New support resources on Open Science practices and OpenAIRE services

support resourcesOpenAIRE represents a technological infrastructure and a human network of multidiscipline people, who participate not only in the promotion and dissemination of Open Science practices, but also in the production and enhancement of resources and support materials. That complementary work is essential to a better understanding on Open Science related issues and on the usage of the OpenAIRE services. This article briefly lists the new support resources, in various forms, of OpenAIRE services as of March 2021.

Support material

The support content available at the OpenAIRE portal ( has a strong participation from a wide range of specialists, from the OpenAIRE network, including specific Task Forces dedicated to Research Data Management (RDM) and Legal Issues. All materials have a multi-stakeholder approach providing support on a variety of Open Science topics and practices, varying from policy compliance to guidance on Research Data Management or legal issues. The target audience expands to researchers, research managers, project coordinators, funders and content providers seeking for direct support.

Another aspect of the materials produced, is their reflection on the developments of Open Science and the EOSC ecosystem that OpenAIRE is a core part of. Therefore, OpenAIRE services and activities support stakeholders to align and follow the latest guidelines from European Commission on Open Science and EOSC.

A great example are the set of guides about how to fulfill the requirements of submitting proposals to receive funds from the European Commission by delivering a compliant Data Management Plan (DMP). Another critical example is the interoperability among different and sometimes complex to repository and infrastructure managers. Services that co-interact to bring scholarly work (resources) to all research related actors.

OpenAIRE has recently updated most of these resources that are at our users disposal for consultation, feedback and reuse. 


The OpenAIRE guides available at are targeted to those involved in scholarly communication, offering an easy way to go through in their daily tasks, such as creating a DMP, licensing research data, making data fair, dealing with sensitive data, among others.

The guides for OpenAIRE Services users, provide a step-by-step orientation on how to use them, on how to take full advantage of them, as well as explaining how users can benefit from their use.


A set of guidelines and ways of action regarding some more practical aspects of implementation of certain services, policies, that will ultimately give a step forward in Open Science, in your project, in your institution, in your country.

As an example, one of the most recent published checklist was the RDM service development checklist, an overview of the different capabilities required to develop effective RDM support across several different levels.


In a 2-page document, available to download and print, the OpenAIRE factsheets give a brief overview of a topic (H2020, OS Thematic and OpenAIRE Services), main issues, how to use it, highlight benefits, as well as always provide indications for additional resources and information. 

A set of factsheets were updated, new ones were added and published on distinct topics, such as on Open Science policies for Research Funding and Performing Organizations, on Public Sector Information and about OpenAIRE services, such as PROVIDE, CONNECT, Argos, Amnesia, MONITOR, Usage Statistics, and the Research Graph.

Check out bellow the most recent published thematic factsheets, focusing the FAIR Principles, OS Policies for RFOs and RPOs.

The FAIR Data Principles

What you need to know about the FAIR Data Principles

Open Science Policies for RFOs

A glance of what you need to know on how to implement an Open Science Policy

Open Science Policies for RPOs

A glance of what you need to know on how to implement an Open Science Policy


If you are not sure which is the right order to start, the following table demonstrates our recommendations based on your profile, need and available time.

  Support material
(videos, webinars, documentation) 
Guides  Checklists  Factsheets 
User profile  All   All  All All 
Detail level  High Medium   Medium  Low
Time needed  60 mins 15 - 30 mins 15 - 30 mins   15 mins
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