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OpenAIRE webinars during OA Week 2017 in collaboration with FOSTER

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE OPENAIRE OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2017 WEBINARS

To celebrate Open Access Week (23-27th October 2017), OpenAIRE is organising a series of webinars in collaboration with FOSTER on a variety of topics, including discipline-specific tools and workflows, the legal aspects of Open Science, and an interactive session on Research Data Management. Speakers include a number of FOSTER partners such as Ivo Grigorov (DTU), Eloy Rodrigues (UMinho), Nancy Pontika (OU), Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and DARIAH-EU.

All webinars will be recorded. Recordings and presentations will be made available on the OpenAIRE portal.

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In order to avoid e-mail overload, you will receive one e-mail on Friday October 20th with an overview of all webinars you will attend and the links to the webinar rooms, and one e-mail on Friday October 27th with links to the presentations and recordings.

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This registration form closes on Friday, October 20 at midnight.
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THE PROGRAMME

MONDAY OCTOBER 23 2PM CEST

Topic: Natural Sciences and Open Science: Workflows and tools for publishing, licensing, versioning, identifiers, archiving, software…
Presenters: Ivo Grigorov (DTU, @OAforClimate), Jon Tennant (ScienceOpen, @Protohedgehog)

Ivo Grigorov: fundraiser for National Institute of Aquatic Resources at Technical University of Denmark, supporting H2020 applicants preparing research grant proposals. As partner in FOSTER+, Ivo runs the "Open Science Clinique" for H2020 Applicants and National Contact Points (NCPs).

Jon Tennant: palaeontologist, and finished his PhD last year at Imperial College London. He is currently the Communications Director for ScienceOpen, and the founder of the digital publishing platform, palaeorXiv, as well as the Open Science MOOC. He is also a freelance science writer and consultant, author of the kids book, Excavate Dinosaurs, has an oddly named personal webpage, and tweets as @protohedgehog. Prone to bouts of activism.

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 24 11AM CEST

Topic: Refreshment on Open Access, Open Science and H2020 requirements. How can OpenAIRE help researchers and projects to comply with Open Access mandates?
Presenter: Eloy Rodrigues (OpenAIRE, UMinho, @cibertecario02); Najla Rettberg (OpenAIRE, UGOE, @najlaoa)

Eloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services. Eloy has been working on repositories, Open Access and Open Science since 2003, having established University of Minho institutional repository in 2003, and being the scientific and technical coordinator of RCAAP (Portugal Open Access Science Repository) since 2008. At international level he has being working on various EU funded projects (like OpenAIRE, PASTEUR4OA and FOSTER), related with Open Access, and is member of the European University Association Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science.

Eloy is currently the Chair of the Executive Board of COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories.

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 24 2PM CEST

Topic: Life Sciences and Open Science: Workflows and tools for publishing, licensing, versioning, identifiers, archiving, software…
Presenters: Toni Hermoso (CRG, @toniher), Guillaume Fillon (CRG)

Toni Hermoso and Guillaume Filion are both researchers at CRG (@CRGenomica). CRG is an international biomedical research institute of excellence based in Barcelona, Spain.

Meeting location

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 11AM CEST

Topic: General introduction to Open Data Policies in Horizon 2020, influence of OD policies on Open Science Workflows
Presenters: Nancy Pontika (OU, @nancypontika), Najla Rettberg (OpenAIRE, UGOE, @najlaoa)

Nancy Pontika has a PhD in Open Access, with a focus on Open Access Funders’ Policies. She advocates for pure Open Access, machine access to open access research papers and the promotion of Open Science for the advancement of research. For the time being she is the Open Access Aggregation Officer in CORE (https://core.ac.uk), a service that aggregates millions of open access research papers, while in the past she worked for the Repositories Support Project (RSP) and as a repository manager at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is currently involved in three European projects, FOSTER (https://www.fosteropenscience.eu), OpenMinTeD (http://openminted.eu) and FIT4RRI (http://fit4rri.eu/). She serves as an Editor at the Open Access Directory (http://oad.simmons.edu) and as an External Liaison Officer at the UK Council of Research Repositories (http://ukcorr.org).

