure for EOSC, Key Exploitable results and OS Policies​ organized and/or co-chaired ​by our institutions' representatives, the cooperation of OpenAIRE and EOSC-hub became imminently visible and highlighted the integral part that the two projects are playing in the evolving ecosystem of the European Open Science Cloud. ​

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A walk through the Hellenic Data Service “HELIX”

Putting into context: During the 2019 Open Access Week, the OpenAIRE Greek NOADs in collaboration with the RDA Greek Node organised a webinar on the Hellenic Data Service "HELIX". HELIX is a joint effort of Athena Research Center and GRNET aiming at supporting cross-disciplinary data-intensive research and promoting Data Science and Open Access policies. The webinar focused on informing Greek researchers and librarians about the national data repository (HELIX Data) and available tools for data ...

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OpenAIRE and EOSC-hub: Collaboration is key

From September 16 to 18, 2019, more than 300 participants convened in the beautiful city of Porto (POR) for the second instalment of the OpenScienceFAIR. One of the major themes of this year's conference revolved around all things EOSC - focusing on the European Open Science Cloud and corresponding questions around its future shape and form, and two joint workshops were organized by OpenAIRE and EOSC-hub. The workshop "The Journey to EOSC - preparing at national level", held on Tuesday, Septembe...

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Drafting the proposal for a National Open Science Strategy in Greece: an inter-institutional approach

Inaugural meeting of the bottom-up Open Science Task Force: On Monday 30th September, representatives from 16 national institutions, research infrastructures, nodes and Open Science initiatives came together to discuss about the proposal of a National Open Science Strategy. Following the "Open Science in Greece: First Steps" meeting that took place in July, the Open Science Task Force (OSTF) continued/ broadened discussions in order to agree on the structure of the draft proposal (main...

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Open Access Week in Slovakia

During Open Access week in Slovakia we organized two events. On 22.10 we had webinar "Open science is here for you" on the basics of open science and how to get involved. Around 40 people attended from all over Slovakia.  On 24.10.2019 we organized OpenAIRE workshop "Open Access: its opportunities and challenges" with 4 speakers. During the workshop participants could play a quiz about Open Science (topics were Open Access, CC Licenses, Open Data, Predatory Publishing and Plan S). ​Time ​​O...

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OSFAIR 2019. It’s time to move

What happened? The main conference themes: Infrastructure for open Science: services, methods and networks The European Open Science Cloud RRI and Open Science: bridging the gap Training and skills for Open Science Policies and evaluation Innovative publishing and research disseminationValue added data products and services for Open Science On 16 to 18 September 2019 at the 19th century Congress Centre Alfândega in Porto, the second Open Science FAIR brought together a diverse audience of m...

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2020 - the year of Open Science in Greece?

Self-organizing research communities for open science: Locating Open Science (OS) at the core of European Union strategies and flagships led an increasing number of public stakeholders with an active role in the academic and research fora to embrace this new paradigm, though in a decentralised way. Developments of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) contribute both to accelerating this shift and to introducing a coherent approach to communicating, internally among national stakeholders, and e...

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Open Science Conference, Ljubljana, 22 May 2019

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana and OpenAIRE-Advance National Open Access Desk organized a conference on open science within the 10th Liber.ac Academic Book Fair.Open science aspects were presented by distinguished international experts, Slovenian high-level officials and experts chaired the presentations and discussion:Open science in the European Research Area – speaker Dr Dr René von Schomberg, Head of the Open Science Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovat...

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The road to FAIR data

This blog post is authored by Elly Dijk and Marjan Grootveld (DANS),  Najla Rettberg (UGOE), Sara Pittonet (Trust-IT) Introduction In the old days, all roads led to Rome. Nowadays, they all seem to lead to FAIR data, at least in the world of research. Regardless of one's research domain, the observations, interviews, responses, measurements, statistics, software code, should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR). The aim is to make and keep data FAIR for humans and...

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