Bridging the gap between RRI and Open Science to manage the rapid transformation processes affecting science, requires a critical mass of experts that is available at the European level. Acknowledged experts from both Universities and Institutes have multi-disciplinary expertise.

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European partners


    Universita degli studi di Roma la Sapienza
    Coordinator of the project


    South East European Research Centre

The South-East European Research Centre (SEERC) is an overseas research centre of the University of Sheffield, established as a non-profit legal entity in Thessaloniki, Greece. The centre was founded by City College, the University’s International Faculty, in 2003. It is conducting multidisciplinary research in the fields of Enterprise, Innovation & Development, Information & Communication Technologies, and Society & Human Development.

SEERC’s mission is to support the stable and peaceful development of South-East Europe by conducting pure and applied research in and for the region. To accomplish this, SEERC will employ the existing research capacities of the University of Sheffield and CITY College by facilitating collaborations between their research staff and by developing multi-disciplinary networks of researchers from across South-East Europe.

SEERC is in charge on WP3 (Experiment Methodology) and contributes to the other WPs.

Mr. Nikos Zaharis is the Director of SEERC.

His goal is to build up and expand SEERC’s research agenda and strengthen research partnerships internationally and in the South East European Region focusing on issues of economic and regional development, IT policy and social development.

Tasks performed for the project:

  • Project and stakeholder management at the institutional level
  • Participation in the pan-project committees
  • Coordination of contracts and outsourcing processes.

Phone: (+30) 2310253477

Dr. Adrian Solomon

Project Manager at SEERC. He is in charge of coordinating the methodology for the Experiments together with the Triple Helix Association). He is also a member of the Ethics Committee of FIT4RRI,  and a contributor to the work involved by the other WPs.


Prof. Henry Etzkowitz

Senior Research Fellow at SEERC, is the key leading expert (global pioneer of the triple helix model) for the multi-stakeholder interaction/management required for the Experiments.

Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis*

Chairman of SEERC, is in charge of enabling the multi-stakeholder management and multi-governance framework development required to properly implement the Experiments.


    The Open University

The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (OU) was set up in 1995 in recognition of the need for the university to be at the forefront of research and development in the converging areas of Data & Information Sciences & technology enhanced learning. Research is externally supported by the European CommissionFramework Programmes, UK EPSRC and Jisc. KMI has extensive experience in creating, managing and participating in national and European research projects related to open access & open science, technology enhanced learning, data & text-mining, digital libraries and scholarly communication.

The project team consist of a mix of researchers & developers having a unique expertise in the fields of web-scale text and data mining & machine learning to aid research and education, open science and open educational resources. The OU team has developed the successful FOSTER training platform which provides access to online training materials on Open Science, including tutorials and online courses. The OU project team also runs the Connecting Repositories (CORE) service, which is the world’s largest aggregator of open access research publications from repositories and journal systems at a full-text level. The team will lead a Text and Data mining co-experiment (WP3) and will also be responsible for the technical provision of the online training platform building on the work of FOSTER (WP4).

Dr. Petr Knoth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media institute, The Open University, UK. He is the project officer of I-Consent for his University.

He leads a team focusing on scholarly communication technology, in particular the sub-areas of large-scale digital libraries, text and data mining of scientific publications, academic recommender systems, open access (OA)/open science (OS) and research evaluation metrics. Petr is the founder, product and team leader for CORE, a service that aggregates open access articles from a global network of repositories and publishers. Previously, Petr worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Mendeley on information extraction and content recommendation for research.


Dr. Nancy Pontika


Matteo Cancellieri



    Sparks & Co
    Communication & Dissemination

Sparks & Co is a science communication agency specialized in European projects. Our team of experienced communicators make research accessible to all audiences and give projects the widest visibility.

Horizon 2020 research projects deserve the best communication strategy and that is why Sparks & Co have entered the FIT4RRI project as Communication and Dissemination partner.

Its activities range from creating a visual identity for a project, creating the right communication materials – cleverly targeted to reach the designated audiences – designing and regularly updating the project’s website, handling press relations, developing a social media strategy to best suit the project needs and measuring research outcomes impact.

