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Open Science Days in Serbia (III)

The third edition of the Open Science Days, a biannual event presenting new developments in all areas of Open Science (OS) in Serbia, was organized by the OpenAIRE NOAD in Serbia on 5–6 November 2020. The event was organized in a virtual environment (Zoom sessions and live streaming on YouTube). It focused on local developments and all presentations were in Serbian. Several colleagues from the region also attended.

During the first day of the Open Science Days, the audience could hear about recent OS developments in Europe and Serbia, the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, the development of Open Access policies for research infrastructure in Serbia, responsible research and innovation, local and European efforts to make Article Processing Charges more transparent, Serbian Citation Index as Serbia's major Open Access journal publishing platform, the development of academic repository networks (a, b), citizen science projects as an emerging trend in Serbia, striving to develop a sustainable research assessment, and the first comprehensive manual on OS in the Serbian language.

The morning session of the second day was reserved for the session dedicated to the NI4OS-Europe project, one of the INFRA EOSC-5b projects. OS stakeholders in Serbia were informed about the role, tasks, and outputs of the NI4OS-Europe project, the concept of EOSC and the importance of policy harmonization, standardization and regional and pan-European collaboration. Special attention was paid to the tools (NI4OS Catalogue, License Clearance Tool, repository policy generator, and NI4OS vs. Covid-19), computing infrastructure (EOSC virtual research environment) and services (cloud computing), and best OS practice (application of open-source software in open data visualization) defined and/or developed under the NI4OS-Europe project.

The FAIR principles, present in each segment of the two-day conference, were additionally underscored in the session dedicated to the EOSC co-creation project Boosting EOSC readiness: Creating a scalable model for capacity building in RDM.

Hope that more than 210 participants expand their knowledge in Open Science. 

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