Due to the pandemic situation and Covid-19 spread, the workshops on Research Data Management with explanatory presentations of DMP, FAIR Data, Research Data policy issues, and Scholarly Publishing were organized mainly online, yet there were a few attendees onsite as well. Thanks to the several important stakeholders' informative support the event got high interest and gained enough publicity so the online attendees' number was more than 200, and there were almost 500 registered attendees, assuming that all of them were interested in getting information and presentations on RDM and DMP, as well as on RD policy issues of Latvia.
After the theoretical yet enough practical information the OpenAIRE NOAD - Latvia representative Gita Rozenberga demonstrated Argos, the online DMP tool developed by OpenAIRE and EUDAT. During the workshops, Gita stressed out the important things of Research Data along with the FAIR Data principles and Aija Uzula reviewed the Data cycle stops in the scope of Data Management Planning.
RIS3 Expert at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Aleksandrs Mārtiņš Blūms gave the attendees updates on what is new about the Open Science Strategy in Latvia. He stressed out that the national strategy includes European-wide requirements, principles, and infrastructure to ease the research cycle for researchers and added value by explaining the data management coordination at the national level.
Another significant presentation was given by Ingmārs Kreišmanis, Head of Expertise and analytics unit at Latvian Council of Science, which is newly founded this summer. He talked about the scholarly publishing nuances in the Open Science context in Europe, as well as mentioned the organization Science Europe working group's results and work in other initiatives, commented on the cOAlition initiative Plan S, as well as European Commission plans regarding requirements and solutions in the Open Science and Open Access context and gave some useful practical tips for the authors.
In general, the NOAD-Latvia team got positive feedback from the attendees regarding the useful information gained during these workshops. All the presented materials are available on the NOAD-Latvia web page (in Latvian). The video recording of the event "Taming the Research Data wisely: a short introduction of how-to-do" is available HERE (in Latvian).
The workshops on RDM were central, yet not the only events organized during the International Open Access week 2020 by the OpenAIRE NOAD – Latvia team. On Wednesday, October 21st, Gita Rozenberga performed an online seminar "Scholarly Publishing and Open Access" (in Latvian) in the OpenAIRE Zoom platform explaining the past and the future of scholarly publishing in the Open Access context. The video recording of the webinar is available HERE (in Latvian). To ensure awareness and understanding of Open Access related themes NOAD-Latvia ran a quick quiz "Iepazīsti Open Science dzīles" (in Latvian) each day asking two questions with the answers to be found every day on different web pages related to Open Science initiatives and services. The quiz web page with the questions, rules, correct answers, and the winners list is available HERE (in Latvian).
The events were organized with the support of OpenAIRE-Advance funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 777541.
Photos by Aija Uzula, NOAD-Latvia, and Dace Šturme, Library of the University of Latvia