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Open Science and Scholarly Communication in Greece: amplifying understanding and building capacity through synergies

Giannis Tsakonas
September 22, 2021

Open Science and Scholarly Communication in Greece: amplifying understanding and building capacity through synergies

Last year, the proposal for a National Open Science Plan in Greece was published outlining the steps that the national stakeholders in Research & Innovation should make. The two OpenAIRE members, “Athena” Research Center (NOAD) and the consortium of academic libraries “HEAL-Link”, have a long standing cooperation in the country. They support each other's work by building the bridges between academia and research, and laying the foundations for the sustainable implementation of Open Science in Greece. In particular, they exchange knowledge and practices on:
- (co-)developing data services that follow best practices to enable FAIRness of data and EOSC compatibility, such as through the Hellenic Data Service “HELIX” and the University data repositories “HARDMIN”.
- promoting skills on Open Science and Research Data Management (RDM) to incubate competencies of researchers as well as to contribute to upskilling and reskilling of the research support workforce.
- providing apt guidance and support in EU framework programme requests, including the COVID-19 calls, via the OpenAIRE helpdesk and the material in Greek language of the Scholarly Communication Unit of HEAL-Link.

Moreover, “Athena” and HEAL-Link both perform activities to draw the bigger picture, in support of informed decision and policy making. For example, the monitoring reports by SCU/HEAL-Link are giving the community the insights to understand the progress of OA publishing in the country. Similarly, the OpenAIRE NOAD collaborates with others and initiates actions that assist in understanding the current challenges and opportunities in R&I, including the EOSC and the COVID-19 crisis.

The lighting talk will provide a detailed update on the actions that the two organisations have taken to promote Open Science in Greece.

With Elli Papadopoulou, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center / OpenAIRE (@elli_lib), Natalia Manola, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center / OpenAIRE (@nataliamanola) and Athanasia Salamoura, Scholarly Communication Unit, HEAL-Link (@AthanasiaSal).

Giannis Tsakonas

September 22, 2021

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  1. Open Science and Scholarly Communication in Greece
    amplifying understanding and
    building capacity through synergies
    Elli Papadopoulou, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center / OpenAIRE; @elli_lib
    Natalia Manola, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center / OpenAIRE; @nataliamanola
    Athanasia Salamoura, Scholarly Communication Unit, HEAL-Link; @AthanasiaSal
    Giannis Tsakonas, University of Patras / HEAL-Link; @gtsakonas

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  2. context
    • Two OpenAIRE members build bridges between academic and research communities:
    • “Athena” Research Center (NOAD).
    • “HEAL-Link”, the consortium of academic libraries.
    • A steady collaboration that aims at supporting researchers, RPOs, RFOs and EOSC at national
    level, by providing sustainable Open Science options.
    • Engage in Open Science community building.
    • Research Data Services development.

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  3. data infrastructures & services
    Research Data Services and Tools
    • Joint efforts to develop interconnected
    infrastructures for Research Data.
    • Hellenic Data Service “HELIX” (https://
    • University data repositories
    “HARDMIN” (https://hardmin.heal-link.gr)
    OpenAIRE effect
    • Open Science compliant institutional
    repositories (literature and data).
    • Argos for machine actionable DMPs.
    • Amnesia for anonymization of data.

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  4. Librarians
    • Prepare material for librarians to promote
    OA and OS.
    • Establish a help-desk about OA options;
    further support with two tools:
    • inventory of eligible OA journals.
    • listing of publishers’ options.
    • Monitor and report about the progress of
    HEAL-Link Open Access programmes
    • Horizon 2020 projects (OpenAIRE Advance)
    • Supporting material: e.g. translation of the
    Open Research Europe guidelines,
    OpenAIRE factsheets.
    support services

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  5. Librarians
    • Upskilling and reskilling the research
    support workforce -> emphasis on RDM.
    • Engage with the OA Monographs
    community to highlight the state and the
    opportunities in the Greek context.
    • Wide number of events on the
    developments and best practices for Open
    Access options, Research Data Management
    and Data Management Plans, EOSC, Open
    Research Europe, etc.
    skills & awareness
    Open Research Europe
    Intellectual Property & Open Science
    GDPR & scientific research
    Amnesia and data anonymization
    OpenAIRE & EOSC
    Open Science & GDPR
    RDM & DMP
    Open Access for Horizon 2020
    Open Science & Open Data
    Data stewards in Universities
    Repository interoperability on EOSC
    Best practices in OS Software
    Citizen Science in education
    0 50 100 150 200 250 300

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  6. policies and EOSC alignment
    National level
    • Co-development of the proposal for a
    Greek National Open Science Plan 

    Institutional level
    • Co-development of policy templates that
    promote the FAIR principles in a uniform

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  7. covid-19
    • Capture the needs and response of the research
    • Series of webinars and training events that facilitated
    productive discussions and synergies by presenting:
    • clinical trials and studies,
    • national research infrastructures for computing
    data for fighting Covid-19,
    • tools that facilitate data management and analysis,
    such as Argos, OpenRefine, Galaxy, etc.,
    • tools that estimate the bibliographic impact of
    research publications, such as BIP! Finder.
    • Monitor and report about the Greek OA publications
    on Covid-19.

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  8. thank you for your attention

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