The GNSS research group at ROB uses GNSS for reference frame maintenance, measuring ground deformations, and monitoring the amount of water vapour in the atmosphere. Almost all of these activities are embedded in international programs like the European Plate Observing System (EPOS), the International GNSS Service (IGS), the EUREF Permanent GNSS Network (EPN), or EUMETNET EIG GNSS water VAPour program (E-GVAP). ROB GNSS team provides pan-European services as data provider, data repository, data analysis centre, or/and Central Bureau. The team maintains the EPN Central Bureau and manages a GNSS network covering 35 European countries. In addition, it maintains the portal providing access to EPN data and products and collects GNSS station information, monitor the quality of the GNSS station data, and notify station owners when their stations degrade. Presently the team is preparing the provision of operational services to the GNSS component of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) ERIC. ROB services will include the maintenance of a European and Belgian GNSS data node, making the EUREF and Belgium GNSS data discoverable to EPOS; a facility for the long-term monitoring of GNSS data quality of the EPOS stations; the collection, validation and distribution of GNSS station metadata through the Metadata Management and Distribution System for Multiple GNSS Networks (M3G). Indeed, the GNSS team developed M3G to maintain and expose their GNSS station descriptions and used a standard tool within the EPN and EPOS. The GNSS team is a mixture of scientists and IT-experts.
The Ghent University Library endeavours to "facilitate open knowledge creation" and is intended to form a bridge, both within the Ghent University community and between the university and the users of the library network (students, academics). Research data management and Open Science support are at the heart of daily activities. Working closely with all the faculties and central services such as ICT, legal services and research support, the library was instrumental in creating a university-wide Research Data Management (RDM) policy, complemented with a detailed roadmap for its implementation. A data steward team has been formed in 2019 to increase the level of support. The mission of the data steward team is primarily to promote and facilitate research data management among the UGent research community, thus contributing to the cultural change together with other supporters, towards FAIR and open data (following the principle "as open as possible, as closed as necessary") and to data reuse.