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 2PM CEST

Topic: Flip the classroom: bring your questions about RDM and DMPs
Presenter: Marjan Grootveld (DANS, @MarjanGrootveld)

A computational linguist by training, Marjan Grootveld is senior policy officer at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), the Netherlands institute for permanent access to digital research resources. Marjan advises knowledge institutes and research funders on data management policy and practice, provides data management support in the European OpenAIRE (https://www.openaire.eu/) project, is training manager of the EUDAT (https://eudat.eu/) project, and coaches attendants of the Research Data Netherlands “Essentials 4 Data Support” training (http://datasupport.researchdata.nl/en/).

ATTENTION: due to the specific format of this webinar, you will be asked to submit your questions for the presenter beforehand. This can be done via the registration form.

Meeting location

THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 11AM CEST

Topic: Legal aspects of Open Science
Presenters: Prodromos Tsiavos (@prodromos), Thomas Margoni (CREATe, Glasgow University

Prodromos is the Head of Digital Development at the Onassis Cultural Centre and a Senior Research Fellow at The Media Institute (TMI), London. He is currently advising Athena Research Centre on legal and ethical aspects of data science and is teaching Legal and Ethical Aspects of Data Science at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Prodromos has worked for the National Hellenic Research Foundation (National Documentation Centre), the European Commission, Oslo University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He read law and Information Systems in Athens and London and holds a PhD in Law and Information Systems from the LSE. Prodromos has worked as an adviser for the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Special Secretary for Digital Convergence, as well as public sector bodies and private companies in the cultural and creative industries. He has over 120 publications and talks on legal and business aspects of open technologies, digital content and IPR management. Prodromos is the Chair of the Administrative Council of the Greek Industrial Property Organisation (OBI) and of the Supervisory Board of the European Patent Academy (EPA).

Dr Thomas Margoni is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Internet Law at the School of Law – CREATe Centre and convener of the LLM programme in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy. His research interests concentrate on the relationship between law and new technologies with particular attention to the role of the Internet as a new medium to access, create and disseminate knowledge in the current information-based society. Recent examples of research projects include OpenMinTeD, the EU H2020 project for the development of an e-infrastructure for Text and Data Mining (TDM) in Europe where Thomas coordinates the legal working group (www.openminted.eu); Open Access to scientific information and Open Science; the role and liability of online intermediaries; copyright, design rights and 3D printing; the digitisation of cultural heritage; and the role of property rights in sports.

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THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2PM CEST

Topic: Humanities and Open Science: Workflows and tools for publishing, licensing, versioning, identifiers, archiving, software
Presenters: Laurent Romary (DARIAH,@laurentromary), Marie Puren (DARIAH, @MariePuren)

Laurent Romary is Directeur de Recherche at Inria, France and director general of DARIAH. He received a PhD degree in computational linguistics in 1989 and his Habilitation in 1999. He carries out research on the modelling of semi-structured documents, with a specific emphasis on texts and linguistic resources. He has been active in standardisation activities with ISO, as chair of committee ISO/TC 37/SC 4 (2002-2014), chair of ISO/TC 37 (2016-) and the Text Encoding Initiative, as member (2001-2011) and chair (2008-2011) of its technical council. He has been involved in the definition of the scientific information policy of CNRS (2005-2006), the Max-Planck Digital Library (2006-2008) and Inria (2006-).

Marie Puren Ph.D., is junior researcher in Digital Humanities at the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematic (Inria) in Paris, member of the Almanach laboratory (INRIA – EPHE). As collaborator to the PARTHENOS H2020 project, she focuses her research on the development of standards for research tools in Arts and Humanities, and she currently works on the creation of a Data Management Plan for this project. Marie Puren also contributes to the IPERION H2020 project, especially by upgrading its Data Management Plan.

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Open Science Fair 2017 – in case you missed it

From 6-8 September 300 people interested in Open Science came together in Athens at the brand new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) to connect and learn about Open Science. The first Open Science Fair was organized by the EU-funded projects OpenAIRE, FOSTER Plus, OpenUp and OpenMinTeD.

DAY 1

Highlighting that Open Science is about openness to people, Yannis Ioannidis, President of “Athena” Research & Innovation Centre, welcomed all participants to the conference. Welcoming words by Natalia Manola, the managing Director of OpenAIRE, followed. She lined out that Open Science is not about barriers anymore, but about solutions and practices. Nektarios Tavernarakis (Scientific Council of ERC) opened the conference with the first keynote. The member of the ERC open access working group pointed out that data sharing is not yet standard in all disciplines. Awareness raising, skills development, incentives and rewards are needed, but there is no one-size-fits-all. All three speakers set a framework for upcoming discussions and inspired the participants for exchanging ideas.

