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This blog is an adaptation of a blogpost first published on the CREATe (UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre, University of Glasgow) blog. Thanks to CREATe's PhD students Methinee Suwannakit, Zihao Li and Jiarong Zhang for collecting the notes used to prepare this blog.                                                                &n...

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Originally published on JISC Scholarly Communications. On the 6th of May, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK node and OpenAIRE Advance offered a joint workshop focusing on our efforts with open access/open science initiatives and the underlying importance of research data. This was the 3rd workshop that the RDA UK has offered and the final workshop for the UK's national open access desk, or NOAD, as part of the project, which concludes at the end of this year. Speakers included Christ...

On Tuesday, the 5th of May 2020, Greek teachers were invited to an inspirational presentation of the School Seismograph Network. During the event Dr. Gerasimos Chouliaras, who is responsible for the technical features regarding the network, presented in detail the basics of seismology and the value of society's interaction with that field of science. Later, two teachers who host seismographs in the premises of their schools presented good practices of involving the use of seismograph and the sei...

Background: Following a successful cooperation between the OpenAIRE Greek NOAD and the ELIXIR-GR Node, a webinar was organised to present the ELIXIR-GR Open Research Gateway both to the ELIXIR-GR research community and to Health Science librarians. The Research Gateways are part of the OpenAIRE Connect service and serve as portals that collect and distribute in one single entry point all research artefacts produced by a given discipline/community, including various services and tools. 

Agenda: The webinar invited speakers from OpenAIRE, RDA and ELIXIR to inform participants about new services available for research in health science and bioinformatics and about tailored support provided through their networks. Moreover, participants were able to explore the functionalities of the Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure during a live demo where they also provided feedback and suggestions to the beta version.

Introductory presentations: The webinar kicked off with Thanasis Vergoulis from Athena Research Center, ELIXIR-GR and key member of the curation team of the ELIXIR-GR Open Research Gateway. Thanasis welcomed participants and provided an overview of ELIXIR-GR, its connection to ELIXIR Research Infrastructure, followed by a run through the agenda.

Then, Fotis Psomopoulos from the Institute of Applied Biosciences of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas and RDA Ambassador on Bioinformatics presented the activities performed within the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which is a global member based organisation of voluntary research on research data topics. Fotis informed about the activities of specific interest groups (IG) and working groups (WG) focusing on the biomedical sciences. Great examples are:

  • the FAIRsharing WG for their recommendations on how to best select and describe databases, standards and policies,
  • the COVID-19 WG for detailed practical guidelines on data sharing, legal issues, software development and management or community participation in the areas of clinical research, epidemiology, omics and social sciences.
  • the ELIXIR Bridging Force IG for serving as the bridge between ELIXIR and RDA groups, among other things, to achieve interoperability of different kinds of large-scale ("omics") data, to provide better strategies for data storage allowing for computationally intensive analyses, etc.

Moving on, Elli Papadopoulou from Athena Research Center and OpenAIRE Greek NOADs coordinator, explained that OpenAIRE assists researchers to comply with the EU mandates for Open Science. OpenAIRE is the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, which consists of a technical infrastructure and a network of information and data experts. Moreover, OpenAIRE provides a set of tools and services, such as Explore for finding interlinked research outputs, ARGOS for data management planning or Amnesia for sensitive data anonymisation. Also, it has a wide collection of information resources and supports outreach and promotion of Open Science in EU countries through a network of more than 34 NOADs. Introductory presentations ended with Alessia Bardi from CNR and OpenAIRE Research Community Dashboard product manager, who explained how OpenAIRE infrastructure is built before navigating participants in the Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR infrastructure.

Live demo: After the presentations, participants learnt how to use the Open Research Gateway, provided feedback and made suggestions for new features. Also, they got the chance to express questions regarding issues they faced when exploring the functionalities of the service. The way that the different Gateways in OpenAIRE work, is by connecting information included in the Research Graph. In OpenAIRE, researchers can upload and link their scientific results to projects, other results or research communities, including research infrastructures such as ELIXIR-GR. Also, they can perform search by ORCIDs and see the list of publications coming from a specific ORCID. It is also important to mention the ability to upload a list of DOIs as a CSV file and to perform a link to the existing list of DOIs. Overall, by using OpenAIRE Connect and the collection of Gateways, researchers are able to get in touch with Open Science best practices in the european research area.


Q&As: Some important comments were associated with the deposit feature and more specifically with the deposit in a certified repository or an open access journal. Participants were interested in learning about the connection of the dashboard with bio.tools and how they could contribute to the Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR infrastructure by adding tools that they develop. Among the issues discussed were the timetable according to which the Open Research Gateway will be fully operational, the automatic update of the publications' list, the size and limit per dataset for deposit. Lastly, the new features of the service were described. Examples of the new features to be integrated are content and features of the BIP!Finder tool, the automatic deposit and link to Zenodo, customization of layout and colors and re-design of the deposit page for greater customisation experience.

Context: The Covid-19 outbreak affecting the whole world caused sudden lockdown in Romania in March 2020, as a response to the outspread of the virus; the importance of open science has widely become more obvious and many actors started to act more "open" as a natural response to the coronavirus issues; as well as other countries, Romania feels the need of strengthening collaboration in science and innovation more than ever.Scope: In this context, the OpenAIRE NOAD representatives, who are also ...

Portugal has been making an effort to develop information and capacity building initiatives for the different stakeholders in best practices and sharing of research data.This intention has already been expressed itself in several ways, through reports from the Working Group for National Open Science Policy, which recommended the urgent need to promote and enhance the skills of researchers, with regard to research data management and sharing research data, and throug...

Couperin publishes the results of the survey on the publication and open access practices of French researchers conducted in 2019. Thanks to its unique scope, number of respondents (approx.12,000, i.e. 10% of the scientific community) and variety of disciplines, this survey helps to shed light on the way French researchers regard current scientific communication in journals and to grasp their views on open access. The richness of the survey rests largely on the verbatim reports (more than 11,500...

The occasion: In February 2020, the pandemic crisis of Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus 2, SARS-CoV-2, affected Greece.The Greek Government immediately responded to the public health emergency by taking strong measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, such as an early lockdown, followed by intensive efforts to ease the new reality in everyday life of Greek citizens through the gradual transition to an e-society, marked by ...

 The ISF gateway in F1000Research is open for submissions from ISF grantees.The Israel Science Foundation, the largest funder in Israel, has made a concrete step in the direction of open access and in support of the principles of open research. It takes the form of a new and alternative publishing venue called the ISF gateway, which is hosted within the F1000Research platform. This follows the example of several high-profile funding agencies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ...

Despite insufficient funds, it is apparent that an increasing number of Serbian researchers are publishing in fee-based OA journals. In 2019, the University of Belgrade conducted a survey to establish the amount of APCs paid to the publishers, and the funding sources of the APCs. The following two actions were taken to address the findings of the survey:University of Belgrade has joined OpenAPC portal (with data) RCUB ProRef service has been upgraded, and now includes information about APC ...

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