What does Horizon 2020 mean for research libraries?

What does Horizon 2020 mean for research libraries?

Where are the opportunities for libraries in the individual H2020 work programmes?

 Several of the H2020 work programmes offer interesting opportunities for libraries to bid for H2020 funding. The ICT work programme addresses cloud computing (development, federation, and trust) and open data platforms, all of which holds some relevance for libraries who are concerned with preserving and providing access to data in trusted environments. Future and Emerging Technologies seeks innovation proposals in support of the integration of data.

Inclusive, Innovation and Reflective Societies offers a number of opportunities in the area of cultural heritage. Libraries in less well developed European countries should also consider how the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation work programme could help them to facilitate knowledge transfer.

Probably the two most exciting programmes, and certainly the most relevant to the LIBER strategy, are the inter-related European Research Infrastructures and Science with and for Society.

With a strong emphasis on supporting data innovation in research and science through the development and integration of supporting infrastructures and policies, there are several areas in these work programmes where libraries could contribute and where tangible benefits are to be gained from the outcomes of the work itself.

Under EINFRA-1-2014 there may be opportunities for libraries to contribute to work on support for data management plans. EINFRA-2-2014 presents the opportunity to build on the open access infrastructure work done under FP7. LIBER will be actively seeing partners interested in taking part in EINFRA-7-2014 – Provision of core services across e-infrastructures.

Further down the line, in 2015, EINFRA-9-2015 – e-Infrastructures for virtual research environments (VRE) could help libraries who wish to support research and data use and reuse in virtual environments. Most exciting of all from the LIBER perspective is INFRASUPP-3-2014 – Strengthening the human capital of research infrastructures which seeks to promote the role of the data librarian by developing education and training. This work is of utmost importance for libraries who are currently providing support services for Research Data Management but who are having to address the issue of the lack of skilled professionals. Given that the H2020 data pilot will increase the demand for Research Data Management support, this call will be of huge interest and benefit to the library community.

Source: Libereurope

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