Austria: RDM and e-infrastructures

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In November 2016, e-Infrastructures Austria organized two major closing events in Vienna: A Data Management Plan (DMP) Workshop (17 November 2016)  in cooperation  with DCC and the final General Assembly (18 November 2016) of the project.

Data Management Plan Workshop with DCC

While Kevin Ashley (Director DCC) and Sarah Jones (Senior Institutional Support Officer DCC) gave lectures on Horizon 2020, the Open Research Data Pilot as well as the  value, planning and development of research data management plans, the joint work then followed in small groups: The participants were divided into four groups, led by Kevin Ashley, Paolo Budroni (Department Head, University Library of the University of Vienna), Sarah Jones and Barbara Sanchéz Solís (Coordination Office of e-Infrastructures Austria). Following this, they presented the most important findings.

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The Workshop ended with a panel discussion, which included Kevin Ashley and Sarah Jones along with Judith Rabfogel-Scheer (Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, (in German: BMVIT), Maria Seissl (Head of Library and Archives Department of the University of Vienna) and Peter Seitz (Federal Ministry of Economics, Research and Business (in German:BMWFW)). The topics addressed in this context were: 1) The domestic and international context as well as the question of what could be learned from each other, 2) the financing of the development of infrastructures and 3) useful follow-up steps to take for Austria in order to achieve successful research data management.

Detailed agenda, presentations and biographies of the participants are available at

LEARN and e-Infrastructures Stakeholders in Austria

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At the AGM on the following day, Paul Ayris (Pro Vice-Provost and Director of UCL Library Services) was invited as a keynote speaker to present the principles of Open Science and the European Science Cloud (EOSC) and to highlight the relationship between policies and the EOSC.

e-Infrastructures Austria is a project for the coordinated expansion and further development of repository infrastructures and the further development of research-support services throughout Austria. For more information see:

Blog post by: Katharina Flicker, Barbara Sánchez Solís

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