Open Access Repository

CTTC has established an internal policy and protocol to provide open access to all its scientific published results. All CTTC publications are uploaded in the ZENODO supported by the European Commission and created by OpenAIRE in 2013 to provide a place for researchers to deposit research results. The ZENODO repository is an open data repository that complies with the open access policies of Horizon 2020 and the “Ley de la la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación” (Article 37). The publications uploaded in ZENODO are automatically recollected by the OpenAire and RECOLECTA repositories.

The internal procedures is based on the upload of the publications by the same researchers in the internal backoffice of the CTTC. Trained administrative staff is then in charge to review the publisher policies regarding embargoes and open access in order to comply with them when the publications are uploaded in the ZENODO repository.

Currently CTTC provides this service for all the journal and conference publications generated by the researchers during the academic year. Open access to research data started as a Open Research Data Pilot (ORD pilot) on 1st January 2017 for the Horizon 2020 projects, now with the new Horizon Europe projects open access to research data must be ensured, in line with the principles “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”, mandatory Data Management Plan for FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) must be created between the first 6 months of the project. The trained staff will be in charge of the upload of this plan in the ZENODO repository.

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are a key element of good data management. A DMP describes the data management life cycle for the data to be collected, processed and/or generated by a Horizon Europe project. As part of making research data findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable (FAIR), a DMP should include information on:

  • the handling of research data during & after the end of the project
  • what data will be collected, processed and/or generated
  • which methodology & standards will be applied
  • whether data will be shared/made open access and
  • how data will be curated & preserved (including after the end of the project).