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The EOSC Support Office Austria Working Groups

© Susanne Blumesberger, Katharina Flicker, Raman Ganguly, Beate Guba, Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi, Claire Jean-Quartier, Heimo Rainer, Barbara Sanchéz Solís, Katrin Vohland

The EOSC Support Offices Working Groups’ (WGs) aim is to advance EOSC-relevant topics. How they do this – for example through interviews, workshops or surveys – is up to each WG. In this article, all of the eight WGs are briefly described, their goals are presented and links to previous publications and first results are shared. In the future, further activities and results will be presented via the newsletter in more detail. Results are also published in the Zenodo Community EOSC Austria.

Austria Country Profile

Coordinator: Barbara Sanchéz Solís (TU Wien)

This WG monitors the EOSC building processes in Austria, i.e. open science and FAIR regular policies, projects and activities as well as RDM infrastructures. Its goals are to monitor EOSC building processes in Austria on a regular basis, to update their reports on a quarterly basis, to share findings with representatives at the decision making level (for further inquiries and alignment) and to update the website forschungsdaten.info (section about Austria).

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Coordinator: Heimo Rainer (NHMW)

This WG aims at FAIRification and Trustification of Data, Repositories, and Software produced by Scientific Collection holders to comply with EOSC principles and outlines. It has established a group on Open Scientific Collections in Austria and set up a knowledge space. Expected results include policies for decision makers, the development of RDM skill sets and guidance elements.

Data Stewardship

Coordinator: Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi (TU Graz)

The WG Data Stewardship supports the establishment data stewardship programmes by aligning efforts and activities on a national and international level. Goals include the aligning of data stewardship efforts and activities on a national and international level, (e.g., FAIR Data Austria, RDA IG, EOSC Association Task Force), finalizing the concept on models, roles, tasks, competences and training offers for data stewards, developing guidelines for the implementation of data stewardship programmes and potential career paths at Austrian institutions and investigating the differences and similarities of data stewardship in industry, museums and academia.

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Coordinators: Beate Guba (TU Wien)

                         Katrin Voland (NHMW)

The WG KPIs develops measurable indicators to make the success of EOSC visible at the national and international level, with special focus on the overarching goals for Austria (“readiness indicators”). In addition, KPIs serve as a steering instrument for targeted impact-oriented further development and implementation of the EOSC. So far two workshops have been organized and a basic concept in alignment with different policies and stakeholders on different level has been characterized. The concept defines indicators, methods and responsibilities.

Researcher Engagement

Coordinator: Katharina Flicker (TU Wien)

The WG Researcher Engagement in Austria will contribute to the identification of the research communities’ needs to ensure services will be of actual use and support researchers in actively shaping the EOSC through feeding their feedback to the EOSC TF to e.g. update the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), all while facilitating balanced participation from disciplines and institutions. Activities include an interview series (on-going) and two workshops (in planning) on the topic of trustworthy data infrastructures and requirements for data sharing and reuse in different disciplines.

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Stakeholder Engagement

Coordinator: Raman Ganguly (University of Vienna)

This WG aims at engaging with stakeholders beyond researchers and thus intends to evaluate relevant stakeholders for the EOSC in Austria from academia, the public sector and industry. It focuses on enabling discussions rather than producing reports. Next steps include the mapping of relevant stakeholders, the development of information material about EOSC tailored to the different stakeholder groups as well as the organization of community events.

Technical Infrastructure

Coordinator: Claire Jean-Quartier (TU Graz)

This WG will support the development and facilitate the implementation of the framework for the EOSC strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA) on a national level. It aims to collect potential gaps related to e-infrastructures, data, applications and services, and assess requirements for new users as well as providers with a possible destination to frame use cases, all while basing activities on synergies resulting from ongoing projects and developments in e-infrastructure or software solutions.

Members of this WG are participating in several EOSC Association Task Forces such as the Technical Interoperability of Data and Services Task Force, the Long-Term Data Preservation Task Force, the FAIR Metrics and Data Quality Task Force as well as the Task Force on  Semantic Interoperability.


Coordinator: Susanne Blumesberger (University of Vienna)

The WG Training has set itself the goal of making existing training materials more accessible and visible as Open Educational Resources, but also to develop new training where needed and to fill gaps in the range of training courses currently offered. The training materials should be in line with the FAIR principles.  Together with an expert for licenses, a workshop took place on September 13th, 2022. Metadata fields were discussed and test-training-materials were uploaded and linked to existing materials in other repositories. Next steps include the publication of a report about the workshop, a search for other possibilities to upload training materials as well as a search for gaps in the existing training materials and checking the accessibility of the materials offered.