News: Seminar “Open Science Tools for Researchers”

Seminar “Open Science Tools for Researchers”

In the context of the Europe Days 2021, the Moldova State University (MSU) in collaboration with RENAM organized the seminar “Open Science Tools for Researchers” on May 20, 2021. The event, which took place online, was attended by some 50 researchers, PhD students, stakeholders from the MSU and other Moldovan institutions: universities, research institutes, libraries, etc.

The seminar was opened by Dr. Habil., Docent Aurelia Hanganu, vice-rector of the MSU, who mentioned the importance of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) tools for both university and researchers.

In his presentation Dr. Peter Bogatencov, Chairman of the RENAM Management Board, informed the seminar participants about the EOSC initiative, scope and updates, establishment of the EOSC Association and Association membership types. He also referred to the methodology for setting up National Open Science Cloud Initiatives, their main operational aspects, interaction with EOSC, 3 possible organizational and governance models (top down, bottom up and hybrid) that ensures long-term sustainability, list of concrete steps in the planned workflow and recommendations of the NI4OS-Europe project regarding signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

In her presentation Dr. Habil., Prof. Nelly Țurcan of MSU and Information Society Development Institute, national EOSC promoter, stressed the need for Open Science as a key cross-cutting factor supporting progress in technology and innovation. She paid special attention to complexity of the Open Science concept, its evolution and the international initiatives launched in the last years (including Open Research Europe – an open access publishing platform offering rapid publication and open peer review). Mentioning some progress in the Republic of Moldova in the development of open access institutional and editorial policies, Nelly Țurcan presented recent analyzes/syntheses on the existing national policies in other countries and implementation of the Open Science practices, the typical structure of a national open access policy, examples and models of institutional Open Science policies and benefits from the adoption of these documents. Moreover, the “Institutional Policy of Moldova State University on Open Access to Information” was analyzed, recommendation being to update it in accordance with the requirements for such documents.

In the third presentation Viorica Lupu, Deputy Director of the Republican Agricultural Scientific Library of the State Agrarian University of Moldova, gave an overview of the process of a research data management plan development, its need and benefits for both researchers and research funding organizations. The information about the basic elements, particularities to be taken into account in practice and the existing online tools to facilitate a data management plan development was provided.

Lastly, Alexandr Golubev, principal specialist of RENAM, talked about the possibilities to access the EOSC services through the EOSC portal, search by scientific domains or categories of services and basic details available for each service in the EOSC catalogue. In addition, practical aspects of the procedure for services on-boarding into EOSC and components of the NI4OS-Europe pre-production environment, designed to include generic services (compute, data storage, data management), thematic services and repositories, were highlighted.

The seminar was useful and informative for the event attendees, fact proven by their request for the presentation materials: