OpenAIRE and Jisc during Open Access Week

During Open Access week, we at Jisc thought it would be good to remind OA teams and academic researchers, not only about what Jisc is doing in its own right, but what OpenAIRE 2020 is doing.  Jisc is the National Open Access Desk, or NOAD, for the UK, and we help support the projects which are funded by Horizon 2020 and the FP7 post-grant pilot, as well as the Alternative Funding Mechanism, which has been extended into 2018.

In terms of some background, or just as a reminder, the goal is to make as much European-funded research as available as possible to all, via the OpenAIRE portal. Fifty partners, from all EU countries, and beyond, work on the current OpenAIRE2020 project, which aims to promote open scholarship and substantially improve the discovery and reuse 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 endeavour. The project has created workflows and services on top of the 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 is also the key infrastructure for reporting H2020’s scientific publications as it is loosely coupled to the EC’s IT backend systems. The EC’s Research Data Pilot is also supported through European-wide outreach for best research data management practices and Zenodo, which will provide long-tail data storage.

During Open Access week 2017, OpenAIRE is providing a series of events and webinars; registration is now open, with details about the various offers.

In addition, there are some new projects coming along, which we would like to make people aware of. The first is OpenAIRE Connect, which aims to provide technological and social bridges across open science, and deliver services enabling a uniform exchange of research artefacts (literature, data, and methods), with semantic links among those items and across research communities and content providers in scientific communication. Leo Mack, Jisc’s Open science interoperability analyst, explains this work in another post.

Coming early next year is OpenAIRE Advance, which continues the mission of OpenAIRE to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe. By sustaining the current successful infrastructure, comprised of a human network and robust technical services, this new project consolidates those achievements while working to shift the momentum among its communities to Open Science, aiming to be a trusted e-Infrastructure within the realms of the European Open Science Cloud. More information will be forthcoming in 2018!

If you’re interested in any of the OpenAIRE projects or have some questions about your current H2020 project, please get in touch:


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