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Professionalising Open Access Repositories in Germany and Beyond

A talk with Marcel Wrzesinski The project "Professionalization of the Open-Access Repository Infrastructure in Germany" (Pro OAR DE), launched in October 2023 at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, aims to support institutional repositories in advancing systems based on the current needs of the research community. Initially, these repositories focused on storing electronic documents and ensuring their long-term availability. Today, they are integral components of the scientific...

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OpenAIRE Tech Talk Roundup: Breaking Down the Bits and Bytes. And beyond.

The OpenAIRE technical team held its annual meeting in Pisa on 12-14 April 2024. As CEO of OpenAIRE and driving this team with Paolo Manghi for 10+ years, I was thrilled to see so many brilliant and young minds in one place. All with a passion to improve OpenAIRE services and make them more useful to research communities. These meetings are always a reminder of the incredible journey that technology has taken us on thus far, as well as the even more exciting path that lies ahead. They are t...

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Interview: Seán Harnett

Step into the world of OpenAIRE with Seán Harnett. Learn more about his journey, vision, thoughts and achievements in the Open Science community and beyond. Enjoy! Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and expertise?  My name is Seán Harnett. I live with my family in a small village in an Irish-speaking community in Connemara, to the west of Galway City. I started out my career in information architecture and instructional design before moving into d...

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OpenAIRE Answers to Eurodoc: What’s in OpenAIRE For Early-Career Researchers? How do we improve our work towards Open Science?

What OpenAIRE offer to you as a researcher? What can you do as an Early-Career Researcher for OpenAIRE? On 29 November 2023, OpenAIRE was invited to speak at the "Eurodoc lunchtime webinars series" to introduce the tools that Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) can use to enhance the researchers' Open Science practices. Our Outreach and Engagement Officer, Giulia Malaguarnera, who is also a former President of Eurodoc presented to the ECRs the main services they can use from the OpenAIRE Catalogue. ...

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Open Science in Horizon Europe Webinar Recap

The Event: On 16 November 2023, we hosted our recurring webinar focused on the Horizon Europe Open Science requirements, which we organise three times a year. The webinar was a success, with 379 attendees out of 659 registrations. The vast majority (81%) of attendees attended the whole duration of the presentation (60 minutes), and many (59%) also stayed for the entire Q&A (90 minutes). We received a total of 54 questions from researchers (25% of attendees) and research-support sta...

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Building a Community of EOSC Experts in Türkiye

Α full-day training programme to a community of people from different regions of Türkiye and disciplines, but with a common goal of open science and a shared belief in the importance of EOSC.  Background: On the 17th and 18th of July 2023, the Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) hosted an EOSC Train the Trainer Workshop as part of the EOSC Future project. The workshop's main goal was to increase researchers' knowledge of EOSC and to promote the use of EOSC services and tools in Türkiye. ...

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OpenAIRE NOADs in Greece and Cyprus join forces with their national associations of librarians and information scientists

OpenAIRE and libraries in Greece and Cyprus: For many years now, OpenAIRE NOADs in Greece (ATHENA RC and HEAL-Link) and Cyprus (University of Cyprus Library) have run joint webinars and workshops to raise awareness and train their national academic and research communities on Open Science practices. Most importantly, they have been supporting researchers in complying with Open Science requirements in the context of the EU Framework Programmes for Science, Technology and Innovation (FP7, Horizon2020, Horizon Europe).

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Bulgaria: National Initiative for Open Data and Cloud Computing

Creating synergies at the national level  by  Peter Stanchev On December 9, 2021, nine scientific organizations signed an agreement establishing the National Open Data and Cloud Computing Initiative (NIAP). This agreement aims to create synergies at the national level between organizations with a role and interest in the European Open Science Cloud ( EOSC); integration of open data infrastructures (storage) and cloud computing (services) in the EOSC; support activities to optimize...

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Open Science and Scholarly Communication in Greece

Amplifying understanding and building capacity through synergies "Unity is strength". This is the underlying principle that governs the alliance of two Greek OpenAIRE members, 'Athena' Research Center (NOAD) and 'HEAL-Link' - the consortium of academic libraries -, that work towards the wide adoption of OS policies and the alignment of the national context with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).  The two organizations shared the activities, experiences and results of their fruitful coo...

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Let’s discuss FAIRifying OS policies

In a 90-minute workshop at the OSFair on 22 September 2021, the projects EOSC-Pillar, EOSC Synergy, ExPaNDS, NI4OS-Europe, FAIRsFAIR and EOSC-Nordic with support of the EOSCsecretariat.eu project, discussed their progress and work on policies related to open science (OS) with the audience. The participating projects have worked together over the last two years in the 'Policy and Governance' Task Force, one of the six task forces established to support the work of the Working Groups of the former EOSC Executive Board.

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Learning lessons from FAIR data implementation

Good practices from universities across Europe  Text written of behalf of Frederica Garbuglia (FAIRsFAIR H2020 Project) On 20 September 2021, FAIRsFAIR organised the workshop "Learning lessons from FAIR data implementation. Good practices from universities across Europe" during the Open Science Fair 2021. The event offered participants the opportunity to discuss a preliminary analysis of good practices from universities across Europe that are being gathered by the project partners, highligh...

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New functionality of the FAIR-Aware tool: hands-on examples

Text written on behalf of Linas Cepinskas, Policy Officer, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)

How to communicate FAIR? How to spark up a conversation on FAIR with your audience? How to assess one's knowledge of FAIR? To answer these and other questions, Maaike Verburg and Linas Cepinskas from DANS delivered two demo sessions at the 3rd Open Science Fair Conference (https://www.opensciencefair.eu). 

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OpenOrgs: Bridging registries of research organisations

OpenOrgs is a new tool created to solve a long-standing problem: the disambiguation of organizations variously involved in the research process. In particular OpenOrgs addresses the ambiguity affecting the information aggregated by OpenAIRE from different research organization registries (e.g. ROR, EC) and populating the OpenAIRE Research Graph.

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OpenCitations for Open Science

OpenCitations is an independent not-for-profit infrastructure for open scholarship dedicated to publication of open bibliographic and citation data by the use of Semantic Web technologies. It provides more than one billion citations data which can be reused for any purpose and can be accessed via SPARQL endpoints, REST APIs, and that can be downloaded in bulk. 

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ARGOS: Create, Link and Share Data Management Plans

ARGOS is an open platform for Data Management Planning (DMP), supporting researchers to meet Research Data Management policies and practices in the research workflow. The name "ARGOS" derives from Greek mythology and recalls both the hundred-eyed giant, Argus Panoptes, and Argus (Argonaut) builder of Argos, a solid but rapid ship crossing the Mediterranean.

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National policy and support actions for research data skills - impact and experiences: outcomes from the FAIRsFAIR & OpenAIRE stakeholder Workshop

FAIRsFAIR and OpenAIRE organised a joint workshop on April 28th aimed to discuss the role of national-level initiatives to advance skills development for research data management. At a European level, the emerging European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) provides impetus for skills development. However, the recent report of the EOSC Working Group on Skills & Training finds that national skills policy is usually fragmented or underdeveloped when concerning skills for research data and data-intensiv...

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Online Good Practice Exchange programme at DANS in the Netherlands

After being postponed twice, due to Covid-19, the online OpenAIRE Good Practice Exchange (GPE) programme organized by DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) took place on 18 January 2021. The goal of the programme is to provide a framework through which OpenAIRE NOADs can share their knowledge and expand their skills in Open Science. And because DANS is a national centre of expertise and repository for research data, the main topics on this day were best practices on Research Data Manageme...

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Open science training for communities: the Italian NOAD approach

Authors: Gina Pavone and Emma Lazzeri, ISTI-CNR In 2020, the Italian NOAD started a new project on training. The initial idea was to design a set of events to show the way the general and cross-sectoral topic of Open Science was embedded in a particular discipline, delving into aspects and tools specific for a single research area. A first webinar for earth and environmental sciences was held in May: it was a single and introductory webinar on the principles and motivation of Open Science. ...

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Open Science course for CHIST-ERA researchers

Background: Towards the end of 2020, CHIST-ERA organized a set of training events for its researchers network in light of their newly adopted Open Science policy. The courses were prepared and run in partnership with OpenAIRE that has been advising CHIST-ERA on Open Access and Research Data Management (RDM) issues to develop and implement policies and services (CHIST-ERA Open Science Advisory Board). CHIST-ERA is a pan european consortium of national funders supporting research on Information an...

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