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Providing a framework for a sustainable training infrastructure to support EOSC in all its phases and ensure its uptake




Natalia Manola

Natalia Manola


Vinciane Gaillard

Vinciane Gaillard


The “Skills and Training” working group will work on building competence (skills) and capabilities (training) for EOSC. The goal is to provide a framework for a sustainable training infrastructure to support EOSC in all its phases and ensure its uptake. The WG will consult and converge with existing initiatives and H2020 EOSC projects to agree upon key components for skills development and training, determine how these can be embedded in different levels of EOSC (institutional, national, EU), and identify what structures are needed to make EOSC a viable success (sustainability).


Digital and Open Science skills are a cornerstone in EOSC’s operations and future. Developing and sustaining the skills of researchers, research support staff, and EOSC service providers is essential for the success of the EOSC vision. An EOSC network of skilled professionals, forming a coordinated training infrastructure, is essential to bring a culture change for sharing research outcomes, policy awareness, and compliance and knowledge of ICT support services, as well as to empower individuals and institutions to develop and maintain EOSC competences science and capabilities.


Start Jan 2020 – Initial duration 12 months


The WG will propose a way forward through a set of actions providing both policy and implementation recommendations.

  1. Skills development framework (competences) for organizational culture change and service development:
    • Take stock of existing work (e.g. EOSC pilot FAIR4S skills framework, HLEG expert group) and identify and prioritize open science and digital skill sets for EOSC, targeting researchers (for open science and RDM practices), service providers (for providing their services to EOSC), and policy makers (on how to align with open science and data policies).
    • Commission a study to frame digital skills required in EOSC in the wider European agenda for skills and provide recommendations for MS/AC on how to include EOSC in national skills policies/strategies.
  2. EOSC training framework/infrastructure (capabilities), targeting trainers and professional groups that support researchers in the stewardship of research outputs and service providers in providing their services via EOSC:
    • Review existing organization models of training structures (e.g., competence centres, costs, practical tools, assessment processes) at institutional / national / EU settings and provide options for MS/AC for short/mid/long term to implement training and education programmes for EOSC.
    • Analyse and recommend quality assurance and certification mechanisms for trainers, if any (e.g., recognised EOSC badges and seals)
    • Review and agree upon specifications for an EOSC training/learning materials catalogue, possibly a federated approach as part of the EOSC MVP. Take into consideration existing models (e.g., EOSC pilot FAIR4S framework) and industry standards (e.g., IEEE LOM,SCORM) define metadata, formats, APIs, and the curation, certification, and preservation of training materials.
    • Recommend coordination levels and structure for training in EOSC. Identify  MVP training components and tools. Propose sustainability model for the governance and operation of the training infrastructure including the EOSC training materials catalogue (who is in charge of what).


Sustainability – Training MVP in EOSC (e.g., coordination, catalogue) and sustainability model for the governance and operation of training infrastructure.

Landscape – Training competence centers, models of operations in MS/AC

Architecture – Federation of EOSC training/learning material catalogue and services

RoP – Policies for training material, e..g., certification of trainers or training modules

FAIR – Making training/learning material FAIR. Skills for FAIR.


  • Q3 2020: Minimum skill set for EOSC
  • Q3 2020: Specifications for training catalogue(s)
  • Q3 2020: Options for organizational models for regional/thematic/EU competence centers and their coordination
  • Q4 2020: EOSC MVP for training and sustainability model
  • Q4 2020: Recommendation for EOSC skills/training in national digital skills policies/strategies

Task Forces

  • Minimal Skillset TF: An analysis on digital skills required in EOSC will be conducted.
  • Competence Centers TF: The TF is conducting a series of interviews on the approaches that organizations use to implement their training activities and programmes;
  • Specifications for Training Catalogues TF: A report is being prepared on Specifications for Training Catalogues
  • EOSC in National Strategies for Digital Skills TF: A study on national strategies is being carried out by LDK

