• More than 2,500 partnerships with libraries
  • More than 75 frameworks of cooperation with cultural institutions
  • More than 750 European partners in projects
  • Coordination of the Greek node for European networks for innovation and technology dissemination:

              o Innovation Relay Centres

              o Enterprise Europe Network

  • National Contact Point for the 5th, 6th, and 7th Framework Programme and Horizon2020
  • International Center for Greek Studies
  • "Innovation, Research and Technology” Journal
  • eNewsletter: «Research & Innovation"
  • Events and conferences for peer-reviewed content
  • Active presence in social media

Bilateral or multilateral frameworks as key tools for effective and fruitful cooperation identify the roles of the nodes of the ecology of knowledge in Greece and allow the creation of more direct, flexible and functional relationships between them.

The way the creation of these networks has been handled right from the start has always been holistic: the creation of a network is part of the broader ecosystem of knowledge and that is the goal that must be served.

Satisfying the end user’s needs has always been a strategic choice of great importance. Both the design and the implementation of EKT’s services have always been user-centered. For this reason, the networks created by EKT in collaboration with other organizations seek to improve the quality of content and services that are ultimately received by the user.

6.1 Collaboration & Networking

6.1.1 Institutional Partnerships

EKT, through its institutional framework, performs a central role in the creation and operation of joint ventures in the field of information management and documentation organisations, in particular libraries and archives.

The most important achievements in this field are the collective negotiation and purchase of journals by EKT on behalf of all research institutions in the country, and the maintenance of the national archive for the journals of these organisations. These activities, combined with the collection of metrics regarding journal subscriptions and their use, where possible, allow more rational, targeted and ultimately profitable purchases of subscriptions that support the scientific community, while ensuring the sustainability of this project.

At the same time, these activities set the foundation for a better understanding of the safe and long-term preservation of scientific journals and stock. Finally, by providing integrated services - infrastructures,  EKT achieved the organisational maturity of organisations that are active in the field of knowledge management. 

Equally important, from an institutional point of view, is EKT’s cooperation with theses organisations from which it draws content and data in two other major actions:

(a) the network of organisations from which it collects data for the RTDI indicators.

(b) the network of the Universities’ secretariats from which it collects the necessary data for the creation, completion and maintenance of the National Archive of Phd theses.

6.1.2 Cooperation Frameworks

Special emphasis is given to the creation and consolidation of partnerships based on common strategic objectives and operational and additional capabilities and functions. These partnerships are structured with the help of bilateral and multilateral cooperation frameworks, which - in certain categories of organisations – are later developed into agreed level service contracts.

The effort to support the creation of a network of knowledge organisations has paid off: today EKT collaborates with a vast number of academic and research organisations, with approximately 2,500 public, municipal, school and hospital libraries.

In addition, cooperation with more than 70 cultural organisations is ongoing,  while partnerships with research and academic institutions, including institutions of international repute, are being intensified, including the University of Oxford and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC). 

6.2 International Activity

EKT participates in the most important projects related to the adoption of Open Access policies at European level, such as MedOANet (www.medoanet.eu), the RECODE (www.recodeproject.eu) and PASTEUR4OA (www.pasteur4oa.eu) and is one of the most important EU partners on Open Access and configuration of relevant key policies.

This position is supported by EKT’s participation in projects that implement the legal framework of open data at European level and investigate the role of open business models and creative production of intellect models.

EKT also participates in European projects such as "Legal Aspects of Information Systems" (LAPSI) and "Creativity: Innovative Models of Production and Access" (CIMPA), in which it is a partner, responsible for the formulation of European policies on the issue of open licensing. EKT innovates at European level on copyright management issues in its areas of activity.

6.3 Connecting Research to Entrepreneurship

Given that 'knowledge' is playing an increasingly important role in society and the economy, the use of the already developed expertise and infrastructure of EKT is considered to be essential for the interconnection of research, innovation and entrepreneurship, which, in turn creates the necessary conditions for development in Greece. 

6.4 International Centre of Hellenic Studies

Owing to the internationally recognised work of the Institute of Humanities of the National Research Foundation, as well as EKT’s eContent infrastructures, the functioning of the International Centre for Greek Studies will act as a centre of excellence of international stature and advanced technology, paving the way for Greece to attract renowned international Hellenists from international universities and research institutes.

This initiative is based on long-term cooperation between EKT and NHRF’s humanitarian Institutes, combining skilled workforces and specialised libraries of primary sources.

At the same time, it seeks to enhance the cooperation with other research and academic organisations, as well as institutions with a wealth of evidence of history and culture. In this way, the conditions for strengthening the synergy between Greek and international research organisations can be established, with the creation of research networks. The initiative is already supported by significant foreign organisations, such as the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University and the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research of the University of Oxford, while two other collaborations are ongoing with King's College London and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales.

6.5 Communication

Particular attention has been given to activities associated with publicity and communication in order to raise awareness while allowing the overall use of the services offered by EKT and encouraging public participation in EKT’s activities.

In this context, EKT develops, maintains and updates more than 30 individual websites, which provide access to rich scientific and cultural content and contribute with a view to inform and support the academic / research / business community, as well as raise wider awareness of research and innovation, science, technology and culture.

Instances of EKT’s communication activities are based upon:

  • Social networking
  • EKT’s printed and electronic publications
  • Visibility activities and dissemination of science in society
  • Users as creators and development of value-added services