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


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

Openness and e-infrastructures for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


On May 13th 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Unit of the European Commission responsible for e-infrastructures, organised a workshop on the way European e-infrastructures may support the activities of EFSA. The meeting followed up a series of initial discussions and brainstorming between EFSA and various EC Units on how data-related activities and open policies may be aligned so that synergies may be found. It also came at an important turning point for EFSA that is working on becoming an open science organisation: the Open EFSA initiative has already made available a position paper for public consultation; it has organised a workshop with its key stakeholders; and it has a preliminary implementation plan in place.… Click to read the full post

Open Access Button: Tearing down barriers to accessing research

Open Access Button logo

One of the hottest topics in the context of research is Open Access; there are numerous events taking place each year all over the world, focusing on open access to scientific research and their data, highlighting issues, proposing solutions and approaches that can fit most purposes related to open access. Publications describing the issue are published every now and then, providing the status Terms like Gold & Green Open Access, self-archiving, institutional repositories, metadata, linked and open data, are really frequently discussed in related opportunities and alternative processes for review and publication of research papers are presented, usually as parts of processes integrated in open access journals.… Click to read the full post

OpenAIRE-COAR 2014 Conference

Prof. Yiannis Ioannidis (OpenAIRE) during the Conference

The OpenAIRE-COAR 2014 Conference, titled “Open Access Movement to Reality: Putting the Pieces Together” took place between 21-22/5/2014 at the Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece. It was co-organized by the OpenAIRE project and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), under the auspices of the Greek EU Presidency. Agro-Know was there, represented by Elena Kokoliou and me. The event was one of the series of events related to open access, linked open data and related topics organized in Greece during the Greek Presidency, such as the European Data Forum 2014, Semantic Interoperability Conference (SEMIC 2014) and the 2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2014).… Click to read the full post