Reporting on the Workshop on EU’s Open Science Cloud: the agri-food use case

AGINFRA as a global atlas of agri-food research

On November 13th, 2015, a community workshop on the Open Science Cloud titled “Shaping the Open Science Cloud of the Future” took place in Bari, Italy, as a part of the EGI Community Forum 2015. Agro-Know was invited as a data-powered SME in order to contribute its experience on the data- and e-infra-related needs of the agri-food research community – other communities were represented as well, including bioinformatics, cancer research and the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory (EMSO), among others.

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This provided us with excellent opportunity to present how three different user types could benefit from the envisaged Ope Science Cloud – based on our actual experience in all three cases:

Back to the 90’s and the available data storage solutions

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An Open Science Cloud for Europe’s agri-food research skies

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During these strange, troubling times, Europe seems to be trying to make some steps towards closer collaboration and integration. The strategy for creating a Digital Single Market is one of these desired steps that will try to bring together the 28 member states at the online space. And as far European research is concerned, a major decision has been taken during the past few weeks by some of the key stakeholders that drive the digital science (or eScience) agenda: to join forces and create a so-called European Open Science Cloud for Research.

Five leading Europan initiatives (EUDATLIBEROpenAIREEGI and GEANT) that are working on different parts of e-infrastructures to facilitate research, have published a position paper that describes their joint vision on empowering research data sharing, data stewardship and data reuse in Europe for the benefit of innovation and growth.… Click to read the full post

Why Open Access matters for researchers

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Why Open Access matters for researchers? That was the focal question to be replied in the yesterday’s Open Access seminar “Preparing new researchers for the Open Science” that was organized by the National Documentation Center in the context of Open Access Week 2015. It was an introductive seminar for researchers aiming to discuss about practices and policies on Open Access and Open Science. Additionally, it provided an introduction on the matters of open access publishing, self-archiving in institutional repositories, data management, and about the really challenging issue of copyrights and licensing.

The presentations and the discussion focused mostly on the above issues:

  • What are the benefits of Open Access publishing?
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Agro-Know at the CLORA Thematic Day on “Open Access to Research Data“

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CLORA network logoCLORA (Club des Organismes de Recherche Associés) is a network of French research organizations, such as public research centres and universities. It has been set up to facilitate the actions of the French public research stakeholders towards the EU institutions, in the fields of research, technology, innovation and training. The network aims at enabling a better understanding of the EU programmes and policies in which its members have an interest. In this context, the CLORA website can be used as a portal to a whole range of relevant information sources in the areas of research, technology, innovation and training.

On the 24th of March 2015, the CLORA network organizes a thematic day on “Open Access to research data“.… Click to read the full post

Public Consultation on ‘Science 2.0’: Science in Transition

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The European Commission Public Consultation on “Science 2.0: Science in transition” is run jointly by DG Research & Innovation and DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and its goal is to better understand the full potential of ‘Science 2.0’ as well the desirability of any possible policy action. The Commission is inviting residents of Europe, organization and public authorities to read the paper and send in their contributions before September 30th, 2014.

The three main objectives of the consultation are:

  1. to assess the degree of awareness amongst the stakeholders of the changing modus operandi,
  2. to assess the perception of the opportunities and challenges, and
  3. to identify possible policy implementations and actions to strengthen the competitiveness of the European science and research system by enabling it to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Science 2.0.
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