Preview of the new EOSC-Digital Innovation Hub in 2021

During the last EOSC Symposium that took place in June 2021, a very important topic for SMEs and Innovators was the presentation of the new EOSC-DIH (EOSC Digital Innovation Hub) that will be launched in the next few days.

What is the EOSC-DIH

EOSC DIH, is a one-stop shop that assists companies to become more competitive in their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies, providing access to training, technical expertise, and experimentation, so that companies can “test before invest”. EOSC DIH will stimulate an ecosystem of innovation and knowledge transfer that fosters the development of commercial services to meet the needs of European users. The activity has a reserved budget to be allocated to funded DIH pilots, which will be onboarded and integrated, benefiting from the services offered through EOSC to generate economic impact. All funds are provided by EC through the EOSC-FUTURE project. Sectors covered in the past by the DIH range from artificial intelligence and machine learning, agriculture, FAIR data, blockchain, environment, security to sports.

More than 17 business pilots run via the EOSC DIH (up to 2020), supporting a total of 25 individual private entities, helping SMEs/start-ups become more competitive about their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies by providing access to technical expertise and facilities for experimentation.

The mission of EOSC-DIH

The mission of the new EOSC-DIH is to support innovation within private enterprises with EOSC services, data and expertise.

Who is it for

  • Spin-outs, Start-ups, SMEs
  • EOSC related projects
  • Multiplier networks
  • Other DIHs
  • Data Spaces & Content/Service providers

Financials of DIH

  • 25K per business pilot/20+ pilots
  • 2 open calls will run (2021, 2022)

The role of OpenAIRE in EOSC-DIH

OpenAIRE will support the implementation and acceleration of Open Science on EOSC-DIH, via the OpenAIRE-Nexus ( (H2020 GA:101017452), through the listed portfolio services. OpenAIRE team will provide support and training activities and commits to be close to the users.

We, at OpenAIRE, share the same passion and excitement for technology, innovation and societal good through Open Science.

OpenAIRE Nexus services in a nutshell
Zenodo - a catch-all repository hosted by CERN, which researchers, communities or Research Performing Organizations, and citizens can use for FAIR sharing and long-term preserving research results
EpiSciences - a pan-European overlay journal platform, operating on top of OA repositories (e.g. HAL, Zenodo, arXiv), where communities can create and operate high-quality OA journals
Amnesia - a service to anonymize sensitive research data (GDPR compliant), ready to be embedded in institutional workflows, to remove barriers and facilitate FAIRness of data
ARGOS - a service for machine-actionable Data Management Plans, guiding researchers towards FAIR, configurable to domain discipline knowledge
MONITOR Dashboard - customized portals as-a-service to funders, institutions and RIs detailing research throughput, output, collaboration and impact, open science uptake. Based on the OpenAIRE Research Graph, a semi-automatically curated catalogue to serve the EOSC and the global research community, which includes all types of scholarly records (publications, data, software, other research artefacts), interlinked via citations, and maintaining provenance information about all actors involved in the research process (researchers, organizations, funders, service providers)
OpenCitations - an open database that tracks article-article citations
ScholExplorer - an open database that tracks article-dataset and dataset-dataset citations
UsageCounts - an open analytics service aggregating and de-duplicating publications DOI usage data
OpenAPC - article and book publishing costs (APC and BPC) from research institutions and funders
Open Science Observatory - a dashboard that includes statistics and monitoring information on open science in Europe, with country views
OpenAIRE AAI - Enables Service Providers to deliver services and offer access to resources to research communities and individual researchers, allowing users to use their institutional and community-enabled digital identities.
PROVIDE Dashboard - a bundle of services for content providers to share and exchange metadata and content using EOSC metadata frameworks and Rules of Participation. The service provides metadata validation, reporting and brokering functionalities, providing feedback about gaps between EOSC data sources, maintaining an up-to-date scholarly record
EXPLORE Dashboard - an AI-driven research search engine allowing cross-disciplinary and scientificintent discovery, additionally providing access to the OpenAIRE Research Graph via open APIs
CONNECT Dashboard - customized portals/gateways as-a-service to research communities (domain specific or regional) with open science practices embedded by design

All OpenAIRE services will be offered through the EOSC Portal and would be interoperable with EOSC Core via the newly defined interoperability layer to allow efficient resource provisioning from the beginning of the project. All OpenAIRE-Nexus services support the whole research lifecycle for multiple stakeholders that seek ready made solutions to satisfy their needs. The EOSC interoperability framework will allow these stakeholders to enter EOSC services without barriers and discrimination.

Summing up: OpenAIRE-Nexus will provide its broad spectrum of services supporting scholarly communication and open access to start-ups and SMEs that will engage and participate in the EOSC DIH (Digital Innovation Hub), increasing the impact and diffusion of EOSC-DIH into industry and society .

Learn more about EOSC-DIH from the latest public launch of #EOSCSymposium2021 video that follows. 

Website to follow for updates and news on the new EOSC-DIH:


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