NECOBELAC Project FAQs
- What are T1 and T2 NECOBELAC training courses intended for?
- NECOBELAC T1 courses are addressed to future trainers who will organize T2 courses at local level, taking into account local needs. Both T1 and T2 courses share NECOBELAC objectives of improving scientific writing and promoting open access publishing models.
- How can I take part in the T1 courses for trainers?
- You should look at the NECOBELAC website, consider the training course schedule in the different countries and apply to the course which is closer to your region by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, or to the local organizer.
- Which are the selection criteria for attendance in T1 courses?
- As T1 courses are addressed to future trainers, those interested to apply to these courses are expected to commit themselves in the organization of events at local level (seminars or talks with a target audience in their own professional setting or work place) aimed at spreading the contents of T1 courses. In doing that they can rely on the support of Project partners as well as invited experts. Further to declare their availability to run subsequent training initiatives at local level and in close relation to that, the attendants to T1 courses are required to show previous experiences gained in the matters of the NECOBELAC courses within their own institutions, in order to become active part of the Necobelac community. Moreover, T1 courses tend to gather attendants representing different kind of affiliated institutions (academic, research bodies, learning societies, publishing houses, etc) and various geographic areas, in order to ensure a balanced audience of participants.
- Are the NECOBELAC courses for trainers free of charge?
- Yes, all NECOBELAC courses for trainers (T1) are free of charge; attendants should provide for their travel and accommodation expenses.
- As a trainer, where may I find material for the T2 training courses to be organized at local level?
- Support material is available on NECOBELAC website. It includes the topic maps for scientific publication and open access and all the Power Point presentations used in the NECOBELAC training courses. Printed material can also be requested through firstname.lastname@example.org. The NECOBELAC Partner closer to your geographical area will provide methodological support in the organization of the T2. Proposals of training initiatives by T1 course participants are evaluated by the NECOBELAC partners acting in the geographic area in which the T2 course will be held.
- Who can I contact to notify my intention to organize a T2 course and to report back from that?
- The contact point is represented by NECOBELAC project Partner geographically closest to your institution The title, dates and place of the T2 course are to be timely notified by email to email@example.com in order to update the agenda in the Project website.
- Who can I contact to get promotional material of the Project to be distributed during the T2 courses?
- You can contact the local NECOBELAC Partner closest to your area or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. T1 participants able to replicate the course at local level are encouraged to inform partners about valuable training material they may find to be proposed and used for their future courses, according to their skills and experiences. In this sense they are welcome to share new resources within the NECOBELAC community.
NECOBELAC TOPIC MAPS
- What are the topic maps?
- The topic maps consist in a dynamic representation of knowledge. The model is based on semantic web and is founded on a structure of core concepts interrelated in a sort of knowledge map, which is ideal for use with digital information. The topics are organized in sets and their relationships are expressed by associations. NECOBELAC topic maps are focused on the concepts of scientific writing and open access publishing and contain a brief description of topics as well as selected links to online resources.
- How are they intended to support NECOBELAC training activities?
- Topic maps have been conceived as a flexible and reliable tool to link resources available on the net in the semantic domain (subject areas) concerned with the Project training activities. They represent updated material that T2 trainers can benefit from in order to offer their audience multiple sources of knowledge logically structured (see NECOBELAC web site). The reuse of any material is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
- Is there any material (i.e. introductory manuals) explaining how the topic maps have been generated as knowledge representation and how can be optimally used?
- Yes, a reliable tool introducing the scope and use of the topic maps is represented by the "TAO of topic maps" by Steve Pepper. This document clearly describes the characteristics of this model, and provides useful examples to understand how it actually works.
COMMUNITY AND COOPERATION TO DEVELOP THE NECOBELAC NETWORK
- How can I join the NECOBELAC community?
- You can join the NECOBELAC community either by contacting the NECOBELAC Project at email@example.com or one of the European or Latin American Project Partners using the e-mail addresses available on the Contacts and Community section of the NECOBELAC website.
- How can I find potential partners for collaborations within the Project aims?
- Look at the NECOBELAC website: in the Contacts and Community section you can find institutions and people from European and Latin American countries potentially interested to develop contacts and collaborations on common themes of interest.
- How can I update my professional features on the NECOBELAC Community section on the Project website?
- You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org including your professional updated features.
- How can I benefit from NECOBELAC opportunities to cover the publication fees of articles to be published on OA journals?
- In order to benefit from this NECOBELAC opportunity, you must be an European or Latin American co-author of a scientific article which deals with public health issues or related disciplines. The objectives of the NECOBELAC Project should be mentioned within the article text if the subject of the paper is related to them, otherwise in the Acknowledgement section of the article.