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the OpenAIRE data anonymization tool

  • Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Speaker: Manolis Terrovitis (Athena Research Centre)
Date: June 10th 2020
Time: 2 PM CEST

Amnesia is a flexible data anonymization tool that transforms relational and transactional databases to dataset where formal privacy guaranties hold. Amnesia transforms original data to provide k-anonymity and km-anonymity: the original data are transformed by generalizing (i.e., replacing one value with a more abstract one) or suppressing values to achieve the statistical properties required by the anonymization guaranties. Amnesia employs visualization tools and supportive mechanisms to allow non expert users to anonymize relational and object-relational data. 

Amnesia is implemented in java and javascript and it can be used as a standalone application or as a service. Moreover, it provides a ReST service API to allow the incorporation of its anonymization engine to other information systems. The tool is available through OpenAIRE and it has been used in several research projects including MEDA and MyHealthMyData.


Dr. Manolis Terrovitis  is a Researcher at the Information Management Systems Institute (IMSI) of Research Center Athena. His research work includes big data analytics, data privacy and anonymization methods. He received his PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (2007) and has been with the Department of Computer Science of The University of Hong Kong as a post-doctoral researcher (2007-2008). In 2009 he joined IMSI, first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a Researcher. Google Scholar reports over 1900 citations to his work, which includes publications to some of the most prestigious venues in data management (VLDB, VLDBJ, TKDE etc). He has served as president of the Hellenic Accreditation System and a member of the Board of Directors of Information Society S.A. He head of Amnesia development in Athena RC and he has been involved in several national and EU funded R&D projects.  He has worked as a consultant at the private and public sector on the design and performance optimization of information systems and he is working as a Data Protection Officer in the National Network for Precision Medicine in Cardiology and in Oncology. Moreover, he has extensive experience on the application of privacy-by-design principles in the information ecosystems.

Plan S: Taking stock of the current situation and new developments

Plan S: Taking stock of the current situation and new developments

  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

This OpenAIRE Policy and Legal Task Force webinar focuses on recent developments around Plan S. Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S Open Access Champion, talks about cOAlition S and what Research funding organizations in cOAlition S want; research visibility; Plan S: strong principles; implementation guidance: key challenges, routes to compliance, transformative arrangements; implementation: developing a Journal Checker Tool; working with key stakeholders: researchers, early career researchers, publishers, universities; and other activities: transparent pricing and Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA), non-APC funding models and cOAlition S office. Niamh Brennan, Trinity College Dublin and OpenAIRE NOAD in Ireland, talks about Ireland’s experience with its National Open Science Strategy and Plan S: the scholarly publishing landscape in Ireland, Ireland’s Open Access Repository Network and National Open Access Research Portal http://rian.ie, HRB Open Research, National Open Research Forum, mapping national OA Policy to Plan S (1st iteration), National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment – ‘Plan S-friendly’ – but its primary concern is to be more ‘Irish research-friendly, ‘AmeliCA-friendly’ – in terms of its emphasis on academy-based infrastructures and on  alternatives to fee-based publishing and supportive of scholarly communication initiatives in the Global South, stressing equity, bibliodiversity and revisiting the issues of copyright and licences, immediate Open Access & Choice of Open Access Route calling to end publisher embargoes on researchers self-archiving their AAMs, and diamond publishing. The webinar recording also includes questions and discussion.

OpenAIRE PROVIDE Dashboard for Turkish repository managers

OpenAIRE PROVIDE Dashboard for Turkish repository managers

  • Wednesday, 20 May 2020
This webinar highlights the functionalities of the PROVIDE Dashboard, new developments and features.
bilingual webinar (English and Turkish)
Accesso aperto nelle scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente

Accesso aperto nelle scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente

Un seminario sull’Open Science e gli strumenti per aprire la conoscenza

  • Thursday, 14 May 2020

Organizzato da IGG e ISTI attraverso il National Open Access Desk di OpenAIRE, il seminario intende guardare al mondo dell’Open Science dal punto di vista specifico delle scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente.

Quali sono le ragioni alla base delle politiche europee sull’Open Science e come si declinano nello specifico delle scienze della Terra? Nel seminario in programma per il 14 maggio si parlerà delle motivazioni che spingono ad adottare pratiche per rendere la scienza più aperta e trasparente, con un taglio disciplinare specifico, quello appunto delle discipline della Terra e dell’ambiente. 

