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Building the European Open Science Observatory

Mar 17, 2024

EOSC Track is a new Horizon Europe project led by OpenAIRE, which will develop and operate the European Open Science Observatory, a policy intelligence tool that will monitor policies, investments, digital research outputs, skills and infrastructure. Its mission is to simplify and streamline monitoring in the European Open Science ecosystem, to bring a common understanding on how to collect and interpret data appropriate for monitoring, as well as to assist policymakers and research executives across Europe in understanding, shaping, and aligning policies and implementation.

  • Start Date: Dec 1, 2023
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Budget: 600K Euros
  • Partners: OpenAIRE


If you can't measure it, you can't manage it, and you can’t improve it!

Open Science is reshaping how science is practiced; therefore, monitoring it is essential. To measure not only outcomes but also practices and activities related to Open Science, monitoring is essential, but not as an assessment tool (who does better than the other) but rather as a formative framework that aids in learning and strategic decision-making by helping to understand the inputs and factors, to identify trajectories/pathways and how their implications for the effects of a given OS activity.

The EOSC Observatory, a first instance of the European Open Science Observatory developed and deployed in the EOSC Future project, has already demonstrated the potential to act as a guarantee of the EOSC implementation procedure’s effectiveness by providing insights to the EOSC Steering Board and the EC to better understand the open science landscape, what it entails, and the dynamics among different actors; to decipher its complexity and to comprehend where Open Science and EOSC are headed, what the upcoming opportunities are.

Objectives of the project

EOSC Track will develop the 2nd phase of the EOSC Observatory, the European Open Science Observatory, with the goal of making it an all-inclusive, one-stop-shop policy intelligence tool for policy makers to support decision making at EU and national levels by providing valuable insights into the implementation, adoption, and impact of Open Science and associated policies.

Specific objectives are:

  1. Simplification and Streamlining of Monitoring: Simplify and streamline the process of monitoring by converging processes and indicators. Builds on the developments of the EOSC Observatory platform and methodology from the EOSC Future project to enhance the service, making it the primary monitoring and policy intelligence tool for Europe's Open Science ecosystem.
  2.  Alignment of Monitoring Initiatives: Support the alignment of various monitoring initiatives related to Open Science in Europe. This includes consolidating and aligning existing frameworks and indicators, extending the EOSC Steering Board Monitoring framework with new impact indicators, and generating annual analysis reports that synthesize different surveys and data.
  3. Fostering a Mutual Learning Environment: Promote the adoption and implementation of Open Science and EOSC policies. This involves curating and showcasing relevant initiatives, creating the European Open Science Resources Registry, introducing AI-driven policy analysis, and sharing multi-stakeholder narratives and best practices.
  4. Development of a Long-term Strategy and Roadmap: In collaboration with EOSC governance, co-develop a long-term strategy and roadmap for the European Open Science Observatory, considering the emerging EOSC governance post-2027. This includes developing a branding strategy, compiling a comprehensive analysis of all components, and creating a sustainability plan.

EOSC Track components green

Expected impact

The overall impact of EOSC Track is substantial, aiming to transform the current EOSC Observatory service into a more encompassing European Open Science Observatory. This transformation will make the Observatory a comprehensive tool that captures all facets of Open Science in Europe, involving a broader range of stakeholders. This will facilitate a more inclusive and collaborative approach, enhance the usability, engagement, and collaboration of the platform, and align various monitoring initiatives. Ultimately, EOSC Track seeks to provide a tool for well-informed decision-making and serve as a model policy intelligence tool on a global scale.

Why OpenAIRE

Apart from our role in delivering the first phase of the EOSC Observatory, the European Commission has identified that "OpenAIRE AMKE is uniquely positioned to provide European wide information on research and scholarly digital outputs and to run and analyse surveys on the subject of Open Science. OpenAIRE is a participatory infrastructure via its established network of 34 National Open Access Desks (NOADs) in the Member States and Associated Countries. It harvests information of open scholarly results and data and provides services for discoverability, accessibility, and monitoring of data-driven research results. The OpenAIRE AMKΕ legal entity is established as a non-profit partnership to ensure a permanent presence and structure for a European-wide policy and open scholarly communication infrastructure."

We are grateful to the European Commission for their trust and we will ensure the delivery of a state-of-the-art platform, in a truly all inclusive European ecosystem.

Natalia Manola, OpenAIRE CEO