Building bridges across Open Science in the UK: The RDA UK/OpenAIRE Advance Joint Workshop

Originally published on JISC Scholarly Communications. On the 6th of May, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK node and OpenAIRE Advance offered a joint workshop focusing on our efforts with open access/open science initiatives and the underlying importance of research data. This was the 3rd workshop that the RDA UK has offered and the final workshop for the UK's national open access desk, or NOAD, as part of the project, which concludes at the end of this year. Speakers included Christ...

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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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Strengthening Research Data Management practices in Portugal

Portugal has been making an effort to develop information and capacity building initiatives for the different stakeholders in best practices and sharing of research data.This intention has already been expressed itself in several ways, through reports from the Working Group for National Open Science Policy, which recommended the urgent need to promote and enhance the skills of researchers, with regard to research data management and sharing research data, and throug...

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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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The Israel Science Foundation (ISF) big step towards Open Science

 The ISF gateway in F1000Research is open for submissions from ISF grantees.The Israel Science Foundation, the largest funder in Israel, has made a concrete step in the direction of open access and in support of the principles of open research. It takes the form of a new and alternative publishing venue called the ISF gateway, which is hosted within the F1000Research platform. This follows the example of several high-profile funding agencies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ...

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Improve service to meet researcher needs

Despite insufficient funds, it is apparent that an increasing number of Serbian researchers are publishing in fee-based OA journals. In 2019, the University of Belgrade conducted a survey to establish the amount of APCs paid to the publishers, and the funding sources of the APCs. The following two actions were taken to address the findings of the survey:University of Belgrade has joined OpenAPC portal (with data) RCUB ProRef service has been upgraded, and now includes information about APC ...

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Austrian Universities: funding for new projects – tender for digital and social transformation

In the course of the call for tender, "Digital and Social Transformation in Higher Education", which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung - BMBWF), all Austrian public universities and various other educational institutions were able to apply and submit their project ideas. The offered funding was set high with 50 million euros in total, until 2024.

35 projects were approved, the Vienna University (VU) will be part of 14. 

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Third series of OpenAIRE webinars in greek launched with a “train the trainer” webinar

The new series: The National Open Access Desks for Greece and Cyprus are back with yet another series of informative and training webinars in the greek language! In 2020, webinars focus on Open Science advocacy, use of Research Data Management (RDM) services, understanding GDPR from the perspective of researchers, writing Data Management Plans and identifying areas to collaborate with each other. Hence, target groups for the webinars are librarians, repository managers, researchers and european ...

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Online RDM workshop in Slovenia

The RDA Node Slovenia and collaborating infrastructures and institutions were organizing a workshop on research data management (RDM), to take place on 11 March 2020 at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Due to the fast progression of the coronavirus, one day before the workshop was due, the decision was made to carry it out online. Presentations​ and recordings in Slovenian are available from the programme.The workshop programme delivered presentations on:RDM recommendations and guid...

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Open Data Day 2020 in Cyprus

OpenAIRE was presented in the event dedicated to the International Open Data Day 2020, held in Cyprus on the 5th of March 2020.The event was organised in Nicosia, by the Cyprus Ministry of Finance, Public Administration and Personnel Department and the Library of the University of Cyprus which acts as the Cyprus National Open Access Desk of OpenAIRE and partner of NI4OS Europe project.️1 "Opening our data is providing an unlimited perspective on research, innovation, political accounta...

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Research Data Management e-course

Introduction In Estonia, the University of Tartu Library and the UT Natural History Museum have collaborated for a long time. Natural scientists initiated the university's joining of the DataCite in 2014 to provide DOIs for research data and register the metadata of datasets. It is essential for a researcher to be visible in academia and to get citations and recognition for all parts of their work. Since that time, the UT Library has been developing research data services and the institutio...

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OANA Network Meeting in Vienna

The goal was to meet up and discuss the results and current status of the OANA working groups as well as Open Science developments in Austria.Slides of the presentations are available in German. On 23 January 2020 the 5th network meeting of OANA (Open Science Network Austria) took place at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research in Vienna.Following Falk Reckling's (FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds) presentation on OANA's previous work and general goals were the reports about t...

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A milestone in 2019. More than 10,000 open access articles available through transformative agreements in the Netherlands

Recently the 10,000th open access article was administered published in the year 2019 within the national agreements with publishers. It is the first time that this number has been achieved in a year.Since the very first results of an open access deal with Springer Nature in 2015 more agreements have also been made about the settlement of open access publications (Publish) for researchers. As a result, researchers affiliated with a Dutch university no longer have to pay themselves when they...

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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 repr...

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Flemish Open Science Board launched to fulfill European engagement and invest in Open Science

The Flemish Open Science Board​ It was a nice Christmas present for the Open Science community, right before the New Year, The Flemish Open Science Board emerged. On initiative of Flemish minister Hilde Crevits, the Flemish Government approved the Flemish Open Science policy plan and the Open Science Board (the document can be downloaded here). Together with the Flemish Open Science Board, Flanders will invest €5 million on a recurring basis in Open Science to give substance to their Europe...

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Turkey Research Data and Open Data Task Force Established

In Turkey a Research Data and Open Data Task Force comprised of librarians from 6 Research Universities and selected 4 Foundation Universities has been established with approval of the institutions' managers.At the 7th National Open Science Conference and OpenAIRE Advance Workshop hosted by Izmir Institute of Technology on 20 November 2019, Prof. Dr. Naci Gundogan, Executive Board Member of the CoHE & Chairman of the CoHE Open Science Committee, declared of the formally creation of "Turkey R...

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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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Greek OpenAIRE NOADs contribution to the development of institutional Open Science policies in Greece

The tradition: The annual Panhellenic Conference of Academic Libraries is one of the most important events for the Greek Academic libraries. Librarians, members of the academic community and suppliers are given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, to communicate with other colleagues, to syndicate and exchange views and experiences and to be informed about new developments and trends in the Academic Librariesʼ products and services. PALC 2019: The Library & Information Center of the U...

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On the way towards Open Science: first Israeli national workshop

On the 19th of November, 2019, the first Israeli OpenAIRE National Workshop –titled: On the Way Towards Open Science: "Set Science Free" took place in Bar Ilan university (BIU). The event was organized by the Iseraeli OpenAIRE NOAD Dr. Simcha Meir along with the libraries and information system department of BIU. With around 180 attendees, mainly librarians and researchers from all universities, and also a large number of colleges, representatives from various funding organizations: the Planning...

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