The FOSTER Open Science Training Handbook: An Open Educational Resource Translated into Spanish


FOSTER Plus, had as its main objective to contribute to a real and permanent change in the behaviour of European researchers to ensure that Open Science became a standard.

During the project, multiple Open Educational Resources were generated, including the "Open Science Training Handbook".

In February 2018 a group of 14 authors met at the German National Library of Science and Technology in Hanover to create an open and "living" training manual on Open Science. Through a cooperative writing process that boosted creativity and innovation, it ensured the production of this valuable resource in just a few days.

The Handbook is a guide that brings together methods, techniques and practices to support Open Science trainers in developing attractive and motivating training sessions that facilitate the dissemination of Open Science ideas in networks, institutions, academics and students.

The scarcity of educational resources on Open Science in Spanish is a reality in this area and many other disciplines, becoming an important barrier in the implementation of these issues in Latin American and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries.

That is why FOSTER and the Hernán Santa Cruz Library of ECLAC, promote the initiative to translate the Handbook into Spanish, making an open invitation to the regional and international community to contribute with the translation.

Several professionals from various countries in the region expressed their interest in participating in a collaborative translation of the handbook into Spanish. Between August and December 2018, a group of 10 collaborators achieved the goal of translating the 17 chapters of the handbook; and between January and February, the edition was carried out to standardize its wording and terminology.

There is no doubt that this Manual de Capacitación en Ciencia Abierta will facilitate an approach to a topic that is still incipient in the Latin American and Caribbean region and will promote important changes in the professional training of those who work in research, multiplying knowledge through the "training of trainers".

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