OpenAIRE2020 – a new horizon for open science

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OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is a three-year project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme [FP7] of the European Commission that ran from 2009 to 2012.  It is a collaborative European effort working towards a common goal to bring a change in implementing open access for the benefit of innovation, industry and society. All partners welcomed the effort to make open access a truly global reality during this pivotal phase in scholarly communication.

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OpenAIRE currently maintains an interoperable and validated network of more than 520 repositories and Open Access [OA] journals, integrating more than 9 million OA publications and 1,000 datasets, with 50,000 organizations and 30,000 projects supported by two funders. It has identified over 100,000 FP7 publications from about half of the 26,000 FP7 projects, and offers literature-data integration services.

OpenAIRE entered into a new phase of funding with a continuation project: OpenAIRE2020, that started in January 2015.


50 partners, from all EU countries, and beyond, will collaborate to work on this large-scale initiative that aims to promote open scholarship and substantially improve the discoverability and reusability of research publications and data. The initiative brings together professionals from research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructure and data experts, IT and legal researchers. A network of people, represented by the National Open Access Desks [NOADs], will organise activities to collect H2020 project outputs, and support research data management. The project will create workflows and services on top of this valuable repository content, which will enable an interoperable network of repositories and easy upload into an all-purpose repository (via the Zenodo platfom).

OpenAIRE2020 will assist in monitoring H2020 research outputs and will be a key infrastructure for reporting H2020′s scientific publications as it will be loosely coupled to the EC’s IT back-end systems. The EC’s Research Data Pilot will be supported through European-wide outreach for best research data management practices and Zenodo, which will provide long-term data storage. Other activities include:

  • collaboration with national funders to reinforce the infrastructure’s research analytic services;
  • an Article Processing Charge Gold OA pilot for FP7 publications with collaboration from LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries);
  • novel methods of review and scientific publishing with the involvement of;
  • a study and a pilot on scientific indicators related to open access with the Centre for Science and Technology Studies’ [CWTS] assistance;
  • legal studies to investigate data privacy issues relevant to the Open Data Pilot;
  • international alignment with related networks elsewhere with the involvement of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories [COAR].

Complete information about the project can be found on the OpenAIRE website.

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