Two parallel sessions followed including among others the Open Science Café, a session on Open Access models & platforms and a session on research lifecycles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The last keynote of that day by Jeffrey D. Sachs (Earth institute Columbia University) on Open Science for Sustainable Development gave a lot input for thoughts: Education and innovation divide the world. Science and openness are very important to bridge this gap and to achieve fair and sustainable development.

Day 1 ended with a welcome cocktail in the lighthouse of the beautiful venue. While enjoying the stunning view over the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Athens all participants had the chance to network and review the day.

DAY 2

The second day started with the plenary session “Open for all? Diversity and disparity in Open Science”. Maria Georgopoulou (Gennadius Library American School of Classical Studies) introduced “The Role of Women in Exploring, Understanding and Archiving the Past”. Ahmed Ogunlaja, Founder of Open Access Nigeria, gave a Global South Perspective on Open Science. He outlined that open science can help to achieve inclusive development, but emphasized that OPEN does not mean open for all by default. We need to ensure that everyone has access to the platforms we are designing. The third talk during the plenary session held Jon Tennant, Communications Director of Science Open, on the barriers to Open Science for Junior Researchers. In order to change the culture education and training for students are needed.

Three parallel sessions followed the talks, including the FOSTER training “Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond”. Around 50 participants got practical and discipline-specific advice on how to implement open science in the workflows. The slides of our workshop are available here.

The second day ended with the poster presentation and a very nice conference dinner at the marina.

DAY 3

The last day offered workshops on National and European e-infrastructures, FAIR data/metrics, Open Peer Review, Text and Data Mining, etc.

The closing plenary was held by John Ioannidis, professor at Stanford University. He talked about the crisis science is facing in terms of reproducibility and what it needs to change research practices towards reproducible research. Open Science is a big step in the right direction.

The Open Science Fair offered a range of interesting talks, hands-on workshops and training sessions. All participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas, to learn and connect.

We hope to see you next year at the OSF.

Watch this video produced by OpenAIRE to get an impression why to participate in the next Open Science Fair. Read the tweets #OSFair2017 and watch the recordings of the presentations and workshops. Our slides are available here

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Sign up for the FOSTER Open Science Trainer Bootcamp

Do you care about open science and are you interested to share your skills with researchers? Are you already delivering training but looking for ways to make your training more effective? If you answered yes to either of these questions, consider applying for our Open Science Trainer Bootcamp! This three day training session will take place from 18-20 April 2018 in the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.

About the Open Science Trainer Bootcamp

During an intense three-day programme, we will help you to become a better open science trainer. Topics will cover:

  • Popular and innovative Open Science Workflows and Tools
  • Open Research Data
  • Open Code
  • Open Access
  • Training skills

After completing this bootcamp, you will be more confident and better equipped to provide training on open science to researchers in your institution or community and to share best practices. You will also be able to advise your peers on the academic and societal impact and relevance of open science, and on the advantages of making open science part of the research workflow.

Who should attend?

We are looking for early career researchers, research support staff and other relevant stakeholders based in Europe who are eager and planning to deliver open science training to researchers and students.

What expenses will be covered?

FOSTER will support travel expenses (up to €250), provide accommodation in a shared room (for two people) and catering during the training.

Application & Evaluation Criteria

Applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • Currently practicing or supporting open access, open data, open science.
  • Inspired by open science practices and keen to advocate the message to others.
  • Delivering or planning to deliver open access, open data, open science training courses and workshops in their institutions or communities in May 2018 - April 2019.

Applications will be evaluated by the FOSTER project team according to the following criteria:

  • Potential to support researchers on open access, open research data, open science - 30%
  • Previous training experience or committed training events where open science is included - 30%
  • Expected impact of future training activities and dissemination efforts- 40%
  • Other criteria that will be taken into account:
    • Geographical (to establish a good European representation in the selection)
    • Gender (to ensure a good gender balance in the selection)
    • Scientific discipline (to ensure a good disciplinary/scientific domain balance in the selection)

Sign up now!

Sign up and provide the supporting motivations and documentation through the online application form . The deadline for applications is October 31st and we will inform you whether you are selected or not in the first week of December.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please email to bootcamp@fosteropenscience.eu.

Putting Open Science into Practice

A key objective for this phase of the FOSTER project is to develop a training resource targeted towards early career researchers. To this end, we are currently working to develop a set of modules addressing key Open Science (OS) topics. The training resource will be comprised of nine modules in the first instance but can be extended to include additional modules over the longer term.

