Open Science and Research Data Management in the SSH for young researchers

The National Documentation Centre (EKT), OpenAIRE NOAD, organized in cooperation with FOSTER on June 5th, a seminar on Open Science and Research Data Management targeting young researchers in social sciences and humanities (SSH). Following an open call, 23 participants were selected to participate.

The event was divided into three parts. The first part aimed at introducing participants to the concepts of Open Science and Open Access. Nancy Pontika (FOSTER) introduced the concept of Open Access and the gradual transition to Open Science. Nancy gave a definition of research data and presented the FAIR principles for data management along with the Horizon 2020 mandate on research data management. Nancy also discussed open licenses giving particular focus on creative commons licenses and explaining what the three layers (the user, the legal and the machine accessibility) are all about. She concluded her presentation by highlighting the benefits arising from Open Science/ Open Access to various stakeholders placing particular emphasis on the benefits for researchers. Overall, as pointed out in the presentation, Open Science is about transparency, public availability of information, public accessibility to information and using web-tools to facilitate collaboration.

Iryna Kuchma (FOSTER) gave an extensive presentation of support and training materials developed by FOSTER project and other related projects and initiatives that facilitate the practical implementation of Open Science. Iryna’s presentation focused – among others- on aspects like data protection and ethics, informed consent, secure data storage and anonymization strategies and presented available tools and resources to address related issues. Elli Papadopoulou (OpenAIRE) presented OpenAIRE placing particular focus on the NOAD network and the services offered both by NOADs and OpenAIRE in general to the research community.

The second part of the seminar took the form of an interactive session where participants had the opportunity to share their practices and ask questions about data management based on their experiences with handling the data of their projects. The variety of disciplines and types of data led to a productive discussion and exchange of ideas regarding data management practices, highlighting the importance and benefits of data management planning from the very early stages of the research process. It also confirmed the necessity of considering issues related to data storage and preservation after the completion of the project.

During the third part of the seminar participants had the opportunity to learn about funding and networking opportunities available for researchers in SSH. Henry Scott, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point, presented funding opportunities under the Societal Challenge 6 “Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”, Science with and for Society (SwafS), Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA), and the European Research Council (ERC). Dimitris Maragkos (EKT) presenting the “Knowledge Bridges” initiative and the networking opportunities available as well as the activities organized until now.

The seminar confirmed the interest of the Greek research community, and young researchers, in particular, to learn more about Open Science and Open Access given that they are still not familiar with all Open Science related concepts. It also confirmed their willingness in adopting Open Science practices in their practices. Participants also expressed their interest in communicating the benefits of Open Science to their peers and to the administrations and libraries of their institutions. They also acknowledged the importance and necessity of similar events being organized within universities.

Further information about the event can be found here

Marina Angelaki

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

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