ATHENA Research and Innovation Center

Partner's description

The Institute for the Management of Information Systems (ATHENA RC/IMIS) is the newest institute of the Research and Innovation Centre in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies "Athena", and started operating in March 2007. ATHENA RC/IMIS conducts research and participates in R&D projects in the area of data management and large-scale information systems. The current focus of research at ATHENA RC is on the following areas:

  • Workflows for data integration and system interoperability. Focus is on Digital Libraries, Ontology Engineering and Data Warehouses.
  • Large Scale Distributed Information Systems. Focus is on Real-Time Information Systems, like sensor networks, and p2p networks/Grid-based systems.
  • Web Information Systems. Focus is on Web data management issues and Semantic Web technologies.
  • Geographic information systems. Focus is on data integration and user contributed information.

The key personnel of ATHENA RC have a long and pertinent experience in participating and leading European funded projects. They are partners in a large number of projects of National and International scale. More particularly, the ATHENA RC people have a rich and long experience in several topics of computer Science such as Software Engineering, Databases and Knowledge Bases, Experiment Management Systems, Workflow Management Systems, Digital Libraries, User Interfaces, Personalization, Data Warehouses, Data Mining, and Distributed Systems, and have participated in several relevant research and development projects. Those funded during the last five years many research projects in FP6 and FP7. The ARC team's expertise with respect to the these projects includes: (i) In OpenAIRE, the DNET based infrastructure supporting the EU and ERC OA initiatives: deposition and access of EU and ERC funded publications ; (ii) Leadership in supporting framework architectures in DRIVER (DNET powered), DILIGENT, D4Science, D4Science-II, HEALTH-e-CHILD; (iii) Participation in projects promoting the further development and interoperability of digital libraries in DELOS, DL.ORG, BELIEF14 and scientific GRDI202015; (iv) Providing services in digital libraries projects in TELplus and PAPYRUS.

Contact persons
Natalia Manola
Antonis Lempesis
Stefania Martziou 



Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI) of theItalian National Research Council(CNR), which is organised in 16 laboratories, is committed to producing scientific excellence and playing an active role in technology transfer. The team participating in this proposal belongs to the ‘Multimedia Networked Information System Laboratory’, which consists of 48 researchers and technicians conducting research and development activities on algorithms, techniques and methods for information modelling, access and handling, as well as new architectures and system services (P2P and Grid-based) supporting large networked multimedia information systems.


The CNR-ISTI team has been involved in many EU-funded projects relevant to the topics addressed in this proposal, namely in the following FP6 projects: DELOS II NoE (No. 507618, Scientific Coordinator), DILIGENT (No. 004260, Scientific Coordinator), MultiMatch (No. 033104, Coordinator), BRICKS (No. 507457), BELIEF (No. 026500), CASPAR (No. 033572), DRIVER (No. 034047), SAPIR (No. 45128). It is currently involved in the 7th FP projects: EFG (No. 517006), DRIVER II (No. 212147), D4Science (No. 212488), TrebleClef (No. 215231) and BELIEF II (No.223759).


In the context of the proposal, the CNR-ISTI team will be responsible of the technical coordination of OpenAIRE (WP1) and of the supervision of software production and maintenance workflows in SA and JRA (WP6). Furthermore, the team will be responsible for design and development of content management functionalities for the OpenAIRE System: in WP5 (SA), by coordinating the definition of the System data model and delivering the relative management services; in WP8 (JRA), by delivering research data management prototypes for future System extensions. Finally, the team will participate to technical support activities for third-party organizations willing to interact with the System.

Contact persons

  • Donatella Castelli
  • Paolo Manghi

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, “where the Web was born”, is funded by 20 European member states and has a yearly budget of approximately 1,000 MCHF. CERN has 2,250 permanent staff coming from the 20 member states and hosts about 10,000 High Energy Physics (HEP) scientists from all over the world.CERN houses and operates the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which is be the world’s largest and most powerful scientific instrument, providing data to four experiments each with up to 3,000 scientists and engineers coming from more than 250 institutes. 

