NI4OS-Europe webinars in March

OpenAIRE in Greece and Cyprus continue to inform the research and academic community on important aspects related to Open Science, this time through a series of webinars run in collaboration with the NI4OS-Europe project.

March is dedicated to the presentation of the tools developed in the framework of NI4OS-Europe for various groups and individuals interested in Open Science policy implementation and optimal Research Data Management. The purpose is for Universities, Research Infrastructures, and Research Services to prepare for the application of Open Science and for its implementation through the European Cloud of Open Science – EOSC. Similarly, researchers will be supported in Optimal Research Data Management, with an emphasis on legal issues pertaining to various types of copyright in data, multimedia, software, and derivative content.

The webinars will take place every Wednesday at 10.30 am EET, and will run for 90 minutes.

The first part of the webinars will introduce the concepts governing the respective tool, while the second part will present the tool and be piloted by the audience.

The first two webinars will be held in Greek, while the third in English. You may find more information below:

Wednesday 16th March

License Clearance Tool (LCT): An online tool for clearing the licensing of derivative works

The lack of legal background on re-use and the high cost of license clearance are two common issues that researchers are concerned about regarding the content they produce and especially the creation of derivative results (eg data and multimedia). The “License Clearance Tool” (LCT) developed by ATHENA Research Center in the framework of the NI4OS-Europe project (National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe) supports researchers to meet these needs. LCT aims to facilitate and automate copyright clearing processes involving data, media, software, and derivative content.

About the speaker: Panagiota Koltsida is a senior software engineer/research associate, with extensive experience in RTD European funded projects working for the University of Athens (NKUA) and the ATHENA Research Centre. Mrs. Koltsida has a degree in informatics from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), and an MSc diploma from the same organization. She has been involved in a series of EU funded projects as a technical project manager and software engineer. She is experienced in managing all stages of large scale distributed software implementation, designing ICT systems, and technically coordinating their development.  Currently, she is responsible for the technical management and coordination of the tools being developed as part of the ATHENA RC’s participation in the NI4OS-EUROPE, DESIRA, and ARSINOE projects as well as for the development of ESFRI’s Monitoring Platform. Her research interests include Information Retrieval systems, Data and Metadata Management, and geospatial systems, aiming at providing innovative ICT solutions to cross-disciplinary communities.

Wednesday 23rd March

RoP Legal & Ethics Compliance Tool (RoLECT)

The understanding of legal and ethics issues arising from the Rules of Participation in the European Cloud for Open Science (EOSC) constitutes a major challenge in the implementation of EOSC. The “EOSC RoP Legal & Ethics Compliance Tool” (RoLECT) has been developed by ATHENA Research Center team in the context of the EU-funded “NI4OS-Europe – National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe” project and is addressed to scientists and professionals wishing to onboard a resource (i.e. services or data) to the EOSC ecosystem. By using this tool, stakeholders have the opportunity to verify before the onboarding process whether their resource complies with the basic legal and ethical standards of the EOSC Rules of Participation.

About the speaker: Marianna Katrakazi is a lawyer- member of the Athens Bar Association specialized in intellectual property and data privacy law. She holds an L.L.M. in Internet and Information Systems Law of the University of Strasbourg and is certified as a DPO Executive (TUV Austria). Marianna has extensive experience in advising on GDPR compliance issues, telecommunications, and Intellectual Property law. Currently, Marianna participates as a legal expert in the ATHENA RC’s team for NI4OS-Europe, where she advises on legal matters related to privacy, IP licensing, and open data.

Wednesday 30th March

Designing privacy and repository policies with RePol

The presence of service policies, and privacy and repository policies, in particular, is increasingly expected by end-users, mandated by regulators and assessors, and required for service certification. They also define a set of rules and practices that the organisational management, repository administrators, and the technical staff need to establish and enforce. Here, practical guidance on the use of RePol, an open-source web tool developed within NI4OS-Europe, will be provided. RePol helps the user to create and maintain a comprehensive and clear repository policy or privacy policy for a web-based service. Through a step-by-step wizard and self-explanatory forms, the user shapes a customised policy document formulated in line with the current best practice. With such a policy, the resource owner can more easily align the service with GDPR requirements as well as those for onboarding and participation in open-science infrastructures. The resulting document may be downloaded as an XML file, additionally customized or manually edited before it is integrated into the service or repository. Individual policy elements are provided in a machine-readable format, allowing for an automated interpretation of created policies and metadata extraction.

About the speaker: Branko Marović received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Belgrade (UoB), where he is currently the deputy director of the UoB Computer Centre. He also worked at the UCLA Radiology Science Department and taught postgraduate courses at the UoB School of Electrical Engineering. Branko participated in many FP and Horizon projects and was a project manager of the EU funded IPA project that implemented hospital information systems in Serbian 19 hospitals and developed a cross-institutional EHR platform. In NI4OS-Europe, he leads the work package on ORDM standards, processes, tools, and certification. In GÉANT, he works on software maturity model and review processes and in Trust and Identity Incubator. His interests include health informatics, IT and research infrastructures, seamless data use and visualization, software and service governance, and privacy protection.