Research Producing Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries are of great significance for the European Open Science Cloud and the EOSCpilot project because of the essential role they play in the research and scholarship ecosystem.
They act as intermediaries, connecting the EOSC infrastructure and EOSC service providers with research users. Reaching out to this group of stakeholders was key for the EOSCpilot project to properly address its target user base.
It is important for these intermediary organisations to be aware and keep abreast of the policies governing the EOSC and its services, and to 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 the Open Science approach to research and scholarship all over Europe. Research libraries exemplify this by leading initiatives - both as individual organisations and collaboratively – 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, are key players in providing their users with the skills needed to exploit the EOSC and promote the advancement of research.
What has EOSCpilot delivered to this stakeholder group?
By taking an active role in the EOSCpilot project, Research Producing Organizations, Academic Institutions and Research Libraries contributed directly to the shaping and development of the EOSC Governance Framework and to influence the high-level development of the EOSC.
The project provided this stakeholder group with the ground to make statements, identify training needs, and actively shape the EOSC. They gained a better understanding of their role within the EOSC, and how to train research support staff and librarians to support researchers with an improved knowledge of the EOSC landscape.
Furthermore, this stakeholder group had the opportunity to:
- Facilitate and support the development of sustainable access to high-quality data and services for researchers;
- Gain access to new federated services and interoperable data, in turn helping researchers to make 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 and learn new approaches to support their recognition;
- Benefit from a unified vision for open research data and services and actively contribute to shaping the EOSC's development.
How did this stakeholder group contribute to the EOSCpilot project?
Their contribution was both essential and structural. Through these stakeholders, the EOSCpilot project discussed skills and training in Open Science and the EOSC ecosystem, validated its outputs and reached out to its target user base.
How can this stakeholder group engage with EOSC in the future?
This stakeholder group has a key role to play in future by promoting the EOSC as the way to advance and move forward research in an international framework. They have the crucial role of making researchers ready for joining the EOSC by providing them with the skills and the knowledge needed to benefit from Open Science and the EOSC. In return, libraries can also share with the EOSC information about the changing needs and habits of researchers so that the infrastructure continues to evolve in a useful way.
How will this stakeholder group benefit from EOSC
The EOSC will help them to serve their researchers better and to advance the cause of Open Science, which is important to this group.