Open Science (OS) opens up new ways in which research/education/innovation are undertaken, archived and 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. A favourable, rewarding environment is therefore required, 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. LERU states that Open Science skills training should be firmly embedded (in online progress tools or similar study management and supervisory systems) and should be acknowledged in professional development and career progression. Universities should integrate OS concepts and their practical applications in educational and skills development programmes, analysing and mapping their needs for skills training and taking into account the different OS dimensions and the varying needs of different audiences, different disciplines, etc.

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.

The following intellectual outputs, learning/teaching/training activities and multiplier events are to be developed/organized during the project lifetime:

INTELLECTUAL OUTPUTS:
IO1: OS & RDM Training Methodological Toolkit
IO2: Joint Design of Training Programme on OS and RDM
IO3: Distributed eLearning Training Platform for OS and RDM.

LEARNING/TEACHING/TRAINING ACTIVITIES
LTTA C1: Train the Trainers Winter Week
LTTA C2: Students Summer School
LTTA C3: Early Stage Researchers Training Week

MULTIPLIER EVENT
E1: Final conference

The specific aims are divided on project target groups:

For MSc & PhD STUDENTS:

  • To acquire the ability to use and manage data;
  • To develop the understanding of OS;
  • To broad their future career through new skills in data access.

For EARLY STAGE RESEARCHERS:

  • To increase the ability to store and re-use data;
  • To develop the using of IPR and copyright;
  • To increase their research capacity through open access to results and research data.

For TRAINERS:

  • To develop/update their courses by embedding OS and RDM concepts;
  • To foster the collaboration with other teachers.

For RESEARCH COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS:

  • To raise awareness of OS based on learning environment on research data;
  • To have the opportunity to develop links between HE and research units and companies regarding RDM.