There is a skills gap between the number of researchers and professionals equipped to practice open access, and the number needed to meet European Commission goals.
FOSTER aims 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.
Open Access and Open Science principles are an essential part of knowledge creation and sharing. They directly support the researchers need for greater impact, optimum dissemination of research, while also enabling the engagement of citizen scientists and society at large on societal challenges. With a focus on young researchers and the people who train them, FOSTER helps various stakeholders to build Open Access/Science procedures into their daily working lives. This is achieved through both face to face training and via e-learning activities.
As well as reporting on liaison activities, LIBER has been involved in profile raising and project dissemination, including a series of workshop events aimed at training librarians. LIBER’s involvement in the FOSTER project falls under LIBER’s strategic Key Performance Area (KPA) Scholarly Communication & Research Infrastructures and is closely connected to the KPA Advocacy & Communications.
LIBER Members Involved in FOSTER
- University of Minho – Documentation Services, Minho, Portugal
- The Open University Library, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
- Couperin, Paris, France
- University of Warsaw Library, Warsaw, Poland
- Glasgow University Library, Glasgow, United Kingdom
- Main Library, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Georg August Universität, Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
For further questions about FOSTER, please contact LIBER’s EU Projects Manager Melanie Imming.