On 19 February, 2021, an online workshop on OpenAIRE was held for the researchers of IIT of ANAS with the organization of EU-funded EapConnect2 and project partner AzScienceNet.
In the beginning of workshop director of IIT of ANAS, vice president of ANAS Rasim Alguliyev highlighted the benefits of collaboration between GEANT and AzScienceNet for the research and education community of Azerbaijan, underlined the importance of workshop for individual scientists and scientific community. “Joining the GEANT 's EaPConnect project has played an important role in the formation of AzScienceNet as a research and education network", academician underlined.
The mamager of the EaPConnect project Veronika Diluna praised the work done to integrate science and education in Azerbaijan, noting that the institute will provide the necessary support to further expand cooperation with GEANT. She said that the main purpose of the event is to inform researchers about open science and familiarize them with relevant experience.
Then Irina Kuchma, Regional OpenAIRE Coordinator for the Eastern Region, Iryna Kuchma, made a report on OpenAIRE and the rules of its use. She gave an overview of the platform, its history and stages of development, the project partners. She noted that the portal is an initiative supported by the European Commission aimed at developing Open Science in Europe to accelerate research and innovation. The portal has services for researchers, research community, content providers, managers, scientific journals and repositories. She also spoke about the features and advantages of the system, the wide range of opportunities offered to scientists and specialists.
At the end of online workshop, there was an extensive discussion. Corresponding members of ANAS, Doctors of Technical Sciences Masuma Mammadova and Ramiz Aliguliyev, Doctor of Philosophy in Technology, Associate Professor Zarifa Jabrayilova, Head of Department Madina Saidova, Head of International Relations Department, PhD, Babak Nabiyev and Senior Researcher Konul Dashdamirova took part in the discussions and voiced their questions and suggestions. They expressed their interest towards OpenAIRE and emphasized the importance of further workshops and webinars.