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Jul 1, 2024

Open Research Europe: An Update

What is Open Research Europe? 

Launched by the European Commission in March 2021, Open Research Europe (ORE) publishes results originating from European Commission funded research. ORE is a peer-reviewed publishing service that promotes open science principles by offering eligible authors an efficient, impactful and stress-free option for publishing their research in full compliance with the open access requirements set out in their grant agreement. Since 2021 ORE has experienced many successes and the platform has gone from strength to strength. In the last year publications on the platform have increased by almost 50%! 

How does it work? 

ORE operates on a post-publication model of peer review. The submissions undergo a number of detailed ethical and open research checks before being published on the site. This includes ensuring compliance with our Open Data policy, which aligns with the Horizon Europe Grant Agreement and the FAIR principles of data sharing. The articles are also indexed in Google Scholar straight away upon publication!

As soon as the paper is published, our in-house editorial team begins identifying and reaching out to potential peer reviewers for every paper. These reviews are also checked by our team before being published on the site alongside the article. Authors are encouraged to respond to the reviewers and revise their papers, ultimately submitting a new version of their article. This revised version is published alongside the original to show the progress of the article throughout the peer review process.

Once the reviewers are happy and the article has passed peer review, the paper will be sent to the major indexing databases and repositories connected to ORE, including OpenAIRE. Every paper is also deposited on Zenodo.

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Check out the YouTube playlist for some videos on the different aspects of our model and to hear from some of our authors about their experiences.

What does the future look like for Open Research Europe? 

 In October 2023 the European Commission announced F1000 had been awarded a second contract for the ongoing technology and publishing services for ORE. This second contract included taking steps towards supporting multilingual publishing and enhancing the interoperability of the platform with OpenAIRE. Progress has already started under this new contract as authors are now able to submit their abstracts in additional languages, in addition to the English abstract. These additional language abstracts are displayed on the site alongside the English abstract. This increases the discoverability of the content by allowing research papers to be searched for and found in other languages, as well as allowing the abstract to be read in other languages.

As well as these exciting developments, the eligibility criteria of the platform have also expanded. The platform is currently now open to submissions from all European Commission Framework Programmes in the Multiannual Framework Programme regarding their original peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, peer-reviewed publications produced by Commission staff and staff at European Union agencies are also eligible for publication on ORE. This reinforces the position of the European Commission as a funder that leads by example in operationalising open science and enlarging it to a wider range of beneficiaries. Find out more about the eligibility criteria expansion here.

Thinking longer term, the European Commission is working to expand the eligibility criteria even further. The ambition is for ORE to be a top quality, trusted collective open access publishing service for the public good. It should be collectively owned and supported by research funders and research institutions and operate as a service for researchers with no author facing fees. The aim is for the infrastructure of the platform to be open source and for the publishing service to be without eligibility barriers. To achieve this, conversations are ongoing between the European Commission and other national funders to finalise the vision and principles, put together a roadmap and explore not-for-profit business models and governance structures that might work.

Read the newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest developments on Open Research Europe.

Jun 22, 2024

SciLake's Research Community is Charting New Frontiers with Scientific Knowledge Graphs

SciLake project has exciting news to share! In collaboration with EBRAINS, is enhancing neuroscience research by linking the EBRAINS data network with SciLake's servicesSciLake as a project contains 13 partners from 9 countries with a common purpose of advancing research connectivity with open Scientific Knowledge Graphs. Scilake’s Pilot programs in Neuroscience, Cancer, Transportation, and Energy research have issued a worth-reading press release showcasing their progress in creating and enriching these valuable  graphs.

Jun 19, 2024

Introducing the New OpenAIRE Graph API: Call for beta testers

Learn about the new OpenAIRE Graph API that will be introduced this year and become a beta tester!

May 31, 2024

European Commission's Action Plan for Research Assessment Reform

COARA signatories have started publishing their action plans  (in Zenodo) to implement the ten commitments outlined in the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment (ARRA). Among them we singled out European Commission's which very much relates to OpenAIRE's plans (coming soon).

May 30, 2024

Introducing EOSC Beyond: Spearheading the Evolution of the European Open Science Cloud

The kick-off meeting of the EOSC Beyond project convened on 16-18 April 2024 at the Amsterdam Science Park, hosted by the project coordinator EGI Foundation and funded by the European Commission, signified a major step forward in evolving the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) within the Horizon Europe framework program.

About EOSC Beyond 

EOSC Beyond is committed to enhancing the EOSC ecosystem by developing innovative technical solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of its users. These solutions enable developers to effortlessly integrate a wide array of EOSC resources, thereby improving accessibility for researchers. Beyond that, and through a federated network of pilot Nodes operating at various levels and domains, EOSC Beyond introduces a new paradigm for EOSC, fostering national, regional, and thematic collaboration. Leveraging co-design methodologies and partnerships with diverse initiatives and research infrastructures, EOSC Beyond is poised to accelerate scientific innovation and drive forward the Open Science movement.

