The Project

Open Access and Open Science principles are an essential part of knowledge creation and sharing. They directly support the researchers need for greater impact, optimum dissemination of research, while also enabling the engagement of citizen scientists and society at large on societal challenges.

This two year project aims to set in place sustainable mechanisms for EU researchers to FOSTER OPEN SCIENCE in their daily workflow, thus supporting researchers optimizing their research visibility and impact, the adoption of EU open access policies in line with the EU objectives on Responsible Research & Innovation.


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  • New course about Open Science in Information Literacy education

    The new course Integrating Open Science in Information Literacy education is aimed at librarians who teach and develop Information Literacy courses or workshops. Many of us are faced with a demand for Open Science courses, and have to decide how to handle this new and important topic in our courses or workshops. What are the options? Is it a good idea to set up a separate course about Open Science, or could (and should) the topic be integrated into existing Information Literacy courses and workshops?

    At TU Delft Library, we decided to integrate Open Science as much as possible into our new blended PhD workshop The Informed Researcher, because we want our 1st-year PhD candidates to see Open Science as a regular part of their everyday work experience. We found that most sections of our workshop have an Open Science aspect to them, so that Open Science topics are mentioned all through the workshop.

    The learning objectives of the new course on the FOSTER platform are, that participants after the course:

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  • 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. 

    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,