Register your Data Repository in OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE is looking to have more Data Repositories within their information space, in order to broaden its scope to integrate metadata records of all scientific and research products. Registering more Data Repositories in OpenAIRE is contributing to the main objective of constructing the Global Open Science Graph, where by "graph" we mean a collection of objects interlinked by semantic relationships. On this article we are looking to highlight the relevant information for Data Repository managers to know about the registration in OpenAIRE, as the Content Acquisition Policy, that defines what data/metadata OpenAIRE collects and how its processed, the registration process and an overview of the gap analysis of Data Repositories registered in OpenAIRE.

OpenAIRE Content Acquisition Policy

The OpenAIRE service infrastructure harvests metadata about scholarly communication products (literature, datasets, software, and other research products) and links between such products from a range of institutional or subject repositories, national and institutional research information portals, aggregators, e-journals, data repositories, and software repositories. In addition, it infers links between literature and such products via advanced text and data mining techniques (TDM). The resulting information graph (i.e. interlinked sets of objects) is intended to favor monitoring of Open Science and Open Science publishing workflows (e.g. science reproducibility and transparent assessment).

OpenAIRE accepts the metadata records of all scientific products whose structure respect the model and semantics as expressed by the OpenAIRE guidelines. This means that both OA and non-OA material will be included and links to other products will be resolved where this is possible (i.e. the provided PIDs have a resolver).

Which data/metadata How OpenAIRE process
  • OpenAIRE collects All scientific research products: Literature, dataset, software, other research products
  • Of all access levels: open, closed / metadata only
  • With a minimal quality conditions under which metadata can be accepted
  • It’s important that the access level of a record is made clear (preferably by an access level statement on record level; alternately by the use of specific OAI-sets)
  • Each record must contain a PID (or URL) that resolves to a splash page

  Know more about the OpenAIRE Content Acquisition Policy at DOI

The OpenAIRE Research Graph will be a crucial EOSC resource, by providing the EOSC with a catalogue of all scientific products, key in fostering Open Science and establishing its practices in the daily research activities. Conceived as a public and transparent good, populated out of data sources trusted by scientists, the OpenAIRE Research Graph aims at bringing discovery, monitoring, and assessment or science back in the hands of the scientific community.

How to be part of OpenAIRE Research Graph

The registration of Data Repositories in OpenAIRE is an easy process that can be started by the repository manager. Accessing the Dashboard for Content Providers - OpenAIRE Provide - the repository manager can start the registration process of their data source. First, the manager should test the compatibility of their data repository to the OpenAIRE guidelines, and if validation succeeds, the data source can be registered for regular aggregation and indexing in OpenAIRE.

1st: Validate your datasource

Test the compatibility of your data repository to the OpenAIRE guidelines for Data Archives. If validation succeeds the data source can be registered for regular aggregation and indexing in OpenAIRE.

Run compatibility test

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2nd: Register your data repository in OpenAIRE

Make sure your data repository is registered in Re3Data, the global registry of research data repositories from different academic disciplines.Then you can start the registration process by filling the required information in the registration form.

Register your datasource

register data source

Once registered in OpenAIRE, the data source manager are able to use the Provide functionalities to validate their data source compatibility with the OpenAIRE Guidelines, to get notification to enrich their research results with additional or missing metadata, and to track the data source usage activity.

  Learn more about the validation and registration process at:

Gap analysis of Data Repositories registered in OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE is seeking to collect new Data Repositories into their infrastructure, following their mission: “Shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research.” In order to identify Data Repositories within the European Open Science ecosystem, and approach them, OpenAIRE has initiated an analysis to have an overview of the European Data Repositories landscape, and to identify the ones gathering the necessary requirements to be registered in OpenAIRE.

The analysis was made by using the re3data directory, starting to identify the registered European Data Repositories, that are around 1063, of which only 52 are registered in OpenAIRE (on May 2020). Looking at these numbers, there is a huge potential to increase the number of Data Repositories in OpenAIRE. To do so, OpenAIRE is launching a campaign across Europe in a joint effort with their NOADs, in order to work at a national level to disseminate the added value-view for Data Repository managers on registering their data sources in OpenAIRE and be part of the European Open Science Cloud.

Is your data source not yet registered in OpenAIRE?

Check the compatibility with OpenAIRE Guidelines and be part of a global Open Research Graph.
Check out all the information you need to join and get advantage using the OpenAIRE Provide functionalities to validate and enrich your content, and also measure the usage activity of your data source.
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