The LHC generates data at the rate of around 25 Petabytes per year, and will continue for at least 10 years. This data is shared with all the participating scientists looking for discoveries to understand the fundamental laws of nature. These analyses need the combined resources of some 200 computer centres world-wide. CERN has chosen Grid technology to address the huge data storage and analysis challenge of LHC and tuns the WLCG (World-wide LHC COmputing Grid) for this purpose. CERN has prominently contributed, and contributes today in the context of the Framework Programmes to dozens of EC co-funded grid projects[1] and coordinated the EGEE-III project that operated the largest multi-disciplinary grid infrastructure in the world.


The CERN charter, over half a century ago, enshrined that “… the results of its experimental and theoretical work shall be published or otherwise made generally available” and this has inspired the CERN Library to play a leading role in both European and worldwide Open Access movements, aiming to provide anyone with immediate and free access to the results of scientific research. In this context CERN is proposing SCOAP3, an innovative Open Access business model.


Leading Open Access vision and IT innovation come together at CERN through the development of Invenio, an Open Source digital library platform which powers the CERN Document Server, CERN institutional repository, and is the basis for INSPIRE, the next-generation High-Energy Physics discipline repository. The Invenio technology has also been transferred to dozens of other institutions in the world, from the sciences to the arts, from private foundations to political institutions.

CERN is also contributing to four FP7 projects relevant to the topics of this call: APARSEN (269977) charged to study the excellent work in digital preservation which is carried out in Europe and to try to bring it together under a common vision; ODE (coordinator, 261530) aiming to study the opportunities and best practices for data exchange. CRISP (283745) and EUDAT (283304) building collaborative data infrastructures.

Contact persons

  • Tim Smith
  • Lars Holm Nielsen
  • Jose Benito Gonzalez Lopez
  • Alex Ioannidis

[1] SOAP (coordinator, 230220), PARSE.Insight (223758), EGEE-III (coordinator, 222667), SEE-GRID-SCI (211338), BalticGrid-II (223807), D4Science (212488), ETICS 2 (coordinator 223782), GridTalk (223534), EGI_DS (211693). EELA (026409), EuChinaGrid (026634), EuMedGrid (026024), BalticGrid (026715), SEE-GRID (002356), SEEGRID-2 (031775), Health-e-Child (027749), DILIGENT (004260), ICEAGE (026637), OMII-Europe (031844), ISSeG (coordinator 026745), ETICS (coordinator 026753), EGEE (coordinator 508833) EGEE-II (coordinator 031688), GRACE (coordinator 38100), DATAGRID (coordinator 25182)


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OpenAIRE-Connect Workshop - A user journey in OpenAIRE services through the lens of repository managers

On 10th June 2019 OpenAIRE-connect project organized a workshop integrated in the programme of the Open Repositories Conference about the  OpenAIRE services and tools for content providers. This workshop puts forward an interactive session aiming to provide detailed information on the main services and tools targeting content providers and in which OpenAIRE team foresee to collect contributions from the repository manager’s community to further develop the portfolio of services offered by OpenAIRE.

The workshop provided an interactive demonstration of the dashboard for content providers tools (repositories registration and validation, collection monitor and content enrichments), detailing mainly the catch-all broker service functionalities, such as the metadata enrichments and the usage statistics service. Additionally, this all day workshop introduced attendees the new content acquisition policy, the Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers version 4.0 and the OpenAIRE graph.

OpenAIRE-Connect Workshop - Data Management and Sharing in Neuroinformatics

This workshop, organized by the INCF French node, aims to discuss the needs, solutions and resources available to participants for data management and sharing, then to identify the roadblocks to be lifted and to consider solutions.

The management of large and heterogeneous data has become essential for researchers interested in modelling and data analysis in neuroscience. Furthermore, both funder mandates and the requirements of multicentre studies and other collaborations impose a need to share and reuse data produced in humans and animals.