Targeted at researchers, the modules will aim to progress researchers from being aware of OS to being able to put OS into practice in their daily workflows. The resource will not provide comprehensive coverage of all possible issues that may fall under a given module but rather will provide focussed, practical and, where relevant, discipline specific examples to try and answer some of the burning questions researchers have about practicing OS. Modules will include interactive content to ensure the training is engaging and that capability can be assessed for issue of a badge upon completion.

The modules we are currently developing include:

  1. What is open science?
  2. Best practices in open research
  3. Ethics and data protection
  4. Open access publishing
  5. Open peer review (OPR)
  6. Open research data
  7. Open source software and workflows
  8. Open Innovation (OI)
  9. Licensing

The full list of training modules along with our list of researchers’ burning questions is available for comment.

In addition to the nine stand-alone modules listed, we will develop learning pathways through the module content to help researchers to hone their skills in specific areas. The five learning pathways we’ve defined are:

FOSTER portal

  1. The reproducible research practitioner
  2. The responsible data sharer
  3. The open peer reviewer
  4. The open access author
  5. The open innovator

We will be reusing training content deposited with the FOSTER portal during the first phase of the project (2014-2016) and working with our discipline specific partners representing the arts and humanities, social sciences, and life sciences to provide relevant examples. All content will be openly licensed and easy to download / reuse.



To avoid duplicating effort and to maximise our shared efforts, we are collaborating with a range of related training initiatives such as the OS MOOC being developed by Jon Tennant as well as European Research Infrastructures offering training and guidance on aspects of OS such as DARIAH. We have opted to align with the effective delivery format developed by the ODI in their eLearning Institute. We will make use of Adapt - the same authoring tool that was used to create the ODI eLearning Institute content – and will work to make our resources interoperable to provide a greater range of OS content for researchers to tap into.

If you think you have practical or discipline specific content or case studies that would be worth using in the training resource we’d love to hear from you!

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CRG, GESIS & DARIAH-EU takeover FOSTER social media accounts

European research communities are moving towards more openness and transparency. In some disciplines Open Access, Open Data and Open Reproducible Research are already standard, for others these components of Open Science are relatively new trends.

In order to bridge this gap FOSTER’s activities target several research communities in particular. Our disciplinary partners ensure that the most relevant and burning questions of the respective research communities are addressed in all our training events and materials.

Taking over FOSTER social media accounts for one week each, CRG (member of ELIXIR), GESIS (member of CESSDA) and DARIAH-EU will help to reach researchers from the life sciences, social sciences and humanities and target these specific audiences with greater impact. We are looking forward to intensify the links to these research communities and go one step further in mainstreaming Open Science practices.

From the 11-15 September the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) will be taking over the Foster social media accounts to talk about Open Science in the life sciences. The life sciences research community has embraced many areas of Open Science but still face challenges, not least in the area of reproducible research. On the 14 and 15 September the course “Nextflow: Reproducible in silico genomics” will be hosted by the CRG in Barcelona and will bring together international scientists to discuss Nextflow technology, a tool providing bioinformaticians with an efficient solution to the reproducibility dilemma in the analysis of huge genomic datasets. The two day training promises an innovative train the trainer format offering attendees the chance to participate and practically contribute alongside Nextflow expert developers. The training will close with a Hackathon, a collaborative hands on learning tool for developers (More information ).

Are you curious which Open Science related topics are especially relevant for the life sciences, social sciences and humanities? Don’t miss the takeover and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Call to Open Science trainers – share your experiences and help to write a book!

From 12-15 February 2018 FOSTER will bring together Open Science trainers and educators to collaboratively author a training handbook. If you have practical experience in implementing Open Science training at your organisation we’d love to hear from you.

What works, what doesn’t? How can you make the most of limited resources? With your help, we will create a handbook that equips future trainers with methods, instructions, exemplary training outlines and inspiration for their own Open Science trainings. The handbook will provide Open Science advocates across the globe with practical know-how to deliver Open Science principles to researchers and support staff.

The handbook will be produced in a book sprint. You never have heard of that? This format will ensure a workshop environment in which a team of about 10 authors creates a finished book in four days collaboratively. Sounds crazy? Maybe, but let’s go for it! Join our writing adventure: Ten authors. Four days. One book.

