Academic Leadership for Open Science: UNICA Rectors Seminar, 14 September 2018

UNICA (the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe) organized a seminar  on academic leadership in open science policies and implementation. It was attended by approximately 30 rectors and vice-rectors from UNICA member universities and other university staff. The invited presentations, panel discussions and audience comments crystalized importance of the following topics: Universities are leaders in open science; Scholarly communication and research assessment have to change wi...
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EOSCpilot Open Science Monitor specifications: Towards a dynamic and open European Open Science Monitor

The EOSCpilot is the first project towards the realisation of the EC’s vision for a common and trusted environment for practicing Open Science. Part of the project’s activities is a Policy Work Package aiming to develop an EOSC tailored Policy Framework complemented by a number of services to support this venture. Such Policy Framework will facilitate operational and strategic priorities set by the EOSC in the areas of Open Science and Open Scholarship , Procurement , Ethics and Data Protection ...
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Open peer review, innovative dissemination and altmetrics: OpenUP Final Conference

The OpenUP project on “OPENing UP new methods, indicators and tools for peer review, impact measurement and dissemination of research results” held its final conference in Brussels on 5-6 September 2018. The three project topics were discussed from different aspects, including gender, thereby reflecting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), which promotes an open and gender sensitive science ecosystem, sharing information among researchers, innovative industries and citizens. The OpenUP pro...
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How to make a CRIS OpenAIRE-compatible: the case of METIS: METIS2OpenAIRE case study

Blogpost by  Pablo de Castro, METIS2OpenAIRE project coordinator at euroCRIS The OpenAIRE-funded METIS2OpenAIRE project has run from early Feb to mid-May 2018. Its aim has been to make a first institutional CRIS system OpenAIRE-compatible as per the updated CERIF-XML Guidelines for CRIS Managers . The process has involved the development of a minimally sufficient validator that future CRIS systems may use as a means to confirm their own compatibility with these Guidelines very much in the w...
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4Science and OpenAIRE

Blogpost by 4Science In January 2018, 4Science submitted a proposal to the OpenAIRE call for services for an implementation aimed at increasing the interoperability features supported by the most broadly used platforms in the Open Science ecosystem for Literature Repositories, Data Archives, CRIS/RIMS, and Journal platforms such as DSpace, Dataverse, DSpace-CRIS, and OJS. The tender by 4Science focused on two main topics: implementation of new protocols; implementation of OpenAIRE metadata guide...
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EOSC-hub's and OpenAIRE's input to the EOSC implementation roadmap

The Commission Staff Working Document on the Implementation Roadmap of the European Open Science Cloud released in March 2018, presents the outcome of the exploration of appropriate governance and financing mechanisms for EOSC in the form of an implementation roadmap, based on six strategic action lines: a) architecture, (b) data, (c) services, (d) access and interfaces, (e) rules and (f) governance. EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE Advance are proud to be part of this initiative and are already contributi...
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EOSC-hub's and OpenAIRE's input to the EOSC implementation roadmap

The Commission Staff Working Document on the Implementation Roadmap of the European Open Science Cloud released in March 2018, presents the outcome of the exploration of appropriate governance and financing mechanisms for EOSC in the form of an implementation roadmap, based on six strategic action lines: a) architecture, (b) data, (c) services, (d) access and interfaces, (e) rules and (f) governance. EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE Advance are proud to be part of this initiative and are already contributi...
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The EU NanoSafety Cluster as Linked Data visualized with Scholia

Republished on behalf of the authors Egon Willighagen, Najko Jahn, Finn Årup Nielsen.* Originally published on Figshare. Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Creative Commons BY 4.0 Int. Abstract At a recent hackathon organized by the European Research Council, GeneWiki, and others, a group of 25 researchers came together in Berlin to work on ontologically modelling research grants in Wikidata. During this meeting the EU NanoSafety Cluster was used as use case study, resulting in new linked data around...
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France has its OA mandate!

On July 4, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, launched the national open science plan at the annual congress of the Association of European Research Library (LIBER), at the LILLIAD Learning Centre Innovation of the University of Lille. Among the actions implemented by this national plan, the obligation to disseminate articles, books and research data in open access has been announced. During her speech at LIBER, which brings together 400 national and univers...
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When is science credible?

