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Open science

The University of Maribor follows the open science and open access principles according to national law and other international guidelines in numerous fields. The activities to be highlighted are the adoption of the Policy of open access to research infrastructure at University and Faculty level, launch of the online tool UM Database of research infrastructure (BRiUM), implementation of numerous trainings for UM researchers, professional staff, and other stakeholders as well as various participations in projects (RRP ODVIj, RRP SPOZNAJ) promoting the development of university activities under open science principles. The field of open access to scientific research, professional and other works as well as research data generated at the University in research and education processes is supported by the Digital Library of the University of Maribor (DLUM).

As a research institution, we are obliged to open access operation under open science conditions, in accordance with the Act on Scientific Research and Innovation Activity (ZZrlD), the Decree on the implementation of scientific research in accordance with open science principles and the Action Plan for Open Science with Measure 6.2: Open Science to improve the quality, efficiency, and responsiveness of research as part of the Resolution on the Scientific Research and Innovation Strategy for Slovenia 2030 and wider in accordance with international guidelines of the European Commission and various associations we joined as a member (e.g., the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the Slovene Open Science Community and the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA)).

Open Access Policy for Research Infrastructure

The Senate of the University of Maribor has on its 14th regular session on 24 November 2020 adopted a decision No. 030/2020/78/515-MP confirming the Open Access Policy for Research Infrastructure at the University of Maribor.

Open Access Policy UM

The aim of the pilot project under the Recovery and Resilience Plan With Open Access to Lifelong Learning implemented by the University of Maribor in cooperation with the University Library Maribor in the period between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2025 is to facilitate systematic use of freely accessible e-content, its promotion and to increase access to quality education and learning in various forms and environments for target groups (dropouts, graduates who need to requalify, individuals/citizens who want to participate in research) and beyond. In the context of digital transition and lifelong learning, we are committed to the implementation of open science (especially open access) in university environments and to the promotion of lifelong learning. The project is implemented as part of various activities and their aim is to build a bridge between the academic and the non-/economic sphere as well as the general public for the benefit of the wider society in accordance with the principles of Society 5.0.

The aim of the pilot project as part of RRP With Open Access to Lifelong Learning is to bring closer the open access operation under open science principles. For this purpose, we are preparing various events, such as the event Open Science Brings an Open Mind and trainings from the field of open science with acknowledged Slovene and foreign lecturers. A series of motivational activities of the project is linked with the Festival of Open Education under the slogan Open Science Brings an Open Mind.

As part of the pilot project RRP ODVIj With Open Access to Lifelong Learning co-funded by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and the European Union – NextGenerationEU, between 24 February and 26 May 2023, the University of Maribor has organised a design contest for creating the visual identity for the field of open science.

Student groups (with or without student status) were invited to participate, possibly under mentorship, with the aim to select from the submitted copyright solutions the one which will bring an even better recognition of the new project RRP ODVIj and at the same time a better recognition of the entire field of UM Open Science.

As the winning conceptual solution, the three-member expert committee has selected the copyright work of the group consisting of: Ante Brajković, Melani Kumin and Jana Slaviček. The selected winning design solution represents the official graphic design for additional awareness raising and communication of all activities related to open science at UM and to the pilot project RRP ODVIj With Open Access to Lifelong Learning.


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The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, and the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

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