Last week, two new European projects focusing on Open Access: FOSTER and PASTEUR40A had their kick-off meeting.
Both projects have a significant and representative list of partners, and I am sure that you’ll recognize a lot of them.
FOSTER, (FACILITATE OPEN SCIENCE TRAINING FOR EUROPEAN RESEARCH) will focus on the organizations of trainings and workshops about Open Access (with focus on ‘train the trainer’) and about the aggregating of open access training materials. More information at
PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) will help develop and/or reinforce open access strategies and policies at the national level and facilitate their coordination among all Member States. More information at
Two things might be of specific interest :
- The first call for FOSTER trainings is out (deadline March 17 for June- December workshops) http://www.fosteropenscience.eu/form/training/
- FOSTER is identifying already existing contents that can be reused in the context of the training activities. If you have any suggestions, please send them to me!
Building on and deepening existing open access networks in Europe (such as the OpenAIRE network), I believe that these projects will cover two practical needs in the European OA community: the need for bottom-up action and trainings and the creation of a framework where support and assistance on policy level is coordinated and facilitated.
If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me !