A Case Report: Building communities with training and resources for Open Science trainers


  • Helene Brinken University of Göttingen, DE
  • Iryna Kuchma EIFL – Electronic Information for Libraries, LT
  • Vasso Kalaitzi LIBER - Association of European Research Libraries, NL
  • Joy Davidson DCC - Digital Curation Centre, University of Glasgow, GB
  • Nancy Pontika The Open University, GB
  • Matteo Cancellieri The Open University, GB
  • Antónia Correia University of Minho, PT
  • José Carvalho University of Minho, PT
  • Remedios Melero CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, ES
  • Damjana Kastelic CRG - Centre for Genomic Regulation, ES
  • Filomena Borba ISCAL/IPL - Lisbon Accounting and Business School, PT
  • Katerina Lenaki Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, GR
  • Ulf Toelch QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, Berlin Institute of Health, DE
  • Katerina Zourou Web2Learn, GR
  • Petr Knoth The Open University, GB
  • Birgit Schmidt University of Göttingen, DE
  • Eloy Rodrigues University of Minho, PT




online-courses, book sprint, handbook, bootcamp, training, open science


To foster responsible research and innovation, research communities, institutions, and funders are shifting their practices and requirements towards Open Science. Open Science skills are becoming increasingly essential for researchers. Indeed general awareness of Open Science has grown among EU researchers, but the practical adoption can be further improved. Recognizing a gap between the needed and the provided training offer, the FOSTER project offers practical guidance and training to help researchers learn how to open up their research within a particular domain or research environment.

Aiming for a sustainable approach, FOSTER focused on strengthening the Open Science training capacity by establishing and supporting a community of trainers. The creation of an Open Science training handbook was a first step towards bringing together trainers to share their experiences and to create an open and living knowledge resource. A subsequent series of train-the-trainer bootcamps helped trainers to find inspiration, improve their skills and to intensify exchange within a peer group. Four trainers, who attended one of the bootcamps, contributed a case study on their experiences and how they rolled out Open Science training within their own institutions.

On its platform the project provides a range of online courses and resources to learn about key Open Science topics. FOSTER awards users gamification badges when completing courses in order to provide incentives and rewards, and to spur them on to even greater achievements in learning.

The paper at hand describes FOSTER Plus’ training strategies, shares the lessons learnt and provides guidance on how to reuse the project’s materials and training approaches.


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A Case Report: Building communities with training and resources for Open Science trainers. (2019). LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 29(1), 1-36. https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10303