Serbia has  adopted a national science policy!

Serbia has  adopted a national science policy on July 14th, 2018, called the 'Open Science Platform'. The Serbian version of the policy is available on the official webpage of the Serbian Ministry (MESTD) and the version in English is available on OpenAIRE. The discussion about OS in Serbia started in 2014. At the time, in Serbia, OA was mandated only for PhD theses. Therefore, a working group was established by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD) with t...

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Opening up Research on Accidential Injuries — „Tell us!“ project starts 8th of May 2018

Opening up Research on Accidential Injuries — „Tell us!“ project starts 8th of May 2018

Systematically opening up research processes has been the focus of several projects from the Ludwig Boltzmann Association Open Innovation in Science Center.„Tell us!“ is systematically opening up the research process within the field of orthopedic traumatology at a very important early stage: generating research questions. This ambitioned goal is based on the idea that substantial knowledge is created outside the academic discourse, but sticks within clinical routines. By applying crowdsourcing,...

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The Finnish National OpenAIRE workshop focused on infrastructures and networking for Open Science

The Finnish National OpenAIRE workshop focused on infrastructures and networking for Open Science

The workshop was held at the University of Helsinki at the end of August. The event was designed to paint a broad picture of the current scene of Open Science starting from the European level down to local university level developments. The focus was clearly on infrastructures supporting the goals of Open Science but there was also a strong emphasis on networking between all participants. This aspect was facilitated by thematic discussion groups during the lunch. The workshop gathered some sixty...

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New French Digital Republic Law boosts support for OA and TDM

New French Digital Republic Law boosts support for OA and TDM

On October 7th 2016, the French Law for a Digital Republic Act (LOI n° 2016-1321 du 7 octobre 2016 pour une République numérique) came into force, following a one year open review process during which the draft law could be improved by citizens. This law introduces new provisions to regulate the digital economy, online cooperative economy, data protection and access to the internet. Two articles are of specific concern for scholarly communication, as they relate directly to open access/open data...

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Discovering Research Data Practices at University of Debrecen (Hungary)

Discovering Research Data Practices at University of Debrecen (Hungary)

guest post by Zsuzsa Szabó, University of Debrecen, OpenAIRE NOAD HungaryResearch data management is an emerging issue worldwide. There are several initiatives within the European Union and its member states to implement data management plans and policies. Open access to publicly funded research results published in scholarly journals is an underlying principle in Horizon 2020. The third phase of the OpenAIRE project series, OpenAIRE2020 focuses on research data management, data archiving and sh...

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Ireland’s Health Research Board’s Open Publishing Platform.

Ireland’s Health Research Board’s Open Publishing Platform.

On the 28th of February 2018 the Health Research Board (HRB), One of Ireland’s largest funding agencies took a large step forward for Open Science by launching an Open Research Publishing Platform.  HRB Open Research is an Open Access, Open Peer-review, Publishing Platform that accepts submissions from HRB funded researchers.How it works Open submission of an article, the editorial team does a basic check on each submission to ensure that all policies are adhered to. The finalised manuscript, th...

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Copyright law reform in Germany – what is this “UrhWissG”, really?

Copyright law reform in Germany – what is this “UrhWissG”, really?

Last year, German Parliament passed a controversial copyright reform bill known as UrhWissG (Gesetz zum Urheberrecht für die Wissenschaft) which came into effect in March 2018 and will be subject to review after a 5-year period.The review had become necessary over concerns that major changes in the academic landscape due to the digital revolution had rendered previous laws outdated.The freshly amended bill aims to provide clear regulations to ensure at least basic access to copyright-protected w...

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OLH-DE Project Promotes Open Library of Humanities (OLH) in Germany

OLH-DE Project Promotes Open Library of Humanities (OLH) in Germany

A new open access project called OLH-DE has launched at the University of Konstanz. Started March 2018 and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the project seeks to further promote the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) in Germany.The OLH is an England-based scholarly-led non-profit organisation for publishing open access journals from all over the humanities. It is funded by an international library consortium of about 250 members paying a small fee each to finance the more t...

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Landscape of Hungarian Repositories 2017

Landscape of Hungarian Repositories 2017

In 2017 Spring the University of Debrecen University and National Library, as OpenAIRE NOAD for Hungary, conducted a survey on Hungarian repositories with the aim to get a clear picture of the present state of the Hungarian institutional repositories.It was a nationwide survey sent to the members of the HUNOR (HUNgarian Open Repositories) list in the form of an online questionnaire and it contained 28 questions, overall 85 items. All but one repositories sent back their answers.The main areas of...

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Open Science policy developments in Estonia

Open Science policy developments in Estonia

Estonian Research Council coordinates Open Science policy in the country by organizing various events in cooperation with other institutions (including the University of Tartu Library, OpenAIRE NOAD in Estonia). In 2015, Estonian Research Council established the Open Science Expert Group which consists of 14 experts from universities, libraries and other institutions. The group has compiled a document “Open Science in Estonia” that includes general principles and policy recommendations, encourag...

