EOSC Symposium 2022, Nov 14-17, 2022 @ Prague (CZ) & online | EOSC Association

The EOSC Symposium is the main EOSC annual event and this year takes place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 14th-17th November 2022.

Over 500 stakeholders from ministries, policy makers, research performing organisations, service providers, research infrastructures and research communities across Europe and beyond are expected to attend the Symposium to reflect on the EOSC key achievements and strategic challenges and to identify priorities and concrete actions at European, national, and institutional level to speed up the EOSC implementation.

 

During the Symposium, there will be an opportunity to inspire the EOSC community by sharing your work or ideas. Apply to the call for talks or sessions now! Deadline: Friday 23 September 2022, 17:00 CEST.

Call for talks: Submit a talk (the talk should not exceed 7 minutes) on the following topics:

FAIR enabling practices 
Use cases demonstrating the added value of EOSC
EOSC Core developments
EOSC Exchange & Data Federation developments
Federation of national Research Infrastructures & e-infrastructure in EOSC
Training & Skills for EOSC
Contributions of for profit partners to EOSC
Engaging stakeholders in EOSC

More information here.

Call for sessions: Submit ideas for a side session (max 90 minutes) or an evening session (up to 3 hours). Please note that there is a limited number of slots for sessions and the sessions might be running in parallel with the main programme of the Symposium.Please double check the draft structure of the event here. 

More information here.

The applications will be evaluated by the Programme Committee and the applicants will be notified on the week of the 3rd of October 2022.

 

NI4OS-Europe Regional Event in Budapest – NI4OS- Europe

“NI4OS-Europe is organizing one of the biggest in-person events of the project, the EOSC Regional Event. The event will cover topics such as the European Open Science Cloud, Open Science, the policy aspect of it, as well as the researcher view on services and infrastructure.

Since it is the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, this conference is a great opportunity to draw attention to its importance in the Open Access Movement and to celebrate the anniversary….”

FAIR-IMPACT

“In 2015 the vision of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) emerged. EOSC would provide an open and trusted environment for accessing and managing a wide range of publicly funded research data and related services, helping researchers reap the full benefits of data-driven science. EOSC is now entering its implementation phase (2021-2027) which requires active engagement and support to ensure widespread implementation and adoption of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles, to define and share standards and develop tools and services, to allow researchers to find, access, reuse and combine research results.

With the ambitious goal to realise an EOSC of FAIR data and services, the FAIR-IMPACT project responds to these needs by supporting the implementation of FAIR-enabling practices, tools and services across scientific communities at a a European, national and institutional level….”

Study on the Open Data Directive, Data Governance and Data Act and their possible impact on research – Publications Office of the EU

“This study analyses the possible impact of three major legislative instruments in the European Sstrategy for data (the Open Data Directive, the Data Governance Act and the proposed Data Act) for the field of research, especially for research performing organisations and research funding organisations. It does so against the background of the European Open Science policy pursued, in which the development of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a major undertaking. Although the impact is difficult to assess at this stage, the study identifies and makes recommendations about key legal issues that need to be resolved. These have to do with ambiguities in the scope of application to research data, the interpretation of provisions, and the consistency between the instruments from the perspective of open science research policy.”

The EOSC Future Project and RDA Announces New Calls for Funding | RDA

“The EOSC Future Project is developing an environment to deliver professional data services, open research products and infrastructure that will support European researchers in managing the data lifecycle. To enable early adoption of the EOSC environment, RDA and EOSC have issued the following open calls targeting scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers, backed by a grant funded by EOSC Future with the aim of enabling bottom-up engagement of the RDA community in EOSC: …”

Job: Open Science Project Officer (DIAMAS & Skills4EOSC) | OPERAS

The mission requires a sound knowledge of and a strong interest for the open science and open access European landscape, and the ability to correctly assess the needs and challenges in terms of training, skills, best practices, standardisation, sustainability in these areas.

The Open science project officer should be able to collaboratively build a global overview of such needs and challenges that takes into account the specificities of the research communities and their different actors.

The Open science project officer will contribute to the following projects:

DIAMAS
In the transition towards Open Access (OA), institutional publishing is challenged by fragmentation and varying service quality, visibility, and sustainability. To address this issue, DIAMAS gathers 23 organisations from 12 European countries, well-versed in OA academic publishing and scholarly communication. The DIAMAS project will map the current landscape of Institutional Publishing Service Providers (IPSPs) in 25 countries of the ERA with special attention for IPSPs that do not charge fees for publishing or reading. It will coordinate and improve the efficiency and quality of IPSPs by developing a European Quality Standard for Institutional Publishing (EQSIP). Lastly it will formulate community-led, actionable recommendations and strategies for institutional leaders, funders/sponsors/donors, and policymakers in the European Research Area (ERA). Workshops and targeted networking actions will reach and engage institutional decision-makers.

