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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, August 2021

Dear colleagues,

Here is the latest issue of our newsletter, which informs you monthly about our program and its scope.



Webinar: Swiss Transformative Open Access Agreements – A Progress Report

As the secretary of the negotiation team of swissuniversities and Open Access specialist at the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, Fabian Felder will present the negotiation strategy and an overview of the resulting Swiss transformative Open Access agreements.

Register here



Video Interview: ""

In this issue of the newsletter, we resume our series of video interviews and introduce you to the team behind ETH's "open RDM" project.  Portfolio Manager at swissuniversities, Dr. Aude Bax de Keating, talks with Dr. Caterina Barillari and Dr. Henry Lütcke about the relevance of the project and the resulting service for the scientific community in Switzerland.  The conversation highlights the results of the project and the added value the service offers to the users. The service is operated and maintained by an experienced team of system administrators and data management experts at Scientific IT Services of ETH Zurich. Watch the video interview here.



Open Access Checklist: Feedback by August 15, 2021

The EUA has prepared an Open Access Checklist and is welcoming your feedback to improve it in the near future. Therefore we look forward to receiving your suggestions and comments to enhance this draft version by August 15, 2021 at the following email address:


How to be FAIR with Research Data: a Teaching & Training Handbook for HEIs

Community review is now open for the first draft of “How to be FAIR with your research data – a teaching and training handbook for higher education institutions”. Developed as part of the Fostering FAIR data practices in Europe (FAIRsFAIR) project, this handbook aims to support the practical implementation of content relating to the FAIR principles in university curricula and teaching by providing practical material, such as lesson plans, and supporting information. It is primarily targeted at university teachers, educational programme managers, curriculum designers and other stakeholders involved in facilitating teaching at higher education institutions, but could also be of interest to a wider audience involved in teaching and training on Research Data Management (RDM) and the FAIR principles in different contexts. 

To make sure that the handbook meets the needs of the target audience, we are inviting university teachers, educational programme managers, data practitioners and other professionals involved in the design and implementation of higher education programmes (or RDM/FAIR training in other contexts) to provide their feedback and input to the draft document. This will inform the next iteration of the handbook which will be presented at an online workshop on “Practical implementation of FAIR-related content in university curricula and teaching” on 12 October 2021.

The draft handbook is available in Google Docs: The consultation will close on 12 September 2021. 

If you have any questions, please contact or


Second National Plan for Open Science Generalising open science in France 2021-2024

The Second National Plan for Open Science 2021-2024 has just been adopted in France and can be inspiring in many ways. You can find the English version under this link, the organization of the working groups is presented here and useful resources can be found here





  • November 30, 2021, 10:00-16:15, University of Fribourg
    P-5 Outcomes: Scientific Information Services for All
    (Save the Date, more details will follow)



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Best regards
Team Open Science, swissuniversities

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