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OpenAIRE becomes a fully fledged organisation

An EU organisation to facilitate openness in scholarly communication

October 29, 2018

OpenAIRE is happy to announce today the formation of its legal entity, OpenAIRE A.M.K.Ε., a non-profit partnership, to ensure a permanent presence and structure for a European-wide national policy and open scholarly communication infrastructure.

About OpenAIRE: OpenAIRE, funded by the EC since 2008, has led the shift to open scholarship in Europe and helped alignment with the rest of the world. An e-Infrastructure with a true EU footprint, OpenAIRE promotes open scholarship and improves the discoverability, accessibility, sharability, reusability, reproducibility and monitoring of data-driven research results, across scientific disciplines and thematic domains, cross-border in Europe and beyond.

A community-driven organisation at heart, OpenAIRE accomplishes a participatory infrastructure via its established network of 34 National Open Access Desks (NOADs) in EU member states and associated countries,  accompanied by a service-driven approach which aims to support, accellerate and monitor open science. Respecting and realizing the “no-one size-fits-all” of the diverse research community and cultural variety of Europe, OpenAIRE is an integral part and a leading force behind the developments of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

We democratise the research life-cycle, by assisting the transition of how research is performed and knowledge is shared.

Structure: Following a hybrid model of member organisation and member state representation, the OpenAIRE A.M.K.E. aims to become the foundation for national coordination on Open Science in Europe, achieving long-term sustainability and economies of scale.

Becoming a member: OpenAIRE A.M.K.E. sets off with its current base. To accomplish a truly open and participatory modus operandi, it is open for other organisations to join from February 2019 onwards. Members of the organisation will apply their expertise in their national or thematic contexts to:

  1. Support of reproducible research with technical services
  2. Alignment of Open Science policies
  3. Support & Training for Open Science

Our members are expected to actively contribute to shaping the European open scholarly communication infrastructure, capitalising on their collective experience in Open Science. In this new setting, we will continue and strengthen our efforts within the EOSC context to engage all EU and associated member states to commit to the alignment and implementation of Open Science and outreach to other organisations beyond the OpenAIRE project base.

OpenAIRE Organization

OpenAIRE has reached a milestone: for ten years we have spearheaded the principles of openness, and we have now emerged as a key player in the Open Science landscape in Europe with global ties. Open Science practices are gaining global momentum, and committed players are needed to support this shift. OpenAIRE as an organisation from now on, will provide a permanent platform to support tomorrow’s research for Europe. We can’t wait to make this work and to achieve this, we actively invite the contribution of the Open Science and research community.

Prof. Yannis Ioannidis, OpenAIRE A.M.K.E Interim Head

Further information:

Who to contact to learn how to join the OpenAIRE organisation: Prodromos Tsiavos at or send an email to

Type of legal entity: OpenAIRE has the legal form of a Non-Profit Partnership (NPP) incorporated under the provisions of Greek Law (articles 741 onwards of the Greek Civil Code) and Law No 4072/2012.