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OpenAIRE2020 Report Summary

Project ID: 643410
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - OpenAIRE2020 (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe 2020)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

OpenAIRE has had a very active year, both in networking and technical activities. It has built a well recognized brand,and has solidified its position in the European region as a major e-Infrastructure and in the global scene as the European counterpart for Open Access on research.
With the H2020 OA mandates on publications and data, and the EC’s support, the consortium has gained a considerable edge when approaching stakeholders. This can be verified from the sharp increase in our KPIs,detailed throughout this report: FP7 linked publications and data sets, data source registration and compatibility, portal usage, Zenodo usage, webinar and workshop attendance, social media response, support requests, outreach events, collaborations, etc.
From emerging trends of innovation in scholarly communication, it is evident that the community has moved beyond Open Access to embrace a more holistic view of Open Science. OpenAIRE has started todevelop services to embrace this need and trend,already providingsupport for Open Science by:
 placing Open Access publications in the wider research context, i.e., through linking to funding information, associated data sets, software, and patents,
 providing infrastructural/brokering services (Data-Literature Integration, OA Publication Broker) that glue the Open Science components, and
 promoting and supporting good research data management practices (DMPs, curation, storage on Zenodo).
The power of the NOAD network remains the backbone of the infrastructure, and is the means to create a multiplication effect for Open Science, with an emphasis on H2020. Their influence in the local scene is impressive as seen from their outreach activities (contacted 9,285 EC projects, 458 repositories, 603 Journals, attended 388 events, published 79 articles and handled 938 inquiries in 2015) and their contacts with the local policy makers.
In addition, OpenAIRE’s proven capabilities to deliver advanced, production quality technical services used by a wide range of stakeholders has increasingly gained the respect of data intensive infrastructure and private services who consider OpenAIRE a collaborator on equal terms.Indications so far show that OpenAIRE’s service-oriented approach puts it in a unique position to be the glue that connects diverse research and data infrastructures.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

1)Network Operation
The ‘NOAD Guide’ was assembled early on in the project to give everyone directions of the tasks ahead and set out all actions in more detail. This guide has been the basis for regional meeting discussions, while it has helped all to schedule the dissemination channels input. The NOAD Guide is under revision for 2016. As such a large network requires a rigorous and tight management/monitoring, all parties (including technical partners) base their work on action plans, which are regularly checked and adapted. All NOADs have produced Action Plans according to a template.
2)Training and Support
Activities were centered on the gathering, creating and disseminating support and training material. The team developed or revised a set of support tools:guides, FAQs, helpdesk, factsheets, information & dissemination material, copyright issues update and briefing papers. In parallel, an intensive webinar program was delivered, adding further resources to the training package (video recordings, slides).
3)Gold Pilot
The FP7 post-grant Gold OA Pilot was launched early May 2015 with an entry page on the portal that includes the policy guidelines, FAQs, and links to the Helpdesk.
Policy guidelines: Following multiple rounds of consultations with the OpenAIRE2020 group, external experts, the EC and ERC, we have reached to an agreement and published the Pilot policy guidelines, which clearly state the terms of the Pilot.
Workflows: The team developed a number of workflows that outline the process for collecting requests and allocating APC funds. These workflows include requests directly collected from researchers, or mediated via their institution or the publisher. In the mediated case, the team came up with block transfer agreements, but it so far only publishers have taken this up seems that publishers are only willing to take up.
Central service for funding request management: Athena RC developed a web service that provides access to researchers, librarians, publishers and moderators/accountants to request, manage and real-time monitor funds from the Pilot. The portal operates since June 2015, and undergoes constant maintenance and monitoring.
APC-free OA journal funding: Steps are being taken towards the implementation of the APC-equivalent funding mechanism for funding APC-free OA journals which collect accepted manuscripts from eligible FP7 projects. This parallel mechanism, expected to support the cash-strapped publicly-funded OA publishing infrastructure, was included in the new DoA. The specifics are being defined in collaboration with stakeholders in the OA community.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

It is too soon to say anything on the expected potential impact of the report which is still in draft form and ongoing. The project is on track.

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Record Number: 186697 / Last updated on: 2016-07-14