Our CTO, Paolo Manghi, states- "With EOSC Beyond, we aim at designing and prototyping the EOSC federation, the next generation EOSC EC Node, fostering synergies and interoperability between EOSC Nodes, advancing composability of services, and advancing sharing and access capabilities of science across Europe and the world."

Improving existing EOSC Core services and framework 

EOSC Beyond is dedicated to enhancing the current EOSC Core services and framework. This includes improvements to various aspects such as Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI), Persistent Identifiers, Resource Catalogue, Metadata Knowledge Graph, Marketplace, Accounting, Monitoring & Messaging, Helpdesk, Platform architecture, EOSC Resource Profiles and Models, Operations Policy recommendations, Release Management, and Software Quality Assurance.

By collaborating with key EOSC technology providers and engaging with various research communities, in EOSC Beyond we aim to create an EOSC that meets researchers' needs, delivering innovation for the next phase of EOSC."- Diego Scardaci, EGI Foundation, EOSC Beyond Coordinator

Developing new EOSC Core services

The new EOSC Core services expected to be developed by the project, to further elevate the platform's capabilities are the following.

  • EOSC Integration Suite - A comprehensive portfolio of software adapters designed to simplify integration between horizontal and multidisciplinary resources. These adapters facilitate the seamless sharing and reuse of software libraries between research communities and technology providers, enabling collaborative solutions for scientific applications.

  • EOSC Execution Framework - A dynamic framework enabling machine-composability and the dynamic deployment of EOSC resources. This framework delivers an extendible set of composability-based applications, supported by an enriched EOSC Interoperability Framework Registry and Deployment Service, facilitating on-demand service deployment in hybrid cloud infrastructures.

  • EOSC Core Innovation Sandbox - A dedicated infrastructure serving as a service incubation and technology testbed for the next generation of EOSC Core functionalities. Equipped with automation tools for testing and validation, the sandbox allows for the prototyping and validation of enhanced and new EOSC Core services, ensuring seamless integration with the EOSC Platform.

Piloting regional and thematic EOSC Nodes and Data Spaces 

EOSC Beyond will actively pilot regional and thematic EOSC Nodes and Data Spaces, connecting national, regional, and thematic infrastructures to the European EOSC Node. These pilot Nodes serve a vital role in integrating, testing, and validating the solutions developed within EOSC Beyond.

EOSC Pilot Nodes 

More specifically, the pilots are from the following partners, representing a thematic, national, and regional ecosystem with a specific goal;

  • NFDI (National Node): Connecting German research data infrastructure to EOSC, integrating domain-specific services.
  • e-Infra CZ (National Node): Creating a national data infrastructure for Czech research data, integrating services with EOSC.
  • NI4OS (Regional Node): Gathering resources from South-Eastern Europe, maintaining integration with EOSC.
  • LifeWatch (Environmental): Integrating metadata catalogue into EOSC, improving compatibility with EOSC Core.
  • METROFood-RI (Health and Food): Implementing FoodCASE as a pilot data space, integrating METROFood-RI AAI with EOSC.
  • Instruct-ERIC (Structural Biology): Providing automatic synchronisation between ARIA and EOSC catalogue.

EOSC Thematic Data Spaces  

Furthermore, a list of thematic Data spaces, services in Europe that will be integrated, to enhance the capabilities and value to EOSC end users, are:

  • CNB-CSIC (Structural Biology): Extending Cryo-EM Validation Report Service, ensuring FAIRness for research outputs.
  • ENES (Climate Change): Further integrating EOSC Core services, exposing ENES Data Space applications through EOSC Core Execution Framework.
  • CESSDA (Social Science): Integrating domain-specific services for Social Sciences into EOSC, supporting FAIR SSH metadata generation.

Improving interoperability for science in Europe and beyond 

The kick-off meeting also welcomed guests from the European Commission, the EOSC Association, and the OSCARS project, a testament to EOSC Beyond's willingness to collaborate with other key actors in the EOSC community.

As part of the broader effort to enhance interoperability, EOSC Beyond collaborates with the Data Space Support Centre (DSSC) to develop pan-European Data Spaces. EOSC stands out as a key sectoral data space for research data envisioned to interoperate with other sectors such as health, the Green Deal, and agriculture. By implementing technical, governance, access, and semantic mechanisms within the EOSC Platform, EOSC Beyond aims to facilitate seamless interoperability. Additionally, EOSC Beyond will engage with the SIMPL Smart Middleware Platform for Cloud-to-Edge Federations to ensure compatibility and interoperability.

OpenAIRE's Key Role 

OpenAIRE, as an EU e-Infrastructure and key provider of the EOSC Core services – EOSC Knowledge Graph, EOSC Providers Dashboard, EOSC Accounting for Research Products – OpenAIRE Interoperability Guidelines, participates in the EOSC Beyond project in various technical and non-technical activities.  

