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Professionalising Open Access Repositories in Germany and Beyond

A talk with Marcel Wrzesinski The project "Professionalization of the Open-Access Repository Infrastructure in Germany" (Pro OAR DE), launched in October 2023 at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, aims to support institutional repositories in advancing systems based on the current needs of the research community. Initially, these repositories focused on storing electronic documents and ensuring their long-term availability. Today, they are integral components of the scientific...

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Knowledge Transfer and Lively Discussions: Azerbaijan NOADs and Technical University Representatives Visit Finland for DIRNA Project

Khayala Hajiyeva, Director of the Library Information Center at Azerbaijan Technical University, and Iltifat Ibrahimov, Senior Consultant on Digitization and Library Systems, recently traveled to Finland to attend training sessions for the "Developing Research Capacity through Institutional Repository Network in Azerbaijan" (DIRNA) project.  Funded by the Erasmus+ KA2 program, the DIRNA project aims to sustainably enhance the practices of research output management in the Azerbaijani higher...

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Türkiye Makes Strides in Open Science Thanks to OpenAIRE

Gultekin Gurdal, the Library Director at Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) and an executive board member of OpenAIRE AMKE, attended the Polish Open Science Conference that took place 10–12 April 2024. This key event, focused on all aspects of Open Science, provided a platform for researchers, librarians, data managers, and scientific infrastructure developers to discuss critical issues such as Open Access publishing, research data management, and the European Open Scienc...

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Introducing ARGOS to the Greek and Cypriot research communities

Closing the year: The last webinar of the OpenAIRE in Greece and Cyprus collaboration series for 2023 focused on the importance of Data Management Plans (DMPs) and their creation in ARGOS. The webinar was attended by 150 participants who had the opportunity to discuss their questions directly with Elli Papadopoulou, OpenAIRE NOAD in Greece and product manager of ARGOS.  Significance In the first part of the presentation, Elli shared the value of DMPs in Research Data Management (RDM) clarif...

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A Collegial Approach to Research Integrity: Ireland’s NRIF

Ireland's National Research Integrity Forum (NRIF) was founded in 2015 with the aim to promote research integrity (RI) and excellence in research through a collegial approach. The NRIF has many national initiatives from implementing a National RI online training program across all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and revising the national policy statement to publishing a framework for ensuring RI in collaborations. It has hosted national events in "Advancing a shared direction on research as...

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Collaborating for Long-Term Preservation: Meet the PHAIDRA Network

It all began in Vienna in 2008 when the PHAIDRA repository went online at the University of Vienna in Austria. In cooperation between the university library and the computer center, a digital location was created where researchers could archive their scientific materials in all formats for the long term and make them accessible to the public worldwide: PHAIDRA repository. With an optimally designed metadata editor, all members of the university were able to upload data themselves and then m...

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Interview: Seán Harnett

Step into the world of OpenAIRE with Seán Harnett. Learn more about his journey, vision, thoughts and achievements in the Open Science community and beyond. Enjoy! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and expertise?  My name is Seán Harnett. I live with my family in a small village in an Irish-speaking community in Connemara, to the west of Galway City. I started out my career in information architecture and instructional design before moving into d...

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Izmir Institute of Technology provided Open Science and Institutional Repositories Training to Azerbaijan Higher Education Institutions within the scope of the DIRNA Project

Within the scope of the DIRNA Project, Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) hosted a study tour on November 15-17, 2023 with the participation of 16 people from 8 Azerbaijan HEIs. The study tour aimed to share information about Open Science and Institutional Repository practices at Izmir Institute of Technology and to support AZHEIs, in developing their own applications.   About DIRNA Project: The Establishment of Institutional Repository Network in Azerbaijan (DIRNA) Proje...

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eNauka Portal – Making FAIR a Reality

CRIS systems usually play a vital role in scientific communities. The question is if they could be used for boosting and measuring the implementation of Open Access and Data policies at research-performing organizations. In the last 6 years there has been huge progress in the implementation of the repository network within Serbia. Starting from the national PhD thesis portal (2015), today the country now hosts about 86 Research Performing Organizations (RPO) with their own repositories. The majo...

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Webinar on how to use OpenAIRE to search interlinked scientific results

New Season: The representatives of OpenAIRE in Greece and Cyprus held a successful webinar focused on the discovery of Open Science scientific results. They invited Konstantina Galouni, product manager in OpenAIRE, and George Papanikos, CTO of CITE, to inform the Greek and Cypriot academic and research communities about OpenAIRE Explore service and Open Science Lens web application. The webinar was attended by 178 Greek and Cypriot researchers, students, academic staff and librarians. ...