Working Group Skills & Training members

Skills & Training WG role: EOSC Skills & Training Working Group Chair

Organisation: OpenAIRE - Managing Director & Researcher

Natalia Manola
Skills & Training WG role: Training & Skills WG Co-chair

Organisation: European University Association (EUA) - Deputy Director for Research and Innovation (R&I)

Vinciane Gaillard
Skills & Training WG role: EOSCsecretariat Contact Point for the Skills & Training WG

Organisation: Athena Research Center (ARC) -

Vassia Diochnou
Skills & Training WG role: Skills & Training WG Rapporteur

Organisation: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) - Open Access Programme Manager

Iryna Kuchma
Skills & Training WG role: EC Contact Point

Organisation: European Commission—Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) - Policy Officer at the Open Science Unit

Carlos Casorrán Amilburu
Skills & Training WG role: EC Contact Point

Organisation: EC Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) -

Pauline Gounaud

Organisation: ELIXIR PT - - Executive Director

Ana Portugal Melo

Organisation: Digital Curation Centre (DCC) - Senior Research Data Specialist

Angus Whyte

Organisation: Aalto University - Head of Open Science and ACRIS team

Anne Maarit Sunikka

Organisation: Wales Academy of Professional Practice and Applied Research - Director

Annette Fillery-Travis

Organisation: OECD - Head of the Global Science Forum (GSF)

Carthage Smith

Organisation: University of Perugia - Dept of Physics & Earth Sciences - Full professor with a Chair in Experimental Physics

Caterina Petrillo

Organisation: DTL - Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences - Training Programme Manager DTL/ELIXIR-NL

Celia van Gelder

Organisation: University of Maribor, University of Maribor Library - Assistant director

Dunja Legat

Organisation: University of Athens -

Eleni Petra

Organisation: University of Oslo Library - Senior adviser for open science

Elin Stangeland

Organisation: CNR-ISTI -

Emma Lazzeri

Organisation: DARIAH-EU - Open Science Officer

Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra

Organisation: Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) - Principal Investigator

Fotis Psomopoulos

Organisation: EGI Foundation - User Community Team Lead

Giuseppe La Rocca

Organisation: Jisc -

Helen Clare

Organisation: Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) - Head of Research Information Services and responsible for training and support activities in OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk (NOAD)

Ieva Cesevičiūtė

Organisation: Universitat Politècnica de València - Full professor of parallel, grid and cloud computing in the area of ​​Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Ignacio Blanquer Espert

Organisation: Aalto University -

Iris Andersson

Organisation: University of Amsterdam/LifeWatch ERIC -

Jacco Konijn

Organisation: Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) Barcelona - Researcher

Jaume Piera

Organisation: Gdansk University of Technology - Deputy director of the Centre of Informatics – Tricity Academic Supercomputer & networK (CI TASK)

Jerzy Proficz

Organisation: University of Debrecen University and National Library - Head of the Education and Research Support Department

Judit Fazekas-Parragh

Organisation: Research Council for Sustainable Development, Formas (Sweden) - Senior analyst

Karla Anaya-Carlsson

Organisation: Copenhagen University Library I Royal Danish Library - Head of Research Support Services

Michael Svendsen

Organisation: Research Software Alliance - Director

Michelle Barker

Organisation: Institute of Informatics, Slovak Academy of Sciences -

Miroslav Dobrucky

Organisation: OPERAS -

Pierre Mounier

Organisation: DANS -

René van Horik

Organisation: FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland - Head of the Digital Teaching and Learning Department

Ricarda T.D. Reimer

Organisation: Trust-IT Services - Project Manager

Rob Carrillo

Organisation: ECOOM, Hasselt University & euroCRIS -

Sadia Vancauwenberghe

Organisation: Ss. Cyril and Methodius University -

Sonja Filiposka

Organisation: Helmholtz Association - Adviser Strategic Initiatives

Susan Trinitz

Organisation: OPERAS/TGIR Huma-Num (CNRS) - Research engineer

Suzanne Dumouchel

Organisation: LIBER - Head of International Projects

Vasso Kalaitzi

Organisation: EMBL-EBI - Senior Scientific Project Manager

Vera Matser