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European ministers united on making immediate access to scientific publications the default for 2020
03/06/2016

Europe’s governments have agreed to common ambitious political Open Science goals for the first time at a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry on 26-27 May 2016.

What consequences will taking action on these goals mean?
Who will be the influencers to make it happen?

See the highlights of the agreed goals here.

 

Free Webinar : Research Data Management - Strategies for Success
23/05/2016

Thursday 26 May 2016 at 14:00-15:00 CEST

Whether measurements from sensors, results from simulations or interview recordings, modern scholarship generates incredible amounts of digital information which, properly kept and shared, holds the potential to drive new research and innovation. Recognising this, funders are implementing policies for RDM and data sharing, such as the Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot, which aims to improve and maximise access to the research data generated by EU-funded projects. But good data management skills are useful far beyond complying with funder commitments: well-managed data foster good scientific practice and sharing well-formed, well-described data increases research impact.

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the importance of research data management;
  • Set clear goals regarding data archiving and sharing (both during and after a project);
  • Understand the basic principles of data management, stewardship and archiving;
  • Identify appropriate RDM tools and services.

Click here to register.

 

Free Webinar : Funding for APC-Free Open Access Journals and Platforms
03/05/2016

Are you publishing an APC-free OA journal on a shoestring?

OpenAIRE is hosting a webinar on Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 10:00 CEST where you can learn more about the new OpenAIRE call for proposals to fund APC-free Open Access journals and platforms under the alternative funding mechanism of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot.

Besides funding APCs, OpenAIRE would also like to offer a funding opportunity for APC-free OA journals under the EC Gold Open Access Pilot: after all, two thirds of the journals listed in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. Therefore, a call for proposals has been put together that will allow these journals and/or platforms and publishers to apply for funding for improving their publishing workflows along a number of suggested lines.

A maximum of €200,000 will be awarded to up to 12 bids to perform technical improvements on APC-free OA journals such as becoming OpenAIRE compatible, systematically collecting funding information in the article metadata or implementing ORCID. In order to be eligible for funding, such journals must have published (or accepted for publication) eligible articles arising from finished FP7 projects during the last year. 

The call for proposals will remain open until the 30th of June, and bid assessment will be done during the month of July. The selected proposals will be announced in early August and will have until the 30th of April 2017 to carry out the proposed improvements. 

We invite you to join this webinar and learn more about the requirements for applying for funding under this call. The webinar will be led by Pablo de Castro, from LIBER, the coordinating institution for the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot, and will address the following topics:

  • Timeschedule for this alt-funding initiative
  • Requirements for eligibility
  • How to submit a funding application

The second part of the webinar will be a Q&A session where questions about this funding initiative will be answered.

Click here to register.

 

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