Started Skills4EOSC, the Italian-led Community Project on Training for Open Science in Europe

Friday, 30 September 2022
Skills4EOSC Rollup
The kick-off meeting of the project Skills4EOSC - Skills for the European Open Science Commons: creating a training ecosystem for Open and FAIR Science took place in Pisa on 21st and 22nd September 2022.
The project is coordinated by GARR (Group for the Harmonization of Research Network) and is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Programme (Call HORIZON-INFRA-2021-EOSC-01 | Project No. 101058527).
The project will create a European network of centres of competence to accelerate the training update of European researchers and harmonize the training of new professionals for the management of scientific data in an Open Science key.
The project consortium brings together 44 partners representing the major national, regional, institutional and thematic centres of expertise for Open Science and Scientific Data Management in 18 European countries (Italy, Holland, France, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Poland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Estonia and Spain).
The aim of the project is to develop methodologies, activities and resources in order to unify the current training landscape in a common and recognized ecosystem and to encourage the training of technical figures to support the management of research data and the development of Open Science.
Particular attention will be paid to improve the communication of research results to policy-makers, civil servants and decision-makers through an ad hoc training program for researchers: "The practice of informing through evidence".
Such a program will show how practices for Open Science can facilitate the adoption of research results by policy makers and the public administration and thus improve their impact on society as a whole.
The project proposal was developed also thanks to the strong commitment of GARR in the initiative ICDI (Italian Computing and Data Infrastructure) and, in particular, in the coordination of the ICDI Competence Centre, which brings together a network of experts from the main Italian research infrastructures and digital infrastructures with the aim of offering a consulting and training service on the different aspects of Open Science, bearing in mind the characteristics of the different disciplinary fields.
Beside GARR (Coordinator), other nine members of ICDI are part of the project consortium: CNR (National Research Council of Italy), INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics), INGV (National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology), IIT (Italian Institute of Technology), CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change), UniTO (University of Turin), PolyTO (Polytechnic of Turin), UniMI-Bicocca (University of Milan-Bicocca) and UniTN (University of Trento).
Skills4EOSC will allow us to develop the centre by expanding the network of experts participating in it and making the training resources and services that will be produced available to the Italian community. The project will therefore provide a concrete contribution for the training of new professional figures capable of guaranteeing the quality of FAIR data and of all the products of the scientific process, in line with the provisions of the National Plan for Open Science, published in June 2022 by the Italian Ministry for Research.
Federico Ruggieri (GARR Director)