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Promote, regulate and standardise Open Science in Transport
Newsletter #5  -  April 2021
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Dear reader, 

The BE OPEN project is coming to an end and it is time to set steps for the future.

On the 9th of June from 13:00 to 16:00 CET, we will gather an impressive line-up of guest speakers and panelists to share insights and ideas about Open Science in transport and discuss the results of the project. The final event will be held online and attendance is free. We hope to have you among us.

Until then, we invite you to catch up on the latest developments of the project. You can read about our fruitful second event held virtually at the US TRB (Transportation Research Board) 2021 Annual meeting and successive presentations of the TOPOS Observatory and Forum key features to the transport and open science community over the last 3 months. Additionally we give you a preview of the outcomes of our internal workshop on Impact assessment of open science in transport research.
We have also submitted four new deliverables, which are setting the ground for the final project outputs, namely, TOPOS, the European Code of Conduct and the Roadmap for promoting on open science in transport.

Wishing you an enjoyable reading!

Caroline Alméras
ECTRI Secretary General

BE OPEN Dissemination and Engagement Leader


BE OPEN second event, reaching far and wide
The workshop on “Open Science in Transport: Challenges and Opportunities in a COVID-19 Era” was held on January 21, 2021. Over 90 participants joined this second BE OPEN event, which took place under the 100th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. This was a unique opportunity for BE OPEN to reach out to an international community to discuss such topic, particularly in the context of COVID19 as the dissemination of scientific knowledge/results and access to data have turned so crucial in the time we are going through.
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TOPOS Observatory and Forum Webinars
The BE OPEN consortium has held several webinars to present and get feedback on TOPOS, the Transport fOrum / Observatory for Promoting Open Science. The latest webinar, open to external participants took place on March 26, 2021.
Born from a collaborative effort from key players in transport research promoting territorial and cross-border cooperation for Open Science, the TOPOS Observatory and Forum, will contribute to create a solid knowledge base on the implementation of Open Science approaches in transport research, and in particular on current constraints and bottlenecks of this field.
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Workshop on "Impact assessment of OS in Transport Research" main outcomes
On April 14, the BE OPEN partners held a workshop gathering several transport experts in Europe looking at future implications of Open Science in Transport research.

Open data, Citizen Science, Open Source Software and Open Access were the subjects in focus, using the Future Wheel methodology to look into the effects of increased Open Science in transport.

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With the final event we are aiming to inspire one another and to explore pathways for applying the BE OPEN results and setting up new relevant research collaborations in the transport sector.

📅 Be sure to save the date!
Invitation with the programme and registration information will be sent in the coming weeks. 
🙌 We hope to have you among us!


D3.2 TOPOS development 

This deliverable D3.2 TOPOS development describes the design and implementation of the TOPOS forum and observatory. More analytically, it describes the methodology selected for each particular tool together with the technologies that have been used for the implementation of these tools. TOPOS Observatory and Forum development is in line with EOSC approach while enhancing it to cover existing needs, gaps and challenges in an optimum way.
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D4.2 Transport Open Data: Properties and Specifications for Open Science 

The objectives of this deliverable were to identify available open big data in the transport research sector, and provide recommendations for making them FAIR, in order to feed the TOPOS Observatory and Forum development. The deliverable identifies and analyses open big datasets in the transport sector, presents the FAIR principles and a set of recommendations to the transport research community for improving the FAIRness of their research data. FAIRness principles and indicators are evaluated on two selected open big research data among pNEUMA and the Cityscapes 3D dataset. It also presents two useful tools for Research Data Management practices: Argos for the definition of data management plans and Amnesia for the anonymisation of sensitive information in research data.
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D4.3 New business models to implement Open Access in transport research 

The deliverable aims at providing an overview of Open Access in transport and proposing generic business models to implement Open Access in transport research. To this end, an extensive literature review has been conducted to help formulate a process to follow towards the achievement of this objective; and a survey questionnaire was designed and circulated amongst BE OPEN partners and their network of transport research organisations and associations. The analysis of the results and their transformation into valuable insights towards actionable knowledge are presented the last chapter along recommendations for further research.
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D5.1: Main challenges and opportunities, constraints and bottlenecks of Open Science in transport research 

The main objective of this deliverable was to identify the main challenges and opportunities, constraints and bottlenecks of Open Science in transport research. On that purpose a two-step methodology was developed. A targeted review of literature findings was conducted to assess these issues of Open Science in transport research at European, national and institutional level. Based on the results of literature review, a Delphi survey on the challenges, opportunities and barriers of Open Science in the transport sector was also conducted among a panel of transport experts. The deliverable concludes that the global transport research and industry are at the forefront of embracing Open Science and the provision of open data and services, a need which is also accelerated by the rapid developments in transport sector.
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Have you visited the TOPOS Gateway?
We welcome your feedback on the current state of the tools’ and suggestions for improvement. Reply to our survey
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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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