Upcoming E-learning courses and webinars on H2020 Open Access requirements


Would you like to know more on how to comply with the Horizon 2020 Open Access (OA) mandate and Open Research Data Pilot? How to make your OA repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with Horizon 2020 OA requirements? Have questions about success factors for OA and Open Data policies? Join our free e-learning courses and webinars provided by FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Union Research) project in partnership with OpenAIRE and PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research).

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1. Making your repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with Horizon 2020 OA requirements: Moderated e-learning course and a webinar on May 2-6, 2016

Would like to know more on how to make your OA repository or OA journal OpenAIRE compatible with Horizon 2020 OA requirements? Join this FOSTER/OpenAIRE moderated e-learning course on May 2-6, 2016 and attend the webinar on May 6 at 11:00 CEST.
This course is targeting repository managers, data archives managers, librarians, journal editors and publishers, data providers, research managers and administrators.
      Understand of the OpenAIRE infrastructure and content harvesting
      Identify the OpenAIRE guidelines metadata specifications, levels and OAI sets
      Define the levels of compatibility based on specific needs and technical context
      Identify and implement system configurations, tools and facilities for repository platforms
      Use the OpenAIRE validator tool for compatibility tests and registration

2. Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020: Moderated e-learning course and a webinar on May 9-13, 2016

Are you a part of a Horizon 2020 funded project? Would you like to know more on how to comply with the Horizon 2020 Open Access mandate? Join in the moderated FOSTER Course “Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, from May 9 to May 13, and attend a webinar on Friday, May 13 at 11:00 CEST.
Target audience: researchers and students, project managers, librarians and repository managers.
Learn about:
      The context of the Horizon 2020 Open Access mandate
      Compliance with the Horizon 2020 Open Access mandate by depositing publications into repositories
      Reuse of deposited publications in Horizon 2020.

On May 13 at 11:00 CEST a one-hour webinar will be organized, providing the course participants and all others interested with the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the compliance issues, and receiving answers to their questions and doubts.

To participate in the webinar, that will be hosted at http://www.instantpresenter.com/eifl144, all you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and maybe headphones if you are in a busy room). To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully, please go to: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

And you can also join a self-learning course in Portuguese: Acesso Aberto às Publicações Científicas do H2020.

3. Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies: Introductory self-learning course

Working in a research funding organization and new to Open Access and Open Research Data? Join our introductory self-learning course for funders and learn more about:
      the advantages of Open Access and Open Research Data for the funder’s remit;
      the requirements of Horizon 2020 regarding Open Access and Open Research Data;
      what elements make a successful Open Access policy; and how to develop an effective Open Research Data policy.

4. Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies: Intermediate moderated e-learning course and a webinar on May 16-27, 2016

Working in a research funding organization, following Open Access and Open Research Data policy discussions, but feel overwhelmed with lots of new developments? Join our intermediate course ”Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies” and learn more about:
      the advantages of Open Access and Open Research Data for the funder’s remit;
      the requirements of Horizon 2020 regarding Open Access and Open Research Data;
      what elements make a successful Open Access policy; and how to develop an effective Open Research Data policy.
The moderated course “Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies” will run from May 16 to 27 and the webinar will take place on May 27 at 11:00 CEST.
To participate in the webinar, that will be hosted at http://www.instantpresenter.com/eifl146, all you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and maybe headphones if you are in a busy room). To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully, please go to: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

5. Open Science Training for National Contact Points (NCP)

FOSTER and NCP Academy (the project in a nutshell) organise a series of webinars on topics of relevance to National Contact Points supporting Horizon 2020 applicants across the European Research Area (ERA).
The training webinars content is structured around FOSTER Open Science Learning Objectives for funders. NCPs are introduced to why and how Open Science can optimize impact and how to support Horizon 2020 applicants.
Dates and topics:
      29 Apr, 11-12 CEST: Understanding Open Access: What is Open Access, how does it fit into EC’s “Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the World” and RRI Agendas? SPEAKER: Ivo Grigorov, Technical University of Denmark
      6 May, 11-12 CEST: Technical issues: Compliant repositories for institutions, How to maintain a compliant repository? joint FOSTER-OpenAIRE webinar; SPEAKERS: Pedro Principe, Un Minho, and Jochen Schirrwagen, University of Bielefeld & OpenAIRE2020
      20 May, 11-12 CEST: Good practices: What is the Open Data Pilot? What is required from signatories? SPEAKER: Joy Davidson, Digital Curation Center, UK
      27 May, 11-12 CEST: Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies, David Ball (FOSTER/PASTEUR4OA joint webinar) as part of the “Designing Successful Open Access and Open Data Policies: Intermediate moderated e-learning course and a webinar on May 16-27, 2016”


6. The Horizon 2020 Open Research Data pilot: Moderated e-learning course and a webinar on June 6-10, 2016

A course for researchers, research support staff and project officers.
Learning objectives:
      Understand what is required of participants in the H2020 Open Research Data pilot
      Learn about the concepts of open data, metadata, licensing and repositories
      Identify key resources and services that can help you to comply with requirements

This moderated course will run from June 6 to 10 and the webinar will take place on June 20 at 11:00 CEST.

To participate in the webinar, that will be hosted at http://www.instantpresenter.com/eifl147, all you will need is an internet-connected computer with sound (and maybe headphones if you are in a busy room). To check if your computer will be able to access the session successfully, please go to: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

Internationella open access-veckan 24-30 oktober 2016

Många hundra aktiviteter äger rum under den internationella OA-veckan 24-30 oktober. Workshops, seminarier, paneldebatter, webinarier och konferenser är bara några former av events som arrangeras runt om i världen för att synliggöra, möjliggöra och stärka utvecklingen av den öppna tillgången till forskningsresultat. Den internationella OA-veckan är ett bra tillfälle lyfta upp den samhälleliga betydelsen av open access på såväl lärosätens, myndigheters och andra organisationers dagordning.

OpenAIRE Newsletter February 2016

REISearch: Connecting Researchers with Society and Policy Makers

OpenAIRE proud to be contributing with OA  research Publications


reisearch image 2REIsearch  is an EC funded initiative that advances scientific knowledge by connecting leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens. See how OpenAIRE and open science/open access/open repositories are contributing to this initiative.
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PASTEUR4OA/North-West Europe Meeting

Major step on the path to international alignment


IMG 5757 eOn February 9-10, the North-West Europe group of the PASTEUR4OA project held its regional workshop in Brussels. During this two-day meeting representatives of Research-Performing Organisations as well as Research Funder policy managers talked about existing and new open science policies and exchanged ideas and best practices related to open science policies.
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EDISON project: workshop report

Data Infrastructure Competences and Skills Framework: A European and Global Challenge


einfra2 e1The ability to create, manage and exploit data has become one of the key challenges for practitioners in nearly all disciplines, sectors and industries. This is particularly true at the European level where, under the Digital Single Market, there is an opportunity to harmonise training and education with the skills needs of research and other infrastructures, as well as industry. The EU-funded EDISON project has been established to build the profession of data science through a combination of two main activities…
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Latvian NOAD receives ‘Most Open Institution’ award at LATA conference

On January 28, the Latvian University Library received the Recognition award of the Latvian Open Technology Association (LATA)

LATA BALVA ceremonija2 300x200On January 28, the Latvian University Library received the Recognition award of the Latvian Open Technology Association (LATA) at the conference “Open technology and smart solutions”. The LATA conference is about sharing knowledge, and for discussing smart technologies that emphasise security, privacy, data storage and ICT management aspects.Read More- - -

EUA Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications

Assisting Universities in the transition to Open Access

eua logo open scienceIn February the European University Association (EUA) published its “Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications” following its endorsement by the EUA Council. Its main objective is to assist universities in the transition to Open Access. It is the first step in a proposed larger series of EUA initiatives aimed at addressing the implications of the shift to Open Science.

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European Open Science Cloud for Research

Understanding the role of infrastructures in Europe’s Open Science Cloud initiative


OSC logos2Following a recent joint statement on the European Open Science Cloud for Research (EOSC) by EUDAT, LIBER, OpenAIRE, EGI and GÉANT, the second workshop, took place in Rome 5th February 2016, focused on understanding the roles of e-Infrastructures and Research infrastructures in this Europe’s Digital Single Market initiative. EOSC will offer 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million Science and Technology professionals a virtual environment for storage, management, analysis and data re-use – across borders and scientific disciplines. EOSC will be funded by the European Commission, and at the Rome workshop, 120 participants – including researchers, research infrastructure, and e-Infrastructures together with national and international service providers, data centre and research organisation strategists and decision makers – gathered to discuss potential governance models, sustainability and participants’ expectations.
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Mark your calendar for upcoming events