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Building a Community of EOSC Experts in Türkiye

Α full-day training programme to a community of people from different regions of Türkiye and disciplines, but with a common goal of open science and a shared belief in the importance of EOSC.  Background: On the 17th and 18th of July 2023, the Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) hosted an EOSC Train the Trainer Workshop as part of the EOSC Future project. The workshop's main goal was to increase researchers' knowledge of EOSC and to promote the use of EOSC services and tools in Türkiye. ...

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SPOZNAJ Project will introduce principles of open science to Slovenian research organisations

2 August 2023 marks the beginning of the project "SPOZNAJ - Support for the Implementation of Open Science Principles in Slovenia". This initiative involves the Central Technical Library at the University of Ljubljana and 20 Slovenian public research organizations, all of which will align their practices with the Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act, the Regulation on the Implementation of Scientific Research in Alignment with the Principles of Open Science, and the practices and pr...

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Open research data in Poland on the rise

The importance of research data management and sharing has been highlighted in the past few years among research communities in Poland. One of the main factors was the development and introduction of the National Science Centre's open science policy.   The National Science Centre has implemented open-access solutions with respect to research data and publications. In 2019, the agency included a Data Management Plan (DMP) in its application forms. In 2020, it adopted Open...

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Slovenia: Government adopted the Action Plan for Open Science

On 31 May 2023, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Action Plan for Open Science which is the basic implementation document to support complying with provisions on Open Science. These are determined in the Resolution on the Slovenian Scientific Research and Innovation Strategy 2030 and elaborated in more detail in the Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act and the recently adopted governmental Decree on the Implementation of Scientific Research Work in Accordance wi...

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Slovenia: Governmental Decree on the Implementation of Scientific Research Work in Accordance with the Principles of Open Science

Last year Slovenia set up its directions in the field of scientific research. This includes the new Scientific Research and Innovation Activities Act (came into force at the beginning of 2022) and the Resolution on the Slovenian Scientific Research and Innovation Strategy 2030 (came into force at the end of March 2022). As we have already announced in the strategy and research act blogs (Open Science in the recently adopted Resolution on the Slovenian Scientific Research and Innovation Strategy ...

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Greek and Cypriot NOADs’ webinar on what’s new with Open Science in their countries

Overview: The representatives of OpenAIRE in Greece and Cyprus successfully completed the second webinar of the 2023 series reaching 175 attendees who engaged in fruitful discussions. They informed their research communities about the latest activities of their local Open Science initiatives and updated on the progress to adopting a national policy. The webinar highlighted the long lasting role of OpenAIRE infrastructure, services and network of experts (National Open Access Desks - NOADs) in sh...

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UKIM Skopje: Embracing Open Science Policy

By Katerina KlimoskaSs. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, located in the Republic of North Macedonia, has become the first university in the country to adopt an Open Science Policy. This significant decision was made during the 19th session of the University Senate on March 31, 2022. The adoption of the Open Science Policy is a testament to the university's strategic vision and its commitment to promoting the principles and practices of Open Science. With this policy, Ss. Cyril and ...

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Supporting Open Science in The Netherlands

The Netherlands is considered a front-runner in Open Science and has indeed been very progressive in promoting and facilitating Open Science. The OpenAIRE network provides opportunities to learn from each other and coordinates efforts in making the transition to Open Science happen. Loek Brinkman The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to Loek Brinkman, Research Data Specialist at DANS-KNAW and OpenAIRE NOAD for The Netherlands. Read his reflections on Open Science.&nb...

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Supporting Open Science in Hungary

OpenAIRE is a supportive community for Open Science professionals As a recent development, the University of Debrecen signed CoARA, which is an example of our university's commitment to the cultural change of scholarly communication.Judit Fazekas-Paragh The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to Judit Éva Fazekas-Paragh, Head of the Education and Research Support Department at the University of Debrecen University and National Library and OpenAIRE NOAD f...

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EOSC National Tripartite Event in Croatia

As part of the annual SRCE DEI 2023 conference, which is also the final conference of the Croatian Scientific and Educational Cloud (HR-ZOO) national strategic project, the national tripartite meeting of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was held. The meeting was organised with the aim of establishing national coordination of the implementation of EOSC policy and defining national priorities and needs in this area. The goal of tripartite events is to bring together key stakeholders from all...

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