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Promote, regulate and standardise Open Science in Transport
Newsletter #4  -  December 2020
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Dear reader,
In this 4th Newsletter of the BE OPEN project you will find updates on the project and highlights on our achievements over the last few months.
Novel Open Science services in transport research have been developed and are offered through the TOPOS FORUM and OBSERVATORY tools. Please visit the site ( and let us know of your comments and suggestions. Furthermore, behavioral issues and user needs have been examined by a) assessing the objectives and priorities of a broad spectrum of stakeholders, b) developing new governance and business models for enhancing Open Science in transport research, and c) describing the rationale of how to create and capture value in economic and social context.
During the next – and last – six months of the project the aim is to progress beyond the state-of-the-art, developing an appropriate regulatory framework and policies to support innovation and deployment. This will be based on a commonly agreed roadmap for making transport research more efficient and more responsive to societal and economic expectations. International stakeholders will be engaged in mutual learning and sharing experiences by exploiting successful approaches for operationalizing Open Science principles in transport research.
Maria Boile (Coordinator, CERTH/HIT)
Afroditi Anagnostopoulou (Technical Manager, CERTH/HIT)


BE OPEN provided feedback on the EOSC SRIA open consultation
The EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was open for public consultation, involving stakeholders from inside and outside the EOSC Community. Under the scope of the BE OPEN project, CERTH-HIT (BE OPEN coordinator), participated in this collective effort, providing feedback on the basis of the knowledge gathered and produced. BE OPEN agrees with the principles and action areas proposed in the SRIA, yet pointed out some important gaps and obstacles that need to be addressed, in the particular case of the transport sector.
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BE OPEN at the 10th EASN Roundtable on Open Science
The 10th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens” took place online from 2 to 4 September 2020. A. Anagnostopoulou (CERTH-HIT/BE OPEN coordinator) presented the "Use cases towards future Open Science model for air transport" at the "Round table discussion & presentation on the implementation of Open Science in Aviation" on Day 3 of the conference.
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BE OPEN virtual booth at EOSC projects EXPO
BE OPEN is glad to have joined efforts with other EOSC projects at the EOSC Projects EXPO, which is the first virtual exhibition showcasing initiatives and projects of the European Open Science Cloud. BE OPEN presented its latest developments together with other initiatives and projects that are working towards of “realising a European Open Science Cloud”.
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BE OPEN Advisory Board 1st meeting
The Introductory meeting of the BE OPEN Advisory Board took place online on November 23 and 25, gathering the BE OPEN Steering Committee and the panel of 8 top independent experts nominated as Advisory Board members. This first meeting served to introduce the project’s objectives and results achieved so far, but also to present the ongoing and upcoming project’s tasks on which the feedbacks from the Advisory Board was very valuable.
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Workshop on “Open Science in Transport: Challenges and Opportunities in a COVID-19 Era”

100th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
January 21, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST) / 20:00 to 23:00 (CET) 

At only one month away, we are glad to present you the final programme of the BE OPEN second event.

We have a great line-up of speakers, across sectors and continents and the valuable contributions from some of the BE OPEN Advisory Board members, namely, Paul Ayris as key note speaker, Prof. Lily Elefteriadou representing the research perspective. and Kathleen Shearer and Prof. Eva Mendez as moderators.

As for the consortium contribution, Prof Maria Boile (CERTH-HIT/Coordinator) and Dr Afroditi Anagnostopoulou (CERTH-HIT/Technical manager) will present the BE OPEN project, Hilia Boris Iglesia (UITP/partner) will be part of the panel discussion bringing the Public Transport operators perspective and Caroline Alméras (ECTRI/Dissemination and Engagement leader & Advisory Board liaison)  will moderate the first part of the workshop.

For more information please visit the event page.

For registration to TRB AM2021 please visit the registration page.

We hope to see you online !


D2.3 Transport Research in the European Open Science Cloud 

This deliverable aims to position the transport research domain in relation to EOSC, related to the technical and social developments, as well as the relation to the governance as this emerges in the EOSC Partnership and EOSC Association. It focused on which are the different facets (open access to publications and data, FAIR data and research data management, upskilling), what are the barriers and challenges for its implementation and uptake (infrastructure, legal, cultural), who are the actors involved (public or commercial organizations, citizens), and where would potential interventions have the most impact.
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D4.1 Open Science in transport research: legal issues and fundamental principles 

This report outlines the essential legal issues and touches upon the fundamental principles of the main areas of Open Science in transport research. As such, it constitutes an important groundwork for the Code of Conduct on Open Science in Transport, which will also be developed by the BE OPEN project. It supported reaching this vision of developing a policy framework to establish and promote the ground-rules that will enable all stakeholders, existing tools, and platforms, as well as resources and content to become an integral part of the Open Science in the transport research domain.
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For Open Science to become the new normal, we now need to move beyond Open Access

Open Science, where all outputs related to the research process (publications, data, software, reviews) are made openly available whenever possible, is considered by many as a new and better way of doing science. The benefits of Open Science (collaboration, transparency, interdisciplinarity and faster progress) have become evident during the current COVID-19 pandemic. An unprecedented amount of understanding of the coronavirus and the development of vaccines in record time are the direct result of global scientific collaboration, based on shared access to publications and data. It is often said that thanks to the pandemic, Open Science received a decisive push and is there to stay.

While Open Science has become a hot topic, it doesn't make a lasting reality. Closed Science is still attractive since it allows to monopolize data and knowledge. So how do we make sure that Open Science becomes the new normal? How do we make sure researchers and indeed, citizens from all over the world have access to quality information from publicly funded research?

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Project Coordinator: Maria Boile (CERTH-HIT)
Dissemination and Engagement Leader: Caroline Alméras (ECTRI)
Editorial team (newsletter content): Caroline Alméras (ECTRI), Ana Pereira (ECTRI) and Domokos Esztergár-Kiss (BME)


The BE OPEN project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824323.

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