The overarching goal of science is to deepen our understanding about the world we live in, and then to use this understanding, for example, to address social or medical problems. However, in order to pursue those goals effectively and efficiently, the scientific findings we base our actions on have to be credible. But how can we assess the credibility of research? Is a going through peer review enough, or being published? What if the study made it into in a “high-ranking” journal? Is that enough...
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CRISs as data providers to OpenAIRE: an update

Once the OpenAIRE-funded METIS2OpenAIRE project led by euroCRIS finished as of mid-May, the basis has been laid for the addition of CRIS systems as data providers into the OpenAIRE aggregation. METIS2OpenAIRE set out to enable the exposure of the METIS CERIF-compliant CRIS metadata feed via an OAI-PMH endpoint so that it could be tested against the CERIF-XML Guidelines for CRIS Managers . The project developed a minimally sufficient validator for this purpose. A sample for the 300,000-record met...
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The worst of both worlds: Hybrid Open Access

*** Thank you to Mikael Laakso for the excellent feedback ** A couple weeks ago, the European Commission (EC) announced that starting with their new funding programme, Horizon Europe, they will no longer reimburse publication fees for hybrid Open Access . Previously, the EC had excluded hybrid APCs when they first introduced Open Access funds during the FP7 (Post-Grant) Open Access Pilot, but later covered hybrid Open Access in the following funding programme, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). Hybr...
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Advancing research together: EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE

The EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance projects offer a wide portfolio of research and collaboration tools, available to scientists across the world. These include services for data storage and management, cloud and HTC compute resources and tools to facilitate and support the transition to Open Science publishing workflows, in respect of reproducibility and transparent evaluation of science. Over the next three years, the two projects will be working closely to integrate their services to provide co...
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"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 ...
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GDPR and the research process: What you need to know

On 25 May, 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU regulation 2016/679, took effect and now governs the processing of personal data. The purpose of the GDPR is to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to encourage the lawful free flow of data across Europe . In the same vein, the GDPR also impacts scientific research activities. The GDPR lays down general principles as well as provisions relating to specific data pr...
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Workshop Monitoring Open Access in the Netherlands

*Published on behalf of Elly Dijk, NOADs for the Netherlands* In the Netherlands, the former State Secretary Sander Dekker outlined in a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives in November 2013 that the Dutch government wishes that publicly funded research should in principle be freely accessible. He aimed to have 60% of Dutch academic articles available through open access within five years (2019) and 100% within ten years (2024). In April 2016 at the Amsterdam Conference ‘ Open Science – ...
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Open Social Sciences Summer with BITSS

Ensuring a summer full of open science fun, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) announced two exceptional opportunities: the  Transparent and Open Social Science Research MOOC  goes into the next round, and applications for the  Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training  (RT2) are now open! For more information, see below. Transparent and Open Social Science Research MOOC When : July 9, 2018  –  August 10, 2018. Where : Anywhere you are! What to expec...
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Why is this a good Data Management Plan?

*published on behalf of Marjan Grootveld, DANS* It’s not just colonel Hannibal Smith, who loves it when a plan comes together. Don’t we all? On a more serious note, this also holds for Data Management Plans or DMPs. In a DMP a researcher or research team describes what data goes into a project (reuse) and comes out of it (potential reuse), How the team takes care of the data, and Who is allowed to do What with the data When. Just like a project plan a DMP undergoes a reviewing process. Often, ho...
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OpenDOAR and OpenAIRE Priority Repositories: An Update

OpenDOAR, is a Jisc -run, authoritative D irectory of O pen A ccess R epositories and each OpenDOAR repository listed has been reviewed by a member of staff to ensure that the OpenDOAR entry is accurate. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories. We currently have the original version and a new beta version of the directory, which enables making requests to be included easier to manage for both repository managers and for Jisc ...
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Published or Private: How to do both? via OpenAIRE-Advance & EOSC-hub

  The research life-cycle made easy using OpenAIRE and EOSC-hub services:  making data open yet anonymous Becky is an early career social scientist. She is excited to have been offered a competitive post in a well-established department to work on an international EC Horizon 2020 5-year research project with many partners. The project started a year before she arrived, and her institution leads the research on the language used to describe immigration in the national press. Data Everywhere Becky...
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