EC president Ursula von der Leyen stressed the importance of the European Open Science Cloud initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Made in Europe, for Europe and the world. From Science, To Science, to open up to all stakeholders in Europe (public sector, businesses, citizens) and around the world.
On the occasion of the UN Open Science Conference, Thanos Giannakopoulos, the Chief of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library, invited speakers of the Conference to a closed roundtable discussion which took place in the afternoon of 18 November 2019. The informal discussion with the theme “Towards a Global Science Commons” was moderated by Professor Jean-Claude Guédon, and it aimed on to the sharing of different views and perspectives from the regions of the representatives, on “connecting” infrastructures and processes, on identifying opportunities for global collaboration, as well as on current progress in the field of Open Science (OS) and its central role to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda.
Managers of OpenAIRE compatible repositories can enable the new OpenAIRE service to track usage statistics events via the Content Providers Dashboard. OpenAIRE offers this relevant service to collect and process usage data in order to generate comparable, standards-based usage statistics, mainly views and downloads. Know more about how to join the service.
Bringing data catalogues into EOSC: OpenAIRE is involved in new EOSC portal project.
OpenAIRE is pleased to announce our involvement in a new H2020 EOSC Enhance project which seeks to widen the user base and enhance the user experience of EOSC. OpenAIRE's contribution to EOSC-ENHANCE focuses largely on how to access and search thematic data catalogues in the context of EOSC. Specifically:
(i) defining of frameworks for the onboarding of thematic data catalogues into EOSC and
(ii) enabling the integration of thematic data catalogues into the OpenAIRE Research Graph, which will power the EOSC scientific product catalogue.
About EOSC Enhance
The European Commission has launched a project tasked with increasing demand and widening the user base for EOSC services, data and resources by developing and improving the functionality of the EOSC Portal (eosc-portal.eu), one of the key components of the European Open Science Cloud. EOSC Enhance will improve and enhance the discoverability of the EOSC services and resources, further developing and augmenting the EOSC catalogue, and enriching the EOSC data offering by connecting the thematic clusters and clouds currently in development.
These objectives will be achieved via wide-ranging stakeholder consultation - in close collaboration with the EOSC Executive Board and Working Groups - which will enable users, service providers and existing EOSC-related projects to play an active role in the co-design of the portal specifications. While service providers and the EOSC-related projects will be fundamental in scaling up the resources provided by the portal, user feedback will trigger the demand for services and inform the creation of fully functional, user-friendly interfaces.
Says EOSC-Enhance Project Manager Carmela Asero of EFIS Centre, technical coordinator of the project, “EOSC Enhance will build on the achievements to date of past and ongoing projects such as EOSCpilot, eInfraCentral, OpenAIRE-Advance, EOSC-hub and CatRIS. To bake robustness into the EOSC Portal, we will apply the emerging EOSC Rules of Participation, focusing on specifications, guidelines, tools, and APIs to link service and resource providers, and facilitate the interoperability and discoverability of services and resources across scientific disciplines”.
Members of the EOSC Enhance consortium, led by the University of Athens, have significant experience in the e- and data infrastructure arena and include EFIS Centre, JNP, CYFRONET, the University of Manchester, EGI, EUDAT, GEANT, OpenAIRE, and Trust-IT Services as well as representatives from each of the ESFRI Cluster projects – ICOS, CESSDA, CNRS-LAPP, EMBL, and Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL).
EOSC Enhance is a 24-month project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-06-2019-20200 Grant Agreement no. 871160. With an overall budget of almost € 2M, the consortium partnership, numbering 15 members, is tasked with enhancing the EOSC portal and connecting thematic clouds.
DSpace 5 & 6 extension will soon enable support for new OpenAIRE Guidelines
Monday, December 2, 2019. –Several Canadian research libraries are providing funding to ensure that the vast majority of DSpace repositories around the world can be discovered through OpenAIRE, an international database of open scholarly content. Quality and comprehensive metadata are a critical requirement for building discovery and other services on top of distributed repository content. To that end, several regional repository networks including Europe, Latin America and Canada have agreed to adopt the OpenAIRE metadata guidelines - which define a common approach to assigning metadata elements.
In order to support the new OpenAIRE guidelines, repository platforms must change the way they expose their metadata. While new versions of repository platforms will support the guidelines, many institutions still use previous versions of the software, and are faced with non-compliance or undertaking challenging local development of their software.
Queen’s University Library along with several other Canadian university libraries are pleased to provide funding for the development of an extension to DSpace 5 & 6 that will support compliance with the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers v4. Given the widespread use of the DSpace platform, this will enable hundreds of repositories around the world to participate in network services such as OpenAIRE and LA Referencia.
This work is being undertaken as part of the collaboration between the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, COAR and OpenAIRE, with financial support for this development from the following Canadian libraries: Queen’s University, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, Victoria Island University, and York University.
The technological implementation will be undertaken by 4Science, which is a Certified Partner of DSpace, contributor to COAR Next Generation Repository Expert Group, collaborator of OpenAIRE and ORCID, and longtime supporter of open source technologies, open standards and interoperability. The release of the implementation and user documentation is expected by the end of February 2020.