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OpenAIRE2020 Independent Ethics Advisor Position

We are looking to recruit an independent Ethics Expert who will serve in an advisory capacity to the OpenAIRE2020 project and its management board (the Project Steering Committee - PSC) in the evaluation of ethical issues relating to the activities of OpenAIRE. These issues will include but may not be confined to the following:

The tasks

  • Review and recommend regulatory frameworks/policies for OpenAIRE’s open data production, dissemination and use. Ethics issues at the level of OpenAIRE are likely different from those at the national level in that OpenAIRE is dealing with different national ethical and privacy regimes. This becomes more important as OpenAIRE creates added value products from data originating in different sources.
  • Advice the consortium on ethical concerns in the sharing and re-use of the aggregated and enriched data, and particularly of considering issues of privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property and security.
  • Advice on ethical implications of OpenAIRE’s large-scale data integration on researcher/social groups and communities.
  • Advice on whether and how OpenAIRE could and/or should be made accountable for technical/legal decisions on the its operation, and what implications such accountability may have for training and other daily practices.
  • Review the disclosures for potential conflicts of interest of OpenAIRE’s tender calls (selection process) and oversee the processes in the ongoing OA FP7-post grant pilot.
  • Review and recommend revisions of OpenAIRE policies on code of conduct and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest by its officers and members at large.
  • Evaluate relationships of OpenAIRE in furthering its goals in regard to education, research and advocacy.
  • Respond to ethics issues raised by OpenAIRE’s members (National Open Access Desks) and the OpenAIRE executive board. In this regard the Ethics expert will offer arbitration and endeavor to provide a rapid response to ethics issues requiring prompt action by the Project Steering Committee.
  • Recommend on how to set up an Ethics Committee (number of members, the selection process, procedures, term, budget, operation work plan) to start its operation in the spring of 2018, and especially how this committee will be visibly integrated in the pending OpenAIRE legal entity governance structure.

The Expert will

  • Work closely with the OpenAIRE core management/executive team to understand the overall structure, operations and outreach.
  • Collaborate and steer the current OpenAIRE2020 task force which acts as a project interim internal Ethics committee.
  • Make two written reports to the Project Steering Committee with guidance and recommendations (one in October 2017, one in April 2018). These will be accompanied by two reports to be delivered to the European Commission for review.
  • Will attend two physical meetings of the OpenAIRE2020 Project Steering Committee. Interim meetings may be convened by conference call as appropriate.
  • Work from home, as this is considered a self-employed position (contract).


The appointment will last for 11 months. It will start in June 30, 2017 and will end on May 31, 2018.


The expert will be selected by the OpenAIRE2020 executive team with the advice and consent of the Project Steering Committee and the project interim ethics committee.

Reports to

The ethics advisor reports to the Project Steering Committee. Written reports are submitted to the PSC and to the EC through the coordinator.


OpenAIRE2020 will pay the expert with the sum of 5,000 Euros. The selected expert will be responsible for reimbursing his/her own travel to the PSC meetings.

Preferred qualifications and experience

  • Professional experience working with data, big data, data trends, ethics of data, social analytics, or communicating data and data implications to various publics.
  • Work experience involving data, data literacy and the role of data in decision making.
  • Knowledge of the data/digital/e- Infrastructure domain and its needs, open data and open science policies and , and the Research Code of Conduct.
  • Knowledge of international ethics desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment.
  • Recent experience in writing or reading research proposals desirable (in English).

For more information or if you want to apply for the position please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OpenAIRE-Connect Partners


Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, Italy)

Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge (ARC, Greece)

Universytet Warszawski (UNIWARSAW, Poland)


Universitaet Bremen (UniHB, Germany)

Universidade do Minho (UNIMINHO, Portugal)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France)

PIN SOC.CONS. A R.L. - Servizi Didattici e Scientifici per l Universita di Firenze (PIN SCRL, Italy)

Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD, France)

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Switzerland)

International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8, Greece)

OpenAIRE-Connect WPs, Tasks, Deliverables

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T1.1 Project Administrative Coordination (Leader: CNR)
      T1.2 Project scientific and technical coordination (Leader: CNR)
      T1.3 Quality and Risk Management (Leader: ARC)
    • D1.1 Quality Plan (M2)
      D1.2 Key Performance Indicators report (M6)
      D1.3 Progress report I (M12)
      D1.4 Progress report II (M30)
      D1.5 Final Report (M30)
  • (WP short description)

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T2.1 Communication and advocacy material (Leader: ARC)
      T2.2. Outreach and dissemination (Leader: UMinho)
      T2.3 Collaboration with RDA (Leader: UniHB)
      T2.4 OpenAIRE-Connect Catalogue of Services (Leader: ARC)
      T2.5 Exploitation & Sustainability (Leader: ARC)
    • D2.1 Dissemination (M4)
      D2.2 Liaison strategy (M12)
      D2.3 Sustainability report (M28)
  • (WP short description)

