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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and OpenAIRE partner to advance open science in the Netherlands -

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and OpenAIRE, both staunch advocates for the promotion of Open Science in Europe, have formalized their commitment to this cause through a transformative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Building on the collaborative successes of AURORA and SURF-UKB, this strategic alliance aims to innovate research practices in the Netherlands.

The cornerstone of this partnership involves a pilot program where VU will leverage key OpenAIRE tools to enhance reporting mechanisms, integrate data management plans into existing workflows, and strategically plan Open Access Investments.

A pivotal component of this collaboration is the implementation of the OpenAIRE Institutional Monitor. This tool will play a crucial role in evaluating and monitoring the outcomes of VU's Open Science strategies, providing valuable insights into their adoption among researchers and staff.

Concurrently, VU has engaged the OpenAPC team to assess Open Access strategies, specifically focusing on monitoring Articles and Books Processing Charges (APC and BPC). By partnering with OpenAPC, VU Amsterdam aims to strategically manage Open Access investments, aligning them with the university's overarching goal of promoting open knowledge and research transparency.

Harnessing the vast OpenAIRE Graph, VU is poised to make significant advancements in its Open Science initiatives. Connecting with the OpenAIRE Graph allows VU Amsterdam to enhance institutional reporting, providing the university's research board with data-driven insights to make well-informed decisions that align with global Open Science standards.

Demonstrating a commitment to ethical research practices, VU is actively evaluating data anonymization tools, including Amnesia. These tools are essential to preserving the privacy of research participants and reinforcing the reliability of research findings.

In an effort to enhance efficiency and productivity within its research community, VU aims to integrate Data Management Plans (DMP) using ARGOS. This integration will seamlessly connect various research stages, from grant applications to data archiving, streamlining the entire research data management process.

This strategic collaboration between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and OpenAIRE signals a major step forward in the advancement of Open Science in the Netherlands. By leveraging cutting-edge tools and platforms, the partnership aims to foster a culture of openness, transparency, and collaboration in the research landscape.

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