“The assessment of research activities is a key step in the decision-making process for every organisation investing in such activities; whether it is a funder evaluating the proper allocation of grants to maximise societal impact, an institution looking to find hidden potential and room-for-improvement areas, or a research initiative considering expanding its network, to name a few examples. The reliable and timely monitoring and evaluation of research activities are indispensable for the efficient allocation of resources and the overall decision-making process.
The OpenAIRE MONITOR is an on-demand service built upon the OpenAIRE Research Graph with the mission to fulfill these needs. It offers tailor-made data and visualisation monitoring dashboards for funders, institutions and research initiatives, populated with well-documented metrics and indicators of research activities. To meet the requirements of each individual organisation, a default dashboard is improved upon in one-on-one co-designing sessions, that include the validation of data shown and the creation of new indicators, if needed.
After the launch of the Institutional Dashboard of OpenAIRE MONITOR, in May 2022, and working closely with the community, we focused our efforts on upgrading the service in three areas: (i) updating the user interface, (ii) improving the documentation of methodology and indicators (the new Resources tab), and (iii) redesigning all MONITOR dashboards with new indicators and visualisations. …”
“DOAJ and OpenAIRE are pleased to announce a new partnership which will promote collaboration and discovery between the two parties, by sharing metadata and enriching it. The collaboration aims to enhance the discoverability of the journals indexed in DOAJ in two ways: by enhancing DOAJ’s article metadata with metadata from the OpenAIRE Research Graph; and by enabling OpenAIRE to include in the Research Graph the diverse range of journals that DOAJ indexes, thereby increasing the discovery of research in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities from all languages and countries. With this collaboration, DOAJ will become a service registered to the OpenAIRE Catalogue of Services and integrated into EOSC Resources Catalogue….”
“As per tradition, OpenAIRE will actively contribute to the International Open Access Week 2022 initiatives with interactive sessions and thought-provoking panel discussions connected to the theme of this year “Open for Climate Justice”.
But what does climate justice mean and how “open” can be a facilitator for climate justice? We have prepared two series of webinars that will showcase the different ways in which we can all work together and make Open Science a means to tackle the challenges ahead of us….”
OpenAIRE has been operating as an e-Infrastructure provider for Open Scholarly Communication since 2009 and was established as a non-profit organisation in 2018. This first strategy document is the result of the work put forward by members of the OpenAIRE Standing Committee on Open Science Strategies and brings the collective knowledge and commitments from OpenAIRE members.
It presents 5 strategic priorities on what the OpenAIRE community wants to tackle, and describes how OpenAIRE infrastructure, both its human network and ICT services, can support or evolve to serve these priorities.
“The Open Science Observatory (https://osobservatory.openaire.eu) is an OpenAIRE platform showcasing a collection of indicators and visualisations that help policy makers and research administrators better understand the Open Science landscape in Europe, across and within countries.
The broader context: As the number of Open Science mandates have been increasing across countries and scientific fields, so has the need to track Open Science practices and uptake in a timely and granular manner. The Open Science Observatory assists the monitoring, and consequently the enhancing, of open science policy uptake across different dimensions of interest, revealing weak spots and hidden potential. Its release comes in a timely fashion, in order to support UNESCO’s global initiative for Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud (the current development and enhancement is co-funded by the EOSC Future H2020 project and will appear in the EOSC Portal). …
How does it work: Based on the OpenAIRE Research Graph, following open science principles and an evidence-based approach, the Open Science Observatory provides simple metrics and more advanced composite indicators which cover various aspects of open science uptake such us
different openness metrics
Plan S compatibility & transformative agreements
as well as measures related to the outcomes of Open Access research output as they relate to
network & collaborations
usage statistics and citations
Sustainable Development Goals
“The TNC22 stage also hosted the ceremony for the 2022 Medal of Honour by the Vietsch Foundation. The award was presented to Natalia Manola, CEO of OpenAIRE, by Antoinette Vietsch, treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Vietsch Foundation and sister of the late Karel Vietsch.
“The Board of Trustees of the Vietsch Foundation chose to award the 2022 Medal of Honour to Natalia, as a recognition of her continuous and successful dedication to management of OpenAIRE across many years of project activity, making it now an independent, stable, and sustainable legal entity,” said Valentino Cavalli, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Vietsch Foundation, explaining the rationale for the choice….”
“The OpenPlato platform (www.openplato.eu) is an LMS and catalogue, based on Moodle with an add-on for cataloguing. It has been funded by OpenAIRE and is operated by ICM/Uni. Warsaw, OpenAIRE office, and members of the OpenAIRE Support and Training Standing Committee, and aspires to become a central hub for training in all aspects of RDM, open science, and the FAIR principles in Europe and beyond. Ease of alignment with other training resources will be enhanced by adoption of a minimal metadata set for training resources from the RDA ETHRD IG output. The platform provides the necessary environment to create spaces in multilingual formats (similar concept as Zenodo communities) and these spaces can be based on a country or on specific themes or projects and can be used for navigation or to group similar content.
