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The Open Science Pillar of EOSC: Kick Off of OpenAIRE Advance

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On 1 January 2018, OpenAIRE has entered a new phase with the beginning of the OpenAIRE Advance project. 50 partners gathered during the Kick off which took place from 17 to 19 January in Athens at the premises of the National Library of Greece,   to kick off the work on this timely continuation of the OpenAIRE initiative. OpenAIRE Advance will continue to develop its services as well as consolidating its national support for Open Science across member states.


The Open Science Pillar of EOSC: The project aims to reshape the scholarly communication system towards openness and transparency for scientists across all disciplines. In addition, it will connect all research artifacts across the research lifecycle and create services for all stakeholders, namely researchers, project administrators, funders, content providers, research communities and innovators, while laying the foundations for citizen scientists to leverage the benefits of Open Science.


More specifically, OpenAIRE Advance will work along the following pillars:

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Leveraging national knowledge and outreach to research communities and beyond
The strength of OpenAIRE is the human network of institutions: national, academic and research libraries, who will be empowered to develop capacity at local level in order to put in place the workflows for open science and policy alignment. Ultimately, they will  become a pivotal part within their respective national data infrastructures, with a view to positioning Open Access and Open Science into the national agendas. OpenAIRE Advance will continue to foster Open Science knowledge and practices across borders. The role of the 34 National Open Access Desks (NOADs), will be strengthened, empowering them to develop capacities and become the knowledge-hubs of open science in their national setting.

At the same time, research communities will be involved to provide feedback on which services are needed and how we can help  them best in the given context. We'll be working with three national research infrastructure nodes (Elixir-GR, EPOS-IT, DARIAH-DE) to build bridges to key communities via an open science-as-a-service approach to promote the uptake of Open Science.
We're broadening our scope further to reach out to advocate Open Science in the citizens science community and across research communities while an Open Innovation programme will bring OpenAIRE closer to industry.
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  What to expect:

  • Ongoing support to all stakeholders through infrastructure, services and support
  • Strengthening of NOADs and their supporting task
  • Citizen Science on the agenda
  • Science-as-a-service for research communities

DOING OPEN SCIENCE: Putting Europe at the centre stage

The aim is to build a global Open Science network: we’ll be 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. At the same time, we are planning six international OpenAIRE workshops to explore the latest possibilities and new ideas on infrastructure, text and data mining, citizen science and many other topics to bring together all stakeholders. Our NOADs will be involved in organizing national OpenAIRE workshops to strengthen the community and keeping everyone up-to-date.

OpenAIRE's growing set of services will be consolidated, improved where necessary and expanded to cover the needs of our stakeholders.  004Through 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. Look out for news about our new and updated services in our newsletter and blog!

What to expect:

  • International outreach for collaboration
  • Six international OpenAIRE workshops
  • National OpenAIRE workshops in 34 countries
  • A new portal with added functionalities and an Open Science Observatory detailing  Open Science in Europe
  • Updated country pages with overview on national Open Science activities
e-infrastructure and Involvement in EOSC-HUB

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.
At the same time OpenAIRE is engaging with EOSC-hub to create the joined-up set of services to seamlessly serve tomorrow’s researcher. EOSC-hub  will mobilise providers from 20 major digital infrastructures jointly offering services, software and data for advanced data-driven research and innovation.

What to expect:

  • Development of tools to facilitate Open Science such as a DMP tool, an anonymization tool
  • Collaboration with Scholexplorer
  • A dashboard designed specifically for content providers: validate your repository, get updates and statistics, be notified of any addition and possible enrichment to your repository
  • New guidelines for content providers
  • Updates to Zenodo such as helpdesk integration, statistics and documentation and training material

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Finally, we would like to thank all our participants for their valuable contribution and, the National Library of Greece that gave us permission to use their brand new premises for our Kick off!

It is becoming evident that Open Access has only been the beginning, as we are extending further our scope to include open/FAIR research data, open software, open methodologies, protocols and open educational resources.

We are looking forward to this promising next phase of the Open Science adventure and would like to take you along the journey!

You can find more detailed information about the project at https://www.openaire.eu/advance

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