Croatian Open Science Cloud (HR-OOZ) Initiative ceremonially marked the beginning of its activities on September 3rd, 2021 at the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia where founding members of the HR-OOZ Initiative received the signed Memorandum of Understanding of the HR-OOZ Initiative from Prof. Radovan Fuchs, PhD, Minister of Science and Education.
After ceremony, the constitutive session of the Council of the HR-OOZ Initiative was held which marked the first step towards the development of a national open science plan and the establishment of the HR-OOZ. At the constitutive session, Presidency of the Council of the HR-OOZ Initiative was elected. The Director of SRCE, Ivan Marić, was elected President of the Council, and the Executive Director of the Croatian Science Foundation, Irena Martinović Klarić, PhD and the Director of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, David Matthew Smith, PhD were elected Deputy Presidents of the Council. With this selection, Presidency of the Council represents three main categories of HR-OOZ Initiative members - research funding organizations, research performing organizations and service providers for research, which are crucial for science system to function properly. Furthermore, during the session, Council adopted the Rules of Procedure for HR-OOZ Council and Criteria for joining new members to the HR-OOZ Initiative. Also, formation of two working groups was supported: Working Group for drafting proposal of the National plan and policies for open science and Working Group for defining the structure and principles of HR-OOZ.
HR-OOZ Initiative has managed to bring together key stakeholders in creating required preconditions for the implementation, realization, and promotion of open science in the Republic of Croatia. HR-OOZ Initiative is the result of joint work of numerous stakeholders in the science and higher education system in Croatia. The Initiative was launched with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Science Foundation and gathered all Croatian public universities and Croatian representatives of ERIC’s (DARIAH-HR, HR-CLARIN, CERIC-ERIC, CROSSDA the public research data service and the national service provider for the CESSDA ERIC), OpenAIRE NOAD, NGI and national RDA node.
The vision of HR-OOZ is to build a modern, high-quality, internationally relevant, and competitive science environment in Croatia based on the principles of open science, harmonized and connected with the European research area (ERA) and relevant European initiatives. The HR-OOZ will become a national organizational and technological environment that encourages and enables open science by providing the resources and services needed for collecting, processing, storing, sharing and reusing research data following FAIR principles. HR-OOZ will ensure coordinated development of e-infrastructure in Croatia and enable inclusion of Croatian services, resources and research data in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). More about the HR-OOZ Initiative.
HR-OOZ Initiative founding members:
- Croatian Science Foundation
- Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research
- Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
- Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
- Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
- National and University Library in Zagreb
- Ruđer Bošković Institute
- University North
- University of Dubrovnik
- University of Rijeka
- University of Slavonski Brod
- University of Split
- University of Zadar
- University of Zagreb
- University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
- University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- University of Zagreb University, School of Medicine
- University of Zagreb University Computing Centre SRCE
Representatives of the Council of the Croatian Open Science Cloud Initiative
Ivan Marić, Director of SRCE and President of the Council of the Croatian Open Science Cloud Initiative
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