We are looking for people from diverse scientific backgrounds, with Open Science expertise (from general to discipline specific) and experience in developing and delivering Open Science training.

So, if you would like to share your experiences and are motivated to be part of our team writing a handbook in just a few days, please apply using the form available at: https://goo.gl/forms/G6wwKMtKpuA00O9W2

We will need information about your scientific background, your area of Open Science expertise, your training experience and of course your motivation to participate in our extraordinary writing adventure.

The book sprint will take place in Hanover in Germany. Your travel expenses will be co-funded by FOSTER.

The call for expressions of interests will be open until Sunday, 1 October 2017. You will hear from us by late October 2017.

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Contact person

If you have any questions or need clarifications, please contact Helene Brinken, University of Göttingen, State and University Library, brinken@sub.uni-goettingen.de.

About FOSTER

The EU-funded project FOSTER (Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond) aims to support Open Science trainers in multiplying open access, open data sharing and open science principles.

More information

Watch this video to see how book sprints work.
Have a look at this previous book sprint on Open Science by our partner TIB.

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Save the date: Open Science Trainer Bootcamp 18-20 April

Do you think science should be more open? And would you like to train researchers in your institution about this? Then mark these dates in your calendar: 18-20 April 2018. On these days, FOSTER organises an open science trainer bootcamp in Barcelona. Our host is the Centre for Genomic Regulation

About the open science trainer bootcamp

During an intense 3 day programme, we will help you to become an open science trainer. Topics ranging from funding and research data management to open code and open access will be covered. You will also work on your own training skills and try things in practice. After this bootcamp, you will be fully equipped to provide trainings on open science to researchers in your institute or community.


Who should attend?

We are looking for early career researchers, research support librarians and other stakeholders in Europe who are eager and have the potential to give open science training to researchers and students.

Call for applications in September

We will send out a call for applications in September. Stay tuned for more information about how to apply and what to submit.

In the meantime…

We realise the bootcamp is still some time away. Can’t wait to work on open science? Check the things that are already available:

The next phase of FOSTER – What can you get out of it?

The next phase of FOSTER – What can you get out of it?

We are delighted to announce that the second phase of FOSTER activity kicked off on May 22-23 in Guimarães. Over the next two years we will build upon our initial capacity building activities to raise awareness of Open Science among European researchers and begin to equip them to apply Open Science techniques in their day to day research. During this phase, FOSTER will work closely with representatives of three key disciplines: the life sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities to co-design advanced-level training. Together, we will continue to strengthen Open Science capacity across European researchers and work towards implementing real changes in working practices.

So what’s in it for you?

  • You can acquire tangible skills on how to select relevant repositories, how to license research data and negotiate EU data protection laws through our practical, outcome-oriented training events.
  • You can access high-quality reusable training resources tailored to address discipline-specific needs and challenges in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and life sciences.
  • You’ll find practical guidance according to your academic profile and areas of interest via our training toolkit which covers key aspects of Open Science.
  • You will be able to hone your Open Science skills through advanced level courses offered in a variety of formats from face-to-face, blended, and e-learning courses.
  • You’ll be better able to browse, contribute, learn, and get credit for taking or providing courses through our optimized training portal.
  • You can find a list of European Open Science advocates and stay up to date about various Open Science activities through our dedicated events calendar and Open Science advocate directory.
  • You can get to know other Open Science multipliers, share your experiences, and learn from your peers via our Open Science trainer bootcamp and network.
  • You will be able to find methods, background information and exemplary training outlines for multiplying Open Science in your organisation through our Open Science training handbook.
  • You can watch interviews with our network of Open Science advocates on our YouTube channel and read Open Science articles on our blog.
  • You can get involved with FOSTER by sharing news, events and experiences through our website.

Stay tuned and don’t miss the start of each activity! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Twenty people aged 25 to 56 from 11 European partner institutions came together in Portugal to discuss final roles and responsibilities within the next phase of FOSTER.

Twenty people aged 25 to 56 from 11 European partner institutions came together in Portugal to discuss final roles and responsibilities within the next phase of FOSTER.

Facilitating Open Science Training for Europe: Reaching the next level with FOSTER Plus

FOSTER Plus starts now!

This new phase of FOSTER focuses on the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond. In the next two years, eleven partners from all over Europe will collaborate on creating training and e-learning activities targeting academic staff, young scientists and policy-makers. Disciplinary partners from the life sciences, social sciences and humanities have joined the consortium to step up domain-specific materials and training capacities for the practical adoption of Open Science. In particular, a multi-module toolkit, a trainers’ bootcamp and a training handbook will be created collaboratively.