Il seminario Open Science: come dare accesso aperto alla conoscenza, Un focus sulle scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente affronterà gli aspetti di base e fornirà alcuni strumenti pratici, tra cui:

  • le motivazioni alla base dell’Open Science
  • l’Open Access alla letteratura scientifica
  • la gestione dei dati della ricerca (aspetti legali, dati FAIR e dati open)
  • l’Open Science e le infrastrutture europee per le scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente.

Saranno fornite indicazioni su strumenti e buone pratiche utili a inserire la scienza aperta nel ciclo quotidiano della ricerca, mostrandone i vantaggi e le implicazioni etiche. Una parte del seminario sarà dedicata agli obblighi previsti dai finanziamenti della Commissione Europea in H2020 e nel prossimo programma quadro Horizon Europe. Inoltre si getterà uno sguardo ai  passi compiuti in questi anni dalla Commissione Europea a favore della Open Science, anche attraverso la costituzione di Infrastrutture di ricerca dedicata alle scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente.

Il seminario durerà 1 ora e 30 minuti, seguiti da altri 30 minuti per le domande e la discussione.

Il seminario è pensato per ricercatori afferenti al dipartimento di scienze della Terra e dell’ambiente del CNR e in generale per tutto il personale di ricerca che lavora su progetti finanziati dalla Commissione Europea.

Docenti: Emma Lazzeri (CNR-ISTI, Pisa), Mariasilvia Giamberini (CNR-IGG) e Gina Pavone (CNR-ISTI, Pisa)

Appuntamento al 14 maggio, dalle 11:00 alle 13:00.

Compilando questo form potrete registrarvi e ottenere il link per assistere al webinar 

La registrazione del webinar, le slide e tutto il materiale di supporto saranno resi accessibili attraverso questa pagina.

Cooperative Non-APC Publishing Models

Cooperative Non-APC Publishing Models

Joint AmeliCA/Canadian Research Knowledge Network/Coalition Publica/OpenAIRE webinar

  • Monday, 11 May 2020

Discussion about non-APC strategies, challenges and recommendations and a global collective action. Arianna Becerril-García (Executive Director, Redalyc, Professor, UAEM, Chair, AmeliCA) talks about AmeliCA - a multi-institutional community-driven initiative supported by UNESCO and led by Redalyc and CLACSO aimed to provide a cooperative, sustainable, protected and non-comercial infrastructure for Open Knowledge. Tanja Niemann (Executive Director, Érudit) and Jason Friedman (Manager, Member and Metadata Services, Canadian Research Knowledge Network) talk about Coalition Publica and the Partnership for Open Access: Canada's Cooperative Non APC Publishing Model. Jean-Claude Guédon discusses the current landscape, challenges, collaborations, "inside-out" libraries (Lorcan Dempsey's vocabulary), and provides recommendations about fostering a richer bibliodiversity and ensuring publication and access equality for all. And Iryna Kuchma (EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, OpenAIRE) presents the OpenAIRE report Towards Sustainable Cooperative and Non-APC Publishing Model

Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure

  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020


Athena Research Center and the Institute of Applied Biosciences of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas, in the context of collaborative activities undertaken between the OpenAIRE Greek NOAD and ELIXIR-GR, also supported by the RDA Ambassador programme, join forces to inform their communities about new services available for research and tailored support provided through their networks.

We invite you to take part in this collaborative webinar:

“Open Research Gateway for the ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure”

When? Wednesday, May 6 2020

Time? 11.00 - 13.00 EEST

Language: English

Target Audience: Researchers, Early Career Researchers, Health Sciences Librarians

The webinar will consist of a set of presentations, a demo and a virtual break out session. It will start with setting the scene by communicating work performed in OpenAIRE, RDA and ELIXIR-GR, both separately and collectively. It will then proceed to demonstrate the OpenAIRE Research Community Dashboard and provide hands-on exercises for participants to follow in groups. 