Sparks & Co is the work package leader on Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation activities for the project.

Mrs. Joy Cremesty is Work Package leader for communication and dissemination activities.

She manages both scientific, technical partners and her team to give the project the best communication strategy as well as a smooth implementation for an ultimate project impact.

She holds a Masters degree in Information & Communication and has 10 years of experience in Marketing & Communication. She has solid experience in Higher Education in which she worked as Head of Communications.
She has joined Sparks&Co in 2016 to fulfill the role of European Communications Officer and is now WP leader of 3 Horizon 2020 projects in SwafS research.
Phone: +33 7 68 35 00 60
Camille Cocaud

Contributes to the communication and dissemination strategy

Olga Herhel

Communication Assistant


    Norwegian University of Science and Technology

NTNU is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation’s future engineers and scientists. NTNU encompasses 7 faculties and 53 departments and has 19000 students in technology, science, arts and humanities, social sciences and medicine. NTNU has a staff of 5000, of which 3000 are in academic and scientific positions. 300 PhDs are awarded yearly. NTNU has a broad range of contacts with International R&D actors throughout Europe and beyond, in academia as well as in industry. The annual budget is € 600 million, hereof € 150 million in grants from industry and research programs. NTNU has participated in 120 Framework Programme 7 projects.

Department of interdisciplinary studies of culture will be strongly involved in WP2 (sectoral diagnosis), having the responsibility of task 2.2 (sectoral workshops); NTNU will be also involved in all the other WPs (with the exception of WP4).

Knut H. Sørensen is Professor of Science and Technology Studies.

He has a PhD in Organisation and Work Life Studies (1982) and has comprehensive experience from teaching and researching STS, including research management. Sørensen has published widely on topics like energy and climate, innovation, engineering studies, gender studies, information and communication technology, and responsible research and innovation.

Phone: (+47) 91897365

Prof. Margrethe Aune

Contributes to project management and reviewing output from NTNU.

Dr. Heidrun Åm

Contributes to WP2.2 (planning, training and data collection).

Prof. Wiebe Bijker

Contributes to WP2, in particular WP2.2 (planning, training and data collection).

Ms. Marit Svingen

Contributes to WP2 (planning, training and data collection, writing of reports) and administrative tasks.

Mrs. Åshild  Berg-Tesdal

Head of communication.
Phone: (+47) 73597436


    Conoscenza e Innovazione (K&I)

“Conoscenza e Innovazione (K&I) Srls” was founded to contribute to the acquisition of new knowledge on contemporary societies and the transformations taking place within them. It carries out activities in Italy, in Europe and at the international level, using an interdisciplinary approach and acting on all levels of social research: epistemological, theoretical and methodological. The specific goal pursued by the K&I is to promote applied research projects, leveraging the scientific expertise and professional skills of its members.
K&I was established by a group of social scientists working professionally in several research organizations, who wanted to capitalise on and give new impulse to their common research program on the evolution and governance of contemporary societies begun in the late 1970s.
Knowledge and Innovation’s mission is to increase – through research, training and interdisciplinary dialogue – the relevance and effectiveness of social sciences in general, and sociology in particular, to interpret the profound processes of change that are affecting contemporary societies, to understand how they are evolving over time, to identify the stress phenomena that they produce and to investigate available options for their effective governance.
Among the other activities, over the last 10/15 years, K&I experts have been deeply engaged in scientific project designing and implementation (within EU DG Research FP6, FP7 and H2020) on issues such as socialisation of the scientific research, public engagement with science and technology, responsible research and innovation (RRI), gender and science, environmental sustainability, energy transition and privacy and security.

K&I is the leader of the whole WP1 (Mapping and benchmarking),and task leader of Task 5.2 “Development of the Guidelines on governance settings for RRI and OS”, and Task 5.4 “WP5 Summary Report” included in WP5(Governance settings). K&I is also involved in all the other WPs and in particular, in WP2 (Sectoral diagnosis), for implementing a Sectoral Workshop in Rome, together with Sapienza University of Rome, and in WP3 (Co-creation experiments).

