On 15 April 2022, GRENA, the Georgian Research and Education Networking Association hosted a national end-users EOSC training within the framework of the European Commission’s NI4OS-Europe project. The training session was held online.

The event gathered 35 representatives of the research and education community from across Georgia. Among the speakers, Irma Khachidze from the Beritashvili Experimental Biomedicine Centre, Nino Pavliashvili from the National Science Library of Georgia and Ramaz Kvatadze and Tamara Gvenetadze from GRENA. The presentations focussed on the NI4OS-Europe project, EEGHUB.GE the Electroencephalogram-Brain Electrical Activity Database, OpenAIRE, the Opencience.ge repository and the EOSC Portal.

Ramaz Kvatadze, GRENA’s executive director, kicked off the meeting: “Participation in EOSC is vitally important for the Georgian research and education community”.

Irma Khachidze, principal scientist at the Beritashvili Centre of Experimental Biomedicine commented: “EEGHUB.GE has been selected by the EU-funded NI4OS-Europe project as a thematic service. It’s the first electronic EEG database in Georgia systematised and stored in EDF format. The service is free of charge for European and local scientists and is based on FAIR data principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable).”

Openscience.ge is the open access digital repository at national level and complies with open science principles. Following the EOSC principles is crucial for the development of the scientific field in Georgia” commented Nino Pavliashvili, director of the national science library of Georgia.

Tamara Gvenetadze from GRENA conducted the end-user training session and presented the EOSC Portal’s content, structure and functionalities.

NI4OS-Europe supports the development and inclusion of the national Open Science Cloud initiatives in 15 member states and associated countries in the EOSC governance. It aspires to enable researchers in the region to store, manage, analyse and share open scientific data, enhancing their work and boosting innovation in science whilst aiming to to instill within the community the EOSC philosophy and FAIR principles for data Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability. In addition NI4OS provides technical and policy support for on-boarding of service providers into EOSC, including generic services (compute, data storage, data management), thematic services, repositories and data sets.