OpenAIRE project

EIFL partners in this major 50-country European Union initiative that facilitates open access to research publications and data

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The OpenAIRE team at an OpenAIRE conference at Göttingen State and University Library, November 20, 2012
The OpenAIRE team at an OpenAIRE conference at Göttingen State and University Library, November 20, 2012


The OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) project was established in 2009 to support open access (OA) in Europe. A key objective of OpenAIRE was to promote widespread adoption of the OA Policy as set out by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council Guidelines for OA and the OA pilot launched by the European Commission (EC).

The OA pilot covered approximately 20% of FP7-funded research and mandated that research to be made available in OA. FP7 is the short name for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe. In 2014, the EC adopted a new policy, covering 100% of Horizon 2020-funded research. Horizon 2020, known as H2020, is the European Union's biggest funding programme for research and innovation. In addition, the EC introduced an Open Data pilot in H2020. The Open Data pilot aims to make the research data generated by H2020-funded projects accessible with as few restrictions as possible.


EIFL participates in the OpenAIRE project along with 50 partners from all European Union countries, and beyond.

Over past five years the OpenAIRE project has developed a web portal and e-infrastructure that harvests publications and OA scientific datasets, and provides inter-linking between publications, data and funding schemes. The portal covers all types of scientific outputs funded by the EC, and is expanding to include other European funding streams. OpenAIRE Guidelines to ensure interoperability between research infrastructures have been developed for Data Archive Managers, for Literature Repository Managers and Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) Managers.

The OpenAIRE project also set-up an extensive European Helpdesk System, with a network of national and regional liaison offices in 27 countries, to help researchers to make their research OA and to comply with funder mandates. In addition, the project provides a OA repository for researchers who do not have access to an institutional or discipline-specific repository.


  • Coordinating activities of the National Open Access Desks (NOADs) in 12 Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia;
  • Leading a task force on H2020 OA policy training, and supporting provision of resources that facilitate stakeholders' understanding of the H2020 OA mandate to publications;
  • Helping project coordinators to comply with funders' OA requirements; 
  • Supporting repository managers and journal editors and publishers to make their repositories and journals compliant with the OpenAIRE Guidelines; 
  • Working with national research funders to align their policies with the EC's OA policies, and 
  • Organizing conferences, workshops and other knowledge-sharing and community-building events and activities to promote availability of OA publications and research data.


December 1, 2009 - June 30, 2018 (OpenAIRE, OpenAIREplus and OpenAIRE2020 projects).

The launch of OpenAIRE marks a very concrete step towards sharing the results of EU funded research to our mutual benefit. Scientific information has the power to transform our lives for the better – it is too valuable to be locked away. In addition, every EU citizen has the right to access and benefit from knowledge produced using public funds.
Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President


  • Increased OA to research in Europe: Over 50% of EC-funded publications are available on the OpenAIRE portal - that is, over 9.4 million OA records from 615 OA repositories and OA journals from over 100 countries. By January 2015, more than 134,000 publications were linked to funding information, and over 1,400 datasets were integrated in the OpenAIRE web portal. 
  • Created an innovative repository for researchers who do not have access to an institutional or discipline-specific OA repository:  ZENODO, a new repository, was developed to enable researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories.
  • Developed useful tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) for project reporting for those who receive funding from the EC. Different types of statistics help to monitor the progress of OA and compliance with OA  policies.



View a complete list of project partners here.



Deposit your publications in OA repositories; link your research results to data-sets and project information, and spread the word. Visit the OpenAIRE portal to learn more.