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As requested by the Open Call, this study provided an overview report on national strategies and initiatives for Digital Skills at MS/AC level for several representative European countries. The experts also identified gaps and overlaps of existing national initiatives on Digital Skills compared to the envisioned EOSC Skills and Training goals and priorities proposed in the EOSC Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA).
Based on that, the study provided insights on how to best position EOSC Skills and Training in Digital Skills national strategies and agendas, as well as recommendations for various types of policy makers (including EOSC stakeholders) with the purpose of providing well-rounded, all-inclusive (research-government-industry-public) options to include in national strategies for Digital Skills and up-skilling.
Objectives & Challenges
The report is targeting at providing a list for recommendations for various types of policy makers (including EOSC stakeholders) with the purpose of providing well-rounded, all-inclusive (research-government-industry-public) options to include into national strategies for Digital Skills and upskilling. The framework, within which the recommendations were deployed, considered:
The COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid changes in the digital transformation of key areas, science and research included, revealing the role of data: FAIRness and OPENess, Artificial Intelligence expansion, Data Science, e-infrastructures, e-services, interoperability (technical-human), digital skills for all. This is much more relate to the development of the competent human capital to practice and facilitate EOSC Open Science principles;
EOSC digital skills ecosystem and the skills’ needs associated to run and use data for research (Researchers, ICT professionals, Libraries & Information Scientists);
EOSC training infrastructure components: organisation, processes, content, resources (human and technical)
The key thematic areas (building blocks) for HR development and upskilling: People & Actors, Policies, Governance & Processes, Technology & Learning Environments and their translation into the assessed complexity of the EOSC ecosystem regarding the digital upskilling for researchers.
The analysis has also considered the landscape analysis of 9 EU MS/AC: Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, the resulting GAP Analysis, and an EOSC Consultation for the validation of the gaps and of the initially identified actions to be taken to tackle them.
Eleven (11) key recommendations were developed on the basis of the previous analysis:
These recommendations can also be categorised according to the four key thematic areas: Policies, People and Actors, Governance/Processes, Technology and Infrastructure:
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