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Where we contribute

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) implements the access and reuse of research. As such, implementing Open Science policies, workflows and infrastructures throughout all corners of the European research sphere are critical to make EOSC work.

OpenAIRE contributes actively to EOSC via an open scholarly communication infrastructure: a set of services and an active European network of Open Science experts who provide guide and support in their countries.

Scholarly Communication & Open Science

Scholarly communication is integral to all research processes in every research performing organisation. It is the way researchers discover, exchange and share knowledge with peers; it is the way institutions have structured their organisational support and operate long established mechanisms to faciliate this exchange. 

1. Services

EOSC is a system of systems, a co-created set of services. It is divided in two parts: 1. EOSC-Core services that form the underlying glue to make things work (AAI, Research Product Catalogue, Service Marketplace/ordering, Helpdesk, etc.), and 2. EOSC-Exchange services that support researchers to process, analyse and publish their research. These are accompanied by a set of standards and best practices, the EOSC Interoperability Framework (EIF). 

OpenAIRE Services for EOSC Core

OpenAIRE Guidelines

A metadata schema that allows content providers to exhange information following FAIR principles.

PROVIDE Dashboard

A one-stop-shop to register and validate your data source and be compliant to the latest standards.


A service that collects usage data for data sources (views & downloads) and offers standardised reports.

OpenAIRE Graph

A global & open database of publications-data-software, citations & metrics, linked to funders, grants, organisations, researchers, services.

EXPLORE Dashboard

A search engine for the discovery of all interlinked research.

Open Science Observatory

A European observatory of Open Science implementation and uptake.


OpenAIRE Scholarly Communication Services for EOSC Exchange

OpenAIRE operates services that help researchers publish and share research, research managers monitor research outcomes and policies, and trainers find and reuse material related to Open Science.

2. People

National Open Access Desks

A European Open Science network
OpenAIRE operates a network of 37 National Open Access Desks - NOADs in every member/associated country. The NOAD network acts as a learning environment supporting EC's and national Open Science mandates across Europe. They are Open Science experts in HEIs, data centres, funding agencies and participate in infrastructure consortia. They provide regular advice at national level about all aspects of Open Science. 

NOADs in Action

  • Support & train

    Create and provide material and hands-on support to edcucate researchers, content providers, research managers how to practice Open Science.

  • Align policies

    Support organisations and countries to set up fit-for-purpose policies that serve local needs through the use of commonly adopted Toolkits and policy models.

  • Monitor Open Science

    Monitor and report on Open Science uptake at member state via detailed information on our country pages. 

  • Operate infrastructure

    Shape and participate in national Open Science infrastructure via services. 


    • OpenAIRE White Paper

      Sept 2019

      A detailed overview of where OpenAIRE is placed in EOSC.

    • OpenAIRE Services in EOSC

      Infographic May 2021

      List of OpenAIRE Services that help researchers and institutions comply with EOSC.

    • 3 pillars of OpenAIRE in EOSC

      Infographic Nov 2022

      Positions the OpenAIRE Graph and the three pillar areas of OpenAIRE actions: Policy-Services-Training.

      Read what our NOADs say about EOSC

      • Liisi Lembinen

        University of Tartu
        "University of Tartu Library is actively involved in spreading Open Science culture in Estonia. For this purpose, the library is heavily involved in establishing Open Science policy framework (including OS competence center), teaching research data management, introducing OS requirements in publishing and funding, organizing dissemination events, and engaging in OS related collaborations in Estonia and Europe."
      • Gintare Tautkeviciene

        Kaunas University of Technology
        "To develop the national open science policy and workplan, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport is planning to set up a task force for open science by the end of 2019."
      • Biljana Kosanovic

        University of Belgrade
        "On the national level we initiated the TONuS (Team for Open Science in Serbia), which started working to include all stake-holders in Serbia, from researchers, via e-infrastructure and libraries to policy and funder decision makers (Ministry). All OS-facilitators in EU projects are also member of this group."