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Aurora and OpenAIRE join forces on Open Science and SDGs

May 8, 2022

We proudly announce the joining of forces between Aurora and OpenAIRE. This collaboration will make Open Science more accessible for Aurora scientists and demonstrate the Societal impact of research with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The OpenAIRE-Nexus consortium and  Aurora have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Both will collaborate to map research output to the SDGs, and to provide new functionalities like SDG-oriented discovery and statistics on Open Science, and learn from each other.

In this collaboration, Aurora will offer the  Aurora SDG text classification service that enables everyone to map academic texts in multiple European languages to the SDGs. A website (concept) where you can insert the abstract of your research paper, and it returns the predicted values of how much this abstract is related to the 17 SDG’s, based on a multi-lingual AI. Additionally, it generates an SDG donut with the relative SDG predictions, you can use it as a badge along with your research paper.

OpenAIRE will offer a CONNECT Gateway, a portal for Aurora Universities, as a single entry-point to all academic publications, data sets, research projects, software and other research outputs of the Aurora universities. Adding to that the OpenAIRE MONITOR Dashboard will offer insight in the uptake of Open Science practices and the SDG related research.

OpenAIRE and Aurora will enhance their training material and courses: Aurora will include OpenAIRE services like Amnesia for data anonymisation, Argos for data management, Zenodo for data deposition, and EpiScience for setting up Open Access journals, in its training courses on Open Science practices; OpenAIRE will exploit the program and outputs of the Aurora Open Science project to improve the documentation and training on the services of the Nexus portfolio.

“I'm delighted that Aurora has joined forces with OpenAire. Collaborating with OpenAire will help increase the visibility of our contribution towards the sustainable development goals and societal impact of our universities."

Jón Atli Benediktsson – Aurora President, Rector University of Iceland

“Our collaboration with Aurora opens up new paths for OpenAIRE to work hand in hand with universities that integrate open science in their daily workflows while matching their world-class academic excellence and societal engagement goals.”

Natalia Manola – CEO OpenAIRE

About Aurora: Aurora is a partnership of like-minded and closely collaborating research intensive European universities, who use their academic excellence to drive societal change and contribute to the sustainable development goals.

About OpenAIRE-Nexus: The Horizon 2020 OpenAIRE-Nexus project, a consortium of 11 partners, brings in Europe, EOSC and the world a set of services to implement and accelerate Open Science and tools to embed in researchers' workflows, making it easier for them to accept and uptake Open Science practices of openness and FAIRness.