The road to FAIR

The road to FAIR data

This blog post is authored by Elly Dijk and Marjan Grootveld (DANS),  Najla Rettberg (UGOE), Sara Pittonet (Trust-IT)IntroductionIn the old days, all roads led to Rome. Nowadays, they all seem to lead to FAIR data, at least in the world of research. Regardless of one's research domain, the observations, interviews, responses, measurements, statistics, software code, should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR). The aim is to make and keep data FAIR for humans and f...

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Institutional RDM Support at the University of Helsinki

This blog post is first in a series of blogs describing RDM support activities in participating institutions. The series is produced by the Taskforce OpenAIRE: Institutional RDM support.Support Services​Preparations for building a solid Research Data Management (RDM) support started more than ten years ago at the University of Helsinki. In an early project at the life sciences campus researchers and library staff presented and discussed data related workflows and possible solutions for data mana...

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Setting a trend? Norway and Elsevier enter into a two-year transformation pilot agreement

 On April 23, Elsevier and the Norwegian Unit jointly issued a press release, announcing a two-year pilot agreement on access to research and open publishing. This news took many by surprise since Unit only the month before had announced its decision not to renew their agreement with Elsevier. This decision came after a lengthy period of negotiations and was not made lightly. We quickly got back to our talks with Elsevier, however, and were able to work out the details of the pilot in a ver...

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Placing science closer to young citizens

The Open Schools Journal for Open Science is the first European peer review scientific journal that accepts original papers written by school-aged students from Primary to Secondary schools across Europe under the mentoring of their Teachers on all aspects of Science, Engineering and Technology. The journal is hosted on the ePublishing platform of the National Documentation Centre in Greece and managed by Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) and is inviting school groups to submit their articles base...

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Open Science Conference, Ljubljana, 22 May 2019

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana and OpenAIRE-Advance National Open Access Desk organized a conference on open science within the 10th Liber.ac Academic Book Fair.Open science aspects were presented by distinguished international experts, Slovenian high-level officials and experts chaired the presentations and discussion:Open science in the European Research Area – speaker Dr Dr René von Schomberg, Head of the Open Science Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovat...

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Open Science Quest

Learning through the structure of a workshop is essential, but sometimes our brains also need distraction and entertainment. During the week of the Luxembourg Open Science Forum, library users were challenged to take part in the Open Science Quest to learn about Open Science practices at their own pace. The freely available Open Science Voyager Pack consisted of a travel sheet and a pencil (that can be planted to grow into herbs). Successful Voyagers were rewarded with a treasure at the end...

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Realizing the implementation of the OpenAIRE-CRIS-CERIF Guidelines in DSpace-CRIS

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

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Workshop about the future of scholarly journals in Slovakia

​In Bratislava on April 11, 2019 we held a workshop on the future of scholarly journals in Slovakia. This was the second time we organized a workshop dedicated solely to Open Access journals. The main goal was to gather Open Access journal publishers and discuss the problems they are facing in Slovakia. The workshop was carried out in English and Slovak.  The main guest was Guillaume Rivalle from Clarivate Analytics who talked about supporting of publishin...

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Joint COAR/SPARC conference "Connecting research results, bridging communities, opening scholarship"

Joint COAR/SPARC conference "Connecting research results, bridging communities, opening scholarship"

Co-hosted by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) on April 14-16, 2015, the conference “Connecting research results, bridging communities, opening scholarship” , held in Porto, offered a thought-provoking programme with dynamic speakers from around the world to discuss the opportunities and challenges for libraries in a world of open science and open content, provided a valuable opportunity for partic...

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6 new ebooks available in open access thanks to an institutional fundraising campaign

The institutional fundraising campaign for the OpenEdition Books Select offer, conducted jointly with Knowledge Unlatched, OpenEdition and Couperin, is on the right track: 58 institutions (mainly from France but also from Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, USA) have pledged for the release of a package of 30 SSH research books in French (10 new books and 20 from OpenEdition collections). In fact, 6 out of the 10 new titles are already available on the OpenEdition Books platform: Le cinéma ou...

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PUBMET2018 Conference in Zadar, Croatia

The fifth PUBMET2018 conference, the Croatian national OpenAIRE event,  took place on September 19-21, 2018 in Zadar, Croatia. The surroundings – three thousand years old Mediterranean city - were well suited for our discussions about open science. Participants from different countries such as Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Spain, Great Britain, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia came to present and discuss their work in the area of schola...

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You share, we take care!

You share, we take care!

Dutch Copyright Act offers an alternative route to open access The Dutch universities will give open access an extra boost by starting a pilot to make publications available after six months in collaboration with researchers. In order to achieve the Dutch ambition of 100% open access in 2020, we have made agreements with many publishers regarding open-access publishing. Currently, this is not yet possible for all types of publications or journals. That is why, starting February 20...

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International alignment across open access initiatives, funders and research organisations for a complete and immediate open access

Max Planck Society President Martin Stratmann said that “Open Access is the responsibility of all of us”. In this spirit, 170 participants from 37 countries and international organisations gathered at the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference (3-4 December 2018) to align strategies for a transformation of subscription based scholarly communication to complete and immediate open access. The OA2020 Expression of Interest to drive such a transformation has been signed by 115 research funding and perfo...

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Monograph: Openness in science and higher education

The book “Openness in science and higher education” has been published – in Croatian  but the preface and abstracts are available in English – and presented at the PubMET conference  The book consists of 19 chapters written by 31 authors who are scholars and professionals from various fields and who deal with some form of openness in their everyday work.Editor of the book is Ivana Hebrang Grgić, a Croatian scientist and information specialist whose primary...

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OpenAIRE survey for online journals and publishing platforms

OpenAIRE has recently launched a survey with an aim to collect information on the operational standards of online publishing platforms/scientific journals and their current level of interoperability with the OpenAIRE infrastructure.Under OpenAIRE’s scope to enhance existing and enable additional links across the elements of Open Science, special focus is given on facilitating content discovery and introducing commonly applied standards that will support the exchange and interlinking of resources...

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Enabling single sign-on across EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE services

Integration of the OpenAIRE AAI with EOSC-hub AAIThe European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims to provide an Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI). The EOSC-hub and the OpenAIRE-Advance projects’ AAIs build on existing AAI services and provide a consistent, interoperable system with which communities can integrate. This way, the communities can gain seamless access to services and resources across disciplinary, social and geographical borders. The EOSC-hub and the OpenAIRE AAIs hav...

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GDPR and the research process: What you need to know

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 dat...

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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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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 guideli...

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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 way...

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