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Published: 03 Feb, 2022

New European collaboration for open science training

NEWS Umeå University is one of four Swedish organisations involved in the new European collaboration Skills4EOSC. The collaboration is a large-scale project to expand and coordinate open science education in Europe.

Text: Sanna Isabel Ulfsparre

Umeå University is one of four Swedish organisations involved in the new European collaboration Skills4EOSC. The collaboration is a large-scale project to expand and coordinate open science education in Europe.

A majority of EU countries participate in the collaboration, which is led by the Italian consortium GARR. Sweden is represented by Umeå University, Chalmers, Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish National Data Service (SND). SND will also lead one of the six different working groups, or “work packages”, involved in the project.

EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) is a large and complex effort to build an European infrastructure for open science. Skills4EOSC will build a common and co-ordinated set of training resources for all who are working in open science and with open data. Over 40 established organisations, seats of learning and other stakeholders from different countries will be participate in the project.

Developing and co-ordinating efforts in Europe is important, as different countries currently work in different ways, while the overarching aim is to develop common systems and ways of working that facilitate international collaboration and dissemination of research results and materials. The need for co-ordination implies that there is a need for further training for both established staff and those new to the field.

The University Library and HPC2N will be working actively with Skills4EOSC, representing the university in the project.

– It is very exciting that the EOSC collaboration is taking off, that Umeå University and Umeå University Library are actively participating in the international collaboration to promote open science in Europe. It is valuable for us to gain insight into the European work in open science, it gives us a broader perspective on the required researcher support, says Kristoffer Lindell, Head of the Department of Scholarly Communication at the University Library.

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