A7: Open Science network model to share policies, learning and experience

Seliina Päällysaho, SeAMK
Aiheet: 1. Vastuullisuus
Kieli: suomi

After a research project, the cooperation between the project actors usually fades and the development of competence ends. Our workshop wants to outline how to build up a network of experts, which will continue to operate even after the project. The workshop also collects the ideas for joint working. Cooperation networks can be carried out by using various models and structures. In our Open RDI and Open Education project (2018–2021), we defined three different models for the network of experts. In all models, the power to keep the network functioning is the shared interest and the benefit to its members and their organizations. 1. Basic network The network´s key responsibility lies with the experts themselves, in addition to other duties. At the very least, the network requires a suitable digital platform to bring together experts from different organizations and collect shared materials. The network operates in a self-directed manner without any steering structures and identifies the desired cooperation themes. 2. Coordinated network In the second model option, some network members work as coordinators. The coordinator takes care of the communication and organizes meetings and trainings for anyone interested in open science in the higher education sector. Coordination provides the backbone of the network and forms a kind of (service)office. 3. Steered coordinated network In this advanced model, a separate steering group guides the network at the upper level. The steering group monitors, makes forecasts and develops activities together with experts. The network is more than the sum of its members: it promotes learning, develops skills, and shares common approaches. However, the core of the network in this model is also individual experts. The Open Science network as an example of post-project cooperation Already during the project, we discovered that the open science activities and open education require a wide range of expertise. This open network was launched for the transition of the higher education sector towards an increasingly open operating culture. The network is based on the steered coordinated network model and the purpose was defined as supporting the communication, implementing good practices and promoting joint development work. The network also participates in the cooperation at the national level. The core of the network is formed around experts of higher education. It is possible to participate the network in following roles: 1. Individual members are experts in some areas of open science. Members can work in working groups or register as experts to be consulted. 2. Working Groups are formed around a specific theme. The group reports the results and breaks up after completing the work. 3. Steering Group guides the network and e.g plans tasks and forms working groups. 4. Office coordinates the activities e.g by organizing webinars and communication. The network uses an open platform, where co-produced material is collected and shared. The cooperation is maintained through an email list and a newsletter communicates open science issues to everyone interested in the subject.