On 28 January 2020 the RDA Node Slovenia held the Scientific Journals of Slovenia and Research Data Conference. The conference was one of the milestones in Node's work on developing journal policies on open access to research data and on data citation. It showcased the pilot project’s results as an example of good practices, promoted open data in Slovenian scientific publishing and fostered a discussion on needs, issues, and further steps.
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On February 27, 2020, the first Croatian RDA event named "Research Data - what to do with them?", was held at the University of Rijeka Convention Center, organized by the SRCE – University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre (Croatian national RDA node) and the University Library Rijeka. In the event participated 32 researchers and librarians from various institutions and universities. The event was divided into three sessions where researchers and librarians become more acquainted with topics related to research data management covering advantages of research data sharing, examples of best practices in RDM, FAIR data principles, data licensing, RDA outputs that can help librarians to engage with research data (23 Things: Libraries for Research Data and the book Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook), and repository certification (CoreTrustSeal).
The association of RDA Deutschland e.V. the German RDA Node, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and project members of the newly founded German project EcoDM (Ökosystem Datenmanagement; eco system data management) jointly organised the 2020 event of the “RDA Germany conference” series.“
During the 2019 Open Access Week, the RDA Greek Node in collaboration with the OpenAIRE Greek NOAD organised a webinar on the Hellenic Data Service “HELIX”. HELIX is a joint effort of Athena Research Center and GRNET aiming at supporting cross-disciplinary data-intensive research and promoting Data Science and Open Access policies. The webinar focused on informing Greek researchers and librarians about the national data repository (HELIX Data) and available tools for data analysis (HELIX Lab). Hence, it explained the use of HELIX Data as a service for accessing and sharing datasets and HELIX Lab as a service for discovering and running code. George Chatzigeorgakidis,as a research associate at Athena Research Center , went through the two services by giving real time examples of use cases using data that have emerged from the field of seismology.
In July, Athena Research Centre (ARC) organised a Meeting entitled "Open Science in Greece: First Steps" aiming at formulating a national Task Force for Open Science. The Task Force (TF) was set up in September and assumes a bottom-up approach for the development of a national strategy for Open Science, which includes details on three key pillars: policy - legislation - infrastructure/services. The need of such a coordinated effort was expressed during the first Greek Open Science Symposium and is driven by the Greek academic and research community demands to better understand the national OS components already in place in order to then more effectively respond to the European developments, with most eminent being the establishment of a two-way communication with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). It also comes as the next step of OS activities performed by the Greek OpenAIRE NOADs and the Greek RDA Node, who have been collecting information and producing primary material to be utilised by the Task Force.