OpenAIRE national workshop, Hungary
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 @ Budapest, Hungary
Open Education Week
Monday, 07 March 2016 @
Ilide 2016, March 14 – 16, 2016 Jasná, Slovakia
Monday, 14 March 2016 @ http://ilideconference.schk.sk/wordpress/
PASTEUR4OA/North Europe Meeting os Research Performing Organisations and Research Funders
Thursday, 17 March 2016 @ Copenhagen, Denmark
PASTEUR4OA: South East Europe Meeting for Research Funders
Friday, 01 April 2016 @
Open Science Conference
Monday, 04 April 2016 @ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Forumgrupp för OpenAccess.se

Ledamöterna för gruppen OpenAccess.se och publiceringsfrågor inom Forum för nationell bibliotekssamverkan och utveckling är nu utsedda. Gruppens första möte äger rum  28 april 2016.

Gruppen kommer att arbeta enligt följande direktiv:

Gruppens uppgift på en övergripande nivå är att stödja och ge KB input i arbetet med open access och publiceringsfrågor genom att främja öppen tillgång till forskningsresultat från svenska lärosäten, myndigheter och forskningsinstitut. Mer specifika arbetsuppgifter kommer att vara avhängiga av regeringens fortsatta hantering av Vetenskapsrådets förslag till nationella riktlinjer för öppen tillgång. En övergång till open access kommer att innefatta omfördelning av kostnader och ekonomisk omställning, där KB kan tilldelas uppgifter enligt Vetenskapsrådets förslag.

Gruppens ledamöter för första mandatperioden är:

Wilhelm Widmark (ordförande), Stockholms universitet

Beate Eellend (sekreterare) Kungl. biblioteket

Jonas Gilbert, Södertörns högskola

Kristoffer Holmqvist, Lunds universitet

Gun Larsson, Vitterhetsakademien

Jessica Lindholm, Chalmers tekniska högskola

Britta Lövgren, Riksbankens jubileumsfond

Jonas Nordin, Kungl. biblioteket

Therese Pietilä, Kungl. biblioteket

Jenny Samuelsson, Luleå tekniska universitet

Lisbeth Söderqvist, Vetenskapsrådet

Ambitionen med Forum för nationell bibliotekssamverkan och utveckling är att skapa en plattform för specifika områden där biblioteken ges möjlighet att gemensamt lyfta och diskutera de frågor och behov som är aktuella på nationell nivå, men även på detaljnivå inom ett specifikt ämnesområde för en viss bibliotekstyp.

Se även tidigare inlägg.

”Staging the Open Access Transformation of Subscription Journals”

Vid den 12:e Berlin Open Access-konferensen samlades d. 8-9 december över 90 representanter från 19 länder för att diskutera ett gemensamt ”Expression of Interest” med syfte att genomföra en storskalig omvandling från ett låst prenumerationsbaserat till ett öppet tillgängligt publiceringssystem. Stor konsensus rådde i diskussionerna, men även olika viljor som skulle enas kring dokumentets detaljer. Värd för konferensen var Max Planck institutet. Sverige representerades av Anna Lundén och Beate Eellend, Kungl. biblioteket samt Sofie Wennström, Stockholms universitet.

Som underlag för diskussionerna användes i huvudsak rapporten ”Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access” där Ralf Schimmer et. al. visar att det redan finns tillräckligt med pengar i det globala publiceringssystemet för att uppnå en sådan omvandling till open access. De cirka 7,6 miljarder Euro som globalt används för att betala prenumerationsavgifter skulle kunna styras om och återinvesteras för att täcka kostnader i ett öppet tillgängligt publiceringssystem.

En sådan omvandling skulle innebära att samtidigt som de befintliga tidskrifterna finns kvar med sina väletablerade funktioner, till exempel sakkunniggranskning och varumärkesvärde, så skulle de underliggande betalningsströmmarna genomgå en övergripande omstrukturering. En sådan omvandling kan emellertid enbart genomföras på en global skala och genom att konsensus uppnås mellan världens forskningsorganisationer. Det krävs alltså en samsyn och delad insikt i att de pengar som för närvarande är inlåsta i ett prenumerationssystem måste dras tillbaka och återanvändas i ett öppet tillgängligt publiceringssystem. Bibliotekens budgetar ska inte belastas ytterligare utan istället ses som en huvudsaklig källa för att möjliggöra en omvandling utan finansiell eller annan form av risk. Målet är alltså att bevara de väletablerade funktioner och tjänster som förlagen erbjuder och som fortfarande efterfrågas av forskarna, samtidigt som det nödvändiga betalningsflödet omdefinieras och omorganiseras till ett system med öppet tillgängliga publikationer.

