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September 25, 2020


From 15 to 17 September 2020 the annual German Open Access Tage took place, as many events these days, online. The Open Access Days form the annual central platform for the constantly growing Open Access and Open Science community from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Participants are mainly from libraries, research institutes and funding institutions.

In the OpenAIRE session on the first day, EOSC-Pillar was invited to talk about “What role do aspects of open science play in the design of data-driven infrastructure initiatives, such as the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) on the one hand and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) on the other?”

With the NFDI, a digital knowledge repository for research data is to be created in Germany, which will network, secure and make usable data in a decentralized and often isolated manner.

The NFDI is seen as a national contribution from Germany to the EOSC, while the concept of the EOSC is broader-based on aspects of "Open Science".

Against this background, the lecture outlined approaches for open science in selected NFDI consortia at a national level and compares them with the goals and activities at the European level in the EU projects and initiatives EOSC-Pillar and OpenAIRE.

It was an opportunity for EOSC-Pillar to show how national initiatives in Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and Austria can support the development of an open science and FAIR data-based European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and how EOSC-Pillar can complement and support national initiatives in promoting cultural change so that e.g. openly shared research data that follow the FAIR principles achieve a similar status as quality-checked open access publications.

Please find the slides on Zenodo 


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