Research Producing Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries

Research Producing Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries
22 Feb

Research Producing Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries

 Research producing organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries will be the core users of the European Open Science Cloud

Research libraries, archives, academic institutions, university departments and, generally, organisations that are significantly involved in promoting, supporting and enabling research-production activities, play an essential role in the research and scholarship ecosystem.

Together these  organisations provide an intermediate layer connecting the EOSC infrastructure and EOSC service providers with research users. Reaching out to this group of stakeholders is key for the EOSCpilot project to properly addresses its target user base.

Intermediary organisations need to be aware and keep abreast of the policies governing the EOSC and its services, and be able to engage in informed conversations with researchers and scholars on a variety of levels and from specific disciplinary perspectives.

Intermediaries are already actively engaged in supporting and promoting an Open Science approach to research and scholarship all over Europe. Research libraries exemplify this by leading initiatives - both as individual organisations and as collaborative efforts- that advocate and support key areas of Open Science, including: FAIR approaches to research data management and research lifecycle support, Open Access to research outputs, text and data mining, copyright.

Research Producing Organisations and Academic Institutions, as the preferred place for research performance and researchers’ training, will need to provide their users with the skills needed to exploit the EOSC and promote the advancement of research.

According to an internal survey, approximately 40% of the EOSCpilot partners engage directly with Academic Institutions and Research Libraries.


The EOSC benefits for Research producing organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries

The added-value of engaging with EOSCpilot activities for research Intermediaries is:

  • to offer them the opportunity to contribute actively to the shaping and development of the EOSC Governance Framework, and to influence the high-level development of the EOSC
  • to facilitate and support the development of sustainable access to high quality data and services for researchers
  • to gain access to new federated services and interoperable data that will help  their researchers to make  research results visible, reproducible and re-usable to support awareness-raising about the value of research data in open science and innovation, improve the organisation’s data stewardship skills and capacity , learn new approaches to support their recognition
  • to gain a better understanding on how they fit in the EOSC, and how to train research support staff and librarians to support researchers with an improved knowledge of the EOSC landscape
  • Finally, by engaging closely in the EOSCpilot activities, research intermediaries will benefit from a unified vision for open research data and services and will be able to contribute actively to shaping the EOSC development.

EOSCpilot's contributions

Engagement in the EOSCpilot activities will provide Research-producing Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries with the opportunity to:

  • align the EOSC with their own research direction and strategy
  • contribute to training events and material to improve data skills
  • help in the development of a consciousness about the EOSC and its potential
  • provide an opportunity to influence and be part of the governance of the future EOSC

Do you belong to a research library, an academic or other type of research-producing institution?

First of all, we would like to get to know you and hear from you how you support Open Science. Here are some concrete ways to learn more about the EOSC and contribute to its shaping.

  • Attend the 1st EOSC Stakeholder Forum in Brussels, Belgium, on 28-29 Nov 2017. All stakeholders will gather to discuss and share their views on the foundations of the EOSC.
  • Participate in target workshops for research funding bodies and research-producing organisations (including academic institutions and research libraries) playing an intermediary role between the EOSCpilot services and its user community.
    Workshops to be held early in 2018.
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