OpenAIRE Advance – Supporting Open Science in Europe

advance_logo1On January 1st 2018, OpenAIRE entered a new exciting phase with the start of the OpenAIRE-Advance project.

While sustaining the current successful infrastructure, comprised of a human network and robust technical services, OpenAIRE-Advance will work towards making Open Science the default in Europe, reshaping the scholarly communication system towards openness and transparency serving as a trusted pillar of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

OpenAIRE will work along the following lines:

1 | Consolidate and optimise services

OpenAIRE’s open science service portfolio will be upgraded to meet end user needs. Through a set of dashboards that target all stakeholders involved in the research chain, OpenAIRE will seamlessly connect all research artefacts, effectively creating the European Open Science Observatory.

2 | Empower the pan-European Open Science Helpdesk

The 34 National Open Access Desks, OpenAIRE’s backbone, will be empowered to increase their national presence and develop capacities at local level so as to become a pivotal part of open science in national settings.

3 | Strengthen research community uptake of open science

Working with three national research infrastructure nodes (Elixir, EPOS, DARIAH) OpenAIRE will build bridges to key communities via an open science-as-a-service approach.

4 | Promote emerging changes in the scientific communication landscape

Building on repositories as the foundation of a globally networked and distributed open science infrastructure, OpenAIRE will support the development of the next generation repositories with new functionalities and new technologies.

5 | Build a global open science network

Working with partners around the world (Latin America, Japan, US, Canada, Africa) OpenAIRE aims to align policies, practices and services for a truly global and interoperable scholarly commons.

6 | Outreach beyond the lab

Reaching out to a network of 10,000 schools, OpenAIRE will lay the foundations for citizen scientists to leverage the benefits of Open Science, and will run an Open Innovation programme to bring OpenAIRE closer to industry.

7 | Collaborate with EOSC-hub towards a concrete implementation of EOSC

Crucially, OpenAIRE-Advance will work with the EOSC-hub project to create a joined-up, interoperable set of services to seamlessly serve the needs of tomorrow’s researcher in the context of EOSC.

What is OpenAIRE?

OpenAIRE is a long-standing European project supporting the Open Access mandates of the EC.

It combines an e-infrastructure with a supporting network of 34 National Open Access Desks, experts that guide researchers, research institutions and content providers to make their content open and to promote Open Science.

The e-infrastructure harvests metadata about publications, datasets, project information and usage data from data providers such as repositories, open access journals and archives. This information gets thoroughly checked: cleaned, de-duplicated, validated and linked.

The result is a clear summary of all related information of every European project in one place: all publications, their status: Open Access or not, data related to those publication and information related to projects.

This e-infrastructure is the core of OpenAIRE on which the project has built many services. In OpenAIRE-Advance more services will be developed or expanded. To give you an idea of existing services and services to come:

  • An Open Science help desk: ongoing support to all stakeholders through support,
  • Open Science training: information and training sessions in Open Science policy
  • Aggregation of content: the OpenAIRE scholarly communication graph, which consists of more than 22 mi publications, 600K datasets, 15 funders and 700K grant ids.
  • Anonymization service Amnesia: Anonymize your datasets IN BETA
  • Content providers dashboard: all information for repository managers in one place! Register your repository and see what information might be missing from your repository, find usage statistics and enrich your content.  IN BETA
  • Discovery portal: all OA research content in one place TO BE UPDATED
  • Funder dashboard: provides a monitoring and reporting mechanism that includes visualization, hence allowing Funders and Policy makers to monitor all their funded research outcomes. TO COME
  • Guidelines for content providers: designed to allow content providers to make their scholarly outputs visible through the OpenAIRE infrastructure.
  • Institution dashboard: provides a monitoring and reporting mechanism that includes visualization, hence allowing research administrators to monitor all institution research outcomes.TO COME
  • Research Analytics: analyses massive collections of documents, related meta-data and relational information
  • Data Literature Integration Service: the ScholExplorer populates and provides access to relationships between TO COME
  • Usage Statistics Service: tracks, collects and analyzes usage data from the network of OpenAIRE content providers and exploits usage metrics, such as downloads and metadata views.
  • Zenodo:  is a general purpose repository that enables Researchers, Scientists, Projects and Institutions to share and preserve multidisciplinary research results.

You may find more detailed information about the project at

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