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Promote, regulate and standardise Open Science in Transport
Newsletter #6  -  June 2021
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Dear reader, 

The BE OPEN project consortium has come a long way from its first exchanges back in 2018 to the practical outcomes of the project in 2021. So many developments in 2,5 years that it comes as true challenge to sum them up in an editorial!

Looking at the figures first - BE OPEN it is:
  • 4 projects events with +30 high level speakers and +350 participants
  • Presentations of the project and results in 17 European and International events
  • 32 deliverables
  • 7 scientific articles published
  • +200 news, nearly 300 tweets and over 17k views on media

We are convinced that the BE OPEN project has made a step forward in operationalising Open Science in Transport. In those 2,5 years, and despite the difficulties faced with the pandemic, the BE OPEN project succeeded in:

(1) Establishing a common understanding of Open Science in transport research by putting forward the main principles and practices of open science, identifying the needs, benefits and means to ensure an appropriate and sustainable implementation and uptake.

(2) Engaging key transport stakeholders and creating legal specifications for Code of Conduct on Open Science and Key Performance Indicators for evaluating transport research that uses Open Science. Also proposing a roadmap to promote Open Science in transport research.

(3) Building a solid knowledge base on the implementation of Open Science approaches in transport research, opportunities, synergies and integration with EOSC, the European Open Science Cloud.

(4) Finally, BE OPEN has set up the TOPOS forum and observatory, a single-entry point to explore, share and discuss research knowledge, data, publications, software and other information relevant to transport and mobility research. TOPOS is an online platform customized for transport research organisations and individuals. As a gateway it offers different services adapted to those users.

Although the project is coming to an end this month, we are hopeful that those results and the community built around Open Science those years are solid basis to make open science a reality in the transport domain.

Thank you to all of you who follow(ed) us in this amazing journey of open and collaborative research; we invite you all to stay in touch and continue paving the way to a global open science community in transport research.

In the meantime, I am wishing you an enjoyable reading of the latest project developments and a nice and safe Summer! 

Caroline Alméras
ECTRI Secretary General

BE OPEN Dissemination and Engagement Leader
BE OPEN project successfully held its final event, helping to move Open Science forward in the transport domain
The BE OPEN final event took place on June 9, 2021, online, gathering over 100 participants, and attracting interest from experts from more than 40 different countries across the 5 continents. We believe that presentations and discussions were helpful for a better understanding of open science and how the BE OPEN project helped to move the concept forward in the transport domain.

The programme and presentations are available at the event page.
The recording of the event is available at the BE OPEN YouTube channel.

We are hopeful that the event brought many insights on how open science will benefit our sector and that it triggers interest to embrace open science culture and practice.


BE OPEN opening a new path to transport domain experts towards open science practices, infrastructures and guidelines 
OpenAire has published an article featuring BE OPEN and its role in studying and promoting open data and research on multiple transport modes (i.e., road, rail, water, air) and supporting the analysis of the existing Open Science services and research data infrastructures (with special focus on the EOSC). The article further presents TOPOS and the support role of OpenAire as a core EOSC infrastructure that serves Open Science.
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"Open Science and Future Research Services for Air Transport" - article published by the BE OPEN partners
The main contribution of this study is that deals with the main research trends and the research topics of air transport and examines how the corresponding needs could be supported by Open Science exploiting previous initiatives of EU funded research projects. Furthermore, a systematic review of current scientific production of air transport has been achieved and an overall assessment against innovation uptakes are provided. Besides the aforementioned observations, consideration is also given on future research activities and directions are drawn in order to present evolutionary services based on Open Science.
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BEOPEN project interviewed by the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency on Open Science initiatives
The BE OPEN project, via the project partner TØI, was interviewed by the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (DigDir) about the impact of Open Science in Transport. DigDir found the methodology of Future Wheel very relevant, not only for the specific survey, but as a potential input for a common European framework for evaluating open data. Norway is now investigating whether this method can be the starting point for a national framework.
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BE OPEN & OSCAR event - a stepping stone for the operationalisation of Open Science in Transport Research
BE OPEN and OSCAR projects shared the stage on June 16, to present how Open Science can have a practical impact in transport research sector and propose suitable mechanisms, schemes, and tools for transport stakeholders. Both projects' results and outcomes will provide a solid background for operationalization of Open Science in Transport Research.
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D4.4 European Code of Conduct on Open Science in Transport

The vision of the BE OPEN project is to create a common understanding about the practical impact of Open Science as well as identifying and putting in place the mechanisms to make it a reality in transport research. An essential element of reaching this is 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. The objective of such a policy framework is achieved as a code of conduct through this deliverable, serving as basis to establish the “European Code of Conduct on Open Science in Transport” as a living document.
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D5.3 Impact assessment of Open Science in transport 

The aim of the deliverable was to carry out an impact assessment of Open Science (OS) in transport to describe the potential environmental, social, and economic impacts and define explicitly who will be affected by this initiative and how. By identifying potential positive and negative impacts OS will have, the implementation of OS in transport will be more efficient and more responsive to societal and economic expectations. A workshop was carried out with about 20 OS transport experts in Europe, using the Future Wheel methodology to identify potential positive and negative impacts of OS in transport.
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D5.2 KPIs for Open Science in transport evaluation 

The objective of the deliverable was to develop proper Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for assessing Open Science in transport in terms of validity. The main achievement was to determine proper criteria and measures that will be used to evaluate the performance of Open Science in transport research. The proper assessment of the Open Science in transport included an on-going analysis helping to assess the proper critical success factors, such as transport research policies, transport research projects per mode of transport, transport research infrastructures and software per mode of transport or per EU country member state, transport research publications per mode of transport or per transport research policy.
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Discover the BE OPEN project video

A stirring 3-minute animation, summarizing the main project's achievements.

You can watch it below
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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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