Skills4EOSC brings together leading experiences of national, regional, institutional and thematic Open Science (OS) and Data Competence Centres from 18 European countries with the goal of unifying the current training landscape into a common and trusted pan-European ecosystem, in order to accelerate the upskilling of European researchers and data professionals in the fields of FAIR1 and Open Data, Intensive-Data Science and Scientific Data Management.
Competence Centres are seen as centres of gravity of OS and EOSC2 activities in their countries.
Such entities can be either national initiatives already established (as in the case of ICDI3 in Italy) or initiatives under establishment (for istance, in Austria, Greece and the Nordic countries) or organizations which have the leading or mandated contribution to OS activities nationally.
Competence Centres pool the expertise available within research institutions, universities and thematic and cross-discipline research infrastructures.
They offer training and support, empowerment, lifelong learning, professionalization and resources to a variety of stakeholders, including not only researchers and data stewards but also funders, decision makers, civil servants and industry.
Thanks to their position at the heart of the above described multi-stakeholder landscape, the Competence Centres represented by the Skills4EOSC partners play a pivotal role in national plans for Open Science and in the interaction with scientific communities.
They also have close access to policy makers and the related funding streams.
The Skills4EOSC project will leverage this reference role to establish a pan-European network of Competence Centres on Open Science and Data, coordinating the work done at the national level to upskill professionals in this field.
The Skills4EOSC Competence Centres network will drive the co-creation of harmonised trainers accreditation pathways, academic and professional curricula and skills quality assurance, recognition frameworks and learning material creation methodologies.
1 FAIR = Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable.
2 EOSC = European Open Science Cloud.
3 ICDI = Italian Computing and Data Infrastructure.