De senaste åren har den öppna tillgången till vetenskapliga publikationer ökat påfallande. Artiklar som publiceras open access är det som ökar mest inom vetenskaplig publicering och har nu nått en marknadsandel på 13% (i denna summa är inte publiceringar i hybridtidskrifter inräknade, vilka också har ökat). Varför är det då så att även om denna ökning av open access-artiklar innebär en minskning av artiklar i prenumerationsbaserade tidskrifter så återspeglas inte denna tendens i skiftet från prenumerationskostnader till open access-avgifter? Hur kan det vara så att en traditionell publiceringsmodell som i ett modernt, web-baserat ekosystem så uppenbart är dysfunktionell och förlegad, inte bara har överlevt utan faktiskt fortsätter att vara attraktiv för forskarna och de stora förlagen därmed gör större vinster än någonsin? Vad är det som skulle krävas för att skynda på omvandlingen till ett öppet tillgängligt publiceringssystem?

Med sitt ”white paper” vill författarna alltså visa att det redan finns tillräckligt med pengar i systemet för att uppnå en sådan övergripande omvandling till open access-publikationer. Som nämnts ovan används ca 7,6 miljarder Euro  globalt för att betala prenumerationsavgifter. Målet är att dessa pengar styrs om och återinvesteras för att täcka kostnader i ett publiceringssystem för open access-tidskrifter. 2013 registrerades ca 1,5 miljoner utgivna artiklar i prenumerationsbaserade tidskrifter i Web of Science. Detta innebär en genomsnittlig kostnad på 5 000 Euro per artikel, som är inlåsta bakom så kallade paywalls. Rundas antalet artiklar upp till 2 miljoner (för att även inkludera artiklar som inte är indexerade i WoS) blir den genomsnittliga kostnaden 3 800 Euro per inlåst artikel. Detta är alltså den summa som redan nu, i ett prenumerationsbaserat låst publiceringssystem, betalas per artikel genom bibliotekens budgetar. Genom att samla in data från forskningsinstitutioner och forskningsfinansiärer har Max Planck börjat bygga upp en öppen databas på GitHub över APC-kostnader. Siffror från fakturor i Tyskland visar en genomsnittlig kostnad på drygt 1 200 Euro i APC-kostnad per open access-artikel. Även data från Österrikes forskningsfinansiär FWF, SCOAP3 samt Wellcome Trust har används i en uträkning av genomsnittlig APC-kostnad för att visa att författaravgifterna sällan överstiger 2 000 Euro per open access-artikel. Detta visar att den genomsnittlig APC-kostnaden  för open access-artiklar alltså är lägre än de kostnader per artikel som i nuläget betalas för prenumerationer av låsta tidskrifter.

CfP Elpub conference 2016 – last call

** Apologies for cross-posting **

Dear all,
we are looking forward to your submissions for Elpub2016.
Keynote Talks
We are honoured to host keynote talks by Jean-Claude Guedon and Tara Andrews:

– Whither Open Access? Four Scenarios and Four Choices. Jean-Claude Guedon, University of Montréal, Canada
– After the Spring: digital forms of scholarship and the publication ecosystem. Tara Andrews, University of Bern, Switzerland
With best regards,
Birgit Schmidt and Fernando Loizides
ElPub 2016 Chairs

Call for Papers

20th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (Göttingen, Germany)

Positioning and Power in Academic Publishing: Players, Agents and Agendas

7-9 June 2016, Göttingen, Germany

Conference web site: www.elpub.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ELPUBConference
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elpub2016
Proceedings will be published open access by IOS Press. Selected papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal Information Services & Use.


The International Conference on Electronic Publishing (Elpub) reaches its 20th anniversary! Elpub 2016 continues the tradition, and brings together scholars, publishers, lecturers, librarians, developers, entrepreneurs, users and all other stakeholders interested in issues regarding electronic publishing in widely differing contexts.


Elpub 2016 will have a fresh look on the current ecosystem of scholarly publishing including the positioning of stakeholders and distribution of economic, technological and discursive power. Elpub will also open the floor for emerging alternatives in how scholars and citizens interact with scholarly content  and what role dissemination and publishing plays in these interactions. Questions to be raised include: What is the core of publishing today? How does agenda setting in emerging frameworks like Open Science function and what is the nature of power of the referring scholarly discourses? How does this relate to the European and world-wide Open Science and Open Innovation agenda of funders and institutions, and how does this look like in publishing practice?

