IMI–BAS as coordinator of the Bulgarian network and provides support to Bulgarian institutions and researchers. The annual Info Day on Open Access to Scientific Information, organized by the Institute, invites:

The initiative brings together professionals from research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructure and data experts, IT and legal researchers, showcasing the truly collaborative nature of this pan-European endeavor.

  • representatives of national institutions (including the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communication, Ministry of Culture) responsible for the development of open access policies;
  • representatives of Bulgarian institutions (research institutes and universities) active in the implementation of open access policy and programme.
Main Actions:
  • We are preparing an action plan for three years for Open Science and considering the next steps with the Minister of Education and Science. At the same time, we will begin talks with scientific publishers about preferential pubs for publishing open access

  • Presenting Bulgarian works in the area of open access and open science in the co-organized by the European Commission and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union events.

  • Preparing Terms for Creating an Automated System and a National Portal (including Standards and Specifications) for Open Access to Scientific Information (link1)

  • Preparing an action plan to set up the Bulgarian Open Science Cloud (link2)

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at “The European Open Science Cloud: Austria takes initiative” in Vienna, Austria, on 30 October 2018 which was co-organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Library and Archive Services of the University of Vienna.We participate in the panel “The European Open Science Cloud. Domestic experiences vs the pan- European experiences” and presented the Bulgarian plans for the cloud.

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at the International Data Week 2018 (IDW 2018) held on 5–8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana. Hosted by the Botswana Open Science and Open Data Forum, IDW 2018 bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from all disciplines and geographies across the globe. We presented our view Towards Pro-Innovative Models for Efficient Use and Continuing Development of the Digital Culture Ecosystems.

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at the international conference “e-infrastructures for excellent science in southeast Europe and eastern Mediterranean”

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at The Digital Assembly 2018 ( take place on 25 and 26 June in Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at the organizing of the e-IRG workshop under Bulgarian EU Presidency. The workshop will take place on 14-15 May in Sofia, Bulgaria. A session dedicated to the current developments of the European Open Science Cloud is organized. The tentative agenda for the workshop in at:

  • We spoke about OpenAIRE at Europe’s leading e-infrastructures invite all researchers, developers and service providers to participate to the third edition of Digital Infrastructures for Research conference, which will be held this year in Lisbon, Portugal, at ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon, from 9 to 11 October 2018. The DI4R 2018 conference is jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE.

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), being the coordinator of research in Bulgaria, intends to establish a network of scientific Open Access centres. IMI-BAS will be the key point repository in the Bulgarian network providing support for academic researchers.

In addition, the BAS will coordinate the Open Access initiatives in Bulgaria. BAS and IMI-BAS are publishers of several research journals. IMI-BAS is also the owner of several (old) journals of Mathematics (several thousand scanned pages), being the unique place to collect PhD dissertation in the fields of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Furthermore, workshops, training actions, communication events on the use of the infrastructure for scientific communities will be organised by IMI-BAS together with the Bulgarian Information Consortium (BIC) and Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University. This will raise the awareness amongst possible content providers and advise them on the use of the repositories.

The Eighth International Conference on Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage - DiPP2018 aims at presenting innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitisation, documentation, archiving, representation and preservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural and scientific heritage. The main focus is to provide open access to digitised cultural heritage and to set up sustainable policies for its continuous digital preservation and conservation.

DiPP2018 Conference, Workshop on Open Access to Scientific Publications, Data and Data Science

DiPP2018 Conference

People in the BAS have experience from projects such as EU FP7 INF 211983 MONDILEX (2008–10): Conceptual Modelling of Networking of Centres for High-Quality Research in Slavic Lexicography and Their Digital Resources, FP6 INCO-CT-20030003401 HUBUSKA “Networking Centres of High Quality Research on Knowledge Technologies and applications” (2004−07) and MTKD-CT-2004-509754 KT-DigiCult-BG “Knowledge Transfer on the Digitisation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage to Bulgaria” (2004−08).
The Institute for Mathematics and Informatics (IMI) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) was established in 1947. Since than it has been a leading Bulgarian centre for research and training of highly qualified specialists and exercising an efficient, long-range, consistent policy related to the fundamental trends in the development of mathematics, computer science and information technologies. IMI has a total staff of 238 (175 researchers, incl. 105 full and associate professors) in 21 departments.
IMI–BAS has close connections with other research, education and decision making centres from Bulgaria and abroad thus keeping track of the most recent trends and relevant problems. The main output of the research conducted at the IMI–BAS is a large number of original publications (about 250 scientific papers annually, some 160 of them in refereed journals and proceedings of prestigious international conferences). IT resources (including computer clusters, high-speed Internet connection, scientific databases, multimedia digital libraries). In 2007 in cooperation with Intel Education Bulgaria in IMI was established Intel Technology Innovation Centre for Advanced Software Engineering for work with multicore processors. The equipment of the Centre includes 4 multicore servers and 35 workstations.
The scientific work is carried out on 115 projects, grouped into 25 projects funded by BAS, 23 projects sponsored by the Bulgarian National Science Fund, 71 projects within international programmes. Seven scientific and methodological journals are published by the IMI or with its cooperation. Thanks to the high professionalism of its staff, the IMI is integrated into the global scientific community and enjoys well-deserved repute. Each year the Institute welcomes over 200 renowned foreign scholars, organises more than 10 scientific conferences, seminars and schools.
In the frames of Inter-Academic cooperation IMI has 29 bilateral projects with research institutions in the fallowing countries: Belgium (1), Germany (4), Italy (2), Israel (6), Hungary (5), Russia (6), Romania (2), Poland (1), Serbia (1), France (1), China (1), Japan (1). IMI’s research and training programmes are especially welcoming to interdisciplinary endeavours. IMI is developing Information technologies with respect to the global information society, software technologies, e-learning applications, human language technologies, digital libraries for presentation and preservation of digital cultural content, data protection and risk management, intelligent content management, semantic web services, semantic information processing (with the close cooperation of the Institute of Information Technologies). IMI promotes professional training and life-long learning with important social impact.

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