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OpenAIRE

strategyWhat's new in the OpenAIREplus project?



1 - What is OpenAIRE?

The FP7 project OpenAIRE aimed to support the implementation of the EC and ERC Open Access policies. 

Its successor OpenAIREplus was aimed at linking the aggregated research publications to the accompanying research and project information, datasets and author information.

Open access to scientific peer reviewed publications has evolved from a pilot project with limited scope in FP7 to  an underlying principle in the Horizon 2020 funding scheme, obligatory for all H2020 funded projects.

The goal is to make as much European funded research output as possible available to all, via the OpenAIRE portal.

50 partners, from all EU countries, and beyond, work on OpenAIRE2020 project that aims to promote open scholarship and substantially improve the discoverability and reusability of research publications and data. The initiative brings together professionals from research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructure and data experts, IT and legal researchers, showcasing the truly collaborative nature of this pan-European endeavor. A network of people, represented by the National Open Access Desks (NOADs), will organise activities to collect H2020 project outputs, and support research data management. Backing this vast outreach, is the OpenAIRE platform, the technical infrastructure that is vital for pulling together and interconnecting the large-scale collections of research outputs across Europe. The project will create workflows and services on top of this valuable repository content, which will enable an interoperable network of repositories (via the adoption of common guidelines), and easy upload into an all-purpose repository (via Zenodo).

OpenAIRE2020 will assist in monitoring H2020 research outputs and will be a key infrastructure for reporting H2020’s scientific publications as it will be loosely coupled to the EC’s IT backend systems. The EC’s Research Data Pilot will be supported through European-wide outreachfor best research data management practices and Zenodo, which will provide long-tail data storage. Other activities include: collaboration with national funders to reinforce the infrastructure’s research analytic services; an APC Gold OA pilot for FP7 publications with collaboration from LIBER; novel methods of review and scientific publishing withthe involvement of hypotheses.org; a study and a pilot on scientific indicators related to open access with CWTS’s assistance; legal studies to investigate data privacy issues relevant to the Open Data Pilot; international alignment with related networks elsewhere with the involvement of COAR.

2 - How can I participate?

Researchers working for European funded projects can participate by depositing their research output in a epository of their choice, publish in a participating Open Access journal, or deposit directly in the OpenAIRE repository ZENODO    – and indicating the project it belongs to in the metadata. Dedicated pages per project are visible on the OpenAIRE portal. 

Your research output, whether it is publications, datasets or project information is accessible through the OpenAIRE portal. Extra functionalities are also offered too, such as statistics, reporting tools and widgets – making OpenAIRE a useful support service for researchers, coordinators and project managers.

OpenAIRE relies heavily on a decentralized structure where there is a representation in all member states (the so-called NOADs – National Open Access Desks) who can give specialized advice. If you have a question about a country-specific situation, you can contact them through our Helpdesk system.  

Useful links:

Functionalities for Funders

Functionalities for Project Coordinators, Investigators and Officers

Functionalities for Research Managers

3 - What is Zenodo?

If you have no access to an OpenAIRE compliant repository, an institutional repository or a subject repository, Zenodo, hosted by CERN, will enable you to deposit your article and/or research data. Zenodo exposes its data to OpenAIRE, helping researchers to comply with the Open Access demands from the EC and the ERCs

4 - How is my project visible on the OpenAIRE portal?

OpenAIRE is not only the most reliable way to comply with the European Commission’s Open Access Policy, it also offers additional services for researchers and project coordinators.

By depositing your work in a repository and adding project information to the metadata, project information and related publications and data will autmatically become visible on the OpenAIRE portal. OpenAIRE aggregates research output from repositories and makes them visible on the OpenAIRE portal.

On this portal, each project has a dedicated page featuring:
  • Project information
  • App & Widget box
  • Publication list
  • Datasets
  • Author information

When the research output is available in Open Access, users can access them directly through the portal. 

5 - What are the NOADs (National Open Access Desk)?

The National Open Access Desks connect researchers, research institutions, and policy makers at a national level on the one end, and the OpenAIRE project services on the other. The focus of the National Open Access Desks activities is on support for compliance with the EC Open Access policies.

National Open Access Desks can help you find the appropriate repository in your country, and can answer your questions concerning Open Access, OpenAIRE, copyright issues, any special national rules and regulations concerning Open Access, and so on. They will redirect questions if necessary, especially when national issues, like copyright, are involved. You can contact them through our helpdesk.

For accessing the NOADs Information and Dissemination Kit, please  click here.

6 - How can my research be identified?

Beneficiaries must also ensure open access to the bibliographic metadata that identify the deposited publication. Correct identification of the publication is necessary for aggregating and linking research output to projects, author information and related datasets. When the work is correctly described, OpenAIRE can harvest the work from local repositories and link it to other information.

The bibliographic metadata must be in a standard format and must include all of the following:

  • the terms ["European Union (EU)" and "Horizon 2020"]["Euratom" and Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018"];
  • the name of the action, acronym and grant number;
  • the publication date, and length of embargo period if applicable, and
  • a persistent identifier.

Your local repository manager can help out with this. If any further questions arise, you can contact your local NOAD through our helpdesk.

7 - Can I edit or remove my publication once it's on the OpenAIRE portal?

OpenAIRE does not create content, but aggregates content (publications and data) from other sources.

  • If you have deposited your publication or dataset in a repository, you should contact the administrator of the specific repository
  • If you haven't deposited the publication or dataset yourself, or if you don't know how the record ended up on the OpenAIRE portal, contact the OpenAIRE helpdesk.

8 - What are OpenAIRE guidelines and where can I find them?

Our guidelines are especially created to share OpenAIRE’s work on interoperability and to engage with the community of OpenAIRE users. Researchers, repository managers, journal editors, data providers will all find guides tailored to their needs, allowing them to participate in the OpenAIRE community.

Visit the OpenAIRE wiki for the most recent guidelines.

9 - Can OpenAIRE be harvested?

Yes it can be harvested. OpenAIRE implements the OAI-PMH protocol. For more, please visit this link