OpenAIRE AMKE, is a legal entity established in 2018 with 47 members, and which founded and oversees OpenPlato. OpenAIRE has been running in various incarnations and rounds of EC funding since 2008 and has been a central player in building EOSC and providing key infrastructure elements. Through this time, OpenAIRE has built a strong network national open science desks (NOADs) with large capacities in training for open science, having organised more than 800 training events, with more than 30000 attendees and 1200+ trainers from 40 countries since 2015.
Related to technical infrastructure, OpenAIRE has a large team with extensive know-how in managing large scale sys-admin in ICM – data centre institute from University of Warsaw. Furthermore, OpenAIRE is a key contributor to the EOSC Future project, leading the WP9 training and skills and the technical WP4, and the OpenAIRE NEXUS project is one of the main collaborators providing significant open science tools and services. OpenAIRE is also involved in several other EC funded projects and will remain a long-term central player in the European Open Science arena as well as having prominent links to initiatives beyond Europe….”
“The 17th International Conference on Open Repositories to be held face-to-face in Denver, Colorado, USA, from 6th to 9th June 2022, will have the participation of OpenAIRE with several presentations.
This conference is the most relevant events for the repository community around the world, in which the most relevant Digital libraries initiatives and and Open Access infrastructures are present to showcase and share their services and developments to support the uptake and development of Open Access repositories. It is a place where repository managers and repository networks can share and discover the most recent and upcoming services developments as well to develop synergies among participants and initiatives.
OpenAIRE will attend this conference, as in recent editions, to present and share its services and new developments that are contributing to develop the Open Science ecosystem. We will highlight the following services targeting repository managers: PROVIDE and Broker service….”
“The Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI) offers a set of guidelines by which open scholarly infrastructure organisations and initiatives that support the research community can be run and sustained. OpenAIRE builds on these principles as a signal of our commitement to serve the research community in the long run….”
“OpenAIRE Team has the pleasure of speaking to Alina Irimia, Open Science projects coordinator at UEFISCDI [Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Funding] in Romania. Mrs Irimia, talked about the priority to connect and engage the Romanian community to the open science dynamics through a national dedicated platform that is now under development. …
UEFISCDI administrates the major part of the public Research, Development and Technology (RDT) competitive funds in Romania but is also actively involved in evidence-based policy making. The institution administrates the major tools that support collaboration and dialogue between Research Development and Innovation (RDI)actors involved in research and innovation: BrainMap and ERRIS. Since 2014, UEFISCDI has been contributing to the actions of the European Commission towards strengthening the policies and practices in support of open science. Through the Open Science Knowledge Hub Romania (OSKH) created in 2019, our institution is connected to the major initiatives dedicated to the development and implementation of the European Open Science Strategy and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): being the Romanian OpenAIRE NOAD, a member in the EOSC Association, a partner in the NI4OS project and the RDA Node Romania. For Open Science policies support we also collaborate with Science Europe, CoNOSC and the UNESCO Chair for Science and Innovation Policies – SNSPA. Currently, OSKH-UEFISCDI contributes significantly to the development of the national strategic framework for Open Science, part of a project financed through structural funds, developed in partnership with the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitisation….
Among the many challenges facing Open Science, three main dimensions impact cultural change and may inhibit or unblock a real transition to OS, and they should be clearly addressed in the near future in the national context: 1) career evaluation, rewards and incentives – career benefits or on the contrary, disadvantages for researchers who promote Open Science; 2) costs – Open Science is a costly process both in terms of OA publications and FAIR data; identifying the specific needs of the national context and engaging in transformative negotiations with major journals are essential, along with creating new mechanisms for collaboration and funding; 3) Open Science literacy – providing long-term opportunities for capacity building to support the systemic change….”
EOSC (staying for the European Open Science Cloud) is a big acronym, representing the bold vision of enabling all European researchers to deposit, access and analyze scholarly resources beyond borders and disciplines. Over the past years, it has become a central component of European science policy and, since its launch in October 2018, a reality as an infrastructure too. Still, due to the scale, the complexity and the multiple dimensions of the endeavor, it is not easy to gain an accurate overview and translate the offerings of the EOSC into one’s own institution or research setting. In this series of blog posts, we outline concrete ways in which scholarly and service provider communities around DARIAH can interact with the EOSC and the value it holds for them. We also summarize the many ways in which DARIAH already contributes to the EOSC.
To kick start the series, in the first post we have a look at what the EOSC holds for researchers and, in particular, Arts and Humanities researchers.