How do you apply the H2020 Open Access policy in your research proposals & projects?

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Horizon 2020 logoAgro-Know has a long-time experience in the field of EU-funded research projects in the agri-food sector (but not limited to it), through its active participation and contribution. In this context, we are now trying to understand the difficulties that the agri-food research community faces regarding the acquisition of EU funds through successful proposals (e.g. for Horizon 2020 calls) and the inclusion of a Data Management Plan (DMP), according to the funder’s (European Commission) guidelines and principles.

In Horizon 2020 a limited pilot action on open access to research data will be implemented. Participating projects will be required to develop a Data Management Plan (DMP), in which they will specify what data will be open.

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Press Release: “Big Data Europe” to empower communities with data technologies

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New European project develops a platform to facilitate big data usage

Big Data Europe project logoThe growing digitization and networking process within our society has a large influence on all aspects of everyday life. Large amounts of data are being produced permanently, and when they are analyzed and interlinked they have the potential to create new knowledge and intelligent solutions for both the economy and society as a whole. To facilitate the use of Big Data technologies, the European Union funds an interdisciplinary research and innovation project called “BigDataEurope”. A European consortium, led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS, is developing a platform that will simplify the creation and access to Big Data applications and their integration into existing workflows.Click to read the full post

Agro-Know joins FREME’s kick-off meeting

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The kickoff meeting of the FREME “Open Framework of E-Services for Multilingual and Semantic Enrichment of Digital Content” project,  will take place at Berlin, Germany, between 5-6 of February 2015. FREME is a project co-funded by the EC under the H2020 Framework Programme for Research & Innovation and its activities are steered towards the creation of an open innovative commercial-grade framework of the e services for multilingual and semantic enrichment of digital content. The choice of the project’s acronym is not out of chance since “freme” means “advantage, gain, benefit” in Old English. Therefore, FREME will endow digital content managers with the advantages and benefits which brings to the market.… Click to read the full post

Domain-specific recommendations on the Horizon 2020 Open Access Mandate

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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

The agricultural data community, data infrastructures, and the H2020 agenda

In the afternoon of Thursday, December 12th, a meeting of several stakeholders working on data infrastructures has taken place at the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications, NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece. Taking advantage of the 2nd review meeting of the EU project agINFRA, the teams of Agro-Know and IIT NCSR invited several teams working on initiatives related to data infrastructures in order to get in contact with stakeholders from the agricultural research data community.

A number of initiatives have been presented in this meeting:
– The hosting projects agINFRA (developing a community-driven data infrastructure for agricultural sciences) and SemaGrow (improving the performance of semantic data infrastructures using agricultural data as the application domain).… Click to read the full post