Making EOSC Training more FAIR

Organizers: Ellen Leenarts - DANS , Iryna Kuchma - EIFL , Rene van Horik - DANS, Angus Whyte -  DCC, Gergely Sipos - EGI, Celia van Gelder - DTL, Daniel Bangert - UGOE, Giuseppe La Rocca - EGI, Martina Torma, Astrid Verheusen, Friedel Grant - LIBER and Cecile Swiate - Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas Academic Library
Duration: 3.5 hrs

How can support and training offered by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) be more effective? Which training and guidance resources are needed at the EOSC level? How can we ensure they can be found and used? How can training and guidance resources, i.e. materials and event information, be pooled effectively across the EOSC? Jointly organized by the Community of Practice (CoP) for Training Coordinators and LIBER, this workshop will cover recent developments in EOSC Skills and Training and discuss recommendations for the EOSC. The workshop will result in a set of concrete steps from the training community to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of EOSC training resources.

Workshop abstract

Since 2018 there is a CoP for Training Coordinators for training programmes of research and e-infrastructures in the EOSC. The CoP has monthly online meetings on new developments in training, shares best practices and organizes joint events. It has become a global community that seeks to meet in person regularly. The work of this community has been driven by the European Commission (EC) interest for inviting EOSC-related projects to flag initiatives of common interests and promote joint activities.

At the same time, LIBER — through its Digital Skills for Library Staff and Researchers Working Group — has been working on mapping and supporting European skilling and training initiatives available for library staff and researchers, with particular attention to those focused on Open Science.

Training resources, events and tools can be found on the websites of training organisations, university libraries, universities, European funded projects, research and e-infrastructures. Making those resources better findable and accessible is a wish which is often repeated during workshops focused on EOSC training, and organised by EOSC projects such as EUDAT, EOSCpilot, OpenAIRE, FOSTER, EOSC-Life, SSHOC and EOSC-hub. Training coordinators feel the need to look over the fence of their own organization, project or domain and are looking for resources that are already there, or events that their audience might be interested in. To improve the discoverability of training resources, the first version of the EOSC portal website had a section on Training and Support for EOSC. This workshop focuses on how an EOSC training portal should ideally be structured to make training services and resources more findable and accessible.

The workshop will start with introductory presentations on current practices of EOSC training services and resources and recent recommendations relevant for EOSC skills and training. In breakout groups we will discuss how the recommendations on training and skills can be implemented for the EOSC stakeholder groups.

In the second part of the workshop, we will look at current practices around publishing training resources, events and tools, as well as the metadata and features for reuse. The plethora of training resources (MOOCs, tutorials and guides) can be found in repositories, websites, GitHub, and may be in domain specific central catalogues. Taking into account the results of the first part of the workshop, participants will discuss, in three group discussion rounds, concrete next steps on several key topics such as training metadata, a catalogue of catalogues, and other steps for making EOSC training more FAIR.

This workshop will develop concrete next steps regarding training, building on:

target audience

All involved in setting up training in EOSC, including training coordinators, librarians and service providers. All EOSC stakeholders are welcome to contribute.


1st block (14:00 - 16:00)
  • Short introductory presentations | 45 min
    • Welcome and introductions: CoP, LIBER, participants | 5 min
    • New EOSC Skills and Training Working Group | 10 min
    • EOSC Training Services and Resources, updating EOSC Training and Support on the EOSC portal | 10 min
    • EOSCpilot final training and skills recommendations for EOSC (DCC) including FAIR WG recommendations | 10 min
    • LIBER Digital Skills for Library Staff and researchers: recent activities and link to EOSC training | 10 min
  • What does training mean in EOSC for different stakeholder groups? - Breakout group discussions | 45 min
    From the perspective of each EOSC stakeholder group the following questions are discussed in each group:
    • What training and guidance resources are needed at the EOSC level?
    • 1. Where should they be most effectively located to get noticed and used?
      • a. Institutional level, e.g. through RDM services
      • b. National level, e.g. through national service providers
      • c. Discipline level, e.g. through Research Infrastructures, EOSC cluster projects, etc.
      • d. Cross-domain level, e.g. through horizontal EOSC services
      • e. Thematically, e.g. through stakeholders addressing specific challenges
    • 2. How can training and guidance resources, i.e. materials and event information, be pooled effectively across the EOSC, e.g
      • a. By manually selecting and curating training and guidance resources?
      • b. By aggregating trainings automatically from selected providers?
      • c. By aggregating training portals?
      • d. By identifying people able to respond to discipline-specific questions from researchers about making data FAIR?
  • Different types of ‘state of the art’ training resources & their metadata | 30 min:
    • Online courses and MOOCs | 7 min
    • Github (Library Carpentry) | 7 min
    • TeSS training resources and events - portal (ELIXIR) | 7 min
    • Training resources produced nationally/via networks | 7 min

Coffee Break (16:00 - 16:30)

2nd block (16:30 - 18:00)
  • Discussion rounds (20 minutes each) on:
    • 1. Training metadata – what is available now, what are recent developments, what metadata is used e.g. by a variety of locations: websites like EOSC-Hub, ELIXIR TeSS, DMT ClearingHouse, GLAD - GÉANT Learning & Development, Zenodo, GitHub, courses-platforms like Moodle, MOOC-platforms like FutureLearn, etc, and what is not used and why. To enable harvesting training resources and events and building a catalogue (over all domains) a non-domain specific like TeSS harvesting training resources and events from anyone who publishes with this metadata.
    • 2. What are the ‘must have’ functions of an EOSC skills and training catalogue. What would be the next steps to achieve these? How can the various EOSC projects that cover training and skills contribute to this?
    • 3. Action plan for EOSCpilot recommendations.
  • Wrap up (20 minutes) steps forward - recommendations for EOSC to coordinate portals for training and support; planning of future activities from CoP and/or projects / initiatives / organisations involved.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop participants will:

  • Be able to articulate recommendations for the EOSC to coordinate portals for training and support services and resources
  • Be able to adopt good practice recommendations on metadata for training materials
  • Be aware of the current state-of-the-art for publishing learning services
  • Be aware of training activities on behalf of EOSC related projects and initiatives
  • Provide recommendations for EOSC training and skills activities




17th September, 1st part (14:00), 2nd part (16:30)

See full programme here.

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