Open Access to Research Data in Horizon 2020 webinar – Greek OpenAIRE NOAD

On 22 March 2017, the National Documentation Centre (EKT) organized under its capacity as the Greek OpenAIRE NOAD a webinar focusing on open data in Horizon 2020 in collaboration with Sarah Jones from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). The webinar’s aim was to present the rules on open access to research data that apply to beneficiaries in projects funded (or co-funded) under Horizon 2020 and the services and tools that are available to beneficiaries that allow them to comply with these rules. The interest of the Greek research community in open access was confirmed by the high attendance levels and re-affirmed the added value of training and awareness-raising activities on the subject.

The first part of the webinar was dedicated to the presentation of the open access to research data mandate in Horizon 2020. The European Commission supports open access as it considers that there should be no need to pay for information funded from the public purse each time it is accessed or used. Sarah Jones subsequently presented the evolution of open access in the EU, stressing that from January 1st , 2017 the mandate on open access to research data applies to all Horizon 2020 thematic areas (with the provision for opt-out in certain cases). Key elements of the mandate are the deposit of research data preferably in a research data repository and the adoption of measures that enable third parties to access, mine, exploit, reproduce and disseminate free of charge to any use this data. Information should also be provided on the tools needed to validate these results.

The second part of the webinar was dedicated to data management. Participants learned about the importance of the Data Management Plan (DMP): the latter is a document presenting (among other) the types of data collected, the methodology and standards used, how these will be curated, preserved and shared. Sarah Jones presented the DMPonline, a tool developed by DCC to support researchers, including those funded by Horizon 2020 and focused on the OpenAIRE guidelines on writing DMPs. Examples of Horizon 2020 DMPs that are available in Zenodo were also showed.

The final part of the webinar gave practical guidance to researchers (which license to choose, where to find a suitable repository) and drew attention to the tools and services developed by OpenAIRE, FOSTER and EUDAT to support researchers.

The Q&A session that followed allowed researchers not only to ask specific questions, but also to share experiences and learn from each other.

The webinar is available through the following link:

Marina Angelaki

Project officer at the National Documentation Centre/NHRF. OpenAIRE NOAD for Greece.

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