EOSC Steering Board representatives

Türkiye does not have a national EOSC initiative, but the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBİTAK) is a member of the EOSC Association. TÜBİTAK, established in 1963, is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research through owned institutions and funding directorates. TÜBİTAK acts as an advisory agency to the Turkish Government on science and research issues and is the secretariat of the Supreme Council for Science and Technology (SCST), the highest S&T policy making body in Türkiye. National Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBİM), as the TÜBİTAK institute, provides infrastructure, services and policy for research data and repositories through the country.

The emergence of research data preservation and sharing, TÜBİTAK has prepared and adopted Open Science Policy as of March 2019 through the prominent support of ULAKBİM. Starting from this policy, ULAKBİM provides needed infrastructure and services to support national science eco-system. The open science and RDM training portal, open archive (Aperta), open harvester (Harman), open course platform and journal park (DergiPark) and participated EOSC e-infra projects as well as the EOSC-A membership are considered as the key efforts provided for open science.

The Council of Higher Education (YÖK) is mainly responsible for the strategic planning and coordination of higher education landscape more than 200 universities. YÖK has been recommending actions to universities for open access policies and academic archives through the Open Science Board including members from all universities and TÜBİTAK.

The open access movement in Türkiye began primarily through the activities of ANKOS (The Anatolian University Libraries Consortium) Open Access and Institutional Repositories (OAIR) Working Group in 2006. With the participation of IZTECH (Izmir Institute of Technology) in OpenAIRE in 2011, the movement gained momentum in the country.

Although there is no country level EOSC structure nominated by a mandated organisation, TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM has a responsibility to support open science in the country as a EOSC Association member.

-TÜBİTAK Presidency follows the strategy and innovation policies in EOSC to adopt and enhance at national perspective. The President Advisor, Duygu Çelik, is a member of EOSC Steering Board.

– The open science cloud services and infrastructure are implemented by TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM (National Academic Network and Information Center) regarding the most proper technologies through the EOSC projects. Director of TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM, Mehmet Mirat Satoğlu, represents the organisation at EOSC-A as the delegate.

Contact: eosc-tubitak@ulakbim.gov.tr



Although there is no national level open science policy yet, many universities have implemented their open science policies and TÜBİTAK has organisation level Open Science Policy in March 2019. This policy covers management, storage, archiving, curation, and digital preservation of the publications and the research data originated from the projects which have been carried out or supported by TÜBİTAK. As the research council of Turkey TÜBİTAK, provides research support mechanism varies from scholarships, awards, incentives to granted funds for researchers and research projects. National Academic Support Programme of TÜBİTAK has adopted and applied the policy. Although the Programme creates an obligation for sharing only meta-data but encourages researchers to share whole data. The researcher, as a beneficiary, agrees to comply with the TÜBİTAK open science policy and declares compliance with the policy in the project final report.