on 22 Jun 2018 12:00 AM

Two of the most important events that were organized before the end of the eROSA project were the 3rd eROSA Stakeholder workshop that was held on 21-22 May 2018 in Athens, Greece and it was organized by Agroknow and the 3rd eROSA Policy workshop that was held on 19 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

At the 3rd eROSA Stakeholder workshop, 16 selected participants representing key and prominent European and Global Open Science and Data initiatives (such as EUDAT, EOSC Hub, D4Science, OpenAIRE and GODAN), as well as key European partners in the field of agricultural research (such as INRA and Wageningen University & Research) gathered to discuss the elements of the implementation agenda towards an e-infrastructure for open science in agri-food.

The main objectives of the last Stakeholder workshop regarding the design of the roadmap were: a) to achieve the vision identified in the 2nd workshop for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences, (b) to be aligned with prominent Open Science initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud of the European Commission and (c) to influence European Commission’s future funding agendas.

Ιt is worth mentioning that the workshop also included three main break-out groups organized around the three main elements of an e-infrastructure, namely (a) community and training aspects, (b) governance and business modes for sustainability and (c) technical backbone and services. In each break out group specific key questions were discussed and further elaborated. Based on these questions, a set of implementation elements were identified for the short, medium and longer term. These elements were furter elaborated as recommendations for the integration of the eROSA roadmap paper that was released by the name "Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences" and presented at the 3rd eROSA Policy Workshop.

The goals of this last Policy workshop, apart of presenting the eROSA roadmap to a selected group of people from different units of the European Commission’s Directorates-General (DGs) such as DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), DG for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and DG for Agriculture and rural development (DG AGRI) towards receiving their feedback for its further improvement, were to bring together a selected group of people from European Commission working on policy frameworks and funding agendas related to open science, e-infrastructures, research infrastructures, as well as data economy and ecosystem in agriculture and food and to provide the participants with the opportunity to reflect on the presented eROSA roadmap and discuss on a set of topics that could influence the work programmes and the funding agenda of the successor of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, namely Horizon Europe.

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