In 36 months, DIAMAS will deliver an aligned, high-quality, and sustainable institutional OA scholarly publication ecosystem for the ERA, setting a new standard for OA publishing, shared and co-designed with all stakeholders.

Skills4EOSC
Skills4EOSC brings together leading experiences of national, regional, institutional and thematic Open Science (OS) and Data Competence Centres from 18 European countries with the goal of unifying the current training landscape into a common and trusted pan-European ecosystem, in order to accelerate the upskilling of European researchers and data professionals in the field of FAIR and Open Data, intensive-data science and Scientific Data Management. Competence Centres (CC) are seen as centres of gravity of OS and EOSC activities in their countries. These entities can either be established national initiatives (as is the case of ICDI in Italy) or initiatives under establishment (e.g. Austria, Greece and the Nordic countries) or organisations which have the leading or mandated contribution to the OS activities nationally. CCs pool the expertise available within research institutions, universities and thematic and cross-discipline research infrastructures. They offer training and support, empowerment, lifelong learning, professionalisation and resources to a variety of stakeholders, including not only researchers and data stewards, but also funders, decision makers, civil servants, and industry. Thanks to their position at the heart of the above described multi-stakeholder landscape, the CCs represented by the Skills4EOSC partners play a pivotal role in national plans for Open Science and in the interaction with scientific communities. They also have close access to policy makers and the related funding streams. The Skills4EOSC project will leverage this reference role to establish a pan-European network of CCs on OS and data, coordinating the work done at the national level to upskill professionals in this field. The Skills4EOSC CC network will drive the co-creation of harmonised trainer accreditation pathways, academic and professional curricula and skills quality assurance, recognition frameworks, and learning material creation methodologies.

Both projects will start the 1st of September 2022 with a duration of 36 months.

 

Key Responsibilities

Participate in landscaping and mapping activities in both projects
Lead the coordination of collaborative work in various tasks and work packages in both projects where OPERAS is WP/task leader
Lead and participate in the design of capacity/competence centres in both projects
Supervise, write, finalise, and review key deliverables in both projects
Communicate in coordination with OPERAS and project communication managers on the activities and outputs of the projects
Manage the reporting activity for OPERAS in both projects
For DIAMAS project: organise and manage the community network of diamond publishing stakeholders beyond the project consortium

Relationships

Daily with OPERAS contact points in DIAMAS and Skills4EOSC projects
With projects PIs, WP Leaders and tasks leaders in both projects
With other partners in both projects
With OPERAS Coordination Team and in particular with

OPERAS FAIR data officer
OPERAS Community Manager
OPERAS Community Coordinator

Green light for the National Plan for Open Science

“ICDI and its Competence Centre is recognised as an enabler of the process to make Open Science ‘the new normal’ and support Italian participation in EOSC

The National Plan for Open Science, an integral part of the National Research Programme 2021-2027, in compliance with Ministerial Decree no. 268 of 28-02-2022, and available on the website of the Ministry of University and Research at the following link https://www.mur.gov.it/it/atti-e-normativa/decreto-ministeriale-n-268-del-28-02-2022, becomes a reality. 

The National Plan for Open Science, which has just been published on the MUR website, constitutes a policy document that contributes to the implementation of open science, understood as a new paradigm for the creation of scientific knowledge based on transparency and cooperation, capable of enhancing research and scientific teaching, promoting knowledge as a common good and giving everyone the opportunity to access the results of scientific research.

The Plan proposes an overall vision, with specific strategies for five axes of intervention, which must interact to create an open ecosystem of publications, data, analysis tools, networked ICT infrastructures and services, evaluation and training, focusing on the essential value of knowledge sharing….”

Burgelman (2021) Politics and Open Science: How the European Open Science Cloud Became Reality (the Untold Story) | Data Intelligence | MIT Press

Jean-Claude Burgelman; Politics and Open Science: How the European Open Science Cloud Became Reality (the Untold Story). Data Intelligence 2021; 3 (1): 5–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/dint_a_00069

Abstract:

This article will document how the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) emerged as one of the key policy intentions to foster Open Science (OS) in Europe. It will describe some of the typical, non-rational roadblocks on the way to implement EOSC. The article will also argue that the only way Europe can take care of its research data in a way that fits the European specificities fully, is by supporting EOSC.

