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1. What is Open Science? Page Activity 2: Increase your visibility as a researcher

Distinguish yourself from every other researcher with the same or a similar name to you and gain the credit for your work. There are different ways to do so. Check out the following options:

  • If you don’t have one yet, create an ORCID ID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). ORCID ID gives you a way to reliably, unambiguously and permanently connect your name(s) with your work. 

  • Alternatively, go to Researcher ID, sign up and complete your profile. If you already have made an ORCID ID you can link Researcher ID to that. 

  • In addition, you can increase your findability by using Google. First, create a Google account. Go to Google Scholar, make sure you are logged in and click “My Citations”. Follow instructions to create your profile and add or remove publications that are yours or not yours.

If you want to find out more how you can enhance your visibility, check out this page.

Page Activity 3: Find open access policies of journals

Find out about open access policies of scientific journals and better plan your research:

  • Go to Sherpa Romeo website

  • Enter a journal title, for example, Journal of Structural Biology. 

  • Look up the open access policy of the journal. What does it say? What do you need to keep in mind before, during, and after publishing in your selected journal?

Page Activity 4: Archive your research

Research publications and underlying research data can often be shared in free open repositories. Copies of journal articles are often shared in open repositories as well as being published in the academic journals themselves (subject to licence agreements). Some repositories hold publications only, whereas others hold data as well as publications. Learn how to share and archive your research outputs in easy steps:

  • Explore a publications repository. Go to EOSC Synergy Spanish Landscaping Report at DIGITAL.CSIC, the online open access repository of research produced by the Spanish National Research Council. Check out the details and download the report. Notice the Description shows a Creative Commons licence showing the report can be shared with attribution.

  • Explore data and publications repositories. Go to the generic data repositories, such as Zenodo, OSF or Figshare and explore their collections. Notice that in Zenodo, for example, you will see the type of resource deposited (Publication, Report, Dataset, Software etc).

  • Upload to a repository. Choose a recent paper, poster or presentation of your own and create a digital object identifier (DOI) by publishing in a repository of your choice. You will need to register to deposit.

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Page Documentary Paywall - The Business of Scholarship
Watch the widely acclaimed documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship by Jason Schmitt about the political economy of academic publishing.
2. What is European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)? Page Activity 2: Reflection

Watch the video “European Open Science Cloud - The New Frontier of Data-Driven Science” (6 min). Reflect on the following questions:

  • What is the role of the EOSC in tackling global issues? What relevant examples are used to illustrate this?

  • Making data open poses a number of challenges to researchers as well as other stakeholders. What are some of these challenges? What could be the ways to address them?

  • "The more people use the same dataset, the more valuable it becomes." What does this statement mean? Do you agree/disagree?

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2.1. EOSC in practice: EOSC Synergy Page Activity 2: Thematic services

Find out more about the thematic services the EOSC-Synergy team is working on. Answer the following questions: 

  • What thematic services does EOSC Synergy cover? Which services are relevant to your field/work? 

  • If you work in a different field than the thematic services of EOSC Synergy, is there any thematic service that addresses some challenges and issues that are similar to your field? Which thematic service(s) is it? What are the challenges and issues?

Page Activity 3. Case study: Addressing water management issues in Europe

Dr Alberto Azevedo from the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering in Portugal (LNEC) explains the development of the innovative service for water management, highlighting its main characteristics and the value it brings to end-users. Read the case study and test your knowledge by completing a short quiz. 

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Page Activity 4: National EOSC landscape

EOSC-Synergy is a regional project involving eight European countries. Take a look at the recent country landscape infographics and find out more about the progress of different countries in achieving the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) on a national level: 

  • What policies and strategies do these countries have? 

  • How high is EOSC awareness among researchers and decision makers? 

  • What maturity level have these countries reached in terms of getting closer to EOSC? 

  • If you are from one of the countries participating in EOSC, do you agree with the statements? If you do not agree, do you think your government would take a similar stand?

For further information and details, browse through national landscape reports that are available on infographics pages.

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2.2. EOSC in practice: Facilitating software quality across EOSC services File Video script (PDF)
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2.3. EOSC in practice: Integrating resources into EOSC File Presentation (PPTX)
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3.1. FAIR principles Page Activity 2. How FAIR aware are you?

  • Go to and do a self-test to find out how much you know about the FAIR principles (for the French version, click here)  
  • The test will take between 10 and 30 minutes depending on your current knowledge of the FAIR principles
  • If you still have questions about FAIR visit the FAIR Data Forum, a gateway to FAIR data practices and post your question to the wider research community.

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    3.2. Data management plans Page Activity 2. Storing your research data
    In the planning phase, you should ensure appropriate and secure storage solutions for your data. Find your institution’s policy on research data storage. If you can’t find any relevant documents, reflect on these questions: 

    • Where can you store your data?
    • Is the data frequently and safely backed up?
    • Who is responsible for storage, back-up and security of your data?
    • How do you prevent unauthorised access to your data, if relevant?

    Page Data management planning tools

    A data management plan or DMP is a formal document that outlines how data is to be handled both during a research project, and after the project is completed. There are different tools to help researchers develop a data management plan, such as:

    • DMPonline. It’s a free tool that helps to write, share and export a data management plan. It offers built-in data management plan templates for many major funders. The tool is provided by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC).  
    • ARGOS. This is a joint effort of OpenAIRE and EUDAT, offering a free service for creating and publishing data management plans. 
    • Data Stewardship Wizard. This is a joint ELIXIR CZ and ELIXIR NL initiative, helping researchers to build their own data management plans.  

    If you are interested in seeing examples of filled in data management plans, you may want to check out the following resources: 

    • Data management plans created using the DMPonline tool and shared publicly by their owners. 
    • You can find additional resources, including more examples of filled in DMPs, checklists and guidance on the website of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). 
    • Examples of filled in DMPs and a checklist with DMP related questions for additional guidance can be found in the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide.