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Tuesday, April 24 • 10:45 - 11:10
Open science, open government and open data: creating an impact through open education and open connections

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Virtual Research Environments (VREs) are online environments providing access to data, software and resources of various e-research infrastructures. VREs support research excellence by providing innovative services related to metadata, data context and trust generation, data analytics, scientific publications, researchers collaboration, interoperability, semantics and data preservation.
Yet, creating an impact with VREs is challenging. Researchers may not be aware of developed VREs or they may not know how to use them for their research purposes. This presentation aims to: 1) discuss how the elements of the VRE developed in the VRE4EIC project stimulate openness in relation to open data, open government, open science and open access, and 2) explain how the reach and impact of these openness elements can be strengthened and increased through open online education.
VRE4EIC is already developing a Europe-wide interoperable VRE to empower multidisciplinary research communities and accelerate innovation and collaboration (www.vre4eic.eu). Possible openness stimulating elements identified in this project include mechanisms to keep track of changes made to datasets, networking tools integrated with existing social media, interoperable workflows, the interoperation of heterogeneous e-Research Infrastructures leading to new science and Application Programming Interfaces for developers to include new research infrastructures.
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was developed consisting of short videos explaining VRE concepts and how the VRE can be used (disseminated as widely as possible). Video content was connected to engaging assignments, assignments were connected to the VRE, and MOOC participants shared their findings with each other on a forum to learn from each other. Connecting openness elements of VREs to open education strengthened the reach and increased the impact of VRE4EIC. We recommend related projects in the area of open science, open data, open government and open access to explore the possibility of using open education as a means to connect to openness elements.


Yi Yin

Delft University of Technology

Anneke Zuiderwijk

Delft University of Technology

Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:45 - 11:10 CEST