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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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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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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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New Open Government Partnership Action Plan in Slovakia for years 2020-2021

In the mid of November, a new  Open Government Partnership Action Plan​  2020-2021 was adopted in Slovakia, already the forth OGP Action Plan in order. The first one has already been implemented in 2012. The OGP 2020-2021 Action Plan builds on previous action plans. Topics concerning open data, open education, open science, open justice and citizen participation remain represented, only with new objectives and priorities:​     1. Open Data- to regularly publicly inform a...

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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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A glimpse at the outcomes of the Greek Open Science Symposium

The setting: Athena Research Center(ARC), as one of the coordinators of OpenAIRE and the Greek OpenAIRE NOAD organizeda two day national symposium on “Open Science in the Greek ResearchEcosystem: Research Data, Procedures and Collaborations” on 29- 30November in Athens. The symposium was co-organised with the Greek RDA node andthe project for the HellenicData Services - HELIX, and was the first attempt to bringtogether all stakeholders who act under the um...

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OpenAIRE at the Climate Change Symposium in Greece: matching SDGs to Open Science principles

The occasion: OpenAIRE was present at the "Climate Change Symposium: Threats, Challenges, Solutions for Greece" held at the American College of Greece, DEREE on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. The Symposium was comprised of key environmental organisations and experts presentations and ended with a series of parallel game sessions as well as a mini-concert.The Climate Change Symposium was co-organised by Athena Research Center, the UN SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) and Climate KIC Gre...

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Webinar on GDPR literacy

The occasion: The series of the Greek and Cypriot NOADs webinars on Open Science aim to keep the academic and research community in Greece and Cyprus up-to-date and in sync with European developments and trends as well as support their open research endeavours. The need for GDPR literacy: The webinars have proven to be a good practice also for getting a better understanding of national community needs. Of the most popular areas where researchers, innovators and libraries seek advise is the Gener...

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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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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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Students become the link for science and society

The occasion: On Monday 16 December, the Greek and Cypriot OpenAIRE NOADs completed yet another successful series of collaborative Open Science webinars with a presentation about Citizen Science in Education. Guest speaker, Evgenia Kypriotis from Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA), explained the subject and gave an overview of activities that support citizens involvement in scientific projects. The main focus of the presentation was based on EA's experience in communicating to students the necessary ski...

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Couperin's call for open science projects

Couperin's aim was to support any project aimed at promoting open science or fostering reflection on open science within the academic community.The proposed actions had to be linked to the National Plan for Open Science launched by the Minister of Higher Education and Research on 4 July 2018 (https://www.ouvrirlascience.fr/category/resources/), and had to be focused on these kind of deliverables: filmed interviews of researchers, films, including animated films, promoting open science, serious g...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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