Topical collection "ICEDIG Project Outcomes"

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Laurence Livermore, Anne Koivunen, Kari Lahti and Leif Schulman

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Addressing today’s global environmental challenges requires access to significant quantities of data. This holds especially true for the natural sciences, where one rich data trove remains unearthed: The European scientific collections. These jointly hold more than 1.5 billion objects, representing 80% of the world’s bio- and geo-diversity. With only 10 % of these objects digitised, their information remains vastly underused, thus impeding potential applications of this critical scientific resource.

The EU-funded ICEDIG project – “Innovation and Consolidation for Large Scale Digitisation of Natural Heritage” - aims to support the implementation phase of the new Research Infrastructure DiSSCo (“Distributed System of Scientific Collections”) by designing and addressing the technical, financial, policy and governance aspects necessary to operate such a large distributed initiative for natural sciences collections across Europe. This collection of articles highlights the major outputs of the ICEDIG project over the last three years (January 2018 to March 2020).


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Topical collection "Path2Integrity Project Outcomes"

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Julia Prieß-Buchheit, Oliver Claas, Iliyana Demirova, Agnieszka Dwojak-Matras, Lisa Häberlein, Belén López, Katharina Miller, Christiane Stock

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The Path2Integrity project, financed by the EU Horizon 2020, advocates for emphasising the virtues of Research Integrity and strengthening the relationship between science and society in the rapidly changing research landscape. By designing and implementing rotatory role-playing and role-models, the project will maximise the quality and societal impact of research and foster Research Integrity by educating the next generation. Within the three-year research and innovation programme, dialogical trainings will pave the way towards achieving enhanced and successful educational practices and learning methods targeted at students and young researchers, as well as everyone directly or indirectly involved in research, including educators and senior researchers.


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Topical collection "Open Science"

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Leo Lahti

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Articles on open science.
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Topical collection "Selected papers of the SAVE-SD 2016 workshop on “Semantics, Analytics, Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data”"

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Silvio Peroni, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Francesco Osborne

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SAVE-SD 2016 is an international workshop held during WWW 2016 that wants to bring together publishers, companies and researchers from different fields (including Document and Knowledge Engineering, Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing, Scholarly Communication, Bibliometrics, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualisation, Bioinformatics, and Life Sciences) in order to bridge the gap between the theoretical/academic and practical/industrial aspects in regards to scholarly data. This RIO collection include the extended versions of the selected poster, demo and position papers accepted at the workshop.


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Topical collection "Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System, PhD Project"

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Viktor Senderov

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This collection hosts contents of the PhD project of Viktor Senderov dedicated to the Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management system. It will deal with novel ways for publishing, visualizing and dissemination of biodiversity and biodiversity-related data. This PhD project is part of the BIG4 network.


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Topical collection "Towards interlinked FAIR biodiversity knowledge: The BiCIKL perspective"

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Lyubomir Penev, Quentin Groom, Jerry Lanfear, Dimitrios Koureas

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The Horizon 2020 project Biodiversity Community Integrated Knowledge Library (BiCIKL) builds a new European community of key research infrastructures, researchers, citizen scientists and other stakeholders in biodiversity and life sciences. Together, the BiCIKL 14 partners solidify open science practices by providing access to data, tools and services at each stage of and along the entire biodiversity research life cycle (specimens, sequences, taxonomic names, analytics, publications, biodiversity knowledge graph).  

BiCIKL has a special emphasis on biodiversity literature and develops new methods and workflows for semantic publishing and integrated access to harvesting, liberating, linking, and re-using of sub-article-level data extracted from the published content. 

The main challenge of BiCIKL is to design, develop and implement a FAIR Data Place (FDP), a central tool for search, discovery and management of interlinked FAIR data across different domains. The key final outputs of BiCIKL is the Biodiversity Knowledge Hub (BKH), a one-stop portal, providing access to the BiCIKL services, tools and workflows, beyond the lifetime of the project.


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Topical collection "ReNature: Promoting research excellence in nature-based solutions for innovation, sustainable economic growth and human well-being in Malta"

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Anna Sapundzhieva, Mario Balzan

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The ReNature RIO Collection will host key outputs relating to the sustainable use of biodiversity, biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, green infrastructure and ecosystem service assessments across rural-urban gradients, equitable access to the benefits derived from nature in cities and socio-environmental justice, payments for ecosystem services, and designing nature-based solutions. Reports from workshops attended by students, early career researchers and policymakers from all over the world will accumulate further empirical knowledge on the ReNature subjects. This Collection will continue to be developed further as the ReNature project continues to promote open innovation whilst effectively engaging communities in the co-development and exchange of knowledge for nature-based solutions implementation.