The demo and the hands-on session will be about OpenAIRE services for Open Science offered to research communities and research infrastructures, with a focus on services for research performed in the ELIXIR-GR network. Moreover, participants will explore the possibilities of the Open Research Gateway for ELIXIR-GR (https://beta.elixir-gr.openaire.eu/), developed in order to collect in one single entry point all research artefacts produced by various services and tools of the ELIXIR infrastructure. They will also have the opportunity to use the gateway, provide their feedback, suggest new functionalities and features, and discuss how Open Science practices can be promoted, implemented and monitored in their research field.

Agenda has as follows:

- General introduction, welcome, etc (Thanasis Vergoulis, ATHENA RC / ELIXIR-GR ~5')
- Introduction to RDA (Fotis Psomopoulos, INAB|CERTH / RDA Ambassador on Bioinformatics ~5’)
- Introduction to OpenAIRE and the Greek node (Elli Papadopoulou, ATHENA RC / OpenAIRE Greek NOADs coordinator~15')
- Open Research Gateway for ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure (Alessia Bardi, CNR / OpenAIRE RCD product manager ~30-45')
- Q&A (15'-30')
- Breakout sessions for practical use of the ELIXIR-GR Open Research Gateway (supported by OpenAIRE technical team colleagues: Pedro Príncipe and André Viera from UMinho, Miriam Baglioni from CNR ~30')


GDPR and Research: Where We Stand

  • Monday, 04 May 2020



The National Open Access Desks in Greece and Cyprus, continue their webinar series to inform about key Open Science issues in support of their scientific and academic communities’ needs. This month, the focus is on the General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR and its application to the research process.

OpenAIRE Webinar: “GDPR and Research: Where We Stand”

When: May 4, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EEST

Language of Presentation: Greek

Target Audience: Librarians, Academics, Researchers, Students

We are pleased to announce that the guest speaker of this webinar is legal expert Prodromos Tsiavos, Legal Adviser of "Athena" Research & Innovation Center and OpenAIRE.

The GDPR complexity resulted in the need to better understand the regulation’s provisions and how it is applied in the research conduct, also in line with Open Science. The purpose of the webinar is to analyze important issues surrounding the application of the Regulation at all stages of the research lifecycle. More specifically, the webinar will examine the following:

  • The basic concepts of GDPR
  • The exception for scientific research
  • Special categories of personal data
  • Management of personal data within the research cycle
  • Digital services for Open Science and GDPR
OpenAIRE Legal Policy Webinars

OpenAIRE Legal Policy Webinars

Register now for two webinars in our Legal Policy Webinar series!

  • Wednesday, 29 April 2020
    Monday, 04 May 2020

OpenAIRE is happy to announce two public webinars in our Legal Policy Webinar series: one on Wednesday April 29th, and the other on Monday May 4th, at 2 PM CEST

How do you deal with sensitive personal data in biomedical research? What are potential privacy issues when using personal data for your research? What do you need to know about the GDPR and the new PSI directive?  

In these webinars, our experts Prodromos Tsiavos (Senior Legal Advisor - ARC/ Head of Digital and Innovation - Onassis Group), Thomas Margoni (CREATE Glasgow) and Jacques Flores Dourojeanni (Research Data Management Consultant Utrecht University Library) will provide a legal perspective on research data management - both theoretical and practical. Given the current health crisis, the practical examples will focus on biomedical sciences and medical data - but the webinars will be relevant for researchers and research admin from all fields (including social sciences and humanities). 

We invite researchers and research support staff to join these webinars. The webinar on April 29th will have a researcher-centered approach, while the webinar on May 4th will focus on research support and advice services. Of course , you are welcome to attend both webinars, but take into account that there might be some overlap. 

Both webinars will allow for generous Q&A time, and you have the possibility to submit your questions at registration. 

You will receive the webinar link upon registration and in the reminder email sent in the morning of the webinar. 

29th April 2 PM CEST: Webinar aimed at PhD students/ researchers : recommendations for researchers on reusing data -  legal aspects: what you need to know about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and PSI (Public Sector Information) Directive - common misperceptions and troubleshooting -  practical examples. 

4th May 2 PM CEST: Webinar aimed at research support staff: what are relevant things to know when it comes to GDPR, new PSI directive and IPR - how to advise researchers - common misperceptions and troubleshooting - practical examples.


