Where we contribute

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) promotes the access and reuse of research data. As such implementing Open Science (OS) policies, workflows and infrastructures throughout all corners of the European research sphere are critical to make EOSC work. EOSC is a co-created set of services and interests for many of its users, with an open governance structure and a space for bottom-up innovation and a long term pillar of the European Data Strategy.

Below is an overview of how OpenAIRE contributes actively to EOSC.

The three layers of OpenAIRE activities in EOSC

eInfrastructure for scholarly communication

OpenAIRE operates at the national-EU-International levels, with federated activities in three areas: Policy alignment - supporting organisations and countries setting up fit-for-purpose policies that serve local needs; Support and Training - utilising our network to provide hands-on support and edcucate resaarchers how to practice Open Science; Service Provision - providing the services and tools to all actors in the research ecosystem to practice and monitor Open Science.

Policies and training

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

Supporting a Research Commons

OpenAIRE supports EOSC in the four layers
  • Services Layer with services for all phases of research life-cycle.
  • Content Interoperability Layer with a compliance framework via the OpenAIRE Guidelines for different types of content providers. 
  • Access Interoperability Layer via the OpenAIRE Research Graph which offers an interlinked meta research data space used for discovery.
  • Monitoring Layer showcasing the uptake of Open Science and the usage of all outputs.

OpenAIRE Services in EOSC

Services to implement

OpenAIRE operates services that help researchers practice Open Science, service providers interoperate with the EOSC ecosystem, research managers monitor research outcomes and policies, trainers find and reuse material related to Open Science.

Based on the OpenAIRE Guidelines for interoperability and the OpenAIRE Research Graph, our services are key into the implementation of the EOSC Core.

  • Services Enabling Openness
  • Services Enabling Fairness
  • Services for EOSC Core

5. The OpenAIRE Network in EOSC

The following people from our network are active in EOSC working groups bringing their relevant expertise:

Architecture Paolo Manghi OpenAIRE Technical Director
Sustainability Gintare Tautkeviciene Kaunas University of Technology
Landscape Biljana Kosanovic
Vasiliki Koukounidou
Eloy Rodrigues
University of Belgrade
University of Cyprus
University of Minho
FAIR Liisi Lembinen
Pedro Principe
University of Tartu
University of Minho
Rules of Participation

Wolfram Horstmann
Lia Ollandezou

University of Göttingen


EOSC Executive Board Natalia Manola OpenAIRE Managing Director
Training Natalia Manola 

Iryna Kuchma

Ieva Cesevičiūtė

Judit Fazekas-Paragh
Emma Lazzeri
OpenAIRE Managing Director

Kaunas University of Technology
University of Debrecen



Fig. 3: OpenAIRE services placed in EOSC


OpenAIRE White Paper

Sept 2019
A detailed overview of where OpenAIRE is placed in EOSC.

OpenAIRE services in EOSC


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

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."

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