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French National OpenAIRE Workshop: the new era of OpenAIRE


About: On Friday 2nd July 2021, the French NOAD organized a half-day event to present to the French scientific community the advancements of the OpenAIRE organization as well as inform about its core Open Science services. Invited speakers contributed with presentations and discussions with the audience. Moreover, the workshop highlighted how services are used in practice by other projects or initiatives who shared their experiences and ongoing work. The workshop, also, provided a clear view about how OpenAIRE contributes to and interconnects with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), as a pillar infrastructure.

The workshop was conducted in both English and French language and welcomed 260 participants.

OpenAIRE in France: André Dazy from Couperin communicated the new role of OpenAIRE as an organization (OpenAIRE AMKE), analyzed in detail the Open Science status in Europe and informed about the OpenAIRE NOAD in France achievements. Among those are: HAL and institutional repositories' compatibility with the OpenAIRE Guidelines, the development of the ANR Monitoring Dashboard as well as training and dissemination events and one-to-one meetings with researchers and relevant stakeholders. Also, André mentioned how France participates in OpenAIRE via Couperin as the Regular Member, the University of Lille as the associated member, and CNRS as data provider. The presentation concluded with expressing the need for a committee to coordinate OpenAIRE activities at national level and called on all French institutions to benefit from such an initiative that is an integral part of the EOSC.

Paolo also focused on the OpenAIRE Research Graph that is an intelligent gateway for scholarly communication delivering millions of interlinked metadata from scientific products and activities. He informed that the Research Graph underlies and supports all OpenAIRE services as well as the EOSC. Furthermore, he expressed how the adoption of OpenAIRE Guidelines by literature, data repositories and CRIS can improve the quality and completeness of the Graph and how new Open Science services can be enhanced with metadata elements on data provision workflow.

In addition, he provided insights on two major projects that OpenAIRE is involved in, namely OpenAIRE NEXUS and EOSC FUTURE. He briefly went through the aims, objectives and collaborations for each project. Then, he explained the use of services in the OpenAIRE PUBLISH, MONITOR, DISCOVER portfolio and described their value in Open Science, FAIR and EOSC ecosystems.

OpenAIRE Portfolio

The last section of the workshop was dedicated to key OpenAIRE services:

Argos for machine-actionable and configurable Data Management Plans.

Product manager: Elli Papadopoulou

Amnesia for anonymization of data with guarantees.

Product manager: Manolis Terrovitis

Épisciences for innovative publishing workflows.

Product manager: Raphaël Tournoy

Research Community Gateways for empowering research communities and initiatives with tools for an effective implementation of Open Science practices.

Product manager: Alessia Bardi


Product Managers of the services presented key features and invited external collaborators to share their experience from using the services as well as engaged in conversations with participants. The use cases presented are:


Anonymization in DECIDO

A collaboration between the DECIDO project and Amnesia tool ensures immediate anonymization of data produced by the project. Two integration options are utilized by the Turin pilot:

A. Use Amnesia from local PC on LAN to anonymise data (Leveraging installation AS-IS of the tool)

B. Use Amnesia on NAS (potentially) in two diverse modalities:

   B.1) Leveraging the Amnesia UI (with all functionalities)

   B.2) Using Amnesia as black-box and SSH script to anonymise data

Find out more under use cases: here.


Argos for the French scientific community

Argos generates and publishes machine actionable DMP outputs according to Open and FAIR principles. French projects use their own DMP tool "Opidor", which was present in the event, leading to a discussion of how there could be potential links with Argos and how Argos can be enhanced to better represent the French community for European projects. The two tools are now working to enhance DMPs interoperability.

CONNECT - Research Community Gateway

GOTRIPLE gateway:

GOTRIPLE is a project that offers discovery services on Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The development of the OpenAIRE gateway for GOTRIPLE exploits all research outputs included in the Research Graph that come from thousands of aggregators to provide content completeness to the types relevant for the project: data, publications, profiles, projects. 

The OpenAIRE gateway and its search algorithm meets the need for GOTRIPLE large dataset, filtering for SSH and data links. The identified research products are available on Zenodo (Social_Science_and_Humanities.tar


Episciences for Mathematics

"Episciences-Maths" is a project carried out by the Fourier Institute and Université Grenoble Alpes. The Episciences-Maths initiative is supervised by an "Epicommittee" composed of leading mathematicians. Its role is to stimulate the constitution of editorial boards willing to create new overlay journals, especially thematic journals in areas not yet covered, to manage possible takeovers of existing journals, and finally to treat any ethical and professional issues. 

The journals are focused on fundamental mathematics and applied mathematics and computer science. It makes use of the platform and processes set by Episciences, such as for collaboration between the epi-committees, the editorial committees and the CCSD.

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