The presentation “Let’s do open neuroimaging sciences”, by Camille Maumet, presented the OpenAIRE Research Community Dashboard focusing on how OpenAIRE Connect facilitate Research Communities adoption of Open Science publishing principles by supporting artefact publishing tools as-a-Service, showcasing the Neuroinformatics Dashboard. The dashboard was also presented and demonstrated during the poster session.

OpenAIRE-Connect Workshop - Facilitate research communities adoption of Open Science publishing principles: the role of repositories and the OpenAIRE-connect services

On 21st May 2019 OpenAIRE-connect project organized a workshop integrated in the programme of the COAR Annual Meeting about the OpenAIRE services forContent Providers and Research Communities, and the Broker service. The purpose of the workshop was to present the OpenAIRE Dashboard for Content Providers and the OpenAIRE Dashboard for Research Communities, showcasing the content enrichment events and the real use cases from the OpenAIRE-Connect pilot communities.

OpenAIRE-Connect Workshop - OpenAIRE & Zenodo: IOTC use case

On 29th April 2019 OpenAIRE-connect project organized a workshop within Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) as part of the “Fisheries and Aquaculture Management” use case of the OpenAIRE-connect project ( The aim of this ‘use case’ is to publish on Zenodo (i.e. assign digital object identifiers, or DOIs) the publicly-accessible IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - documents that are of scientific interest to the “Fisheries and Aquaculture Management” community.

Universitaet Bremen

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The Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at the Universität Bremen (UniHB) is a central research facility offering a number of technical and scientific services in the field of ocean research and furthermore developing innovative technology in support for scientific operations. In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) MARUM operates PANGAEA - data publisher for earth and environmental data. PANGAEA is one of the designated archive for the journal Earth System Science Data (ESSD) and recommended data repository of several international scientific journals such as “Scientific Data” by the Nature publishing group. Essential services supplied by PANGAEA are data curation, long-term data archiving and data publication. Data curation includes quality control of metadata and the development of ontologies and vocabularies according to international protocols and standards. Metadata are extensive and each dataset can be cited using a universally unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The system is operated in the sense of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities which is a follow up to the Budapest Open Access Initiative.
PANGAEA hosts about 340,000 data sets comprising around 7 billion individual measurements which have been collected during more than 200 European as well as international research projects.
A successful cooperation between PANGAEA and Elsevier along with the correspondent technical implementation enables the cross-referencing of scientific publications and data sets archived as supplements to these publications on the webpages of ScienceDirect and PANGAEA. A direct link brings the ScienceDirect user from the publication to the data sets archived as supplements at PANGAEA (e.g.
PANGAEA coordinates the German, DFG funded project GFBio (German Federation for the Curation of Biological Data, PANGAEA also co-chaires the ICSU World Data System (WDS) and Research Data Alliance (RDA) working groups on data publication.


Role in the project
UniHB / PANGAEA as a data broker will be involved in Literature-data integration, specifically responsible for the data citation interlinking service that collects cross-references between dataset persistent identifiers and publication persistent identifiers from publishers, data repositories and the OpenAIRE infrastructure, and the development of resolution services based on those data.
Contact Names
Dr. Michael Diepenbroek –
Uwe Schindler –

University of Minho

University of Minho (UM) is a public higher education institution, founded in 1973 and is one of the so-called "New Universities" that, at that time, deeply changed the higher education landscape in Portugal. Located in the region of Minho, known for its significant economic activity and by the youth of its population, University of Minho has played the role of development agent in the region. Whilst UM is a young university, it enjoys a very high reputation for its research and educational performance.


