Organizing the Intermediate Training Workshop at the West Bank

 The Palestinian partners participated in the intermediate training workshop in the period January 15-17 2018, in the framework of WP3 which aims at building capacity in research output management through open access institutional repositories. The workshop in its first day was hosted by Al Quds Open University in West Bank and via video conference with the Islamic University of Gaza. The training workshop was supervised by Prof Andreas Rauber, and Dr. Tomasz Miksa from TUWIEN-Austria, and by Dr. Joy Davidson from the University of Glasgow- UK.

The main objectives of this workshop are to train Palestinian partner universities on how to develop a plan for research output management, how to create policies for research data management, and to discuss with them the implementation plans.

The workshop was attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Basri Saleh, and the representative of the Palestinian-European Cooperation Mission Dr. Nedal Jayousi, Vice President of Al-Quds Open University for Academic Affairs Dr. Samir Al-Najdi and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology Dr. Yousef Abu-Zir, Coordinator of the ROMOR project at Al-Quds Open University.

The workshop was opened by Vice President of Al Quds Open University Dr. Samir Al-Najdi, stressing the interest of the university scientific research, especially through the Project (ROMOR), supported by Erasmus +, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Dr. Samir Al-Najdi appreciated the Ministry of Education's interest in scientific research and the improvement of its outputs to allocate a large amount to support scientific research, which confirms its keenness to develop this sector. He also emphasized the University's interest in creating partnerships with local and European universities in the field of scientific research.

In his speech, Dr. Basri Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, thanked the European Union and Erasmus program for the qualitative partnership and stressed the interest of the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Sidem, who is the nucleus of a national project to establish a digital incubator for scientific research at the level of Palestine, stressing that the Ministry demonstrates its interest in this sector through agreements signed with local universities worth twenty million shekels to support scientific research. He also stressed the need to intensify partnerships between Palestinian universities and European counterparts in this area.

For his part, Dr. Nedal Jayousi expressed his happiness for the interest of the Ministry of Education and its leadership of the ROMOR project and its adoption, thanking the participating universities for their interaction and interest in the project. He also pointed out that the project is considered a pilot project, and praised the effective impact of the project, including the partnership between Palestinian universities participating in the project, which he hopes will be distributed to all higher education institutions.

In his turn, Dr. Yousef Abu-Zir made a presentation in which he highlighted the importance of the project in the preparation of institutional research repositories and gave a quick overview of the project's activities so far.

The EU partners presented and discussed with the participants through group work the research workflows and system integration, the learn policy document, and how to generate DMPs using DMP Online. The second day of the workshop was hosted by Al Quds Open University. It included two main sessions: The first session was for the presentations of BMCs from each partner Palestinian university, followed by discussion and feedback.

The second session was for the invited talks. The first talk was given by Dr. Mazen Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem University. His talk entitled "Research, Education, and Conservation in Developing Countries in the Global Ecosystem Network". He pointed out in his presentation the importance of preserving the rare studies carried out at the national level to preserve the scientific heritage that benefits humanity. The second talk was given by Dr. Ahmed Othman from the MoHE who spoke about the interest of the Ministry headed by Dr. Sabri Sidem in ROMOR Project and presented in details the activities of the Ministry in support of the scientific research.

The third day of the workshop was hosted by Palestine Technical University Kadoori. The workshop included two sessions: the presentation of the BMC business model of Kadoori University, followed by feedback and discussions. The second session was for developing policies through teamwork.

In turn, the Islamic University of Gaza participated in the training workshop through a presentation by Dr. Iyad Algha on experiences with testing various repositories, and decisions and problems.