Luciano d’Andrea  Sociologist, with experience on issues at the crossroads of social, economic and technological transformation of society. In the last decade, his research interests have mainly focused on science-society relationships. He has also been taking part in research projects funded by FP6, FP7 and H2020 on public engagement with science and technology, structural change within research organizations towards gender equality and RRI, knowledge brokerage for sustainable sanitation and socialisation of science and innovation.

Phone: (+39) 06-3200231

Mr. Alfonso Alfonsi

He is  in charge of providing a support in carried out WP1 and assigned tasks in WP5.

Ms. Maria Teresa (Maresa) Berliri

She is in charge for implementing WP1 activities and assigned tasks and in communication activities.

Mr Fabio Feudo

He is involved in communication and dissemination activities.

Mr Federico L. Marta

He provides a support in implementing WP1 activities and is assigned for K&I tasks in WP5.

Ms. Giovanna Murari

She is in charge for reporting and administrative issues.


    Georg-August Universität Göttingen

Göttingen State and University Library, founded in 1734, was the first realisation of the idea of a modern research library. As early as the 18th century, the library began developing holdings of national and international importance, which were continuously maintained throughout its history. Based on these efforts, the library has taken on a variety of tasks at the local, regional, national, and international level.

With its current holdings of about 8 million media units, Göttingen State and University Library ranks among the largest libraries in Germany. About 5,500 visitors frequent the Central Library (opened in 1993) on Platz der Göttinger Sieben every day.

Göttingen State and University Library is mainly involved in WP4 “Training tools and actions” and is responsible for identifying and developing Open Science training material. The institution is also project partner in the FOSTER Plus project and a close collaboration this project is essential, as all training materials with regards to RRI will be integrated to the FOSTER e-learning portal.

Helene Brinken is mainly involved in WP 4. She works on content mapping/analysis of RRI and OS training material as well as developing and conducting new trainings and ensuring it’s uptake.

Helene Brinken has a Master’s degree in International Information Management – Information Science. During her studies she worked in several e-learning projects and developed a MOOC. Her thesis “Intergenerational Knowledge Sharing in Organizations” won the Gerhard Lustig Award 2017. From 2013 to 2016 Helene was youth representative of the child’s rights organization Plan International Germany. In this context she worked in many projects on the importance of education. Dealing with Open Science and Responsible Research & Innovation in the projects FOSTER Plus and FIT4RRI are logical consequences connecting information science with education, sustainable development and inclusion.

Phone: (+49551) 395261


    Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade

ISQ is a private, non-profit and independent technological institution founded in 1965, currently running operations in more than 40 countries across the world (EU, Eastern Europe, Africa, Americas and Asia), offering its experience in technical inspections, technical assistance for engineering projects, consultancy services and training activities, supported by transversal research and development activities and by 16 accredited laboratories (e.g.: chemical, bio and agro testing, non-destructive testing, Aerospatiale, etc).
For that propose, ISQ conducts Research and Development activities (R+I), promoting projects with national and international partners, from both public and private sector, aiming at continuous product and process innovation.
ISQ has currently about 1400 collaborators around the world – 800 in Portugal – being the biggest Portuguese technological infrastructure and the second biggest VET player in Portugal, with branches in all Portuguese regions.
Concerning the training activity of ISQ, it has a recognized experience in all areas of the training cycle (needs analyses, design, implementation, evaluation) being presently the second biggest  player in  Life Long Learning in PT, including expertise in creation of national standards (professional profiles) national quality references for VET, expertise in e-learning/b-learning, work based learning and apprenticeship, technological training with ECVET, training for social inclusion, professional and social marketing for employment (including disadvantage people and NEETS) certification and recognition of knowledge and competencies.
With more than 25 years of experience of participation in EU funded projects, ISQ as a whole has promoted or participated in over 500 projects, including projects in the field of lifelong learning, support to SMEs and human capital development.

Although participating in all WP of this project, ISQ will work mainly in WP3 (co-creation experiments), being responsible for implementing the first experiment, which will be focused on Energy. Moreover, ISQ will be strongly involved in WP4 (Training tools and actions) and in WP5 (governance settings).

