Future Open Science Services for scientific communities: an OpenAIRE Germany and EOSCpilot workshop

On October 24th 2017, the German National Workshop took place at Humboldt University’s Jacob-and-Wilhelm-Grimm Centre facilities in Berlin (that were kindly leased to us free of charge). Since the topic was “Future Science Services for Scientific Communities”, it made sense to organize and run the workshop together with the EOSCpilot project as a full-day event. Designed as a forum for dialogue it was targeted mainly at researchers, research administrators as well as librarians and served to collect participants’ feedback about expectations, challenges and issues to shape future developments according to researchers’ needs.

The event was opened by Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, head of the Humboldt University library, who emphasized the importance of open science and specifically the importance of engaging the scientific communities in this process.

Following his opening speech, Sabina Leonelli of the University of Exeter, Professor of Philosophy and the History of Science, delivered her key-note presentation entitled “Towards the European Open Science Cloud: Five Lessons from the Study of Data Journeys”. A strong open access and open science advocate herself, she pointed out that awareness of open science basic principles, services and methods is still low amongst many researchers and gave five main lessons that can be learned from the current situation.

Concluding the presentation-based part of the event were Simone Sacchi of LIBER talking in detail about the European Open Science Cloud and the EOSCpilot project as well as OpenAIRE Germany NOAD Jessica Rex presenting OpenAIRE and its open science infrastructures and services.

Providing some food for conversation and exchange during the networking lunch was the panel on the open science needs of specific scientific communities chaired by Laurent Romary of DARIAH.EU and INRA. Panelists included Anna Krystalli, a marine macro ecologist from the University of Sheffield, Katja Mayer, a sociologist from the University of Vienna, Fruszina Molnar-Gabor, a legal expert with the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften as well as Wouter Los, director of the zoological museum at the University of Amsterdam. Providing a truly pan-European and cross-discipline outlook, one thing all panelists could agree upon was the necessity of training the next generation of scientists in open science skills in order to change academic culture.

In the spirit of interaction and discussion, the afternoon was entirely dedicated to themed breakout groups. Topics covered included Zenodo, the future OpenAIRE Connect Dashboard for Research Communities, EOSC as a commons and Data Stewardship – what are the skill gaps and where to fill them. Sessions were organized so that every attendee had a chance to participate in each group. A brief goodbye then concluded this national workshop.

The slides for the keynote speech, presentations and breakout sessions are available on Zenodo. The links can be found on the event website: https://eoscpilot.eu/future-open-science-services-scientific-communities-agenda. You can also read up on some live-comments at our Twitter hashtag #fosssc!


This post is written by Jessica Rex.

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