The Open Science Toolkit will provide training materials and e-learning courses which cover all angles of Open Science, including key topics such as responsible research and innovation, research data management, software carpentry, text and data mining, reproducible research and open peer review. Working together with a variety of disciplinary communities, the developed exercises, practical examples and handouts will be tailored to the specific needs of each domain.

The Open Science Trainer Bootcamp aims to build and sustain Open Science training capacities. Trainers from all over Europe will be equipped to deliver FOSTER Plus training modules within their domains, institutions or regions. Holding a high multiplier potential, the bootcamp cohort will provide the basis for the FOSTER Plus trainers’ network. We will continue to use the FOSTER portal for interaction and communication, while improving and extending its functionalities. Gamification, e.g. in form of digital badges and awards, will further encourage valuable contributions and interactions.

During the lifetime of the project we will collect together methods, background information and example training outlines in an open, living handbook on Open Science training. This handbook will support FOSTER Plus Open Science trainers and seeders. Institutions, individuals or communities can use this key resource to implement or intensify the training of Open Science multipliers.

The project partners are:

  • The University of Minho
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • The Open University
  • Stichting eIFL.net
  • Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh
  • Digital Curation Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Stichting LIBER
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
  • GESIS – Leibniz –Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Fundacio Centre de Regulacio Genomica

We look forward to collaborating with you to develop advanced-level material and promote a change in Open Science culture.
Stay tuned. More information on how you can contribute to these activities will follow soon.

Love research data management

Report from the 5 CESSDA workshops on RDM organised in 2015

 

Love was at times in the air during our series of training workshops on Research Data Management for Open Data. Five partners from across the CESSDA network of social sciences data archives put their heads and training ideas together for some good cross-fertilisation. Doctoral training workshop at five European universities in 2015 was the result, with trainers from across the team co-delivering these.

Brian, Alexandra and Sebastian kicked off  in May at the Université de Lausanne, captivating the attention of 11 young researchers with their intricate scenario of one self-control and one messy instructor in desperate need of help from the participants to help clean, document and organise some messy data collections to get them into good shape for the archive. A love note had participants searching for a long-lost lover in the survey dataset; disappointed when after day two they were told this was not a true story. At the University of Ljubljana, during the hottest days of July, an international group of 12 doctoral students learnt from Laurence that metadata is a love note to the future, when getting to grips with data management plans. Irena, Sonja, Janez and Veerle enticed them into discussions on the challenges of sharing data in research with people within the different national legal and ethical frameworks. 

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The intricacies of managing and sharing qualitative research data proved to be a highlight for 32 doctoral students at the University of Manchester in October, with exercises and discussions based on interviews from a research project on how people in Uganda cope with living with HIV. A wide range of data management and open data topics was brought by Libby, Irena, Martin, Steen and Veerle. In November, 20 researchers at GESIS, Cologne, were seduced by the best practice guidance, discussions, exercises and pitfalls brought by Sebastian, Astrid and Libby. Ultimate aim: sharing the secrets of writing an effective data management plan.

At the University of Southern Denmark in November, Anna Sofia engaged four knowledgeable and inspiring presenters to share their passion for open science and open data with 27 researchers and research management and support professionals. Experiences and examples from across Europe was seen as the perfect introduction into this topic.

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One hundred and four researchers in total joined these hands-on training events. Topics covered focused on the critical data management aspects for open data in the social sciences, such as metadata and contextual description, ethical and legal aspects of sharing sensitive or confidential data, anonymising research data for reuse, and writing a data management plan. Across the five events most participants were satisfied (47%) or very satisfied (43%) with the training provided and considered the training materials to be relevant (39%) to highly relevant (49%). Feedback that a diverse range of aspects were considered valuable across the participants indicates that the topics covered were well balanced for the international audience.

 

 

Many thanks to the organisational teams: 

- GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany: Sebastian Netscher, Alexia Katsanidou, Astrid Recker

- National Archives/Danish Data Archive, Denmark: Anne Sofie Fink, Bodil Stenvig, Steen Andersen

- Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, Switzerland: Alexandra Stam, Brian Kleiner

- Slovenian Social Science Data Archives, Slovenia: Irena Vipavc Brvar, Janez Štebe, Sonja Bezjak

- UK Data Archive, UK: Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop