Knowledge Exchange Newsletter July 2016

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Welcome to the third Knowledge Exchange newsletter of 2016!

The purpose of Knowledge Exchange (KE) is to exchange knowledge, build expert networks and cooperate between partners. We have a special focus on Research Data and Open Access and an open eye for emerging opportunities to enhance and support an open higher education and research infrastructure.

In the first half of this year we have issued a number of reports and other outputs and have some exciting activities planned for the second half of the year. Please find below our latest news and developments.


Latest Publications

Report on Training for Research Data Management: Comparative European Approaches

At the end of 2015, KE initiated a project to compare approaches in research data management (RDM) training within the partnership’s five member countries. The project was structured around two strands of activity: a survey and a workshop, resulting in the report 'Training for research data management: comparative European approaches'.

The report describes the outputs of both the analysis of the survey and the outcomes of the workshop as well as an evidence base and informed suggestions to help improve RDM training practices in KE partner countries and beyond.

Find out more


Briefing paper on Funding RDM & Related Infrastructures

The Science Europe Working Group on Research Data and the Knowledge Exchange Research Data expert group joined forces to explore how RDM/RDI are currently, or could be, funded.

In 2014 and 2015, surveys were conducted to explore the funding and costing of Research Data Infrastructures in 22 European countries, contrasting the very heterogeneous findings with the demands of service providers and research institutions. The data collected will form the basis of further independent KE and Science Europe activities in this area, to help raise awareness of the current challenges, and subsequently to communicate opportunities for coordinated action to relevant stakeholders.

This briefing paper presents the results of the joint activity, detailing the approach and main outcomes of the study.

Find out more


Other Recent Outcomes

Outcomes from the Knowledge Exchange Strategy Forum, May 2016

The Knowledge Exchange Senior Management, Steering Group, KE Group and Office met in Berlin in May 2016, to discuss and plan activities for the coming year, including our next steps in relation to our vision to ‘enable open scholarship’.

During the first half of 2016, we sought input from experts to help shape our direction, following from the 


recommendations in our report ‘Pathways to Open Scholarship’. The results of these initial discussions were shared with our senior management and included topics such as ‘procurement of Research Services’ and ‘Evaluation & Incentives for Open Scholarship’.

Together with experts KE will further explore the open scholarship theme and select priority areas to work on in 2017.

Open Access Policy dependencies – Final project report

Knowledge Exchange have concluded work we have undertaken over the past four years to highlight the importance of services and infrastructure to the successful delivery of open access, through the publication of a final project report.

This work has included over 150 individuals from stakeholder organisations across Europe and beyond and outcomes from the activity have been captured in the OA Sustainability Index and the report Putting down roots: Securing the future of open access policies.

Find out more about the OA Policy Dependency activities and the future developments


In the Pipeline

New work on Research Software Sustainability

Our work around Research Software Sustainability will continue this year with a follow up workshop to take place on the 27th October at DANS, the Netherlands. Attendance to the event will be open to all, so if you would like to join us, please keep an eye on the KE website and Twitter feed for further details.

New members of Open Access and Research Data Expert Groups

We would like to welcome Saskia Woutersen (University of Amsterdam), Jeroen Sondervan (Utrecht University) and Serge Bauin (CNRS) to the Open Access Expert Group and Francis Andre (CNRS) to the Research Data Expert Group.


On behalf of the Knowledge Exchange team,

Bas Cordewener,                         Knowledge Exchange Coordinator

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