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Webinar "Making your OA repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with OA Horizon 2020 requirements"


Would like to know more on how to make your open access (OA) repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with OA Horizon 2020 requirements? Join the FOSTER/OpenAIRE webinar on Thursday, November 26 at 11h00 CET.

Target audience: repository managers, data archives managers, librarians, OA journal editors and publishers, data providers, research managers and administrators.

In this webinar you will learn about

  • The OpenAIRE infrastructure and content harvesting: how the OpenAIRE infrastructure harvests content & OpenAIRE's Content Acquisition Policy;
  • The OpenAIRE gui...

First FOSTER E-learning courses online

The FOSTER consortium is happy to announce the release of our first set of e-learning courses as part of Open Access Week 2015 and now available on the FOSTER portal:

The self-learning courses focus on the topics “Open Access in Horizon2020”, “Repository compatibility with Horizon2020” and “Open Science to Research”. The courses have been created by FOSTER partners and offer a variety of options to get to grips with each topic: short video presentations, background reading and self-assessment tests.

FOSTER, a project funded by the European Commission from 2014-2016, has been actively...

"Experts on Open Access" and "Science-Openness-World" interview series now available on FOSTER portal


FireShot Screen Capture 059 - Otwarta Nauka - otwartanauka pl is a web portal dedicated to Open Science. Two sets of their interview series are now available through the FOSTER portal: "Science-Openness-World" and "Experts on Open Access".

Report: CESSDA Research Data Management for Open Data doctoral training, July 2015, Ljubljana

CESSDA picture 1The presentations and video recordings for the CESSDA RDM for Open Data doctoral training that took place in Ljubljana in July 2015 are now available on the FOSTER portal and on the

Registration now open for 'Software skills for your research' in Potsdam, Germany

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"Software Writing Skills for Your Research
Develop, Publish, Cite, and Get Credit for Scientific Code "

Registration now open for this course organised by

FOSTER seminar 'Embracing Data Management - Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice' June 4th 2015, Brussels

20150510 repository-3This post is written by Inge Van Nieuwerburgh (UGent, OpenAIRE) and originally appeared on the OpenAIRE blog 

The Flemish Interuniversity Council, VLIR, organized a Foster workshop on Open Science and Research Data Management. The conference lived up to its name covering a wide variety of topics on Open Data and Data Management, ranging from policies and legal aspects to case studies, researcher’s experiences and useful applications.

After a general introduction, in which Stef...

Fostering open science in social science

FOSTER logo 200On 10th of June, the Data Library team at the University of Edinburgh ran two workshops in association with the EU project FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research), and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

The aim of the morning workshop, “Good practice in data management & data sharing with social research,” was to provide new entrants into the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science with a grounding in research data management using the online interactive training resource

Foster training session: Open Access and Open Data in Horizon 2020

On June 11, 2015, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency organised a one-day training session for multipliers in Vienna. It was attended by 33 participants from Austrian universities and large research organisations who are responsible for counselling on open access and open data, either at research support offices or at libraries. Therefore, an optimal transmission of knowledge within the respective institutions is ensured.


The training programme started with an introduction on the legal requirements regarding Open Access and Open Data in Horizon 2020. Two workshops focussed on the practical aspects on implementing these requirements in H2020 ...

Data Scientist Training for Librarians (DST4L) will be in Europe for the first time from 9-11 September 2015

 The amount of research data is growing exponentially. Digitalization, new instruments and new methods create data on an unprecedented scale.

However, it also provides exciting new possibilities:

  • to utilize the data more intensively and in new contexts
  • to combine data sets across projects
  • to visualize the data
  • to uncover hidden and implicit knowledge in data sets
  • to establish new collaborations and promote and accelerate research and innovation.

Do librarians have a role in this development? We think so!


DST4L is aimed specifically at librarians and research libraria...

FOSTER training programme:"Open Access and Open Data in Horizon 2020"

What to know, how it works, how to manage

Maria-Theresien-Platz in WienOn June 11, 2015, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is organising a one-day training session in Vienna. 


This one-day training session targets multipliers who are consulting on open access at Austrian universities and large research organisations – such as staff of research support offices and librarians – as well as members of the Open Access Network Austria.

Following an introduction on ...