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Supporting Open Science in Croatia

OpenAIRE has an extensive network of OS experts who can be contacted and consulted anytime OpenAIRE helps us significantly with its resources, guides, and training materials which help us in training and promotion activities on the national level. by Bojan Macan & Jadranka Stojanovski The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to our NOADs in Croatia, Bojan Macan, Head of the Centre for Scientific Information at Rudjer Boskovic Institute and Jadranka Stojano...

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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).

OpenAIRE NOADs are professionals in library and information science who work in academic and research environments and assume the role of Open Science liaisons who support the alignment of national and European research policies and ecosystems.

Expanding collaborations: Digitalisation of science has posed new demands in the way research is conducted, shared and supported throughout a project lifecycle. The need for quality of research results and their reproducibility is expressed by the transition to the new standard of Open Science. Today, libraries seize this opportunity to upskill/reskill and support their library users to become digital literate and competent in the European Research Area (ERA) and Digital Single Market (DSM).

In Spring 2022, the Greek and Cypriot NOADs converged with the Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists - A.G.L.I.S. and the Cyprus Association of Librarians – Information Scientists - CALIS to address the evolution of Librarianship in the Open Science realm. The collaboration is based on the organisation of events that connect professionals and staff of public, school, academic and research libraries in Greece and Cyprus with OpenAIRE NOADs to exchange information and discuss recent trends. Furthermore, this provides a great opportunity to record the needs of the members of the two associations and the naional Open Science communities at large.

Starting off: The first webinar welcomed 240 library professionals and staff in talks and discussions that provided a good overview of the changing role of librarians in the digital age. The focus of the event was to highlight:

  • Libraries which have traditionally been the place where research support is provided through the acquisition of infrastructure, tools, services for access to, analysis and sharing of scientific information, and
  • Librarians who are directly involved with the academic and research community supporting their everyday queries and scientific needs through guides and instructions.

The agenda of the event was as follows:

11.00 - 11.10

Welcome

OpenAIRE

Elli Papadopoulou, ATHENA Research and Innovation Centre / Greek NOADs coordinator

AGLIS

Anthi Katsirikou, President of AGLIS, Library Director, University of Piraeus

CALIS

Theodora Petrou, President of CALIS, University of Nicosia Library

11.10 - 11.20

Open Science: The multidimensional role of libraries. A brief overview of related actions in Cyprus

Sylvia Koukounidou, Officer - University of Cyprus Library

11.20 - 11.35

Library staff contribution to consolidating Open Science

Vasiliki Strakantouna, Librarian of the Law School Library, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Argyro Frantzi, Library Co-Manager, Library of The Philosophical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

11.35 - 11.45

Citizen science: introduction to the role of librarians

Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn Director

11.45 - 12.00

Questions & Closing

Libraries in Open Science: In this first event, participants were navigated through the latest policies of the European Commission and the UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science. Among the things highlighted were the importance of quality data and their economy to increase living conditions through innovation and citizens' participation and trust in science. From that, it became apparent that Open Science is for everyone and can be applied by all libraries, not only academic, and that training is needed to successfully reach this systemic change. The presenters urged library professionals to upskill/reskill in order to in turn train and support their users in the application of best practices on Open Science. Librarians are the ones who should also upgrade or develop new services in their institutions that follow the FAIR principles to ensure harmonization of practices, policy compliance and ease scientific information exchange. The value of Open Science was made clear to everyone, who agreed that the support of institutions and funders is equally needed for Open Science to progress at national and institutional levels. New incentives and alternative rewarding mechanisms for the evaluation and promotion of researchers according to best practices should become a priority.

Achievements: The webinar communicated successful stories and NOADs' commitments from Open Science activities in Cyprus and Greece.

Since 2009 the National Open Access Desk in Cyprus, has participated in European projects to support the promotion of European and national policies related to Open Science. There are collaborations with public libraries for the promotion of Citizen Science initiatives and funding mechanisms such as "Cyprus University of Technology Open Access Author Fund" .

The libraries in Cyprus participate in the Consortium and Cyprus Association of Librarians – Information Scientists - CALIS for Open Science, supervised by the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Digital Policy of Cyprus.

The National Open Science Desk (NOAD) from Greece started the activities for Open Science in 2008 and is now run by ATHENA RC and HEAL-Link. The Greek NOAD together with academic and research organizations collaborated on the publication of National Open Science Plan for Greece. They were also involved with translating the Open Science training handbook in the Greek language.

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens provides a course for the 'Basic Concepts of Open Science' in the form of e-learning material. Webinars run regularly through OpenAIRE and the Scholarly Communication Unit of HEAL-Link channels.

Coming up: Both communities of library professionals and information scientists in Greece and Cyprus remain active and embrace the advancements in the library science field. They will meet again in the Autumn to continue discussions about their daily Open Science activities and experiences. This collaboration is expected to flourish and provide exposure to new information and skills which is a prerequisite for the dynamic response of the libraries to the digitalization on science and society.

Inauguration: On 28th February 2022, the Hellenic Open Science Initiative - HOSI was established by 13 Greek leading research, technology and innovation organisations among which OpenAIRE proudly contributes. The Hellenic Open Science Initiative - HOSI forms an Open Science partnership in Greece with the goal to implement Open Science policies in the country and support the national representation and contribution to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) in a coordinated and participa...

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The growth of citizen science (CS) is not uniform, even within Europe. While the CS concept is thriving in Western Europe, it is only starting to be recognized in post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. A comparison of Slovakia with its neighboring countries, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine (as neighboring post-socialist European countries) and Austria (as a nearby example of good practice regarding CS), shows some possible explanations of the lack of awareness of...

Announcing the new "National Policy of the Republic of Cyprus for Open Science Practices"   Reported by Sylvia Koukounidou After the first National Policy for Open Access in Cyprus, approved by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus on the 25th of February 2016, the time has come for a revision in order to follow the rapidly changing research ecosystem and fulfil all the requirements of the new Open Science era. Thus, after a long period of discussions and the involvement o...

 A post event summary  The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has celebrated in Madrid the 15th anniversary of RECOLECTA with a national event for the repositories' community. RECOLECTA is the national harvester of Open Access repositories that aggregates 167 repositories and includes more than 2,5M documents and 28.000 datasets. RECOLECTA provides the Spanish community of repositories with metadata certification services based on OpenAIRE's guidelines, metadata enri...

Our active participation in OpenAIRE shows that we believe in the OpenAIRE community Everything we know about Open Science we have mostly learned from the people of OpenAIRE. by  Biljana Kosanovic  The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to Biljana Kosanovic, Information Specialist at the University of Belgrade. Read her reflections on Open Science.   How does the University of Belgarde support Open Science in Serbia? There are several groups at the University of ...

OpenAIRE will be present in the the 17th International Conference on Open Repositories from 6th to 9th June 2022 to be held in Denver, Colorado, USA.

The Terms of Use for Content Providers (ToU) are now displayed in the PROVIDE Dashboard interface. In order to be more transparent and to display more clearly the ToU to data source managers who are using the PROVIDE service, the Dashboard interface was updated to display the options to accept the ToU and to agree to the re-use of full texts. 

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