Open Innovation Call - Challenge #3

Vision and Description text

The vision underlying the work of new value added services that will enhance current OpenAIRE operations and services, is “to select and build new versions/instances of OpenAIRE services already running on the infrastructure and expand their operations functionalities, outcomes”. All OpenAIRE services are user-centric and categorized on stakeholders: content providers, researchers, research managers, funders, research communities, innovators.

A relevant component of this vision is to think out of the box and create new functionalities, add-ons, plugins fully integrated into the OpenAIRE infrastructure and tools that will reach broader audiences and raise the impact of OpenAIRE within EOSC, among other e-infrastructures, to current user groups, industry, public administration, policy on open science.

  • Constructing new add-ons of current OpenAIRE services, in support of the scholarly communication infrastructure by using content from OpenAIRE APIs. Services may support researchers, institutions, funders, content providers.
  • Enhancing the OpenAIRE research graph by means of mining algorithms, web crawling algorithms, supporting data curation, etc. Services can take advantage of the OpenAIRE APIs.

OpenAIRE builds the OpenAIRE research graph by aggregating a vast amount of open science output/information (publications, outcomes of research, data, etc.) that have the potential to assist scientific communities through a collection of services. Since data and technologies evolve, there is a need to explore more ways to exploit that information and thus enhance OpenAIRE services.


OpenAIRE-Advance calls  interested SMEs (developers, data analysts, etc.) and Young Innovators to be creative and use its services, blend with your imagination, skills, expertise and build enhancements of OpenAIRE services that will add value for our stakeholders (see below).

What we are looking for in this challenge

We are looking for software that will focus to improve OpenAIRE current services and will be successfully integrated into OpenAIRE infrastructure. You can focus on at least one service running on OpenAIRE that may affect multiple stakeholders. Proposed services that can run and enhance more than one OpenAIRE services will gain an advantage (see criteria of selection below).


The characteristics of this challenge is to study the current OpenAIRE services and enhance them so that OpenAIRE infrastructure further develops its services to multidiscipline stakeholders.

Definitions of current OpenAIRE services
OpenAIRE Validator
The OpenAIRE Validator service is used by content providers who wish to register to OpenAIRE and allows them to verify that they are compliant with the OpenAIRE guidelines. The service also checks the quality of implementation of the OAI-PMH protocol.  (Login is required)
OpenAIRE Usage Statistics (Login and Repository registered in OpenAIRE is required)
OpenAIRE's Usage Statistics Service contributes towards impact evaluation of usage activity in Open Access Repositories.
OpenAIRE Discovery Portal
The OpenAIRE Discovery portal provides access to Open Access research content.
OpenAIRE Graph Access API
The OpenAIRE Graph Access API enables developers to realize services for scholarly communication and research analytics.
By using the API, you access the OpenAIRE Graph, a scholarly communication graph, i.e. a digital space where you can find information about objects of the scholarly communication life-cycle (publications, research data, research software, projects, organizations, etc.) and semantic links among them.
OpenAIRE Mining Service
This service performs text mining (entity resolution) on the metadata and the full text of publications and extracts information on various elements.
OpenAIRE Content Provider Dashboard
The OpenAIRE Content Provider Dashboard is a one-stop-shop web service where data providers (repository, data archive, journal, aggregator, CRIS system) interact with OpenAIRE. It provides the front-end access to many of OpenAIRE's backend services.
OpenAIRE Broker
Content providers can use the OpenAIRE Broker Service via the OpenAIRE Content Provider Dashboard. Thanks to the Broker, repositories, publishers or aggregators can exchange metadata and enrich their local metadata collection by subscribing to notifications of different types. The Broker is able to notify providers when the OpenAIRE Graph contains information that is not available in the original collection of the provider. In particular, the provider can subscribe via the Content Provider Dashboard and be notified about a list of incidents.
OpenAIRE ScholeXplorer
ScholeXplorer populates and provides access to a graph of relationships between datasets and literature, and between datasets and datasets. Objects and relationships are provided by data sources managed by publishers (e.g. CrossRef), data centers (e.g. DataCite and non-DataCite data archives), repositories (e.g. OpenAIRE itself and similars). The service aggregates links expressed in Scholix format and offers programmatic access (APIs) that allow third-party services to run queries/provision of the links in the graph. Among known consumers the service API accounts for Science Direct, Scopus, and several data repositories.
OpenAIRE Funder Dashboard
The Funder Dashboard is built on the OpenAIRE Graph and provides a monitoring and reporting mechanism (including visualization) that allows funders and policy makers to monitor all their funded research outcomes. Additional functionalities include private pages that allow configuration and deployment of on-demand visualization services. Note: The Funder Dashboard will be an extension of the current OpenAIRE monitoring pages, by integrating more elaborate queries and advanced visualizations.
Technical support towards OpenAIRE compliance
The OpenAIRE Guidelines are a suite of application profiles designed to allow data providers to make their scholarly outputs visible through the OpenAIRE infrastructure. The profiles are based on established metadata and transfer protocol standards. While the focus of each profile is different, they allow for interlinking and the contextualization of research artefacts.
AMNESIA allows end users to anonymize sensitive data in order to share them with a broad audience. The service allows the user to guide the anonymization process and decide on a flexible trade-off between privacy guaranty and data utility. The service is offered through a web interface that allows users to explore the anonymized data visually. Moreover, the service detects duplicate anonymized files when they are uploaded to Zenodo.


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