Retrospective Open Science FAIR 2021

7 October 2021

From September 20 – 23, 2021, the third edition of the Open Science FAIR took place. At this international conference, an initiative of OpenAIRE, various topics around Open Science were highlighted. DANS was also present as an organizer, speaker and participant in several workshops and sessions.

DANS was involved in four workshops.

Workshop RDM training & support catalogue landscape

On behalf of the community of practice of training coordinators (CoP), DANS organized the workshop The RDM training & support catalogue landscape on Tuesday, September 21. Participants were briefly introduced to the catalogs that have been developed within various domains and initiatives, to make these catalogs interoperable with metadata and to ensure that harvesting is possible. Together, several challenges and solutions were discussed. Special attention should be given to the EOSC Future project in which a so-called catalog of catalogs is built to make the training materials easier to find.

Workshop Speaking FAIR implementation: moving from recommendations to supporting practical implementation by service providers

On the same day, the workshop Speaking FAIR implementation: moving from recommendations to supporting practical implementation by service providers took place. This workshop was organized by FAIRsFAIR and NI4OS-Europe. The session discussed the topic of semantic interoperability and its relevance to the EOSC. The general principles of the FAIRsFAIR FAIR Semantics team as well as practical use cases and examples coming from the NI4OS-Europe group of experts on metadata and semantics were discussed. The workshop is recorded and available on YouTube and the slides can be found on Zenodo.

Workshop Sharing best practices in open science training: from online to hybrid and beyond

At the end of the day, it was time for a second CoP-organized workshop Sharing best practices in open science training: from online to hybrid and beyond. This workshop highlighted different perspectives such as an online RDM game by Stellenbosch University, Open Science MOOC, podcasts and workshops from the Orion project and train-the-trainer bootcamps from the SSHOC project in the task that DANS leads. Jointly, we reflected on what works well and less well online and what hybrid workshops might look like.

Horizon Europe Train-the-trainer workshop

On Wednesday morning, it was time for a true train-the-trainer workshop on the requirements within Horizon Europe with regard to data management planning: Horizon Europe Train-the-trainer workshop. The differences compared to the Horizon2020 DMP requirements were explained by delegates from the European Commission and from the “European Research Council”. The University of Ghent and DANS mainly shared several practical handouts to meet the requirements.

FAIR Aware Tool

Besides the workshops, DANS also presented the FAIR Aware Tool in two sessions on Facilitating FAIR Awareness Training. In this demo, Maaike Verburg and Linas Cepinskas explained more about the new functionality of FAIR-Aware that facilitates the use of the online self-assessment tool in training and supporting researchers. With this new feature, trainers or other interested parties can download their participants’ results and immediately analyze them quickly and easily in the provided analysis template. The sessions were well attended by over 30 people, looking back can be done via the slides and recording.

Lightning talks

The last day of the conference was marked by a number of lightning talks in which DANS contributed about Best practices for online training. These included previews of two online training courses developed in the EOSC Synergy project: a train-the-trainer course that helps trainers develop online training materials, and an introductory course that covers topics such as Open Science, the EOSC and RDM. This course can be reused as training materials. Participants from different countries showed great interest in both courses and indicated that the material was very relevant to their work.

More information

Please find more information on the Open Science FAIR website

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Drs. Ellen Leenarts

Research Data Management Specialist