  • When: April 29th and May 4th at 2 PM CEST
COVID-19: tools, activities, best practices and contact points in Greece

COVID-19: tools, activities, best practices and contact points in Greece

  • Friday, 10 April 2020

Athena Research Centre (ARC), in the context of the OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk and the Greek RDA Node and ELIXIR-GR, is organising a dedicated webinar on “COVID-19: tools, activities, best practices and contact points in Greece”

This webinar is driven by the need to collect and promote to the greek academic and scientific community great national efforts undertaken and knowledge acquired so far by scientific stakeholders working around the management of the crisis pertaining to the COVID outbreak. Those efforts include:

  • research infrastructures and their work on developing specialised services,
  • access to and use of electronic resources, tools and data repositories,
  • specific initiatives in the fields of Health and Bioinformatics. 

Moreover, the importance of Open Science for data sharing, open access to scientific publications, development and management of open research software as well as cooperation between all stakeholders involved in the research lifecycle is emphasized. 

The webinar aims to get to know each other and develop a common perception in order to more effectively respond to research groups’ and individual researchers’ daily enquiries at the national level. That way, scholarly communication is enhanced along with our organisations research support practices. 

The material collected from presentations of this webinar, including discussions that will follow and the outcome of a first landscape review for related sources in Greece collected by ARC, will form a national guide to be openly shared via various emailing lists in research communities and research groups across the country.

The draft agenda of the webinar is presented below:

  • Welcome and introduction (10’)
    • Intro presentation, Elli Papadopoulou, OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk/RDA Greece, Fotis Karayannis RDA Secretariat/RDA Greece
      • Scope of the webinar and explanation of the intended draft national action guide and how this effort fits and gives input to European and global activities such as the OpenAIRE COVID Gateway and RDA COVID WG.
  • Tour de table (10’)
    • Speakers (live) and audience (in the chat)
  • Presentations (7 x ~10’)
    • Natalia Manola: The European ecosystem of infrastructures around EOSC: access to EMBL, ELIXIR, INSTRUCT etc + OpenAIRE
    • Fotis Psomopoulos: ELIXIR-EU, biohackathon, RDA COVID WG
    • Leonidas Pispiringas:  Electronic resources and collections in academic libraries, good practices, accessibility via VPN, etc
    • Thanasis Vergoulis: Bip COVID, Hellenic Data Service "HELIX"
    • Alexandros Dimopoulos: ELIXIR-GR: what are the tools - general picture also about what partners have been doing, e.g. ARIS for HPC, Gnosis + EG-CI etc.
    • Giota Touloumi: General presentation about the Greek research community around health sciences and how Greece participates in COVID clinical trials etc.
    • Kostas Eleftheriadis: Nano research around quality of alternative medical equipment like masks etc.
  • Discussion (~30’)
  • Epilogue - Next steps about the action guide (5’)
The overwhelming response of the academic and research community highlight the need for better communication, more collaborations and continuation of discussions from more perspectives in COVID research that were not covered by the first webinar.
Aiming at fostering scholarly communication and enabling new collaborations, ARC is organising a series of webinars dedicated to COVID research.
Open Science and Open Data in promoting research outputs

Open Science and Open Data in promoting research outputs

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

The National Open Access Desks for Greece and Cyprus are back with a new series of monthly webinars in the greek language!

We invite you to take part in our first webinar for 2020 that will be about open research data:


OpenAIRE Webinar: “Open Science and Open Data in promoting research outputs”

When? Thursday, March 12 2020

Time? 12.00 - 13.00 EET

Target Audience: Librarians, Academics, Researchers, Students

The OpenAIRE Team is happy to welcome as guest speaker Nancy Pontika, Open Science Aggregation Officer at Core, to talk about open science and open research data. During the webinar, Nancy will analyse the Open Science and Open Data principles as well as highlight the importance and benefits of communicating our research, also known as Scholarly Communication. The fact that Open Science is a priority for the EU, expressed in the recent years as precondition for funding, has resulted in integration of good practices for Open Science in national research ecosystems mostly by redefining workflows and enhancing current research support services. 

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • comprehend the concepts of Open Science and Open Data
  • know of new resources and education material on both concepts
  • know the latest developments and updates in the fields
  • practice on applying or help others apply these concepts
  • contribute to promoting Open Science and Open Data.


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