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Driving the development of Open Science in Denmark


OpenAIRE is an important network 

We are constantly referring to guides that are developed by OpenAIRE

by Anne Thorst Melbye & Asger Væring Larsen

The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to Anne Thorst Melbye, Head of Pure-Office at the University Library of Southern Denmark and Asger Væring Larsen, Senior Consultant and Data Management Coordinator at the University Library of Southern Denmark. Read their reflections on Open Science


How does the University of Southern Denmark support Open Science in Denmark?

The University of Southern Denmark adopted an Open Science Policy in 2018, which requires that researchers create a Data Management Plan at the beginning of a project, that they produce data in line with the FAIR principles. It also strongly recommends that research output be published Open Access. Moreover, the library has established the Knowledge Center for Citizen Science, which supports and drives several CS projects at the university. The Center for Research Data supports researchers in RDM and bibliometrics and is active in national initiatives across institutions in building knowledge and infrastructure to support Open Science.

When and why did you decide to join OpenAIRE and become a NOAD?

SDU library joined the OpenAIRE project in 2014 as NOADs, so we have been participating for quite a long time. We chose to spend time in OpenAIRE because it was an important network to be a part of. The tools that OpenAIRE has built are useful in many situations and the activities have been a helpful way to create new knowledge for us.

What do you think is missing in Denmark to fully embrace Open Science?

It would be nice to have support from the Ministry for Higher Education and Science and the big funders in Denmark. A little more clarity about their ambitions in Open Science would make development easier. For the time being, it is the universities and the national infrastructure provider (DeiC) that drives the development of Open Science in Denmark. It is only this year we have got a national strategy for RDM.

What are your top three priorities you will focus on in the next year? 

 How do you think OpenAIRE will help you succeed?

We are constantly referring to guides that are developed by OpenAIRE, so we already make use of the many resources. But introducing other OpenAIRE tools to researchers is also helpful. Argos and Amnesia are just two examples. We are also discussing how to exchange publication information with OpenAIRE more effectively. I hope to see that develop further as an example for others in Denmark.

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