The university administration is situated in Braga and most of the teaching and scientific activities are carried out in two sites: the campus of Gualtar, in Braga, and the campus of Azurém, in Guimarães. Science, economics, education, management, arts and medical sciences courses are predominantly taught in Braga, while architecture and most of the technological courses are offered in Guimarães. A student population of over 15000 together with more than 1100 teaching staff and almost 645 technical and administration staff make the University of Minho one of the biggest Portuguese universities.


University of Minho has been developing its institutional repository – RepositóriUM − since 2003, and is internationally known as one of the “success stories” on the development of institutional repositories and the promotion of Open Access to scientific literature. In the end of 2004 University of Minho has established a self-archiving policy of its intellectual output, requiring that all publications from university members be deposited in RepositóriUM. Since then the University institutional repository has been growing significantly, storing almost 8,000 documents in March 2009.

In 2008, University of Minho lead the Portuguese national project RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) that created the national portal of Portuguese OA scientific literature ( and SARI (Serviço de Alojamento de Repositórios Institucionais), an ASP service for institutional repositories. University of Minho was again selected to develop RCAAP project phase 2, which will run until December 2009.

Contact persons

  • Eloy Rodrigues
  • Pedro Príncipe

Uniwersytet Warszawski

ICM, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling, University of Warsaw, is the leading scientific high-end computing centre in Poland. Beyond serving the whole academic community within the country by offering multi-level services and advanced infrastructure, ICM has developed high-rank competence in new concepts of distributed data processing and large-scale computing within grid technology paradigms. The centre has experience in the provision of large-scale Internet information and data services since 1994. The early experiences include setting up and maintaining one of the largest software repositories in Europe (SunSITE in 1995); creating the first and most popular Polish search engine in partnership with Infoseek Corp. (in 1996); and co-developing the currently most popular Polish search engine (Netsprint). ICM has also had extensive experience in Internet content replication techniques, being a founder and co-organizing a series of yearly International Web Caching and Content Replication conferences, playing an active role in TERENA's caching and indexing task forces, and establishing a countrywide caching hierarchy in Poland in 1998. Since 1995, ICM is running a multi-terabyte national scientific virtual library programme (with over 10,000 full-text articles being downloaded daily) serving hundreds of scientific and research institutions in Poland. The country-wide Internet library catalogue and IT platform are being developed as a sub-project, as well as a number of comprehensive databases of Polish academic and research journals. ICM coordinates country-wide licensing programs for access to bibliographical databases and for remote software licenses. Different databases and content repositories are being gradually integrated with the use of custom developed high-performance resource indexing broker system. ICM has unique experience in the development of heuristic text similarities analyzing algorithms, to be used in a national anti-plagiarism system developed within a separate project.


ICM as an OA Liaison Office

ICM has been active in the field of Open Access to scientific knowledge since the year 2000, when it initiated the Virtual Library of Science project. Since then, ICM has been engaged in numerous Open Access projects.

ICM works closely with key players in the fields of Open Access in science and education, both in Poland and in Europe. Since 2007 ICM has been one of the institutional partners of Creative Commons Poland, responsible for management and promotion of free copyright licenses, especially in the scientific milieu. ICM was also one of the partners of COMMUNIA, a European thematic network on the digital public domain, and of the DRIVER and DRIVER II consortia, which initialized the establishment of a pan-European network of digital scientific repositories. Now ICM participates in the OpenAIREplus and FOSTER projects. In Poland, it is a founding member of the Coalition for Open Educational Resources, which started in 2008.

Currently, ICM is engaged in various projects related to digitizing, cataloguing and providing access to Polish scientific content. It runs the Open Science Platform, which hosts the Library of Science – a service providing open access to Polish scientific journals, the CeON aggregator – aggregating the content of Polish scientific repositories, and Open the Book – a service that provides open access to digitized versions of Polish scientific books. ICM employees have expertise both in promoting Open Access issues (through conferences, public meetings, lectures and speeches) and in providing guidance for partners interested in implementing open models.

Contact persons

  • Wojtek Sylwestrzak
  • Jakub Szprot
  • Natalia Gruenpeter
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