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Newsletter of the Programme Open Science, March 2024

Dear colleagues,

We’re happy to share with you updates related to Open Access and Open Research Data tools and events, as well as the latest news from the swissuniversities Open Science Programme.

Subscribe to this newsletter here and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for updates in the meantime.

Would you like to announce your OA or ORD event or share an update from your Open Science project? We invite you to send us your news item to by, 2 April 2024 for the April Newsletter.

Many thanks and best regards,


Awarded ORD Mandate: Action Line D2.3: Incentivise, support, and fund Research Data Protection Officers (RDPO) at higher education institutions

Action line D2.3 of the Swiss National ORD Action Plan aims to promote, support and fund the role of Research Data Protection Officers (RDPO) at higher education institutions (HEIs) to assist the research communities in legal matters. This action line is implemented in the form of a mandate that includes the following tasks:  

  • Bringing together data protection officers from the Swiss higher education landscape 
  • and, where appropriate, including other experts, collecting and consolidating open data protection issues related to ORD at Swiss HEIs as well as 
  • analysing federal, cantonal and international laws and the standards affected by ORD (panorama of affected standards).

The mandate was awarded to Switch (Leading House) and will be implemented from January to December 2024.


19 March: Swiss EOSC Coffee Blend 2024

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims to develop a 'Web of FAIR Data and services' for science in Europe upon which a wide range of value-added services can be built. 

Would you like to know, what is happening in respect to FAIR and open data on a national level? Are you interested in learning more about the work of the Swiss National ORD Strategy Council ("Straco") in order to unlock the full national potential of research data to accelerate discoveries and innovation? 

If so, you should not miss our 2024 blend of the SWISS EOSC COFFEE on Tuesday, 19 March 2024 at noon.

With a clear understanding of Open Research Data’s (ORD) pivotal role in achieving scientific excellence, in 2021, Switzerland has crafted an ambitious national strategy, which is spearheaded by the Strategy Council (StraCo), a new governing body in charge of ORD.

In the upcoming edition of the Swiss EOSC Coffee, Madeleine Hamel, senior policy officer for StraCo, in conversation with Anna Fill, scientific advisor at the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in the unit of International Research and Innovation Programmes will provide insights into the StraCo’s mandate, structure, and ongoing efforts, underscoring its commitment to fostering international connections, community-driven initiatives, and future-driven science. Additionally, potential synergies with EOSC will be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session, gaining further understanding of StraCo's activities and objectives and implications for their work and/or institutions. 

The Swiss EOSC expert group is looking forward to welcoming you to this 60 minutes online event on Tuesday 19 March at noon. No inscription needed. The event will be held in English.


24 April 2024: Next lecture of the Swiss Year of Scientometrics (SYoS)

We kindly invite you to the fourth lecture of SYoS organised in collaboration with CHESS (Center for Higher Education and Science Studies) by Professor Ludo Waltman on:

“Openness of research information – Democratizing the use of scientometrics”

Registration for the lecture:

Visit the SYoS blog for more information on Scientometrics:


7th May 2024: Workshop on Open Research Data – How can data be reused in a meaningful way?

As part of the PgB project "Data stewardships at small and medium-sized universities of teacher education" supported by swissuniversities, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET and PH Schwyz, in collaboration with PH St.Gallen, PH Thurgau and the Intercantonal University of Heilpädagogik (HfH), are organising a workshop on "Open Research Data - How can data be reused in a meaningful way?". 

Two keynote speeches on the re-use of qualitative and quantitative data and four different workshops will be offered in the afternoon, providing opportunities for the exchange of practice and knowledge as well as for networking. Participation in the keynote (also possible online) and in the workshops is open to all. You are invited and encouraged to bring your own examples from practice or open questions from research projects. 

  • Keynotes
  1. Potenzial von Sekundäranalysen qualitativer Daten
  2. Sekundäranalyse von quantitativen Daten 
  • Workshops 
  1. Exploring the Re-use of Quantitative Data (Presented in English)
  2. Qualitativer Re-use – Erfahrungen, Herausforderungen, Chancen
  3. Wiederverwendung von Daten in den Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften
  4. Forschungsfragen, Hypothesen und Studiendesigns präregistrieren

Venue: Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training, Zollikofen; Time: 13:30-17:00 (followed by an Apéro). 

Please register here until 23. April 2024, Language of the event is German. Find more information and updates on the event here.


Join Our Team: Exciting Job Opportunities at swissuniversities

Have a look at the open positions and internship opportunities in the areas of Higher Education Policy, Teaching, and Research and Development. 

More information can be found here

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