OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers v 4.0 are now available!

After a long consultation period, we are pleased to introduce the new version of the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature repositories.
The Guidelines are intended to guide repository managers to expose to OpenAIRE open access and non-open access publications together with funding information, where applicable.

They have been gradually improved over the past year, having incorporated comments and feedback received from partners and other initiatives, and the recent developments in OpenAIRE, such as the new Content Acquisition Policy.

What's new?
The Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers v 4.0 introduce the following major changes:
  • Aplication profile and schema based on Dublin Core and DataCite, including a new OAI-metadataPrefix
  • Support of identifier schemes for authors, organisations, funders, and scholarly resources
  • Introduction of COAR Controlled Vocabularies
  • Compliance with the OpenAIRE Content Acquisition Policy
How does this affect you?
By implementing the OpenAIRE Guidelines you enable authors who deposit publications in your repository to fulfill the EC Open Access requirements, and eventually, the requirements of other (national or international) funders with whom OpenAIRE cooperates. Incorporating publications into the OpenAIRE infrastructure for discoverability, and utilising value-added services provided by the OpenAIRE portal are also feasible.
What's next?
In the coming months, OpenAIRE will foster a swift implementation of the Guidelines in the two major repository platforms, DSpace and EPrints.
Want to learn more?

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EOSC Executive Board: OpenAIRE is there to represent Open Science

On the occasion of the launch of the European Open Science Cloud on November 23rd, the European Commission disclosed the list of the people appointed to be members of the EOSC Executive Board.

The call for applications opened at the end of August this year to recruit 11 experts in matters related to research infrastructures representing all stakeholders, with the task to provide advice and support on the implementation of the EOSC: from the rules of participation, to making  research data interoperable and re-usable according to the FAIR principles, to guidance to service provision.

We are very proud to announce that Natalia Manola, Managing Director of OpenAIRE, is among these experts! This appointment is a recognition of the importance of Open Science and what the OpenAIRE infrastructure represents in Europe for the full success of the European Open Science Cloud. The community and network of National Open Access Desks and the rich set of services bring Open Science at all levels of the research life-cycle and assist in the transition to open research and knowledge sharing. The participation in the EOSC Executive Board, in addition to OpenAIRE’s contribution to the EOSC Portal with its services, will support positioning Open Science as a best practice for research in all its nuances, at the core of the European Open Science Cloud.

OpenAIRE participates in the EOSC Executive Board together with other relevant initiatives such as RDA, CESSDA, Science Europe, GÉANT and many others.

The selection criteria together with the full list of the members of the EOSC Executive Board is available on the EC’s website.

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OpenAIRE survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review

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OpenAIRE invites you to participate in a brief survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review:

Your anonymous answers will be made available to the research and publishing communities to inform future innovations in peer review. 

The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday 7th October. 

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Webinars on Open Access and Open Research Data Pilot in H2020

On May 28, 2015, OpenAIRE organised a webinar on the Open Access to Publications Mandate in Horizon 2020. The webinar was run by Inge Van Nieuwerburgh (UGent) and lasted for about an hour. Over 30 people attended the event.
On June 9, 2015, OpenAIRE organizes another public webinar, this one will be about the Open Research Data Pilot in H2020. You can register for this webinar using this form.

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A successful OA week @OpenAIRE

What did we do during OA Week 2014?

Check it out here: 


OpenAIRE animation clip

OpenAIRE offers a wide variety of services for a large amount of stakeholders. Explaining what we do in a couple of minutes can therefore be quite challenging. That's why we've a short animation clip ‘OpenAIRE in 100 seconds' . We hope you enjoy it, it is intended as a lightweight approach to encapsulate the features and purposes of OpenAIRE and will be useful to show to a range of stakeholders, e.g. researchers, project coordinators at project kick-offs, research administrators etc.

OpenAIRE in 100 seconds from OpenAIRE on Vimeo.

OpenAIRE webinars

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OpenAIRE held a series of webinars about our services and about the H2020 Open Data and Open Access policies. Over a 160 people registered, demonstrating the need for both highly specialised information and more general introductory presentations for newcomers. We had attendants from all over the European Research Era and even beyond. Most registrants were affiliated with a University Library, but we were very happy to see a fair amount of researchers, funders and publishers amongst the attendants as well! 
Of course the slides and recordings are being made available. If you couldn't make it to the webinar and you have any lingering questions, don't hesitate to contact us and we will bring you in touch with the presenters for more information.  
 All recordings can be found here:

You can consult the slides on the OpenAIRE Slideshare account and on the FOSTER website



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It's OAW2014! Have a question?


It's Open Access Week!

Do you have a question for the OpenAIRE team? 

The OpenAIRE project is a consortium with over 40 members in all European countries (our NOADs, or National Open Access Desks) , plus a centralized technical and coordination team. This means that there's always someone near you to offer bespoke advice on Open Science issues and questions, to help you find out what the OpenAIRE services and tools can mean for you or your project, how to participate in OpenAIRE, how to comply with funders' Open Access demands, ...

Find out who your local NOAD is and get in touch with them on our dedicated country pages:

We have created a FAQ section, answering the most asked questions about Open Access and OpenAIRE:

If you don't find the answer in our FAQ, you can also ask your question through our dedicated helpdesk system: 


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It's OAW2014! Follow OpenAIRE and see what we are talking about!


It's Open Access Week! 

Follow OpenAIRE on Twitter and Slideshare and see where we are speaking and what we are talking about. 

OpenAIRE project members are speaking on conferences, workshops and webinars not only the ones we organiser ourselves, but our experts are often invited to speak at Open Science events all over Europe.

What we are talking about?  Open Science, the EC's Open Access policies, Open Research Data, OpenAIRE services, tools and guidelines, ...

Have a look at our Slideshare account and see our slidedecks:

If you want to know where and when OpenAIRE people are speaking and which conferences we are attending, follow us on Twitter 

 We also have a Facebook page where we post regular updates, documents and other interesting Open Science related materials. Like us here:


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