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"How to Get the Maximum from Research Data – Prerequisites and Outcomes" - Tartu, Estonia

"How to Get the Maximum from Research Data – Prerequisites and Outcomes" - Tartu, Estonia

On the 28-29th of May 2018, OpenAIRE organized a seminar titled: "How to Get the Maximum from Research Data – Prerequisites and Outcomes".  Approximately 60 participants attended the 2-days seminar that took place in the newly renovated University of Tartu Library.The welcome speeches were given by Martin Hallik, the Director of the Library, and by Kairi Kreegipuu, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Both emphasized the increasing importance of the data as well as the challenges eme...

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Open Science in Estonia – two research reports

Open Science in Estonia – two research reports

In 2017, under the supervision of Estonian Research Council, two research groups from the University of Tartu and Tallinn University in cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Sciences conducted research (surveys) on Open Science approaches in Estonia. Both research ended with practical recommendations for the future and are part of the process of establishing Estonian Open Science policy. Work of these working groups was supported by RITA program, which is funded by the European Regional Devel...

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Open Science: to make research better - a new Association to promote Open Science in Italy

On March 5-7 a three day workshop was organized by the Italian Institute of Anthropology and University of Rome La Sapienza to discuss the issues and challenges related to adoption of the Open Science paradigm. The meeting's objective was to identify the different needs and perspectives, obstacles, experiences, in order to identify concrete strategies to respond to the increasing demand for a greater presence of open science in higher education and research in Italy.In order to reach this goal, ...

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Fair data management: best practices and open issues - 14-15 November, Florence, Italy

A two day workshop was held in Florence on November 14th -15th on  sharing, reuse, and reproducibility, curation of  research data. OpenAIRE-Italy (CNR-ISTI and NOAD) was strongly engaged in organizing the event, promoted and sponsored by RDA Europe in collaboration with the universities of Turin, Milan, Bologna, Parma and with the patronage of AISA - the Italian Association for the promotion of Open Science.In light of the FAIR principles and their recent adoption in the EC Guidelines for Data ...

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Towards Open Access by default in Spain – The Spanish State Plan for Research, Development and Innovation has been published

In January 2018, Spanish Government published the State Plan for Research, Development and Innovation 2017-2020 that includes important news on open access to scientific publications and research data. The State Plan is the main instrument of the State Government for developing and achieving those objectives set at the Spanish Strategy for Science and Technology and Innovation 2013-2020, and at the Europe 2020 Strategy. The funding priorities included in the National Plan are granted through com...

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Open Access in Practice: Dissemination, Visibility, Usage & Impact of Scholarly Research

Open Access in Practice: Dissemination, Visibility, Usage & Impact of Scholarly Research

The University of Malta (UM) Library in conjunction with OpenAIRE organised a one-day workshop entitled Open Access in Practice: Dissemination, Visibility, Usage & Impact of Scholarly Research.The event was held on Friday 12th January, 2018 at the UM’s Conferences and Events Unit, based at the Valletta Campus.  The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the concept of Open Access and to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas between key stakeholders for the adoption of O...

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6th National Open Access Conference and the OpenAIRE2020 Turkish Workshop Declaration

6th National Open Access Conference and the OpenAIRE2020 Turkish Workshop Declaration

With the theme “Open Science for a Better Future", the 6th National Open Access Conference and OpenAIRE Workshop took place at Ege University Ataturk Cultural Center in Izmir, during 24-25 October 2017, hosted by Izmir Institute of Tehcnology. The aim of the event was to raise to awareness on open access, open science and open data and draw attention to harmonization of Open access policy, strategy, legislation, infrastructure and services in Turkey  with the European Union (EU).  Nearly 300 peo...

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Dutch OpenAIRE national event "Open day on open science"

Dutch OpenAIRE national event "Open day on open science"

**published on behalf of Elly Dijk – Dutch NOAD**On 21 March 2018 DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services, organized, together with the Dutch OpenAIRE NOAD, the Young Academy (KNAW) and the Dutch PhD Network - Promovendi Netwerk Nederland, an “Open day on Open Science” at the DANS venue.Subject of this day was open research data, research data management, data archiving and data reuse. The day was a great success with presentations, discussions, and an information market. There were around 9...

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Training session on research data at the French national school for librarians

Training session on research data at the French national school for librarians

On the 9th and 10th of march 2015, a training session on research data took place in Lyon, at the National school for librarians. The session was chaired by Monique Joly, head of the INSA Lyon library (School of Engineering) and of Couperin’s department services and forecasting studies. Around 20 librarians gathered to learn or share their experience on research data curation.The goal of this continuing training session for librarians was to define the challenges of the preservation, the sharing...

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FOSTER seminar 'Embracing Data Management - Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice' June 4th 2015, Brussels

FOSTER seminar 'Embracing Data Management - Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice' June 4th 2015, Brussels

The Flemish Interuniversity Council, VLIR, organized a Foster workshop on Open Science and Research Data Management. The conference lived up to its name covering a wide variety of topics on Open Data and Data Management, ranging from policies and legal aspects to case studies, researcher’s experiences and useful applications.After a general introduction, in which Stefanie Van der Burght, Ghent University, underlined the importance of data management in a research environment and how this influen...

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