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Shaping the next generation of Open Science Platforms: Open call for Innovators!

Open Innovation PRESS RELEASE

OpenAIRE calls you to participate in its open innovation program that will shape new services through challenges.

OpenAIRE’s Open Innovation activities aim to attract innovation at all levels of the OpenAIRE e-Infrastructure: repository and publishing platforms, OpenAIRE services and value-added services using OpenAIRE data/content. Fresh business ideas and the formation of an innovation ecosystem would be the result of the combination of internal and external ideas. Future entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs will be the protagonists in this venture.

How it works?

To this goal, a set of Challenges has been defined and are open for discussion and feedback.

The Challenges identified are:

  • Future Repositories and impact metrics
  • Web Tools to showcase OpenAIRE content
  • Visualizations of OpenAIRE content/results for policy makers and researchers
  • Going beyond the journal impact factor to reflect the goodness of Open Science
  • Improving search of datasets and software in the OpenAIRE graph
  • Enhance OpenAIRE Monitoring tools
  • OpenAIRE for Journalism platform

Express your opinion on the Challenges

If you want to join our online Challenge debate you are kindly asked to Register here!

OpenAIRE will contact you in early 2019.

Stand up and share your views and aspects on OpenAIRE challenge(s) and take part in the shaping of the next OpenAIRE services. You are invited to focus on one or more challenges based on your own preferences, talents and creativity.

Who can participate?

If you are a current or future entrepreneur, a startup/SME, this program is for you!

Be an active participant and benefit from the networking and brainstorming session to shape new services or expand yours to fit within OpenAIRE and Open Science.

Join the Debate Session

For each challenge, you will have the chance to participate in the Debate Session consisting of three parts:

  1. Presentation of the Challenge (plenary session): Be informed on the challenge and the expected impact of it.
  2. Brainstorming, Discussion (group work/creative session): Exchange ideas and provide feedback. Grab the opportunity of networking among interdisciplinary participants and stimulate the emergence of ideas on how to address the Challenges.
  3. Conclusion (plenary session): Summarise the findings and general information given on future OpenAIRE activities.


If you have any questions or you would like further information, please contact Androniki Pavlidou,  

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ICT news itemFrom 4 to 6 December at the ICT 2018 exhibition in Vienna, EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, RDA Europe and FREYA projects are opening a joint booth in the European Commission Village. It is designed to be a focal point of discussions about sharing and opening science, transforming policy-making and society via informed decision-making.

Topics such as sharing of resources, economies of scale on computing power, sharing of data and enhanced accessibility and reusability of research results will be open for discussion.

The four projects aim to cater to visitors with diverse backgrounds, with a simple and fun approach. A series of demos will be showcased, along with cases from projects that benefited from Open Science. OpenAIRE will present its services on Open Science, the open innovation challenges and citizen science activities. FREYA will show the value of “persistent identifiers” that allow research resources to be reliably found and reused, as well as linked together in networks—the “PID Graph”. RDA Europe will showcase its solutions, the RDA Recommendations & Outputs focused on enabling open data sharing and EOSC-hub will present visitors the services and resources that can support their daily work.

Moreover, the visitors will be able to understand how to benefit from the above initiatives at their national level (via NGIs, the National Open Access Desks - NOADs, RDA national nodes) or other through channels like FREYA’s PID Forum.

In this context, visitors will be encouraged to indicate in an interactive way their Open Science challenges and they will learn more about best practices, tools and services available to make science more open, efficient and attractive to non-scientists. Their contribution will be part of a wishlist to be taken forward by the four initiatives.

If this resonates with you, we are looking forward to meeting you there!

When: 4 - 6 December at the ICT2018 in Vienna, Austria

Where: EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, RDA and FREYA booth at the European Commission Village

How to register


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EOSC Portal: OpenAIRE’s contribution to the EOSC implementation

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) launch event on 23 November 2018 at the University of Vienna is organised by the European Commission and hosted by the Austrian Presidency. It is the inauguration of the EOSC and marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders.

The event will stress the relevance of the EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe by introducing the new EOSC Portal that provides access to EOSC information and services. The how-to-use and the added value that the EOSC Portal brings will be showcased with the aid of live demonstrators. Moreover, during the EOSC launch event, the newly appointed EOSC Governance Board will be presented.

The EOSC Portal

The EOSC portal represents the initial step towards the EOSC implementation, putting into practice EC’s vision for Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the world and by bringing convergence to a fragmented research ecosystem, hence fostering and monitoring FAIR rules of participation and allowing for economies of scale to flourish.

The portal is a universal entry point to effective and efficient services, data and resources that researchers working in science and technology need to perform their science in a collaborative, open and cost-efficient way for the benefit of society and the public.

OpenAIRE, an EOSC pillar

OpenAIRE promotes and contributes to the EOSC by fostering the culture of FAIR data and data management, by developing the skills needed to fully exploit the potential of the EOSC and, by empowering its network of NOADs to support the transition to a new paradigm for research in Europe.

OpenAIRE is one of the four key players that have developed the EOSC Portal. The others three are EOSC-hub, eInfraCentral and EOSCpilot projects. OpenAIRE will also play an instrumental role in the maintenance of the portal, as it is part of its editorial board.

In this context, OpenAIRE services will be accessible via the EOSC Portal and powered through the eInfraCentral Catalogue. This way, our services - comprising all OpenAIRE’s dashboards, usage statistics, compatibility guidelines and many others - will be available to more research communities and user groups. In addition to this, and leveraging OpenAIRE’s ongoing work in monitoring Open Science at the national level, OpenAIRE will feed the EOSC Portal with information about various policy matters and initiatives at the national level.

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Inauguration of the EOSC

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is officially launched today, 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The inauguration marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders led by the European Commission.

The event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal.

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OpenAIRE @DI4R2018

On October 9-11, DI4R 2018, the third edition of the Digital Infrastructure for Research conferences, took place in the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Building on the success of DI4R2016 in Krakow and DI4R2017 in Brussels, DI4R2018 was jointly organised by OpenAIRE, EOSC-hub, GÉANT and PRACE. This year's co-chairs were Sinéad Ryan from Trinity College and Volker Guelkow from DESY.

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Repository workshop in Zanzibar November, 19-20, 2018

COAR, WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network), EIFL and other partners, coordinate a repository workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania on November, 19-20, 2018.

The workshop

This is the first in a series of meetings to develop a more cohesive strategy for strengthening and building more comprehensive repository networks in Africa. The two-day workshop, which will take place in conjunction with the UbuntuNet Conference, will convene library and NREN (research and education high speed networks) stakeholders from African countries to explore how library-based repositories can better engage with NREN services to break down institutional silos, add value to repositories, and support the growth of Open Science in the region.

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