An interactive webinar about the Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure

Background: Following a successful cooperation between the OpenAIRE Greek NOAD and the ELIXIR-GR Node, a webinar was organised to present the ELIXIR-GR Open Research Gateway both to the ELIXIR-GR research community and to Health Science librarians. The Research Gateways are part of the OpenAIRE Connect service and serve as portals that collect and distribute in one single entry point all research artefacts produced by a given discipline/community, including various services and tools. 

Agenda: The webinar invited speakers from OpenAIRE, RDA and ELIXIR to inform participants about new services available for research in health science and bioinformatics and about tailored support provided through their networks. Moreover, participants were able to explore the functionalities of the Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure during a live demo where they also provided feedback and suggestions to the beta version.

Introductory presentations: The webinar kicked off with Thanasis Vergoulis from Athena Research Center, ELIXIR-GR and key member of the curation team of the ELIXIR-GR Open Research Gateway. Thanasis welcomed participants and provided an overview of ELIXIR-GR, its connection to ELIXIR Research Infrastructure, followed by a run through the agenda.

Then, Fotis Psomopoulos from the Institute of Applied Biosciences of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas and RDA Ambassador on Bioinformatics presented the activities performed within the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which is a global member based organisation of voluntary research on research data topics. Fotis informed about the activities of specific interest groups (IG) and working groups (WG) focusing on the biomedical sciences. Great examples are:

  • the FAIRsharing WG for their recommendations on how to best select and describe databases, standards and policies,
  • the COVID-19 WG for detailed practical guidelines on data sharing, legal issues, software development and management or community participation in the areas of clinical research, epidemiology, omics and social sciences.
  • the ELIXIR Bridging Force IG for serving as the bridge between ELIXIR and RDA groups, among other things, to achieve interoperability of different kinds of large-scale ("omics") data, to provide better strategies for data storage allowing for computationally intensive analyses, etc.

Moving on, Elli Papadopoulou from Athena Research Center and OpenAIRE Greek NOADs coordinator, explained that OpenAIRE assists researchers to comply with the EU mandates for Open Science. OpenAIRE is the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, which consists of a technical infrastructure and a network of information and data experts. Moreover, OpenAIRE provides a set of tools and services, such as Explore for finding interlinked research outputs, ARGOS for data management planning or Amnesia for sensitive data anonymisation. Also, it has a wide collection of information resources and supports outreach and promotion of Open Science in EU countries through a network of more than 34 NOADs. Introductory presentations ended with Alessia Bardi from CNR and OpenAIRE Research Community Dashboard product manager, who explained how OpenAIRE infrastructure is built before navigating participants in the Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR infrastructure.

Live demo: After the presentations, participants learnt how to use the Open Research Gateway, provided feedback and made suggestions for new features. Also, they got the chance to express questions regarding issues they faced when exploring the functionalities of the service. The way that the different Gateways in OpenAIRE work, is by connecting information included in the Research Graph. In OpenAIRE, researchers can upload and link their scientific results to projects, other results or research communities, including research infrastructures such as ELIXIR-GR. Also, they can perform search by ORCIDs and see the list of publications coming from a specific ORCID. It is also important to mention the ability to upload a list of DOIs as a CSV file and to perform a link to the existing list of DOIs. Overall, by using OpenAIRE Connect and the collection of Gateways, researchers are able to get in touch with Open Science best practices in the european research area.

Q&As: Some important comments were associated with the deposit feature and more specifically with the deposit in a certified repository or an open access journal. Participants were interested in learning about the connection of the dashboard with and how they could contribute to the Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR infrastructure by adding tools that they develop. Among the issues discussed were the timetable according to which the Open Research Gateway will be fully operational, the automatic update of the publications' list, the size and limit per dataset for deposit. Lastly, the new features of the service were described. Examples of the new features to be integrated are content and features of the BIP!Finder tool, the automatic deposit and link to Zenodo, customization of layout and colors and re-design of the deposit page for greater customisation experience.

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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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Implementation of the OpenAIRE-CRIS-CERIF Guidelines in DSpace-CRIS

Supported by OpenAIRE, 4Science has implemented the most recent version of the OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers in the open-source repository software DSpace-CRIS, which extends the DSpace repository platform by research data and information management.  Today, we already count more than 100 DSpace-CRIS installations running at research institutions across Europe. Which emphasizes the potential when making their rich research information interlinked and findable in OpenAIRE.The main ob...

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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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Research Data Management e-course

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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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OpenAIRE Barcamp: what happens in Paris… now you know it, too!

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An Update of the OpenAIRE CRIS-CERIF Implementation

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Research Data Management (RDM) Support at the University of Vienna

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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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4 Challenges for institutional research data management support

Let's be honest, it's not always easy to find your way in the jungle of research data management services. Because we hope to learn from each other, Ghent University (Belgium) shares 4 challenges1 towards the development of it's institutional research data support and what they learned along the way2.  1.Where in the world to begin?  The challenge of starting something: Policy work  Chances are you don't need to start from scratch. Research data management is integrated in the res...

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

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OpenAIRE DEVELOP Service: APIs to access the OpenAIRE Research Graph #OAWeek

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ARGOS: the newest OpenAIRE service to Create, Link and Share DMPs #OAWeek

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OpenAIRE MONITOR Service: Simplify research tracking & monitoring #OAWeek

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OpenAIRE Provide: a one-stop-shop for content providers #OAWeek

​International Open Access Week is a great opportunity to highlight the services that promote Open Science implementation. One of the OpenAIRE services that contributes to this is OpenAIRE Provide, a service for content providers for sharing, finding and enriching their content.The OpenAIRE Provide service - in production since October 2018 - aims to meet user needs and improve the service. Some of the most recent updates include:- A new dashboard sec...

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OpenAIRE EXPLORE: discover and share research #OAWeek

The International Open Access Week 2019 is a great opportunity to share the recent developments released for the OpenAIRE Explore Service. New types of research products with better visibility and easy access (e.g. check out the 112k research software records) and also new links generated between scientific results and projects can be discovered through an information space constantly growing. Recently OpenAIRE technical team have launched new features in the search functionalities, such as ...

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New data sources registered in OpenAIRE: the most recent entries

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The OpenAIRE Research Graph

​ Bringing scholarly communication back into the hands of scientists  Tracking and connecting all links between research results, institutions that produced and financed them, and where to find them for consultation or further use. We are collecting feedback! Find out more here.The backdrop: Open Science is gradually becoming the modus operandi in research practices, affecting the way researchers collaborate and publish, discover, and access scientific knowledge. Scientists are increas...

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