Open Science principles and activities came under the spotlight in Georgia, when EaPConnect partner GRENA hosted a national capacity building NI4OS training event on 25 November.

The Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association GRENA with the support of the EU-funded EaPConnect project had established the GRENA cloud infrastructure based on Openstack. This has already been used to support the 4th European Junior Olympiad in Informatics and three climate projects of National Science Foundation of Georgia, and GRENA is now planning to onboard this service on the European Open Science Cloud ‘EOSC’.

The November training event gathered 50 representatives of the research and education community from various parts of Georgia. The speakers included Ramaz Kvatadze and Tamara Gvenetadze from GRENA, Iryna Kuchma from Electronic Information for Libraries, and Irakli Garibashvili from the National Science Library of Georgia. The presenters gave talks regarding: ‘the NI4OS-Europe project’, ‘Open Science EOSC and FAIR data’, ‘Practicing Open Science with OpenAIRE’, and ‘Open Access activities in Georgia and connection to NI4OS/EOSC’. The participants expressed clear interest towards EOSC, were very engaged in discussions and underlined the importance of further future meetings.

The European Commission’s NI4OS-Europe is a project promoting national open science cloud initiatives, services and e-infrastructures in 15 countries in South-East Europe. The project aspires to enable researchers of the region to store, manage, analyse and share open scientific data, enhancing their work, boosting innovation in science. GRENA is a partner in this project and hosted the training event in this capacity.