Current Projects

Digitale TU Graz - Chancenfeld Forschung

Client: Graz University of Technology

Project-Leader: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt

Duration: 2019 - 2021

Content: With its digitization policy, Graz University of Technology is creating a strategic framework for dealing with digitization and its diversity of changes. The strategic project Digital TU Graz is systematically exploring ways to harness the potential of digitization to improve research, teaching, and administration across the university. In order to support emerging funder expectations and foster the professional and responsible handling of research data as part of sound research practice, the ORRG is developing a Research Data Management (RDM) framework for the Field of Opportunity – Research. Research data management (RDM) means the adequate organization, storage, preservation, and sharing of data (and associated documentation and tools) collected and used in a research project. A crucial part of our RDM Framework is the implementation of InvenioRDM (i.e., a repository for research data and publications).

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

CyVerse Austria

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Client: HRSM (Hochschulraum-Strukturmittel BMBWF)

Project-Leader: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt

Partners: University of Graz, Medical University of Graz

Duration: 2016 - 2021

Content: CyVerse Austria offers researchers in life sciences a platform for research data management (RDM) with a user-friendly interface. In addition, user rights assignments enable straightforward data sharing for collaborations. CyVerse Austria  hosts, besides the RDM layer, also an analytics layer which ensures reproducible data analysis using docker technology. Therefore, the key services are meant to manage the entire data life cycle, from storage to analysis to publication to reuse and sharing in one place. 

The ORRG is involved in the technical deployment of CyVerse Austria with main computational nodes at TU Graz and the integration of existing computational nodes/storage capacity at KFU Graz and Med Uni Graz in the system. In addition, the ORRG leads the user support by (i) conducting knowledge-exchange meetings with CyVerse US and CyVerse UK about user requirements, (ii) collecting specific user requirements of life science researchers at TU Graz, Med Uni Graz and KFU Graz, (iii) developing a policy for acceptable usage and data sharing, (iv) starting a train-the-trainer programme and (v) coordinating pilot projects (plant microbiome research and Galaxy integration).

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

Next Generation Repositories - InvenioRDM

Client: Graz University of Technology

Project-Leader: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt

Duration: 2019 - 2021

Content: InvenioRDM is being developed as part of a large, multi-organization collaboration in partnership with CERN. Together we are working to build a turnkey open-source research data management platform to support data sharing, innovation, knowledge dissemination, and interdisciplinary collaboration. InvenioRDM features will include: a core repository with an extensible metadata model based on DataCite metadata schema and support for handling millions of records and petabytes of data; packaging and distribution via a turn-key solution; and customization and extendability so that the open source software can be easily extended and customized to adapt to institutional needs.

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

ON-MERRIT

Client: European Comission (Horizon 2020)

Project-Leader: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

Duration: 2019 - 2022

Partners: Know-Center (AT), Open University (UK), University of Goettingen (DE), University of Minho (PT)

Content: Responsible Research and Innovation and especially Open Science promise to make scientific research more inclusive, understandable to the public, and accessible to and reusable for large audiences. However, making science open to the general public stands the risk of being undermined by a dynamic of cumulative advantage – those who already have stand to gain even more through Open Science. ON-MERRIT – Observing and Negating Matthew Effects in Responsible Research and Innovation Transition recognises this threat to be urgent. Using a mix of sociological, bibliometric and computational approaches, the project investigates how existing inequalities along dimensions such as gender, geographical location or institutional standing drive outcomes in the uptake of Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation across academia, industry and policy-making. ON-MERRIT gathers a range of skills in a consortium funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme including experts in open science, data analytics, interaction with data, policy research, as well as stakeholder engagement. ORRG coordinates the interdisciplinary expert consortium, which includes Know-Center (AT), Open University (UK), University of Goettingen (DE), University of Minho (PT) and Graz University of Technology (AT). Moreover, ORRG will contribute to reviews and surveys of the uptake of open science resources in industry and policy-making, and the analyses of relationships between open science practices and academic performance, research training as well as institutional promotion criteria. Based on these results, ORRG will finally use agent-based modeling to test the effect of various policies and incentives, and compile a set of policy-recommendations.

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

TRANSPOSE

Duration: 2018 - ongoing

Content: TRANSPOSE - TRANsparency in Scholarly Publishing for Open Scholarship Evolution: TRANSPOSE is a grassroots initiative to build a crowdsourced database of journal policies. The initiative is focusing on three areas: open peer review, co-reviewing, and detailed preprinting policies. Its goal is to foster new practices while increasing awareness among authors, editors, and other stakeholders. To assist journals in setting, sharing, and clarifying their policies, as well as offering a resource for authors to compare policies, TRANSPOSE provides a database of journal policies: https://transpose-publishing.github.io/. ORRG is contributing to the maintenance of the TRANSPOSE database, while also spearheading efforts to establish a working group on a taxonomy of peer review types.

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer


Former Projects

ERC Study on Open Access and RDM

Duration: 2016 - 2018

Content: Study on open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects (via Know-Center GmbH - client: the ERC, budget 484,000 euros, 6 participants, 2017-2019): The goal of this study was to better understand the current practices and attitudes among ERC funded researchers in relation to the provision of open access to publications as well as research data management, sharing and reuse. The assignment is the largest and most comprehensive study of OA, OS and RDM issues in EU FPs launched to date. Study results contributed to improving the ERC’s specific approach to the provision of OA to publications and RDM practices.

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

OpenAIRE Matchmaker

Duration: 2018

Content: OpenAIRE Matchmaker (via Know-Center GmbH) is an innovative new service built upon the OpenAIRE scholarly graph that enables organisations to keyword search for organisations with the strongest records of funding success from the ever-expanding range of funders included in OpenAIRE. Drawing information from OpenAIRE on institutions, projects and funders, OpenAIRE Matchmaker enables scientific institutions interested in forming consortia to identify potential partners with the exact disciplinary strengths and competences. OpenAIRE Matchmaker provides personalized recommendations using Collaborative-Filtering and Content-Based Filtering. This recommendation service can be easily embedded into the OpenAIRE portal (or on research funder websites as an OpenAIRE-branded service), resulting in a new OpenAIRE service which demonstrates the added-value potential of the OpenAIRE scholarly graph for researchers and funders.
http://scar.know-center.tugraz.at/publications/2018www_openaire.pdf

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

OpenUP

Duration: 2016 - 2018

Content: OpenUP – Opening UP new methods, indicators and tools for peer review, impact measurement and dissemination of research results (via Know-Center GmbH - Horizon 2020 grant no. 7110722, budget 2.2 million euros, 9 participants, 2016-2018): The RRI project addresses key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming science landscape and aspires to come up with a cohesive framework for the review-disseminate-assess phases of the research life cycle that is fit to support and promote Open Science. OpenUP has a strong focus on novel practices in OPR, innovative dissemination and research impact measurement/altmetrics. In addition to some extensive research activities, OpenUP has supported or is in the process of organising a range of dissemination activities/campaigns, including two large-scale international conferences, multiple workshops and a high-level policy workshop on ongoing developments in Horizon Europe which are related to the key pillars of the programme.

Project contact: Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

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