Open Science: What is the OpenAIRE2020 project and how can it help Horizon 2020 applicants and NCPs?

The OpenAIRE2020 project is a large-scale initiative that aims to promote open science and substantially improve the discoverability and reusability of research publications and data. The project includes 50 partners covering all EU countries and beyond. The initiative brings together professionals from various backgrounds: research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructure and data experts, IT and legal researchers. 

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FAIR data management : best practices and open issues. Firenze, 14th- 15th  November 2016

RDA, the Research Data Alliance, in collaboration with the universities of Turin, Milan, Bologna , Trento and Parma and supported by CNR, AISA and OpenAIRE organizes a two-day workshop about sharing, reuse, and reproducibility of research data on some selected scientific fields – and related research infrastructures – of strategic relevance in Europe.

The event will be organized in Florence the 14th and 15th of November.

Workshop overview and objectives

According to the Guiding Principles for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable Data – so called FAIR principles – launched by the Data FAIRport initiative and recently adopted by the European Commission Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020 the aim of this workshop is to bring new lymph to the political, legal, technical and technological debate around re-use and reproducibility of research data in Italy.

Starting from requirements and concrete experiences of research infrastructures and relying on the results and on-going activities of specific RDA Working and Interest Groups, this workshop will call to action the coordinators of research infrastructures, individual researchers, funding agencies, research institutions, data scientists, data librarians / curators and computing scientists to identify which of the FAIR guidelines can be effectively supported by the current technology, which national policies are supporting their implementation and what are the challenges still open towards a concrete implementation of the FAIR principles in Italy.

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Focus on WP2017 – Open Research Data

The European Commission has just confirmed the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year work programmes setting out funding opportunities for 2017 under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding scheme . Although the 2016-2017 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 to date, important novelties have been introduced.

Among them, as of the Work Programme 2017, the current Open Research Data Pilot will be extended to cover all thematic areas of Horizon 2020, making open research data the default setting. This move will boost competitiveness by accelerating innovation and collaboration, improving transparency, and avoiding duplication of efforts.

A further new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs), detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Further guidance on the Pilot on Open Research Data and Data Management is available on the Participant Portal.

A new initiative from the European Commission to improve access to research results from FP7 completed projects.

The European Commission launched the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot early in 2015 to fund Open Access publishing fees for publications arising from finished FP7 projects through the OpenAIRE project.

This Pilot provides funding for Article Processing Charges (APCs) and for Book Processing Charges (BPCs) for FP7 projects up to two years after they have ended. The FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot provides an additional instrument to improve access to research results from FP7 projects, but it does not affect authors’ choice on how their project publications are made Open Access.

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Open research data: sharing research and open science

How valuable is data sharing in the context of Open Science? How can I make  my research and my data open? How can I properly manage datasets? How can I fulfill a Data Management Plan?

On November 18th and 19th a two day workshop at the CNR – Research Area of Bologna Congress Center  will attempt to give answers to these  and  to other questions related to open science and open research data.

Open research data: creating bridges for Open Science (November 18th) specifically addressed to professors and  young researchers features the participation of Peter Murray-Rust, professor emeritus of chemistry at Cambridge University, active supporter of Open Science and creator of tools developed to use open data, and  Erin McKiernan, young researcher in neuroscience who made of  “openess”  the paradigm of her research.
Other presentations and discussion will  follow on culture of sharing and open science. The afternoon will be devoted to  an “hands on session” on how to make Open Access and Open Science in practice, followed by an ample session of Q&A.
The workshop is  ‘a satellite event? of the International Conference OpenCon 2015, “Empowering the next generation to advance. Open Access, Open Education and Open date “.

On the second day, Data Management Plans: principles and practice  (November 19th)  is addressed to  the technical staff involved in  data sets management and curation (data scientists, data librarians, research office ). Peter Murray-Rust and Erin McKiernan will introduce  the topics of the day, followed by  a practical four hour session  held by Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre in Glasgow, one of the most prestigious institution on data management and curation worldwide. 

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