VRE4EIC consortium supports free online Open Government course

The consortium of the VRE4EIC project intends to change the life of 70.000 European researchers, by providing them supporting tools for collaborative, multi-disciplinary data-driven science, as needed to tackle critical societal challenges such as climate change and energy sustainability. One aspect of educating and training these researchers concerns the organization of online courses.

First online course starting in March 2016
Supported by the VRE4EIC consortium, Delft University of Technology will soon be teaching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government. The course deals with questions such as: How can governments become more open and transparent, while simultaneously dealing with various challenges, such as data sensitivity? How can open government data be made available to improve public policy making? Which technologies are available to make governments more open and to use open government data?

The MOOC starts on March 14, 2016, and will run for 5 weeks. Enrolment for the MOOC is possible via https://www.edx.org/course/open-government-delftx-og101x. An informative video about the MOOC is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93BzVj_-7vo&feature=youtu.be. More training material for researchers, including an online course about (Open) Data Governance and Use, is under development.

VRE4EIC is a 3-year Horizon 2020 research & innovation action (EINFRA-9-2015) coordinated by ERCIM and carried out with partners from The Netherlands (CWI, TU Delft, EuroCRIS and UvA), Italy (CNR and INGV) and Greece (FORTH).  VRE4EIC stands for a Europe-wide interoperable Virtual Research Environment to Empower multidisciplinary research communities and accelerate Innovation and Collaboration. VRE4EIC has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676247.

e-VRE designates the technology that will result from the VRE4EIC project.

More information: www.vre4eic.eu