Senior Project Manager in the R+I unit of ISQ Training Department.

Her professional experience encompasses providing technical assistance to industry; technical management of water treatment facilities; coordination of a technical team of evaluators of applications to public funding and acting as a bridge between the technical, financial and political parties; developing Sustainable Energy Action Plans and Monitoring plans for national signatories within the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities; experience on the development of a network of 23 villages in the central region of the country as a way of counteract population desertification of the inner part of the country. Degree in Environmental Engineering and overall professional experience of 15 years.

Tasks performed for the project:
Leading the Energy co-creation experiment.
Participating in all other work packages.

Phone: (+351) 926396771

Eng. Rute Ferraz
Eng. Catarina Miranda
Margarida Segard

    Cienca Viva-Agencia Nacional para a cultura cientifica e tecnologica

As the national agency for scientific and technological culture, they have been working over the past two decades to take Portugal to the forefront of scientific culture in Europe. They are a non-profit association of research laboratories, with strong independent links to both science and education policy making. Cienca Viva provides national leadership to a network of 20 science centres, that have been popping up all across the country, almost once a year, as a result of a grassroots movement of active districts and towns, alongside universities and research labs.Born and nurtured from within their communities, these centers become part of their identity and reflect the unique traits of their regions, turning the Ciencia Viva Network into a kaleidoscope of the cultural fabric of the country.

They have an extensive experience in the science/society relation, namely in mobilising and engaging the public, researchers and industry. They have participated in more than 30 European projects since 2002, dedicated to public engagement, science education, virtual/digital share of scientific resources and, more recently, to open science and responsible research innovation. Ciência Viva is also a leading institution in Science and Society European projects, as a coordinator of the NERRI project (2013-2015) as well as coordinating the European network of 19 hubs, across 30 countries, in the RRI-Tools project (2014-2017), to foster responsible research and innovation. Hence, their vast experience and expertise in project coordination, overall management and financial administration.

Cience Viva participates in all the FIT4RRI workpackages, with a special incidence in WP4 (training tools and actions), having the responsibility for content mapping and training support.

Coordination of support to FIT4RRI training activities and actions to establish RRI and Open Science as mainstream governance in research institutions and public engagement organisations.

PhD, Science Education, University of Cambridge, UK, teaches Science Communication and Education, in MPhil programmes at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and he is a research associate at the CIES, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, UL. His research is focused on the social mission of universities and scientific institutions. He developed a practical body of knowledge and experience in relation to policy–making and public governance of science, technology and innovation, having been a member of the office of the Minister of Science and Technology, with responsibilities in the studying and setting-up of science education nation wide programmes.


Gonçalo Praça

He has a BSc in Social and Cultural Antropology (FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa), a MSc in Social Antropology (ISCTE) and he is preparing his PhD (Faculdade de Economia – Universidade de Coimbra). He has developed ethnographic work within social studies of science and technology, namely on controversies between citizens, experts and policy-makers. In Ciência Viva, he has worked in science in society and public engagement projects (e.g., Sea for Society, NERRI, RRI Tools). He also works as translator and copy editor.

Sofia Lucas

She is a former Mathematics teacher. She has worked in the Educational Department of the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva since 2007, and is the coordinator of the Professional Development Centre of teachers since 2010. She has experience in coordination, pedagogical and financial management of EU projects under FP6, FP7, Lifelong Learning Programme and eContentplus and has taken part in the implementation of projects like Pencil, Pilots, Time for Nano, Open Science Resources, European Researchers Night, Nets-EU, Voices, NERRI, RRI Tools and several others


    Helsingin Yliopisto University

University of Helsinki (UH) is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

Consumer Society Research Centre (CSRC) at the University of Helsinki focuses on societal, political and economic studies in the following six thematic areas: Public engagement; Innovation, market disruptions and value creation; Sustainable technologies, practices and places; Wealth, money and debt; Data, self and society; Food, health and wellbeing. CSRC, previously an independent state research institute for applied consumer research under the Ministry of Employment and Industries of Finland, was merged to the University of Helsinki in 2015. CSRC has a long track record in policy-relevant research for national, European and international bodies. In recent years, CSRC has taken part in multiple EU projects such as CASI, CIMULACT and PE2020.

