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Research project

BeOpen – Boosting engagement of Serbian universities in open science

BE-OPEN is a structural project funded under the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education action. The project is coordinated by the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. The main objective of the project is to develop conditions for the implementation of the core principles of Open Science at universities in Serbia.

2017 - 2019
Thed van Leeuwen

Univerzitet U Novom SADU, Univerzitet U Beogradu, Univerzitet Umetnosti U,  Beogradu, Univerzitet U Kragujevcu, Univerzitet U Nisu, Drzavni Univerzitet U Novom Pazaru, Università degli Studi di Udine, National Technical University of Athens NTUA, Ministarstvo Prosvete Nauke I Tehnoloskog Razvoja, Goldsmiths' College

Open science, open innovation, and openness to the world are set as one of the main research and innovation strategies in the European Research Area. Open science provides an effective framework for the enhancement of research transparency, dissemination, collaborations, and accountability.

The Serbian academic community has recognized the importance and advantages of open science principles which are manifested through the numerous initiatives undertaken by the government bodies, faculties, libraries, NGOs, and journal publishers. However, in the absence of coordination, compromise on standards, and a solid legislative support, these initiatives seem isolated and ineffective from the global point of view. The main aim of the Project is to foster, standardize, and coordinate the implementation of open science principles at Serbian universities.

The Project objective is threefold: 1. to advance national and institutional guidelines, policies, and incentives related to the open science, 2. to establish digital repositories at all Serbian universities and to foster their infrastructural development and interoperability, and 3. to build institutional and individual capacities in order to ensure the sustainable implementation of open science principles and enhance the social inclusiveness and accountability of publicly-funded research.

In the light of the BeOpen project, the Leiden team organized a study visit in May 2017 in Leiden. For this study visit, we invited most prominent actors in the open science development in the Netherlands, from a variety of backgrounds (universities, international, national and institutional policy makers, library staff members, editors and publishers), informing our Serbian guests on the state-of-the-art of Open Science in the Netherlands.


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