For more than two decades Germany is at the forefront of Open Science in Europe. The publication of its strategy paper on open access, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) backs the objectives towards an Open Access standard. This commitment towards open access and open science is carried forward in the efforts of the large German research organisations, Helmholtz Association, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Leibniz Association and Max-Planck Society, and proven by the growing number of open science policies issued by universities. The expansion and dedication to openness in Germany was clearly shown in the results of the results of the "National Initiatives Survey" executed by EOSC-Pillar which was subsequently used to compile the Final Report by the EOSC Landscape Working Group
EOSC-Pillar has further engaged with many national infrastructures, in particular with the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). This initiative, which according to its funder BMBF, “[…] should be a knowledge repository for the entire research landscape”, is gaining momentum and started discussions on its role in cross-thematic services involving EOSC-Pillar. Our project also reached out to the national network provider (DFN) and to HIFIS, an initiative by the Helmholtz Association that aims to build a data-oriented collaborative environment for its research centres.
Several key German organisations are contributing to EOSC-Pillar. In particular the Fraunhofer IWM Institute in Freiburg (DE) leads the activities of Work Package 5 on FAIR Data Services and data management training, while the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), among other things, helped carrying out the "National Initiatives Survey" coordinated by Work Package 3 and assists novel services like those operated by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), to become citizens in the EOSC infrastructure in work package 7.
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