OpenAIREplus (2nd Generation of Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) was a 30 month project, funded by the EC 7th Framework Programme, extended the OpenAIRE mission further to facilitate access to the entire Open Access scientific production of the European Research Area, providing cross-links from publications to data and funding schemes. This large-scale project brings together 41 pan-European partners, including three cross-disciplinary research communities.
The project capitalised on the successful efforts of the OpenAIRE project which was rapidly moving from implementing the EU Open Access Pilot project into a service phase, enabling researchers to deposit their FP7 and ERA funded research publications into Open Access repositories. The publication repository networks was expanded to collaborate with data providers from domain specific scientific areas. Innovative underlying technical structures were deployed to support the management of and inter-linking between associated scientific data. Access to and deposit of linked publications via the OpenAIRE portal was supported by a Help Desk, and OpenAIRE's collaborative networking structure was extended to promote the concept of open enhanced publications among user communities.
Liaison offices in each of the project's 31 European countries supported the needs of researchers in Europe. The project also actively leveraged its international connections to contribute to common standards, data issues and interoperability on a global level.