publication . Article . 2016

Stepping up Open Science Training for European Research

Schmidt, Birgit; Orth, Astrid; Franck, Gwen; Kuchma, Iryna; Knoth, Petr; Carvalho, José;
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  • Published: 17 Jun 2016
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Open science refers to all things open in research and scholarly communication: from publications and research data to code, models and methods as well as quality evaluation based on open peer review. However, getting started with implementing open science might not be as straightforward for all stakeholders. For example, what do research funders expect in terms of open access to publications and/or research data? Where and how to publish research data? How to ensure that research results are reproducible? These are all legitimate questions and, in particular, early career researchers may benefit from additional guidance and training. In this paper we review the activities of the European-funded FOSTER project which organized and supported a wide range of targeted trainings for open science, based on face-to-face events and on a growing suite of e-learning courses. This article reviews the approach and experiences gained from the first two years of the project.
The FOSTER project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612425. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of all project partners to the design and implementation of the FOSTER project.
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Fields of Science and Technology classification (FOS)
02 engineering and technology, 0202 electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering, 020204 information systems, 03 medical and health sciences, 0301 basic medicine, 030104 developmental biology
free text keywords: Computer Science Applications, Media Technology, Communication, Business and International Management, Library and Information Sciences, open science, open access, training, policies, European research, Science & Technology, open science; open access; training; policies; European research, open science; open access; training; policies; European research, Computer science, Code (semiotics), Open science, Scholarly communication, Engineering ethics, Quality (business), media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Training (civil), Knowledge management, business.industry, business, Suite, Publication, Range (computer programming), lcsh:Communication. Mass media, lcsh:P87-96, lcsh:Information resources (General), lcsh:ZA3040-5185
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  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 612425
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP4 | SiS
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