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 Czerniak, and Jochen Schirrwagen (Bielefeld University), Lena Dreher (University of Konstanz), and Emilie Hermans (Ghent University).
The OpenAIRE session, hosted by Charlotte Meixner (Brandenburg University of Technology), included three talks:
presentation about National Open Access and Open Science Initiatives dealt with
an introduction that helped to place OpenAIRE in the context of the EC's policy
development over the years. Then it was moved to the current status of OpenAIRE
in terms of support and resources to the various stakeholders – researchers,
research administrators, funders, and research support staff. The OpenAIRE AMKE
was mentioned, using the German community as a use case of national membership
and contribution to the legal entity. Along the line of the national
collaboration, there was an insightful report on the outlook of the
"open-access network project" that aims to recognize a centralized
discussion platform providing information on Open Access and resources
available to the community.
The second presentation introduced the OpenAIRE Research Graph as the core component enriched with many elements related to Open Science. The Research Graph is based on more than 10,000 trusted data sources from institutional information and specific repositories such as journals and research information systems (RIS). Moreover, national and international aggregators, such as Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) and the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) are among the data sources. That makes the OpenAIRE Research Graph a rich, curated source of high-quality standards, with more than 110 million de-duplicated publications and 7 million research data sets. Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) play a critical role in the aggregation, curation, metadata enrichment, and linking of the entities in the Research Graph. On this basis, two applications were presented that use the information contained in the graph. One is the VIPER project of Open Knowledge Maps and the other is an R package that can read and manipulate the graph dump published on ZENODO.
As usual at the Open Access Tage, all three presentations were immediately available to the public. Besides, the presentations were recorded although the preparation of the files will take some time and will be freely available on the TIB website in October.
The workshop, with approximately 174 Participants, was a good opportunity for the open-access community in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to learn more about what OpenAIRE does and holds for the future, as well as the benefits of the EOSC and OpenAIRE Research Graph being one of OpenAIRE's most important products.
Eventually, we would like to thank the IT team at Bielefeld University for their innovative organization and competent support of this new virtual format of Open Access Tage.
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