Open Access Week: A Fistful of Webinars

Open Access storefront by Gideon Burton CC BY-SA
Open Access storefront by Gideon Burton CC BY-SA

Did you know that Open Access Week is fast approaching? Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer, Scientific Manager of the EU-funded OpenAIRE project, writes about some of the events taking place online to celebrate and support researchers and administrators:

“For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. During the week of October 24-30, join us at lunchtime (12.00 CEST) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.

  • MONDAY: “The fundamentals of Open Science”, October 24, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on key introductory themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).
  • TUESDAY: “H2020 Open Access mandate for project coordinators and researchers”, October 25, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, with Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Principe (University of Minho).
  • WEDNESDAY: “Open Research Data in H2020 and Zenodo repository”, October 26, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Research Data Management in Horizon 2020 and the Zenodo repository functionalities, with Marjan Grootveld (DANS) and Krzysztof Nowak (CERN).
  • THURSDAY: “Policies for Open Science: webinar for research managers and policy makers”, October 27, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on OpenAIRE’s policy activities building on the PASTEUR4OA project, and how to create/implement policies for open science at a local and national level, with Marina Angelaki and Alma Swan (PASTEUR4OA) and Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE).
  • FRIDAY: “OpenAIRE guidelines and broker service for repository managers”, October 28, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Openaire compatibility guidelines and the dashboard for Repository Managers, with Pedro Principe (University of Minho) and Paolo Manghi (CNR/ISTI).

To participate in any (or all) of these webinars, please register here:

Northumbria University staff and PGRs should also note that Ellen Cole and I are jumping the gun a little bit on OA week this year and holding our own Understanding Open Access session on 19th October, 12-1pm at City Campus. You can find out more and book here.


Horizon 2020 Webinar on 21st January 2016: Calls for Low Carbon Energy

In preparation for the Horizon 2020 Call deadline (16th February 2016 ) for some Low Carbon Energy topics, the EU Energy Focus Team and the Knowledge Transfer Network will deliver a seminar on 21st January 2016 from 11am until 12 noon. The webinar will focus on how to address the evaluation criteria effectively and will include examples of evaluator feedback from the previous Call for Proposals.

To register for the webinar and view the list of topics, please click here.



Learn How to Write Data Management Plans with Digital Curation Centre

Screenshot010 by JISC CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Researchers interested in submitting proposals which involve the creation or curation of digital outputs, e.g. an interactive website, an online database, will be increasingly aware that many research councils and other funders now require “data management plans” to be submitted alongside the main funding bid.

These can be fairly daunting documents to tackle, especially for those who have not written one before. Fortunately help is at hand because the Digital Curation Centre have recently launched a new series of free online training sessions which will take place throughout the spring and summer. These brief sessions will last for one hour and will provide participants with an introduction to some of the current issues, some examples of emerging good practice, and an overview of tools and approaches.

The first webinar will focus on how to customise DMPonline – the DCC’s web-based tool to help researchers write data management plans – and will take place on Thursday, 10th April, 4pm. The DCC have recently released a new version of the DMPonline tool which offers a lot of flexibility in terms of how institutions can customise it.

You can create your own template to provide questions and guidance that researchers should respond to, add tailored guidance to help researchers answer funders questions, and provide examples and suggested answers. This webinar will demo the new version of DMPonline and profile the options available for customising the tool by showing examples from a number of early adopters.

For further details and to register for the webinar please go to


Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS

Library Shelves 2 by Steve Harris CC BY-NC 2.0EThOS ( is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a great resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

The British Library have recently sent round notification of a free webinar to find out more about EThOS:

“Join us for a free webinar to learn how EThOS works. Find out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn’t available. If you’re a PhD student, find out what will happen to your thesis once it’s completed. We’ll also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on.

This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone who is interested in finding and using PhD theses.

Host: Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library, who manages the EThOS service. Sara will answer questions after the webinar.

Webinar on 10 December 2013, 11.00am GMT, register at the link below: