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Promote, regulate and standardise Open Science in Transport
Newsletter #1  -  November 2019
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Dear reader,
The whole consortium of BE OPEN (European forum and oBsErvatory for OPEN science in transport) project is pleased to welcome you to its first newsletter.

Open Science is a modern movement that represents a new approach to practicing science, in a way that increases openness, integrity and reproducibility of research. It aims at making scientific process and results more transparent and accessible at all levels and to everyone.

The BE OPEN newsletter aims to keep you informed about the project’s progress, news, events and results.

Wishing you an enjoyable reading!
Caroline Alméras, ECTRI Secretary General, BE OPEN Dissemination and Engagement Leader


BE OPEN aims to promote Open Science in transport research and assist in regulating and standardizing it. The overarching vision of BE OPEN is to create a common understanding on the practical impact of Open Science and to identify and put in place the mechanisms to make it a reality in transport research by the setting up and implementation of TOPOS, the Transport Observatory / fOrum for Promoting Open Science.

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Informal agreement of cooperation between BE OPEN and OSCAR projects
The two projects, both funded under the topic MG-4-2-2018 – "Building Open Science platforms in transport research", have agreed to frequently exchange, be in touch, support each other and collaborate where possible. OSCAR is addressing the current perception, acceptance, and implementation of Open Science in the field of European aeronautics and air transport research. A number of meetings have taken place and other gatherings are planned in the future.

BE OPEN at the EOSC concertation meeting "Building EOSC through the HORIZON 2020 projects – Current status and future directions"
On 9-10 September 2019 in Brussels, BE OPEN was represented at the EOSC workshop by M. Boile (CERTH-HIT/Project Coordinator) and C. Alméras (ECTRI/Dissemination and Engagement Leader). The workshop aimed to increase the visibility of the EOSC-related projects funded by the DGs CNECT and RTD, explore their current state of achievements and discuss issues and potential regarding the next steps towards building the EOSC.
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BE OPEN on the stage of the Open Science Fair 2019 in Porto
The 2nd Open Science Fair took place on September 16-18 in Porto and gathered more than 400 participants with different backgrounds and perspectives on the aspects of Open Science. BE OPEN was presented by Caroline Alméras (ECTRI/BE OPEN Dissemination leader) at the Minute Madness/Poster Reception, which provided a privilege stage for increasing awareness of the BE OPEN aims and contribution to promote, regulate and standardise Open Science in Transport.
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BE OPEN article about open science
A new article has been published with the title “Challenges and opportunities of open science in transport research" by A. Anagnostopoulou and M. Boile (CERTH-HIT) at the 6th Virtual Multidisciplinary Conference.
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First BE OPEN event 

The first BE OPEN event took place at the 47th European Transport Conference (ETC 2019), in Dublin, on October 11, 2019.

The workshop entitled "Open Science in Transport: Challenges and Way forward" was held in relation to the activities of WP1 “Open Science framework and stakeholders views” and WP2 “Mapping of existing Open Science sources in transport” and organised in two parts. The first part served to “set the scene”, i.e. to present Open Science and what are the current instruments to support it as well as the past and current European initiatives for Open Science in Transport. The second part was dedicated to the key challenges and way forward for Open Science in Transport and related to the first findings from the BE OPEN project.
During the full workshop, participants were asked to voice their opinion via direct polling and results discussed promptly. Valuable insights and feedback were received that will feed and complement the work foreseen under WP1 and WP2 for the upcoming months. The resources (presentations, questions, poll results and photos) are available in the event page.

We would like to thank all the participants that brought their expertise and experience, and engaged in the fruitful and constructive discussions. Thanks also to the speakers, Anette Björnsson (EC), Natalia Manola (AthenaRC), Katerina Folla (NTUA), Afroditi Anagnostopoulou (CERTH-HIT), Ana Pereira (ECTRI), Silvia Olsen (TØI), Fabio Cartolano (FIT Consulting), Kolja Kindler (DLR) and the moderator Caroline Alméras (ECTRI). Lastly thanks to Alessio Tardivo (EURNEX) for the photos and live-tweeting and the Association for European Transport (AET) for hosting the event.

Discussion on Open Science in Transport will continue
at Transport Research Arena 2020 (TRA2020) in Helsinki (April 27-30)

Stay tuned! 


D1.1 Taxonomy of actors, terminology and experimental tools
The first deliverable provided an overview of the main actors involved in the transport sector by considering six main areas of competence: business modelling, environmental, legal/regulatory, socio-economic, technological and transport planning. The research has examined three types of resources: original research data, operational data and data from published transport research.

D1.2 - Framework of common understanding of Open Science in transport sector
This deliverable takes into consideration defined competence areas, stakeholders and scientific sources and evaluates the information in terms of the practical impact of Open Science in transport research. Based on the different modes of transport, their characteristics and the nature of research in the field of transport, a set of challenges were identified.

D2.1 Open access publications and the performance of the European transport research
The purpose of this deliverable was to study the knowledge and use of open access publications, official open access policy and existence and use of repositories. On that purpose, a targeted review of literature in Europe was conducted. 

D2.2 Open/FAIR data, software and infrastructure in European transport research
In this deliverable a literature review on Open Science Research Sources of European research was carried out. Secondly, existing Open Science Research areas were assessed open and FAIR data, open software/source and infrastructure. Then a mapping was carried out to compare the performance of the three main areas. 

All the submitted Deliverables are available on the BE OPEN website under the Resources section.

Do you want to help us to create a common pool of knowledge
to allow Open Science to become a reality in transport research?

Join the BE OPEN Zenodo-Community
upload your transport research or search through the existing data.

Profile: Maria Boile
BE OPEN Coordinator

Maria Boile is Associate Professor at the University of Piraeus and Research Director at the Hellenic Institute for Transportation (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). She has been Chair of the Advisory Board of ETRR, the European Transport Research Review, the first Journal in Open Access in the transport field. She has participated in over 60 sponsored research projects in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and has authored and co-authored over 160 technical articles. She is a member of the Board of Regents of the Eno Transportation Foundation and has served as an invited expert by the US Department of Transportation and the European Commission.
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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