Open Science (OS) opens up new ways in which research, education and innovation are undertaken, archived, curated, and disseminated across the globe.

Open Science is not about dogma per se: it is about greater efficiency and productivity, more transparency, and a better response to interdisciplinary research needs. But OS requires a cultural change in academic institutions, including the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in fields like open access publishing and research data sharing. Master’s and PhD students, and Early Career Researchers in general, can be arguably harbingers of change within the traditional system of academic science and publishing, and OS is key factor driving this change.

Yet, this change may take more time than expected unless fostered especially regarding practices in OS. It is therefore required a favourable, rewarding environment, where there are opportunities to acquire awareness and knowledge and develop OS relevant skills. In their advice paper on OS and the role of universities, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) highlights the education and skills training of all people in the universities as one of the eight OS pillars. Many universities develop and deliver their own training, while others work with external providers.

TrainRDM aims to empower the Education and Skills dimension of OS through exploring innovative mechanisms and tools to provide the skills training in particular for and Research Data Management (RDM) good practices.

TrainRDM aims to empower the Education and Skills dimension of OS through exploring innovative mechanisms and tools to provide the skills training in particular for and Research Data Management (RDM) good practices.

The project’s objectives are as follows:

  • To analyse and map the skills training needs for OS and RDM in existing curricula in partner HEIs taking into account the different OS dimensions, target groups and level of existing knowledge;
  • To review existing good practice in OS and RDM skills training;
  • To develop a OS and RDM Training Methodological Toolkit;
  • To develop, validate and diffuse a quality pilot training programme for OS and RDM;
  • To develop a training network around OS and RDM concepts;
  • To encourage, motivate, support and recognise staff and students skills development in OS and RDM.