Project coordinator Eloy Rodrigues, from the University of Minho, began the meeting with a call for the partners to “work together to spread the seeds of Open Science”.
Over the next two years, FOSTER will endeavour to help and encourage researchers, librarians, and other stakeholders in the European Research Area (ERA) to adopt Open Access and Open Science as part of their daily workflow. With particular focus on young researchers, and the people who train them, FOSTER seeks to demonstrate how the ideals of open access translate into practical steps that will lead to compliance with the policies of the ERA and Horizon 2020.
The broader objective, however, is to facilitate the development of sustainable training programs in open access strategies for research professionals. This meeting was designed to introduce the partners to one another, and to consolidate plans for the project’s completion.
One of the main outputs of FOSTER’s efforts will be a collection of training materials to help researchers embed open access practices into their regular research methods. This will involve (1) the sharing and concentration of existing information and training guides; (2) the creation of an online portal to support the dissemination of these materials; (3) the delivery of face-to-face training for researches and librarians. We hope that this will impart the necessary skills and knowledge needed to make open access policies into clear and achievable research methods. LIBER will primarily be involved in the content-gathering and dissemination stages of this process.
The partners agreed that this was an extremely productive and collegiate meeting and the University of Minho played excellent hosts at their Guimarães campus. At the same time, the parallel project PASTEUR4OA was launched, focusing on the implementation of EU open access policies. These two major initiatives will intersect and overlap at various stages in their schedules, so it was helpful for each group to learn more about the other’s activities and to coordinate their efforts and expertise.
You can read more about FOSTER, and keep up-to-date with new developments at the official website, and follow the project on Twitter. Amongst many other discussions and strategies, the partners voted on the final design for FOSTER’s beautiful new logo: