Network and Collaborate

Networking and collaborating are essential components of Open Science. Working together, researchers can share their knowledge, resources, and expertise, accelerating the pace of scientific discovery and innovation. 

If you would like to get more involved in the Open Science community, explore the organisations below:


1. Research Data Alliance (RDA): 

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international organisation that aims to accelerate research data sharing and exchange. The RDA brings together researchers, data professionals, and other stakeholders worldwide to develop and promote best practices and standards for data management and sharing. The RDA operates as a community-driven organisation, with working groups and interest groups that develop and promote best practices and standards for research data.

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2. FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute:

FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, publishers, funders, and other stakeholders committed to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship through digital technologies. FORCE11 focuses on a wide range of topics related to scholarly communication, including open access publishing, research data management, peer review, and scholarly metrics. 


3. The European Open Science Cloud:

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Portal is a web-based platform that provides access to a range of digital services and resources for researchers and scholars across Europe. The portal is designed to support Open Science and facilitate the sharing of research data and other digital resources. The EOSC Portal provides a single point of access to a wide range of resources, including data repositories, computing infrastructure, and research tools. 


4. Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF):

Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is an international non-profit organisation that advocates for open knowledge, open data, and open access. The organisation is dedicated to promoting the use and development of open data and supporting the development of open tools and standards that enable people to access and use information more effectively.


5. SPARC Europe:

SPARC Europe is a European-based coalition of academic and research libraries, universities, and organisations dedicated to promoting open access to scholarly research and resources. Founded in 2002, SPARC Europe has been a leading advocate for open access publishing and has worked to advance policies and practices that support greater access to research in Europe. SPARC’s vision is for open access to be the default for education, research, industry, and science.

SPARC provides guidance on open access policies and compliance, as well as resources on open access publishing models and the benefits of open access publishing.

Goals of SPARC Europe:

  • Strengthen Open Access, Open Science and Open Education policy in Europe
  • Advocate for open research and education
  • Strive to enable more equity so that all those who wish to publish and share research and education resources openly are better enabled to do so
  • Raise the impact of publicly-funded research 
  • Promote diversity in publishing 
  • Help sustain the Open Ecosystem