The conference will investigate the position and power of players and agents, – e.g. scholars and their networks, legacy and academia-owned publishers, research institutions and e-infrastructures – as well as their respective agendas. When looking at these interlinked topics, we aim to sharpen the view for current challenges and ways forward to reshape the publishing system. You are most welcome to join us in this exciting discussion!

Topics include but are not restricted to:

Enhancing publishing, access and reuse

  1. Publishing models on the move (business and funding models, tools, services and roles)
  2. Open access revisited (publishing solutions, mandates and compliance, licenses, recommendations, disciplinary initiatives)
  3. New publishing paradigm (data publishing and citation, open pre/post publication peer review, executable papers, nano-publications)
  4. Interoperability and standards (metadata, identifier, vocabularies, repository integration, scalability, middleware infrastructure)

Quality, trust, skills and competencies

  1. Research integrity (authorship and contributor roles, scientific rigor, fraud and paper retraction, reproducible research)
  2. Ethical and legal issues (authority, reliability, trust, copyright, privacy)
  3. New types of quality assurance (user comments, pre/post publication (open) peer review, etc.)
  4. Maintaining high quality standards (cost transparency, management and monitoring of publication costs)

Transforming digital collections

  1. Digital collections as data, from processing and visualisation to data citation and new types of publications
  2. User engagement and interaction (strategies and incentives, models for participatory projects/experiments, data quality and management, open science, crowd-sourcing)
  3. Reader / Information seeking behaviour and testing
  4. Enhanced research infrastructures and publishing environments (digital humanities, tools, workflows, interoperability, digital editions)

Data mining and knowledge discovery

  1. Big Data and its role in publishing (including use cases, technologies)
  2. Text and data mining (natural language processing, text harvesting, dynamic formatting)
  3. Open Data, Open Linked Data (solutions, methods, tools, open data challenges)
  4. Association mining (knowledge linking, discovery, presentation)
  5. Visualization (clustering, graphs, knowledge maps, augmented reality)
  6. User behavior and personalization technologies (user studies, social tagging, recommendation services)

Measuring impact and reuse

  1. Social networks and interaction analysis (author collaboration trends, publication trends)
  2. Bibliometrics and Altmetrics
  3. Author identifiers and profiles, citation and attribution



All submissions are subject to peer review. For each accepted paper, at least one author is expected to register for the conference to present the paper. Inclusion in the proceedings is conditional upon registration of at least one author per paper.


Moreover, upon submitting a workshop or demonstration, the proposers commit that in case their submission is accepted, all people committed to support the event (speakers, lecturers, panel members, etc.) will physically attend and coordinate it.


Papers submitted to this conference must not have been accepted or be under review by another conference or by a journal. The accepted papers will be published by IOS Press in a digital format open access conference proceedings book. Papers will be indexed in DBLP, Scopus and other abstracting and indexing services.


After the conference, selected papers will be published open access in the journal Information Services & Use (http://www.iospress.nl/journal/information-services-use/) under a Creative Commons license, subject to suggested alterations and suitable expansion of the work.


Furthermore, all accepted papers and posters will be archived at the Elpub Digital Library: http://library.elpub.net/. All contents published in the Elpub proceedings are distributed open access via the conference archive under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.


Paper submission and review will be managed via the EasyChair system. To submit a paper, please use the appropriate template and follow the specific instructions available at the conference website (http://www.elpub.net).


All full papers, short papers and posters must be written in English and submitted via the EasyChair submission system in PDF format.

Submission guidelines

All submissions should be made via EasyChair. For all submissions follow the EasyChair link instructions and tools which are available at the following URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elpub2016


Contributions are invited for the following categories:

  1. Full papers (manuscript up to 10 pages)
  2. Short papers (manuscript up to 6 pages)
  3. Posters (abstract min. of 500 words submission and then with the option to publish a manuscript between 2 – 4 pages if the authors choose).
  4. Workshops (abstract min. of 500 words)
  5. Demonstrations (abstract min. of 500)


For all submissions please follow the IOS Press instructions and tools which are available at the IOS Press website.

Important dates

15 December 2015 Submission Deadline

8 February 2016 Author Decision Notification

7 March 2016  Submission of Camera Ready Version

15 April 2016 Early Bird Registration Deadline

20 May 2016 Final Registration Deadline

7-9 June 2016 Conference


Conference dates and location: 7-9 June 2016, University of Göttingen, Germany

Conference Host: University of Göttingen