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Introducing the New OpenAIRE Graph API: Call for beta testers

Jun 30, 2024

The OpenAIRE Graph stands as one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of research metadata worldwide, embodying OpenAIRE’s commitment to promoting Open Science and offering valuable resources to the research community. While our data has been accessible through API endpoints for many years, we recognised the potential to make these APIs even more powerful and user-friendly. Thus, we have developed a new and improved Graph API to address various issues and enhance the user experience.

Simplified JSON Responses: The new Graph API focuses on JSON responses, the format most commonly used by our current API users. With these new updates, we have significantly simplified the JSON responses, making them more compact and easier for scripts to consume, thereby facilitating the development of value-added services.

Enhanced Compatibility with the Graph Data Model: Previously, due to backward compatibility reasons, our API endpoints, parameters, and response fields were not always fully compliant with the published OpenAIRE Graph data model. This discrepancy created confusion for developers and made the APIs harder to document. The new Graph API fully aligns with the OpenAIRE Graph data model, resolving these issues.

Expanded Functionalities: While our current APIs offer a variety of useful information and filtering options, they lack some important functionalities, such as filtering results by related organisations. Thanks to user feedback, we have identified these gaps and are implementing additional options in the new Graph API to empower our end-users further.

Open Call for Beta Testers: The official release of the new Graph API is anticipated for Q3 2024, and we are excited to share these APIs with the community. However, we are seeking feedback from experts who would like to test the new, improved, and extended API in an early beta version. This feedback will be invaluable in further refining our APIs before they go into production.

We invite interested individuals to become testers by filling out the form here. Early access to the beta version is expected to be granted in early July 2024, with the feedback process concluding by the end of the month. We look forward to collaborating with you!

For all updates, be sure to follow the official OpenAIRE and OpenAIRE Graph social media accounts on X and keep an eye on the OpenAIRE Graph User Forum.