The first official Tripartite Event in Georgia has engaged a diversified group of stakeholders discussing the status of the development of Open Science and EOSC at the country level and how to progress. As mentioned by government representatives, this event started a ‘movement’, an essential step towards integrating national research communities. Tatia Mtvarelidze, from the Ministry of Education and Science, introduced GeOSC, the Open Science initiative taking shape in Georgia.
Four speakers from Georgia’s the Scientific Research organizations and National Library were presented and shared their experiences in the context of implementation of Open Science principles at the national level and participation in EU funded projects related to the EOSC.
EOSC-Association President Karel Luyben took part in the first day of the event and explained the role of the Association in the EOSC Tripartite Collaboration, acting as a single voice for the research community.
Pantelis Tziveloglou, from the European Commission, highlighted the EU Open Science & EOSC policies and the conclusions resulting from the European Research Data Landscape Study 2022, mentioning that one-third of the survey respondents have never heard of the FAIR principles.
Sara Garavelli, Board Member of the EOSC Association, participated in a round table aimed at discussing the future of the EOSC National Association of Georgia and sharing insights and experiences, including an overview of the EOSC Finnish Forum as an example of national coordination structures in the EOSC ecosystem that inspired other countries in the region, which have reused and adapted elements of the Forum to their situations. Also, Karel Luyben, on the first day of the event, had already presented the experience of the Netherlands and the conditions needed to ensure success.
Two sessions were dedicated to knowledge sharing with the future EOSC Ambassadors in Georgia. Presentations from Helen Clare, Joy Davidson, Emma Lazzeri, Matthew Viljoen, and Raul Palma, and several INFRAEOSC projects, created a significant opportunity for future activities in the topics addressed:
- Awareness rising on Open Science, EOSC and FAIR Principles
- EOSC Infrastructures, Resources and Services
A lively discussion and collective enthusiasm are promising for believing that Georgia can reinforce national capabilities for EOSC development in the future.