Belnet appointed as a mandated organisation of the EOSC Association

The Belgian national research and education network facilitates open science in Belgium and in Europe.

Last month, Belnet, the Belgian research and education network, was appointed as the mandated organisation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Association for Belgium. The aim of EOSC is to create a new European web of data as a means of stimulating interdisciplinary research and thereby boosting science and the economy. 

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WEBINAR: EOSC-Pillar RDM Training and Support Catalogue

The EOSC-Pillar project is building a catalogue of training and support material for FAIR data stewardship. The catalogue includes training materials as well as day-to-day, operational and readily available resources that can be used by data stewards to support researchers.

This webinar will present the catalogue to the evolving RDM support community in Belgium and to hear directly from its potential users. It will introduce the EOSC-Pillar project and contextualise the Training and support catalogue within the wider EOSC ecosystem. Throughout the session, participation is encouraged and feedback on different aspects of the catalogue is welcomed. Join us to move the catalogue forward!

Register here
Who should attend
  • Belgian data steward community
  • Data stewards from the EOSC-Pillar countries
  • People interested in training and support resources for Research Data Management
Preliminary agenda:
  • Introduction to EOSC & EOSC-Pillar – Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, Coordinator scholarly communication (Ghent University)
  • EOSC-Pillar Training and Support catalogue – Paula Oset, Data Steward (Ghent University)
  • Feedback session
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Slides and recordings – Open Science Webinar with top UHasselt COVID-19 researchers!

In the context of the International Open Access Week (Oct. 19-25, 2020), Hasselt University Library organized an online webinar, where Niel Hens, Geert Molenberghs, Liesbet Peeters, Thomas Neyens and Jan Aerts gave  a talk on the role of open data in COVID-19 research.

You can find recordings and slides of this webinar here.

Recordings are available at drive.google.com/file/d/19NFA_SbOloYMFAxCt-Oy0d5nnSscJY7h/view

Geert Molenberghs (professor of Biostatistics at UHasselt and KU Leuven)

Thomas Neyens (assistant professor in Biostatistics at UHasselt and KU Leuven)

Liesbet M. Peeters (assistant professor in Biomedical Data Science at UHasselt)

Niel Hens (Professor of biostatistics at Hasselt University and the University of Antwerp)

Jan Aerts (professor Visual Analytics at UHasselt)

Open Science Webinars recordings – Skills and training

During Open Access Week, Open Science staff from Belgian universities, teamed up to organize a series of 4 webinars aimed at research support staff to provide information on Open Science skills and offer the opportunity to discuss approached to open science literacy and training.

Media content – Slides and recordings

Tuesday October 20, 10.30-11.30 | Skills development for Open Science

Tuesday October 20, 12.00-13.00  | Training for Data Management Planning

Thursday October 22, 10.00-11.30 | Open Science tools: demo and discussion

Because of the discussion part of this session and some of the ‘back-end’ information on the tools shown, this session was not recorded and not all slides are made available.

Thursday October 22, 12.00-13.00  | Open Science accelerating? COVID 19 examples

Hasselt University Library presents: Open Science Webinar with our top UH COVID-19 researchers!

In the context of the International Open Access Week (Oct. 19-25, 2020), Hasselt University Library organizes an online webinar, where Niel Hens, Geert Molenberghs, Liesbet Peeters, Thomas Neyens and Jan Aerts will give a talk on the role of open data in COVID-19 research. The event will take place on October 23rd, from 9.30 until 11.00 a.m.

Anyone can attend the session although it is primarily intended for researchers, PhD students, postdocs and (junior) professors.

Register here: Registration Form COVID-19 UHasselt

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New Social Sciences and Digital Humanities Archive – Invitation SODHA webinar

In a few short weeks, the new Social Sciences and Digital Humanities Archive (SODHA) will be launched. The new Belgian SODHA repository offers safe long-term storage for research data from the social sciences and digital humanities, following the principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability. 

Would you like to learn more about SODHA? Follow the webinar on 27 October 2020 at 10:00 and discover how to find, access and deposit research data in the SODHA archive. This online event is organised specifically for academic data protection officers, data stewards and other data management professionals. 

The event is free, but registration is required (sodha@arch.be).

Online Open Science Webinars – skills and training

As a part of the international Open Access Week 2020, Belgium universities host a series of online webinars. The 4 online presentations will cover different topics concerning Open Science aimed at research supporting staff and librarians interested in learning more about Open Science tools, training, Open Data  and Open Science in practice. 

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Tuesday October 20, 10.30-11.30 | Skills development for Open Science

Tuesday October 20, 12.00-13.00  | Training for Data Management Planning

Thursday October 22, 10.00-11.30 | Open Science tools: demo and discussion

Thursday October 22, 12.00-13.00  | Open Science accelerating? COVID 19 examples

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Open Access Week 2020 – Save the date

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

This year Open Access Belgium will host 4 online webinars, targeted at research support offices and librarians but free for all. The 4 thematic webinars will address: Open Science skills development, Open Data and data management planning, Open Science tools and Open Science in practice: COVID 19 examples.

Registration and the full program will follow shortly but you can already mark the date in your agenda: Tuesday-morning 20 October and Thursday 22 October.

More information will follow shortly!

Mosa, Window of Visibility for Open Access Research in Belgium

A new tool is now live in the Belgian Open Access landscape: Mosa (https://www.mosa-research.be).

Mosa aims to highlight Open Access research produced by scholars from Belgian and Luxembourgish institutions. More than 10 repositories are daily harvested in Mosa. Interface is in Dutch, English (default), French and German.