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T3.1 OpenAIRE-Connect interoperability guidelines (Leader: CNR)
      T3.2 Support to content providers and research communities (Leader: UMinho)
      T3.3 Training to content providers and research communities (Leader: UMinho)
      T3.4 Legal advisory support (Leader: ARC)
    • D3.1 Detailed report on extend support content for OpenAIRE portal (M10)
      D3.2 Support kit for Content providers (M15)
      D3.3 Support kit for Research Communities(M18)
      D3.4 Final Training report(M30)
      D3.5 Legal report on OpenAIRE-Connect services (M15)
  • (WP short description)

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T4.1 OpenAIRE extension to research methods and artefact packaging (Leader: CNR)
      T4.2 OpenAIRE’s Zenodo for research methods and packages (Leader: CERN)
      T4.3 Configurability of text mining algorithms (Leader: ARC)
      T4.4 Researcher Community Dashboard (Leader: ARC)
      T4.5 OpenAIRE publishing APIs (Leader: ARC)
    • D4.1 OpenAIRE Data model extension (M2)
      D4.2 OpenAIRE backend and Invenio upgrade:specification and release plan (M3)
      D4.3 Configurable mining algorithms: specification and release plan (M4)
      D4.4 Research Community Dashboard: specification and release plan (M6)
      D4.5 OpenAIRE publishing APIs: specification and release plan M(12)
  • (WP short description)

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T5.1 Catch-All Broker Back-end (Leader: CNR)
      T5.2 Catch-All Broker Front-end (Leader: ARC)
    • D5.1 Catch-All Notification Broker Back-end: specification and release plan (M5)
      D5.12Catch-All Notification Broker Web User Interface: specification and release plan (M8)
  • (WP short description).

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T6.1 Development, testing and deployment of services in OpenAIRE infrastructure (Leader: CNR)
      T6.2 Operation and maintenance of Services in OpenAIRE infrastructure (Leader: ICM)
      T6.3 Data Management (Leader: ICM)
    • D6.1 Maintenance report (M!8)
      D6.2 Data management plan (M4)
  • (WP short description)

    CONTACT: (name, email)

    • T7.1 Testing, Assessment, and monitoring of the pilots (Leader: CNR)
      T7.2 Dashboard Pilot: Neuroinformatics Research Community (Leader: CNRS)
      T7.3 Dashboard Pilot: Earth and Environmental Science Research Community (Leader: UniHB)
      T7.4 Dashboard Pilot: Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Research Community (Leader: PIN)
      T7.5 Dashboard Pilot: Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Research Community (Leader: IRD)
      T7.6 Dashboard Pilot: Environment and Economy Research Community (Leader: ICRE8)
      T7.7 Catch-All Broker Service Pilot: Content providers (Leader: UMinho)
      T7.8 Catch-All Broker Service Pilot: broker services interoperability (Leader: Jisc)
    • D7.1 Testing plan and assessment questionnaire (M15)
      D7.2 Assessment of the services andrecommendations v1 (M21)
      D7.3 Assessment of the services and recommendations v2 (M26)
      D7.4 Assessment of the services (M30)

OpenAIRE Workshop in IDCC

12th International Digital Curation Conference

"Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society"

20 - 23 February 2017
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh


The 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC17) will be held from 20-23 February 2017 at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). The conference brings together digital curation professionals and educators with data producers and consumers to consider digital curation in a multi-disciplinary context.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RSCEd) is the oldest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

The Call for Papers is now available plus details of the submission process and key dates. For more details, please visit the official conference pageRegistration is now open.


There is a programme of workshops on Monday 20 February and Thursday 23 February and the main conference will run from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 22 February 2017. For the workshops full programme, please click here.

Important: Please note that registration of the workshops is separate to conference registration and that you do not have to attend the conference in order to register for the workshops. 

OpenAIRE Workshop: OpenAIRE services and tools for Open Research Data in H2020

Thursday 23 February, Free of charge

Organisers: The Helpdesk and Support and Training Officers of the OpenAIRE2020 project. Pedro Principe, University of Minho, Natalia Manola, University of Athens, Iryna Kuchma, EIFL and Anthony Ross-Hellauer, University of Göttingen.

The workshop aims to bring participants up to speed with the latest requirements of the H2020 Open Research Data initiative, to present OpenAIRE’s set of tools and services that allow researches and institutional stakeholders to carry out best practices relevant to research data management tasks, and to discuss future directions. More particularly, the workshop will focus on practical issues of storage and data sharing aspects, on how to select an appropriate data repository, on guidance for efficient data management plans, on the monitoring of contextualized (linked) research.

OpenAIRE Workshop Information