Domain-specific recommendations on the Horizon 2020 Open Access Mandate


It is common knowledge for everyone involved in Open Access that there has been a lot of work lately from various initiatives, organizations and individuals, in the form of consultancies, white papers, publications and presentation of updates and outcomes in several Conferences, towards the promotion and further application of open access policies in several cases. One important aspect is that the funders of the research seem to be really concerned about the limited availability of research outcomes that have been based on their funds so they decide, one after the other, to ensure that research outcomes funded by their own grants will be openly and freely available to everyone and not restricted by the policies and agreements imposed by commercial publishers of this work.… Click to read the full post

Data infrastructures in the service of the agricultural community


On the 2nd of September 2014, it was the first major deadline of the European Research Infrastructures of the H2020. Following up on the previous and current work of Agro-Know in data infrastructures, we participated in a number of different project proposals, trying to exploit the different activities to continue on building infrastructure services for the agricultural community, partnering with major research organisations like the EGI, APARSEN and ATHENA R.C. Some of these proposals are EGI-ENGAGE, DPInfra and OpenMinTed – we hope that we’ll soon be able to present them in more details.




But why communities as the agricultural, the food safety or the biodiversity are interested in such projects and what do they have to earn?Click to read the full post

H2020 Information Day with focus on e-infrastructures


As some of you may know, we are currently under a new project proposal period and with Horizon 2020 having just started, the EC is organizing a number of information days to inform the community regarding the specific calls. Last week I had the chance to visit Brussels and among others, follow the very interesting information day for the e-infrastructure work programme.

It was my first time in Brussels and there were a lot of little things that got my attention, starting even before reaching Brussels. You first realize that you are flying to Brussels when you are still in the airport.Click to read the full post

OpenEd-powered global food safety?

It was about a year ago when I traveled to snowy Michigan in order to take part to a very interesting event that the MSUglobal team of the Michigan State University (MSU) hosted in East Lansing: the Open Knowledge for Agricultural Development Convening 2013 that the MSU, OER Africa, and The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MSU. This was the first time that I heard about the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) by Dr. Brian Bedard, a Senior Livestock Specialist at that time working with The World Bank.… Click to read the full post

^-) H2020 (> +

You might wonder what do the numbers and signs in the title mean. Some have a very specific meaning, but mostly I just wanted to attract your attention to this post :-).

Regarding the new EU Research and Innovation co-funded Work Programmes, rumors, unofficial announcements, events and blog articles have circulated here and there, but since 2 days ago, since Dec. 11th 2013, we have the official documents freshly baked right from the ovens of EC.

We have the long expected Horizon 2020 or H2020 and, of course, Erasmus+. H2020 is the latest (and biggest ever) EU Research and Innovation programme, with a funding of 80 billion euros, spanning over 7 years, from 2014-2020.… Click to read the full post