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Hungary on the move

In October 2019, the National Office for Research Development and Innovation announced the latest Frontline Research Excellence Program. "The programme follows a funding model that supports frontline discovery research while offering grant opportunities to internationally top-performing researchers for implementing their projects in a Hungarian host institution in connection with European Research Council (ERC) calls. This way, the Frontline programme enhances Hungary's efforts to become a regio...

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International Open Access Week in Vienna

During the International Open Access Week 2019, Austrian NOADs from the Vienna University Library (VUL) organized a campaign to promote Open Access at VUL and its department libraries. The idea was initiated within a working group of the "RepManNet Austria" (Repository Manager Network), led by Austrian NOAD Gerda McNeill.The overall idea of the working group was to create a toolkit of different materials, from which every institution can extract the material it needs and reuse it as required.The...

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OpenAIRE National Event in Estonia

The University of Tartu Library organized an annual OpenAIRE National Event in Tartu on the 6th of November. Focus of the seminar was on the future of Open Access. Various initiatives which contribute to the future of Open Access were included like Plan S, new Open Access publishing, Estonian route to Open Science policy and ORCID. Over 80 people attended the event. Keynote speaker of the event was Jeroen Bosman who is a Research Librarian of the Utrecht University Library and Open Access r...

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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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Towards research data management support in Lithuania

On the 30th of October, 2019, the workshop "Getting Started with Research Data Management Support" welcomed university managers, research support, administrative support staff and librarians to Kaunas University of Technology. The workshop was given by Dr Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft in the Netherlands, Dr Ir Santosh Ilamparuthi, Data Steward at TU Delft and Dr Ir Shalini Kurapati, Senior Research Fellow of Open Science at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. The questi...

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The Open Access Escape Room: a game as a way of reaching out?

This year our usual practices of celebrating the Open Access Week at Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania, took a different turn: in addition to promoting the OpenAIRE webinars, the initiative of setting up an escape room was brought to life. Rasa Dovidonytė, Senior Information Manager at KTU Library, followed the instructions by Katrine Sundsbø, the Scholarly Communications and Research Support Manager at the University of Essex, on how to set up the Open Access Escape Room (htt...

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Open Science: From Theory to practice

A great event was organised during Open Access Week 2019 in Nicosia, Cyprus. On the 24th of October 2019, the Cyprus OpenAIRE NOAD hosted in the newly built premises of the Learning-Resource Centre Stelios Ioannou of the University of Cyprus, the National OpenAIRE workshop. Experts presented various aspects of Open Science. Issues like Citizen Science, Innovative metrics, practical aspects of Open Science in research, business development and innovation and legal aspects were addressed. Almost 1...

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National workshop _ The role of Biomedical libraries in the context of Open Access

National workshop about the role of Biomedical libraries in the context of Open Access (Madrid, Spain)

Biomedical and Health Sciences libraries can be quite diverse and heterogeneous, and sometimes they are managed by librarians working in isolation, without institutional repositories or other open access infrastructure. In order to help biomedical libraries dealing with these challenges, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in collaboration with the National Library of Health Sciences of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) organized in Madrid this OpenAIRE national work...

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New OpenAIRE services for repository managers, national workshop held in León (Spain)

On 25th September 2019 the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), Spanish NOAD for OpenAIRE, organized a workshop previous to the XVIII Rebiun Workshop and the VIII Jornadas OS Repositorios, about "New OpenAIRE services for repository managers". The main purpose of the workshop was to present new OpenAIRE services, in particular the Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers version 4.0 and the new Dashboards for Content Providers.The workshop targeted mainly li...

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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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The spirit of openness in Belgrade during the Open Access Week: Conference The Application of Free Software and Open Hardware

The second conference The Application of Free Software and Open Hardware (Primena slobodnog softvera i otvorenog hardvera – PSSOH) was certainly the most vibrant event organized in Serbia on the occasion of the 2019 Open Access Week. The conference was held on 26 October 2019 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. The conference programme, divided into five sessions, featured invited presentations on a wide range of topics, including open-source culture and local free-...

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Inspiring national workshop on Research Information in the Netherlands

******Blog post by Elly Dijk, DANS******On 3 September 2019, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) and the National Library (KB) organised an afternoon workshop on themes related to knowledge exchange in the fields of research information and open science.The workshop was intended for repository administrators and managers, open access staff at research institutions, and other stakeholders. In all, around 60 people from universities, higher professional education and other research instit...

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Transitioning towards Open Access: New assignments for the National Library of Sweden

Transitioning towards Open Access: New assignments for the National Library of Sweden

As of 2018, the National Library of Sweden (NLS) has received two new assignments from the Swedish Government regarding open access to publicly funded scientific publications. These will serve to monitor and assess national developments towards Open Access.First, the NLS shall report the total cost of publication in Sweden, comprising subscription fees, publication charges (APCs), and additional administrative expenses.Secondly, the NLS will develop assessment criteria based on the FAI...

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OpenAIRE Workshop on Open Access publishing of research results addressed to young and senior researchers in Bucharest, Romania

On the 13th of June, 2019, UEFISCDI (Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding - https://uefiscdi.gov.ro), as OpenAIRE NOAD in Romania, has organized at the National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA - http://snspa.ro/), a workshop addressed to both young and more experienced researchers on the following subject: Open Access Publishing of Research Results. The event aimed to equip participants with knowledge and skills rega...

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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 in the newly adopted Law on Science and Research in Serbia

Open Science is an internationally and universally accepted term that includes open (free for the end-users) access to scientific and educational literature, open research, open innovation, open source software, etc. In all documents regulating science in the European Union (and beyond), open access is mandatory, as the wider community has the right of access to the results of scientific research funded from public sources, i.e. by the money of taxpayers. The Ministry of Education, Science and T...

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Software and Open Science: knowing the best practices

Open Science webinars in Greek - v1: On Thursday 06 June, the Greek and Cypriot OpenAIRE NOADs ended their first round of collaborative webinars around Open Science with a presentation on good practices for developing software in the area of open research.In focus: Open Software has gained importance in the field of Science. The demand for open solutions is being increased as researchers realize the benefits of more contributions and collaborations to software development, especially in fast evo...

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Austria launches its ORCID Consortium

In January 2019, the TU Wien (represented by the TU Wien Bibliothek) and the University of Vienna (represented by the Vienna University Library) joined forces to lead the ORCID Austria consortium currently comprising of eleven institutions, which aims to increase the uptake and relevance of the ORCID iD as a unique identifier for researchers in Austria. Having an ORCID iD improves the international research profile for individual scientists, whereas institutions benefit from an increased interna...

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National Open Science Days in Belgrade, Serbia

At the National Open Science Days,  held on October 18th and 19th in Belgrade, researchers from Serbia had the opportunity to get to know the principles of open science, as well as the changes that can be expected in the future.In addition to the experiences from other European countries, special attention has been paid to the Open Science Platform, which the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development adopted in July (see this blogpost for details)...

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Setting up a data stewardship programme - an institutional perspective

Background and importance: Part of the Open Science webinar series running in collaboration of the Greek and Cypriot OpenAIRE NOADs, this webinar focused on Data Stewardship. With data management services and practices to be at a primary stage of developments at the University level in Greece and Cyprus, it seemed as a good opportunity to introduce the concept/role of data stewards to the library and to the research community, providing an understanding of duties and position within the Universi...

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