Belgian organisations have invested in Open Science infrastructure and policies since the early 2000s. Universities subscribed to the Berlin declaration in 2007, as did the Belgian, Flemish and French Community ministers of research in 2012. The European projects DRIVER and OpenAIRE started coordinating efforts in Belgium, uniting Open Science ambassadors in the informal network Open Access Belgium. Research organisations have set up publication and data repositories throughout the years, most of them compliant to OpenAIRE guidelines and thus part of the OpenAIRE Research Graph.
Research is a regional competence, managed by Flanders and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Flanders started the Flemish Open Science Board (FOSB) to coordinate efforts, in Wallonia-Brussels Federation a working group is established. The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is managing the Open Science policies at the Federal level. In November 2019, the first Belgian EOSC event "Belgian Open Science EOSC Initiatives" was organized by the three policy levels.
EOSC-Pillar partner Ghent University is also the National Open Access Desk for Belgium (NOAD) in the context of OpenAIRE. The University is, in particular, contributing to the activities of our Work Package on "Establishing FAIR Data Services", coordinating the development of the EOSC-Pillar Training and Support Catalogue.
If you are part of a Belgian open science initiative and want to get in touch with EOSC-Pillar, join our network!