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Jun 19, 2019
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OpenAIRE and GÉANT expand collaboration to support Europe’s researchers

Jun 19, 2019

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 The OpenAIRE Advance and GÉANT GN4-3 projects have today signed an agreement to expand their existing collaboration and ensure that synergies across the projects are optimised, ensuring the seamless delivery of services to Europe’s researchers.

Areas of work included in the joint activity plan, and for which resources and personnel are committed, include:
  • Aligning: National structures, Service Portfolios, Roadmaps
  • Communication, Events, Training and Engagement
  • AAI Interoperability and Sustainability

Natalia Manola, Managing Director of OpenAIRE, signed the agreement on behalf of the OpenAIRE Advance project: “This agreement is notably strengthening technical cooperation in areas such as AAI and alignment of existing structures that are critical to the development of a strong European Open Science Cloud.” She added: “Thanks to this collaboration between OpenAIRE Advance and the GÉANT GN4-3 project, we will deliver more value to researchers and innovators across Europe.” 

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GÉANT CEO Erik Huizer expanded, commenting: “We’re delighted with today’s signing as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to collaborate with all our partners to best support research communities across Europe. We look forward to continuing this collaboration and ensuring Europe remains at the forefront of research.”

The GÉANT GN4-3 project is the third phase of the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) established between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015. It will help raise European research to the next level, promoting scientific excellence, access and re-use of research data. It will also drive European-wide cost efficiencies in scientific infrastructure through the promotion of interoperability on an unprecedented scale with other e-infrastructures.

OpenAIRE Advance addresses key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming scholarly communication landscape in terms of quality assurance, communication of scientific outputs with a focus on EOSC developments. It is based on the OpenAIRE network that supports, accelerates and monitors the implementation of Open Science policies, including Open Access to publications and research data. The project lays the groundwork for OpenAIREto play a central role in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), enabling greater integration with Research Infrastructures and developing a catalogue of services that are inherently interoperable with and complementary to other EOSC services.