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EOSC in Greece: policymakers converge in dialogue and the Greek EOSC community meets

In brief: Greek research stakeholders working in the EOSC realm have met twice during the past three months in events that were co-organized by ATHENA RC and supported by the Greek NOAD. The aim was to strengthen communication of the Greek EOSC community as well as offer the space for the EOSC Association (EOSC-A), the European Commission (EC) and Greek political leadership to engage in meaningful discussions setting the ground and actions for Open Science and EOSC in Greece in the coming years....

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The Polish National Tripartite Event took place between 24 and 26 October 2022. The hybrid event was organized by the National Science Centre under the theme "Open Science for Better Science" which underlined the added value of Open Science practices for research quality and integrity.  The three-day event brought together various stakeholders: ministerial representatives, research funding and research performing organizations, HPC centers and service providers, open science competence cent...

Over half a million articles are now available in the Library of Science, the largest open access scientific collection in Poland. An online event was organized to mark this achievement by the Open Science Platform based at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (University of Warsaw), responsible also for the OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk in Poland. The Library of Science is available at: The Library of Science is a critical el...

Ensuring that OS becomes an emergent mode of Scholarly Communication Human capacity is instrumental in ensuring that we achieve culture change which is an important catalyst for the implementation of Open Science practices by Josianne C. Vello  & Kevin J. Ellul The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to Kevin J. Ellul, Director of Library Services and Josianne C. Vello, Deputy Director of Library Services at the University of Malta. Read their r...

Learn more about the newly adopted OS Strategy and recent developments in the country. OpenAIRE helps you keep up with everything that's important in Open Science. by Gita Rozenberga The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to our NOADs in Latvia, Gita Rozenberga, Chief Librarian at the Library of the University of Latvia. Read her reflections on Open Science. How does the University of Latvia support Open Science in the country? Support services are related to different asp...

The CHIST-ERA consortium has created a common funding instrument to support transnational projects. Through this instrument, the national/regional funding organisations of CHIST-ERA support and join the Horizon Europe Open Science agenda. By launching joint calls, they can support more diverse communities, who are able to tackle the most challenging and novel Open Science topics.This call concerns the following topic:Open & Re-usable Research Data & Software (ORD) The challenges and prom...

I consider OpenAIRE to be an essential research infrastructure. by Michal Růžička The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to our NOAD in the Czech Republic, Michal Růžička, Head of the Data Security and Management at the Masaryk University.  Read his reflections on Open Science.    How does Masaryk University support Open Science in the Czech Republic? Masaryk University (MU) has a strong position in support of Open Science in the Czech Re...

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...

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



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


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


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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