Mosa currently contains more than 295,000 records in Open Access, but it also contains publications and communications with restricted access (intranet). Depending on the repositories, a Request a print option can help you to directly contact the author and ask for an electronic copy.

In total, there are a bit less than 600,000 records in Mosa, of which a majority of scholarly articles:

  • 328,000 scientific articles
  • 66,000 proceedings
  • 48,000 dissertations
  • 40,000 lectures and conference presentations
  • 36,000 book chapters
  • 16,000 reports
  • 7,000 working papers and preprints
  • 1,800 course materials

For compliance reasons, not all Belgian repositories could be added to Mosa. Hopefully, they can be added soon!

Mosa team can be contacted at info@mosa-research.be.

Mosa

EOSC in Belgium – an overview

EOSC in BelgiumThis blogpost first appeared on the EOSC Pillar website on April 15th 2020: www.eosc-pillar.eu/news/eosc-belgium

Belgium’s involvement in EOSC is embedded in a strong research and innovation landscape and a long tradition in advocating Open Science.

On the 21st of November 2019, the first Belgian EOSC event “Belgian Open Science EOSC Initiatives” was organized by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Flemish and Federal Authorities. Bringing these different stakeholders together and provide a platform for discussion is important for the connection of Belgian research to EOSC. The main objective of this seminar was to promote exchanges between all Belgian partners in EOSC projects and the Executive Board Working Groups.

Connecting Belgian EOSC Partners

The event addressed themes on the uptake of Open Science Policy in Belgium, an overview of Belgian partners that have joined the EOSC initiative and the roles that have been assigned to Belgian representatives and experts within its governance. It was a chance for the different stakeholders and initiatives to meet and connect.

Michel Schouppe, senior advisor at the European Commission, introduced the audience to the goals, the timing, the stakeholders and the governance which will shape the EOSC. As a keynote speaker he stressed the importance of the network of infrastructures, projects and Member States to ensure the establishment of a solid and long-term sustainable research data ecosystem, to guarantee the widest possible access and to support knowledge creation.

This was followed by an update on the Belgian policy in the area of Open Science, how Open Science has unfolded in Belgium and the different Regions and the ambitions for the near future. The ‘Open Access Decree’ of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation consolidates the deposit policy of the Universities, stipulating that all scientific articles subsidized by public funds must be deposited in an institutional directory. A general open Science policy is under construction. The Flemish Open Science Board in Flanders is being set up to unite all Flemish stakeholders in a shared vision for the future on Open Science and EOSC, this board, supported by technical working groups, also advises policymakers on the steps to be taken to fully integrate Flanders into the international Open Science landscape. At a federal level, an Open Research Data Mandate was announced just the day before. This ORD mandate applies to digital data (and associated metadata), collected or created within the scope of research projects wholly or partially funded by BELSPO. It relates to data needed to validate results in scientific publications but also to other curated and/or raw data specified in the Data Management Plan (DMP).

After the policy session, some EOSC connected projects involving Belgian partners were introduced.

  • Inge Van Nieuwerburgh explained how EOSC-Pillar will coordinate national Open Science efforts across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy, ensuring their contribution and readiness for the implementation of EOSC. The project conducts a national initiatives survey, deploys activities in dissemination, training and uptake of FAIR data, contributes to guidelines on data stewardship and will enrich the activities with Use Cases and Community-Driven Pilots.
  • Francis Strobbe showed how ENVRI-FAIR builds on a set of FAIR data services for environmental research infrastructure to help create a network of trustworthy, well-documented environmental data.
  • Frederik Coppens described how EOSC-Life took on the challenge of bringing together Biological and Medical ‘ESFRI’ research infrastructures to create an open, digital and collaborative space for biological and medical research.
  • Caroline Alméras represented BE OPEN, which aims to assist in operationalising Open Science in transport research at the European level, through a series of targeted coordination and support activities.
  • Belgium is also indirectly involved in SSHOC, as explained by Johan Van Der Eycken, via ESFRI related projects such as DARIAH-BE, CLARIN, CESSDA and E-RIHS.  SSHOC will create the social sciences and humanities area of the EOSC and facilitate access and services to the data for the SSH community.
  • Emilie Hermans indicated how OpenAIRE-Advance, building on previous OpenAIRE projects, develops a European-wide research information system supported by an expert network of Open Science experts, enabling EOSC to be truly Open.

The day was closed by a panel featuring the Belgian representative in the governance board and the Belgian experts in the working groups of EOSC who gave a good overview of the issues addressed in the working groups and the roadmaps ahead.

EOSC in Belgium – an overview

Belgian organisations have invested in Open Science infrastructure and policies since the early 2000’s. Universities subscribed to the Berlin declaration in 2007, as did the Belgian, Flemish and French Community ministers of research in 2012. Research organisations started publication and data repositories throughout the years. OpenDOAR lists 36 Belgian repositories at the moment, re3data 24 data repositories. Many repositories are connected to EOSC through OpenAIRE’s research information space.

Moreover, the European projects DRIVER and OpenAIRE started coordinating efforts in Belgium, uniting Open Science ambassadors in the informal network Open Access Belgium. The Open Science activities are supported by Belgian, Flemish and French community policy efforts,  infrastructure networks such as Belnet, the national IT partner for research, education and public services, and supercomputers such as the Flemish VSC and the French community Cenaero.

Bart Dumolyn of the Flemish department of economy, research and innovation (EWI) is the Belgian representative in the EOSC Governance Board.

The EOSC Executive Board Working Groups and their Belgian experts

EOSC-related projects with Belgian partners