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Topical collection "Public Data Management Plans created with the DMPTool"

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Jennifer McWhorter, Jennifer Pannell, Josh Fisher, Jeri Fey

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This collection contains data management plans (DMPs) created with the DMPTool – a free online application that helps researchers build data management plans for specific U.S. funding agencies.


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Topical collection "SYNTHESYS+ Project Outcomes"

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Laurence Livermore, Vince Smith, Katherine Dixey

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European natural history collections play a critical role in mapping a sustainable future for ourselves and the natural systems on which we depend. Since 2004 the EC funded SYNTHESYS programme has been supporting this community, underpinning new ways to access and exploit natural science collections, harmonising collections policy and funding collections-based research for more than 4000 scientists.

SYNTHESYS+ is the fourth iteration of this programme, running from February 2019 to January 2023.  This growing collection of articles highlights major outputs from SYNTHESYS+ over the four year of activity, covering topics such as our new digitisation on-demand service, the construction of a European Loans and Visits System (ELViS) and a new data processing platform (the Specimen Data Refinery), applying artificial intelligence to speed up the digital mobilisation of natural history collections.


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Topical collection "COST Action SAGA "

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Carmen Cuenca-García

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This collection hosts outcomes from the ‘Soil Science & Archaeo-Geophysics Alliance’ (SAGA), an international research network funded by the European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) for four years (from 26th October 2018 until 25th October 2022) as COST Action SAGA (CA17131).  SAGA is developing, promoting and facilitating scientific activities bringing together geophysics and soil science with the overall goal of maximising interpretation of geophysical data for archaeological investigations. The collection includes SAGA’s proposal and annual reports on scientific activities (workshops, training schools, short-term scientific missions and Conference Grants) carried out by its members and external participants.


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Topical collection "DNAqua-Net"

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Florian Leese

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Topical collection "Exploring the opportunities and challenges of implementing open research strategies within development institutions: A project of the International Development Research Center"

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Cameron Neylon, Leslie Chan

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This research project was an Open Data pilot based on case studies with seven IDRC grantees who developed and implemented open data management and sharing plans. The case studies examined the scale of legal, ethical and technical challenges that limited the sharing of data from IDRC projects including issues of:

* Privacy, personally identifiable information and protection of human subject
* Protection of intellectual property generated from projects or potential for financial risks for projects or institutions
* Challenges in the local legal environment, including ownership of data
* Ethical issues in releasing or sharing of indigenous and community knowledge, and the relationship between project participants and investigators particularly in the context of historical expropriation of resources
* Local and global issues of capacity and expertise in the management and sharing of data

The project ran over (15) months, commencing December 2015 and ending in February 2017. The project involved a literature review and series of interviews on funder data sharing policies, the seven case studies including data management plans and implementation, and a final summary report. The results of the project aim to refine guidelines for the implementation of development research funders’ open research data policies and data policies more generally.  


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Topical collection "Brainhack 2016 Project Reports"

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Jörg Pfannmöller, Cameron Craddock, Pierre Bellec, Daniel Margulies, Nolan Nichols

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Brainhack 2016 features short reports on neuroscience tools and projects that embody the ethos of open science. This is a series of project reports from 2016 Brainhack events. For more information please see: http://brainhack.org


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Topical collection "Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network (EU BON) Project Outcomes"

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Florian Wetzel, Lyubomir Penev

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This collection hosts outputs from the FP7-funded EU project Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network (EU BON). The project proposes an innovative approach in terms of integration of biodiversity information systems from on-ground to remote sensing data, for addressing policy and information needs in a timely and customized way.


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Topical collection "Metadata 2020 Project Outputs"

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Laura Paglione, Ginny Hendricks

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This collection hosts outputs from Metadata 2020, a collaboration that advocates richer, connected, and reusable, open metadata for all research outputs, which will advance scholarly pursuits for the benefit of society. We aim to create awareness and resources for all who have a stake in creating and using scholarly metadata. We will demonstrate why richer metadata should be the scholarly community’s top priority, how we can all evaluate ourselves and improve, and what can be achieved when we work harder, and work together.
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