Eighteen institutions join forces for the micro-MOOC on open science led by the UOC

Sandra Pérez Roig
Over 30 people from European bodies and university libraries are working together on the project

A micro-MOOC coordinated by the UOC has gained further backing as it looks to promote the benefits of open knowledge. The third edition of this free course will be run on Twitter from 21 to 25 October, coinciding with International Open Access Week. The course has been put together by eighteen universities from around Spain and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and has received support from five European partners. 

This year, the micro-MOOC will increase its scope, looking at the basic ideas and notions behind open science. Each day from 21 to 25 October, the @moocmicro Twitter account will post material focusing on a different subject, from data management and conservation, to responsible research and innovation (RRI) or new ways of evaluating research. 

Ciro Llueca, director of Library and Learning Resources at the UOC, explained "the micro-MOOC is now, for the first time, a collaboration between multiple Spanish universities, all cooperating towards open science."

This initiative is designed, above all, for university students and researchers, but it is open to anyone who wishes to find out more about the open science movement. With this in mind, the content has been prepared using plain and simple language.

Another new development for this year's course is that the content will be published in 5 different languages: Basque, Catalan, English, Galician and Spanish. Simply follow the hashtag for the language or time slot you're interested in:

  • #OpenScienceMOOC19 (English) – 9 am
  • #CiènciaObertaMOOC19 (Catalan) – 10 am
  • #CienciaAbiertaMOOC19 (Spanish) – 11 am
  • #CienciaAbertaMOOC19 (Galician) – 12 noon
  • #ZientziaIrekiaMOOC19 (Basque) – 1 pm

Universities working together to promote open science

The coordination of this micro-MOOC forms part of the UOC's Open Knowledge Action Plan and its efforts to foster collaborative creation and dissemination of knowledge throughout society. 

By aiding free access to thought and research, universities are working towards overcoming the global challenges set out in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

This micro-MOOC, coordinated by the UOC, also includes content created by the libraries from the Spanish National Research  Council (CSIC), Charles III University of Madrid, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the University of Barcelona, the University of Girona, the University of Huelva, the University of Lleida, the University of León, Mondragon University, the University of Santiago de Compostela, the University of Valencia, the University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, the University of Extremadura, Universitat Jaume I, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Pompeu Fabra University, Universitat Rovira i Virgili and Ramon Llull University. 

The European University Association (EUA), the Catalan University Service Consortium (CSUC), the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), the Spanish Network of University Libraries (REBIUN) and SPARC Europe have also helped to disseminate the material. 

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