EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and the OpenAIRE 2020 Initiative

Horizon 2020 is a European Commission framework programme for funding European research and innovation projects between the years 2014 and 2020 with nearly 80 billion euros. In Finland, the Horizon 2020 Programme’s collaborator is Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. One of the Horizon 2020 Programme’s goals is to improve the open accessibility of the findings of target-funded research and research-related information, and on practical level, this is supported with the OpenAIRE 2020 initiative.

The OpenAIRE 2020 initiative’s objective is establishing a permanent organisation to manage the OpenAIRE initiative activities, networking and maintaining and developing open science support services and their tools (incl. Zenodo research data archiving service). The initiative is coordinated by the University of Athens. In total, the initiative has 50 collaborative parties, and there are operators from outside the EU, such as Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The Helsinki University Library operates as the initiative’s national open access desk (NOAD) by compiling OpenAIRE 2020 guidelines and initiative results to be noted by national decision-makers, funders, research organisations and scientists.

The OpenAIRE portal produced by the initiative gathers European and international publication archives and consists of approximately 10 million open publications or data items. The portal guides researchers to find a suitable publication or data archive for their personal needs. The University of Eastern Finland’s UEF eRepository will be linked to the OpenAIRE portal.

For more information:

Horizon 2020: Open Science (Open Access) / European Commission