OpenAIREplus - 2nd-Generation Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe
Project website:  OpenAIREplus 
Principal Investigator: Michael Hatzopoulos
Duration: 01/12/2011 - 31/12/2014

OpenAIREplus will build a 2nd-Generation Open Access Infrastructure by significantly expanding in several directions the outcomes of the OpenAIRE project, which implements the EC Open Access (OA) pilot. Capitalizing on the OpenAIRE infrastructure, built for managing FP7 and ERC funded articles, and the associated supporting mechanism of the European Helpdesk System, OpenAIREplus will develop an open access, participatory infrastructure for scientific information. It will significantly expand its base of harvested publications to also include all OA publications indexed by the DRIVER infrastructure (more than 270 validated institutional repositories) and any other repository containing peer-reviewed literature that complies with certain standards.

It will also generically harvest and index the metadata of scientific datasets in selected diverse OA thematic data repositories. It will support the concept of linked publications by deploying novel services for linking peer-reviewed literature and associated data sets and collections, from link discovery based on diverse forms of mining (textual, usage, etc.), to storage, visual representation, and on-line exploration. It will offer both user-level services to experts and non-scientists alike as well as programming interfaces for providers of value-added services to build applications on its content. Deposited articles and data will be openly accessible through an enhanced version of the OpenAIRE portal, together with any available relevant information on associated project funding and usage statistics. 

OpenAIREplus will retain its European footprint, engaging people and scientific repositories in almost all 27 EU member states and beyond. The technical work will be complemented by a suite of studies and associated research efforts that will partly proceed in collaboration with different European initiatives and investigate issues of intellectual property rights, efficient financing models, and standards.

NKUA will (a) act as the project coordinator ensuring smooth operation of the whole project, (b) provide support services to the regional offices and NOADs for use of the OpenAIREplus portal support structures, (c) maintain services provided for the daily operation of OpenAIREplus: portal & validator, and (d) participate in JRA activities for providing frameworks and advanced algorithms for object interlinking and content classification, end user services related to navigation of the underlying information space, and end user management/interaction of enhanced publications.

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