For the project, the UH will be strongly involved in WP1 (mapping and benchmarking) having the responsibility of organizing a context tailoring meeting in for RRI stakeholders Finland. UH will be also involved in all the other WPs.

Adjunct Professor Mikko Rask is a Principal Investigator at the University of Helsinki. He is also University of Helsinki Demola coordinator. He will contribute to the WP1 (mapping and benchmarking) of the I-Consent project.

He has 20 years of experience as a researcher in several EU and national level projects on citizen deliberation, technology assessment, foresight, research and innovation policy, and sustainability issues. He has published widely on these themes in several international books and journal articles, taught courses and lectured in several universities. He is also the co-founder and first chair of The Finnish Institute for Deliberative Democracy. He recently coordinated the EU-funded PE2020-project.

Phone: (+358) 503222012

Dr. Nina Kahma

For the project, Nina will contribute to the literature review in WP1 as well as organizing stakeholder workshops.

M. Pasi Komulainen

Communication officer
Phone: (+358) 2941 40729


    Maastricht University

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    Universidade do Minho

University of Minho (UMinho) is a public higher education institution, founded in 1973 and is one of the so-called “New Universities”. A student population of over 18000 together with more than 1100 teaching staff and almost 645 technical and administration staff make the University of Minho one of the biggest Portuguese universities. 

University of Minho created its institutional repository – RepositóriUM −in 2003, has established a self-archiving policy of its intellectual output in the end of 2004, and is internationally known as one of the “success stories” on the development of institutional repositories and the promotion of Open Access to scientific literature. In 2008, University of Minho lead the Portuguese national project RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) and has been acting as the scientific and technical coordinator of the project since then. In the last years, University of Minho has been participating in several FP7 and H2020 projects related with Open Science and repositories (DRIVER II, NECOBELAC, OpenAIRE, OpenAIREplus, MEDOANET, OpenAIRE2020, PASTEUR4OA, OpenAIRE Advance),was the project coordinator for FP7 FOSTER (Facilitating Open Science Training for European Research) project and coordinates FOSTERPlus, which started in May 2017.

In the context of FIT4RRI UMinho coordinates the Training activity, leading the WP4 (Training Tools and Actions), and participates on other tasks, especially in WP5 (Governance Settings) and WP8 (Communication).

FIT4RRI eloy rodriguesEloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services. One of the main focus of his current activity is promoting and advocating Open Access and Open Science in Portugal and at international level. In Portugal, Eloy coordinates the technical team at Minho University that is being developing the RCAAP (Portugal Open Access Science Repository) project since 2008. Currently he is the Chair of the Executive Board of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories. At the European level, is a member of the EUA (European University Association) EUA’s Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science, representing the Portuguese Rectors Council,) and coordinates FOSTER project and the participation of University of Minho in various FP7 and H2020 funded projects.

WP4 manager.


Phone: (351) 253510168

FIT4RRI pedro_principe_ptPedro Príncipe 

Training Tools and Actions Work Package manager. Contributes to project management and reviewing outputs and reports.
Phone: (351) 253604983

FIT4RRI antonia correiaAntonia Correira

Contributes to RRI Training activities and Open Science elearning materials, ensuring the link with FOSTER OS resources.


FIT4RRI Paula MouraPaula Moura

Contributes to RRI/OS Training materials collection and community engagement and communication activities.


FIT4RRI josecarvalhoJose Carvalho

    University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool has, since 1881, worked for the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life. This remains our mission today and will give focus to all our efforts in the coming years as we strive to achieve our ambitions and aspirations, tackle the grand challenges of the age and make our vision a reality. We have laid down this explicit challenge of where we want to be in 10 years’ time, and now we must be just as clear on how we will get there.

