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Kicking off the fourth series of OpenAIRE webinars in Greece during Open Access Week


Context: The National Open Access Desk in Greece participated in the activities of the Open Access Week 2020 by organising a webinar on research data management. The webinar was equally supported by the Library and Information Center (LIC) of the University of Patras. Presentations and discussions focused on the latest developments on research data services and tools in Greece. The webinar marked the beginning of the new series of informative and practical OpenAIRE webinars in Greece.

HARDMIN: Leonidas Pispirigas presented about HARDMIN, which is developed by HEAL-Link. It is a repository for all academic institutions and is linked with the National Digital Infrastructures for Research - HELIX and with paneuropean infrastructures for Open Science. Its aim is to collect, curate, preserve and publish research data of scientists working in academic institutions. HARDMIN is in pilot status and continues software refinements in order to improve its operation and workflows. Leonidas provided a live walk through the service and demonstrated some key functionalities, such as how to add a dataset or how to assign access rights (restricted to open).

This Winter, HEAL-Link is organising training events in collaboration with Athena Research Center and OpenAIRE to train Academic Libraries staff on Research Data Management (RDM) and Data Literacy topics.

Focus: The presentations highlighted the role of national research data services and research data infrastructures within the national and european Open Science ecosystems. The services presented were:

HELIX: The Hellenic Data Service was presented by George Chatzigeorgakidis. HELIX is the national e-Infrastructure for data-intensive research and supports the full lifecycle of research data management. HELIX is based on three interconnected and interoperable pillars comprising its main services:

1. HELIX Pubs allows users to discover scientific publications produced, shared and published in european data repositories or thematic repositories that are linked with OpenAIRE. Researchers can view a summary of the publications, produce citations to later use as references and be directed to the repository where the full-text is hosted. Publications in HELIX Pubs may be linked to datasets of HELIX Data that they relate to.

2. HELIX Data is the data catalogue and repository that supports data deposit, discovery and retrieval. It allows users to search for data as well as to upload and share their datasets with the scientific community. All data are assigned a permanent unique identifier and can be cited. HELIX Data datasets may be an output of HELIX Lab activities.

3. HELIX Lab is an open collection of applications and services for data exploitation and experimentation. It supports data processing and analysis via Jupyter Notebooks, which are documents containing live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Also, JupyterLab, the development environment for Jupyter notebooks, is offered in many programming languages for data science, such as Python, R, and Julia.

Amnesia: Manolis Terrovitis presented Amnesia, which is OpenAIRE's data anonymization tool, available both as an online service and as a local application. It is a flexible tool for users to remove confidential or sensitive information, from direct identifiers, like names, to secondary identifiers, like birth date. Amnesia supports k-anonymity for data records using a random value for data replacement with a maximum limit of frequency and km-anonymity for continuous data using dynamic hierarchies. Moreover, it facilitates researchers to comply with GDPR Guidelines on how to use personal data in the context of scientific research.

You may find the recordings and presentations here.

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