OpenAIRE co-leads key activities in the EOSC Execution Framework, focusing on the EOSC Execution Framework, i.e., Composability and Deployment. We emphasize the importance of interoperability frameworks for integrating, registering, and deploying services. These frameworks ensure that scholarly works, registered via OpenAIRE Graph and added through PROVIDE, are properly managed. OpenAIRE actively supports the FAIR principles through its services and collaboration with EOSC.

On the technical side, OpenAIRE will participate in the enhanced architecture of the EOSC platform, towards extending the capabilities of EOSC Core services to connect with the regional/national/thematic nodes, assisting on the EOSC resource profiles and models, on the interoperability and design of the EOSC integration suite.

Additionally, OpenAIRE will contribute to:

  • Innovation management and service promotion
  • Supporting user communities by creating new materials
  • Participating in the communication and dissemination of project outcomes
  • Organizing events and workshops

Building on its experience, OpenAIRE will assist in exploring EOSC Core Sustainability via the innovation sandboxes, where users' communities will provide feedback and guide the process on what is best for value for users.

“The importance of open scholarly communication in the deployment of EOSC cannot be overstated for OpenAIRE. This is a great opportunity for us to collaborate with the candidate EOSC Nodes and the RIs, and work towards a decentralised space that is more user-oriented, and yet a bit more integrated. With an experience of over a decade we want to put forward our services, the OpenAIRE Graph, the OpenAIRE Guidelines (interoperability), and the PROVIDE service for data source enrolment, to accelerate the EOSC federation.” - Natalia Manola, CEO of OpenAIRE 

For more information and updates, please visit the project website. Follow EOSC Beyond on LinkedIn for the latest developments. 

Contacts: 

-Project Coordinator: Diego Scardaci diego.scardaci@egi.eu 

May 30, 2024

ARGOS among the DMP platforms that signed the Salzburg Manifesto

Stemming from RDA in Salzburg

Last October, after a successful session on machine actionable DMPs at RDA Plenary in Austria, a meeting with major DMP service providers led to the Salzburg Manifesto.

The manifesto acknowledges the DMP novelties happening in the EU, US and UK, and was produced as a testament to the shared commitment these actors have to continue collaborating and optimising data management planning through common standards and automation. Moreover, it is an open call to form a global community of practice that will effectively turn DMPs from static .pdfs to active and “living” documents.

Significance

In today’s digital research landscape, the need for efficient and streamlined data management practices has never been more critical. Recent developments reveal the community’s need for seamless and automated exchange of scientific information across (Research Data Management) RDM services. DMP platforms support this need at the planning stage and have the potential to lead the acquisition of new competencies and harmonising best practices across the RDM lifestyle while stimulating cultural change and innovation. 

OpenAIRE’s contribution

ARGOS has been one of the first adopters of the RDA DMP Common Standard and winner of the maDMP hackathon in 2020. Its product manager, Elli Papadopoulou, co-chairs the RDA Active DMPs IG to exchange knowledge and practices with other DMP providers in different regions, and hosts monthly ARGOS community calls that offer the space for open discussion with the user community, ultimately delivering features that correspond to their current needs and landscape trends. Since 2007 and the OpenAIRE Guidelines for repositories, OpenAIRE has strived for standardisation through collaboration to accelerate the implementation of Open Science. Today, this is evident by the OSTrails project that OpenAIRE has formed and leads, aiming to enrich the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with maDMPs while improving their efficacy, most importantly bringing together and working with 24 national and thematic research ecosystems and communities to make it happen.  

Call to Action

Join the community by signing the Salzburg Manifesto: ActiveDMPs 

Apr 25, 2024

Fostering Open Science in the AURORA University Alliance Through the OpenAIRE Services Training

The AURORA University Alliance is collaborating with OpenAIRE to introduce a series of transformative training sessions. A partnership underscoring our mutual commitment to advancing Open Science practices across European universities.

Apr 26, 2024

OpenAIRE Signs Barcelona Declaration: A Catalyst for Change in Open Research Information

The Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information marks a significant step toward a future where research is accessible to all. Curious about its takeoff, design, long-term goals, OpenAIRE’s contribution, and the next steps? Read the overview.

Apr 8, 2024

EVERSE: Building A European Network for Research Software Excellence

Horizon-Europe has recently funded the EVERSE project, which will create a European network dedicated to Research Software Quality, a prototype for a future Virtual Institute for Research Software Excellence.

Apr 2, 2024

The Brand-New OpenAIRE OpenOrgs Website is Now Live!

The new OpenOrgs website is now live! Now hosting a wealth of information to help you better understand the service, the site features new pages on how to become a curator, case studies, the Curation Board, and much more. Check it out!

Mar 26, 2024

A Mutual Exchange of Knowledge: Advancing R&D of Japan’s Open Science Infrastructures and the OpenAIRE Graph

OpenAIRE and the National Institute of Informatics have concluded an agreement on collaboration to advance research and development of research infrastructures, with the overall objective of promoting FAIR practices and Open Science within research communities.

Mar 20, 2024

Unpacking insights & answering your questions

Explore our answers to your questions from the webinar on Horizon Europe requirements for Open Science