OpenAIRE Newsletter December 2016

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  As another busy and productive year in pushing forward Open Science comes to an end, we want to give our thanks to all our friends and stakeholders for your support and collaboration in 2016, and to send our warmest wishes for a happy and prosperous 2017!  
 OpenAIRE XMAS 2016

Open Access publications and data on the rise

The OpenAIRE information space now encompasses 17.6 million OA unique publications and 32 K data records from about 800 validated data sources. 500K publications are linked to 12 funders - all accessible through OpenAIRE's portal and APIs, and from our beta Linked Open Data service.

How did EC’s OA policies fare? FP7 showed a 62% OA success rate for 193K identified publications. An estimated 34% of the OA set was published in gold (i.e., via APCs). The first numbers from H2020 indicate a 45-55% OA rate from the 6K identified publications, with an estimate of 37% of the OA set published in gold. In both programmes, deposition in repositories stays strong with a 60-80% rate.

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Expanded Open Science policy focus 

Through the recent integration of PASTEUR4OA’s Knowledge Net, we are now in a  better position to  actively help Member States formulate Open Science policies. This “merger” will transfer the know-how on policies to the National Open Access Desks (NOADs), who will now also focus on more targeted policy-related activities. So stay tuned!

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A global outreach for an interconnected network of repositories

Our global dialogue via COAR has helped us align with stakeholders around the world. La Referencia, our Latin America partner, has been instrumental in setting the infrastructure scene in that region with the adoption and implementation of the OpenAIRE Guidelines. We are also happy to see Japan’s national network JAIRO joining our efforts for common interoperability standards and services.

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More than 1 mi Euros spent in the FP7 post grant pilot

The EC Post Grant Open Access Pilot made 1.2 mi Euros available for OA publications for finished (or “post-grant”) FP7 projects in 2016 through our online system. This innovative initiative continued to push boundaries with the funding of technical improvements in  APC-free OA journals and platforms, with a total of 11 bids granted funding. Look out for the commissioned Market Analysis Report on the OA publishing market in spring 2017.

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More than 3,800 participants in our workshops and webinars

Our NOADs have been busy spreading the word on Open Science with 17 national workshops in 2016 with well over 1,000 participants and many hundreds more via live-streaming. June saw OpenAIRE’s dedicated Open Peer Review workshop, while OpenAIRE co-organized Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) in October, bringing us a step closer to the integration of services from key EU e-Infras.

An unprecedented level of participation in our webinar series, with more than 2,800 participants in 38 webinars, aspires us to continue the work and broaden our topics on Open Science. Watch out for our next series.

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A peak at our new or updated services

Linking data and publications: Following last year’s beta launch of the Data Literature Interlinking Service, OpenAIRE continued to work with major data publishing stakeholders under a RDA/WDS working group to create a new global framework for linking publications and datasets, τhe Scholix framework (Scholarly Link Exchange).

Repository analytics service: In a continuous effort to strengthen the role of institutional repositories, we ran a pilot on aggregating usage statistics from repositories. The pilot is now ready to be scaled up to an operating service that will provide metrics as part of the wider impact assessment ecosystem. Drop us a line if you are interested in participating.

Zenodo: Zenodo, now used by communities all around the world, underwent a major relaunch this year which vastly improved search and upload functionalities, also further enabling big data scence via 50GB uploads.

Anonymization service: Anonymization is an essential part of any open data infrastructure as it transforms raw data before they are published. OpenAIRE has co-developed AMNESIA, a web or standalone service that can be loosely integrated and readily fit in the repository infrastructure. A beta version will be launched in a few weeks.

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Open Peer Review in the e-Infrastructure environment

With two successful prototypes from “The Winnower” and “Open Scholar”, and an experiment from our partner OpenEdition, OpenAIRE looked into ways to promote open peer review functionalities on top of e-Infrastructures. The reports of these efforts are available on Zenodo, while our autumn multi-stakeholder survey on attitudes to OPR was featured in Nature News.

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OpenAIRE in the European Open Science Cloud

This year saw the official announcement of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), an initiative to create a unified platform for Europe's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science/technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. Following last year’s joint position paper, OpenAIRE continued to play a key role in the discussions for the EOSC in 2016, and we detailed how OpenAIRE can aid the key factors for its effective development. Starting in January, OpenAIRE will be present in the new developments through our participation in the upcoming H2020 EOSCpilot project.


What's coming in 2017

A few key milestones lie ahead for OpenAIRE in 2017, the most important being the establishment of our legal entity, which complete our transition from a project to a trusted, sustainable service provider. Via our network of National Open Access Desks we will continue and intensify our support and training programme throughout Europe and beyond. On the service side we will launch:

  • A series of services in the form of three Dashboards for data providers, funders and research communities (the latter via the OpenAIRE-Connect H2020 project); 
  • A BROKER service whose purpose is to make OA easier for all through a seamless exchange of information within the OpenAIRE infrastructure.

Stay with us and join our efforts in making Open Access & Open Science a reality!