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Supporting Open Science in Hungary

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OpenAIRE is a supportive community for Open Science professionals

As a recent development, the University of Debrecen signed CoARA, which is an example of our university's commitment to the cultural change of scholarly communication.

Judit Fazekas-Paragh

The OpenAIRE team has the pleasure of speaking to Judit Éva Fazekas-Paragh, Head of the Education and Research Support Department at the University of Debrecen University and National Library and OpenAIRE NOAD for Hungary. Read her reflections on Open Science

How does the University of Debrecen support Open Science in Hungary?

The University of Debrecen (UD) has been involved in Open Science for quite some time now. In 2007 UD launched the first institutional repository in Hungary. In 2008 the HUNOR (Hungarian Open Repositories) Working Group was established, and the University of Debrecen is lucky to act as a coordinator of the WG and its activities since then. HUNOR has members from the libraries of Hungarian Higher Education Institutions and The Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to share insights on institutional practices of Open Science, and implementation of training regarding the dissemination of scientific outputs using open methods to reach the highest impact possible. Since 2009 UD acts as the OpenAIRE NOAD of Hungary. The NOADs have great influence on the Hungarian strategical open science developments and implementations.

Besides this, the University of Debrecen is responsible for the development of openscience.hu, and keeping it up to date. The University has been involved in other international projects that support OS practices and the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud in everyday research processes. The University of Debrecen launched the first institutional data repository in Hungary in 2021 to support the FAIR research data management uptake. Moreover, UD and KIFÜ established the Open Science Forums, which is a series of events complementing the ongoing "top-level" efforts of developing an Open Science Strategy in Hungary. Through the EOSC infrastructure, the research community can have access to resources that otherwise would not be available, and service providers can offer services to a wider user community. The national initiative can be proven useful in preparing all national stakeholders for their participation in the EOSC Ecosystem. On the one hand, by increasing awareness about Open Science practices and EOSC, and on the other hand by involving local stakeholders in the Open Science discourse and EOSC activities.

As a recent development, the University of Debrecen signed CoARA, which is an example of our university's commitment to the cultural change of scholarly communication.

When and why did you decide to join OpenAIRE and become a NOAD?

The University of Debrecen joined OpenAIRE at the OpenAIRE project phase in 2009 to support the widespread adoption of open access via institutional repositories and support FP7 winners to fulfil their open access policies. The University of Debrecen was one of the first higher education institutions in Hungary to see the potential in institutional repositories and achieving open access by self-archiving and OpenAIRE allowed us to widespread knowledge and good practices within the country.

What do you think is missing in Hungary to fully embrace Open Science? 

The University of Debrecen is playing an active role in the Open Science discourse among the different stakeholders in Hungary. UD aims to connect funders, institutional leadership, librarians, researchers and infrastructure specialists to advance OS practices in our country. Since one of the biggest obstacles is to bring these points of view together, The University of Debrecen is committed to tackling the barriers. Challenges vary for each group and sometimes Open Science activities go on different routes and never end up together. Therefore, these people should meet regularly and share news with each other, to help embrace OS fully. Besides this, we need to rethink academic research assessment – we need to integrate Open Science in the researchers' academic performance evaluation, in a beneficial way.

What are your top three priorities you will focus on in the next year? 

How do you think OpenAIRE will help you succeed?

OpenAIRE acts as a bridge between European countries at the Open Science level. It provides a common background for understanding Open Science while helping us succeed at the national level as well. We are using infographics, brochures and training materials created by OpenAIRE. OpenAIRE provides a huge variety of possibilities to its partners to be able to access infrastructures for open sciences practices, for example, training platform, publishing platform, machine-actionable DMP tool, a monitoring system etc. OpenAIRE is a supportive community for Open Science professionals to share good practices and engage in European and National dialogues in scholarly communications.

Get in touch with our NOAD in Hungary!

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Judit Fazekas-Paragh

European Open Science Infrastructure, for open scholarly communication
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