National Policies relevant to EOSC deployment – Workshop Report | Zenodo

Carrillo, Rob, Giuffrida, Maria, & Drago, Federico. (2022). National Policies relevant to EOSC deployment – Workshop Report. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6584214

Abstract: On 4 May 2022, EOSC Synergy, together with EOSC-Pillar, EOSC Nordic, ExPaNDS, NI4OS-Europe, EOSC Future and FAIRsFAIR held a workshop, ‘National Policies Relevant to EOSC Deployment: Status, gaps, and steps towards harmonisation’ in Strasbourg.

During the workshop, the findings of the regional EOSC projects on national open science, funding, and access provisioning policies were presented. The workshop was timely as it was organised within the last year of the regional EOSC projects. The workshop was also organised right after the EOSC Policy Event organised by EOSC Future in collaboration with the European Commission, the EOSC Association, the EOSC Steering Board and the University of Strasbourg which tackled the same topic but more on a European policy level and context.

Ludek Matyska, EOSC Synergy opened the event and welcomed more than 100 online and on-site participants.
At the opening, he stressed the importance of implementing EOSC at all levels and having a proper geographical
coverage, which is one of the main themes of the event.

Workshop themes

Open Science and EOSC National Policies
Funding policies
Access Provisioning Policies

Open Market Consultation for the European Open Science Cloud Public Procurement Action | Shaping Europe’s digital future

“With the publication of the Prior Information Notice the European Commission invites potential market players from industry and the research community to participate in the preliminary market consultation for the upcoming European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) procurement. During the open market consultation, the Commission seeks, in particular, feedback on the procurement approaches, technical challenges and possible solutions….”

Supporting knowledge creation and sharing by building a standardised interconnected repository of biodiversity data | Zenodo

“This EOSC in practice story was developed within the Cos4cloud project and targets a very wide user base as it is addressed to any researchers, teachers, students, companies, institutions and, more generally, anyone interested in knowing, studying or analysing biodiversity information.

The story presents Cos4Bio, a co-designed, interoperable and open-source service that integrates biodiversity observations from multiple citizen observatories in one place, allowing experts to save time in the species identification process and get access to an enormous number of biodiversity observations. This resource is available on the EOSC Portal Catalogue and Marketplace …”

Supporting knowledge creation and sharing by building a standardised interconnected repository of biodiversity data | EOSC Portal

“This EOSC in practice story targets a very wide user base as it is addressed to any researchers, teachers, students, companies, institutions and, more generally, anyone interested in knowing, studying or analysing biodiversity information. It was developed within the Cos4cloud project….

Cos4Bio is a co-designed, interoperable and open-source service that integrates biodiversity observations from multiple citizen observatories in one place, allowing experts to save time in the species identification process and get access to an enormous number of biodiversity observations….”

Elena Giglia, Open Science is here to stay — Filologia Classica e Italianistica – Ficlit

“What lessons did we learn from the COVID pandemic? How has the crisis impacted the current scholarly communication system? And, all in all, does the current scholarly communication work? Are you happy with the way your research is evaluated? During this workshop we shall see the reasons why we need Open Science, how it works, and what you can do starting tomorrow to open up every step of your research – without harming your career. We shall also try to overcome common misunderstandings on Open Access, Open Science and FAIR data and we shall discuss the future of research in the EOSC – European Open Science Cloud era.”

Open Science Policy Austria

English (via deepl.com)

On Wednesday 23.2.2022, the Open Science Policy Austria was adopted in the course of a joint presentation to the Council of Ministers by the BMBWF, BMDW and BMK.
With this presentation to the Council of Ministers and this Open Science Policy Austria, Austria is committed to the Open Science movement and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The vision of Open Science is to make scientific processes more open and effective and to use both scientific excellence and open innovative and applied research to address current challenges, which are very comprehensively outlined in the policies of the EU Commission and in the framework of the Global Sustainability Goals (UN SDGs).

German original:

Am Mittwoch 23.2.2022 wurde im Zuge eines gemeinsamen Ministerratsvortrages von BMBWF, BMDW und BMK die Open Science Policy Austria beschlossen.
Mit diesem Vortrag an den Ministerrat und dieser Open Science Policy Austria bekennt sich Österreich zur Open Science Bewegung und zur European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Die Vision von Open Science ist es, wissenschaftliche Prozesse offener und effektiver zu gestalten und sowohl wissenschaftliche Exzellenz als auch offene innovative und angewandte Forschung zur Bewältigung aktueller Herausforderungen zu nutzen, die sehr umfassend in den Policies der EU-Kommission und im Rahmenwerk der Globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele (UN SDGs) dargestellt werden.