We start from a position of strength. As a connected, global University with multiple physical and virtual campuses – Liverpool, London, Suzhou, Singapore and online – our worldwide influence and impact is unrivalled in higher education. Over the next decade we will build on our internationally recognised strengths in research and scholarship and increase collaborative and inter-disciplinary working. We will continue to develop a high-quality environment in which to educate well-rounded, enquiring global citizens who connect and engage – through their learning, research, civic engagement and inter-cultural understanding – with the world’s most pressing problems. We will integrate teaching and research to ensure that we derive the maximum benefit from our rich environment of intellectual enquiry and challenge.

The University values diversity; we are an inclusive institution, committed to the provision of opportunity for those with the capacity to benefit as individuals but also as members of a wider community dedicated to a sustainable and just society. We will be guided by strong ethical principles and ensure that our values are embedded in our plans and actions.

We will commit to a culture of continuous improvement and collaborative working, ensuring that we encourage and value the contributions of staff and students to decision-making, and foster good governance through a culture of openness and transparency.  We respect difference, but will look for consistency and sharing of good practice to ensure that fairness and equality of opportunity inform our organisational structures and processes.

We will be confident and ambitious as we face future challenges, nurturing all our staff and supporting their personal and professional development in an environment of constant change.  We will acknowledge and reward contributions to the achievement of the highest possible standards in every aspect of our work.

Our educational offer and world-leading research will be recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as distinctively collaborative. We place the utmost value on partnership working and we will continue to shape a robust network of education and industry alliances, forging productive relationships worldwide, building capacity and advancing knowledge.

Our main role in the project is undertake one of the experiments in WP3, testing two of the pillars of RRI, Ethics and Science Education. This will be done through a technology based project aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of vulnerable people in society relating to Health and Social Care needs. The system uses two parts of the visual photonic spectrum to detect unusual patterns of behaviour. We will engage with internal and external stakeholders to test the impact that Ethics and Science Education have on the research experiment. This will be done through questionnaires and direct one to one structured conversations. Support within the institution for these two aspects will also be accessed in terms of the institution policies to support responsible research and impact.

Dr Roberto Ferrero is a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics, University of Liverpool. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and his expertise is primarily in instrumentation and measurement, including sensor design, signal processing and data analysis. He is involved in a number of research projects, including the development of healthcare technology, where Ethics and Science Education play an important role.


Professor Joe Spencer

He is responsible for sensors and monitoring systems



    Triple Helix Association


The Triple Helix Association (THA) is a non-for-profit, non- governmental association with scientific purpose and a global reach.

Its main scope is to advance the scientific knowledge and practical achievements related to all aspects of the interaction between academy-industry-government (Triple Helix) for fostering research, innovation, economic competitiveness and growth.

THA activities range from the development and debate around top class scientific studies, by means of conferences, summits, and awards; the networking among both leading education & research institutions and stakeholders to foster a wide dissemination and uptake of the scientific findings by means of publications, academic journals and co-operation projects; the support in translating academic models into practical achievements by enhancing international exchange of scholars and the education of students, researchers and practitioners.

  • Provide expert advice and input to SEERC for the development of the Experiment methodology from WP3
  • Disseminate the project findings via THA’s wide network
Executive Director, Prof. Emanuela Todeva is a leading academic at St. Mary’s University, UK, and directing the research group on Globalisation, Governance and the Digital Economy.

She is also the founder and director of the BCNED research centre on Business Clusters, Networks and Economic Development and a Senior Consultant to the European Commission on evaluation of National Innovation Systems, Smart Specialisation policies and Mapping of Global Value Chains. Her expertise includes: TH governance and intermediation; TH policy implementation through stakeholder practice; Business models for open innovation and industry/ market development; TH engagement, co-alignment and co-creation; Orchestration and eco-systems design.

Tasks performed for the project:

  • Contribute to the development of the methodology for the experiments with input from the Triple Helix perspective.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the experiments’ results.

Phone: (+44) 7944083991

Mrs. Maria Laura Fornaci

Responsible for the dissemination activities via the THA’s wide network

Phone: (+39) 3474807426


    Italian Association for Industrial Research

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