A year after the start of the European Commision's (EC) Horizon 2020 (H2020) Research Framework Programme, OpenAIRE enters a new phase of funding with a continuation project: OpenAIRE2020, starting in January 2015. The initiative will implement the H2020 Open Access policy for publications and will be one of the key European infrastructures supporting the H2020 Open Research Data Pilot. OpenAIRE2020 project kick-off meeting will take place in Athens on January 28-29, 2015 and EIFL Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma and EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator Gwen Franck will attend and will facilitate the discussions. EIFL is one of 50 OpenAIRE2020 project partners, from all EU countries, and beyond working on this large-scale initiative that aims to promote open scholarship and substantially improve the discoverability and reusability of research publications and data. The initiative brings together professionals from research libraries, open scholarship organisations, national e-Infrastructures and data experts, IT and legal researchers, showcasing the truly collaborative nature of this pan-European endeavor.

A network of people, represented by the National Open Access Desks (NOADs), will organise activities to collect H2020 project outputs, and support research data management. Backing this vast outreach, is the OpenAIRE platform, the technical infrastructure that is vital for pulling together and interconnecting the large-scale collections of research outputs across Europe. OpenAIRE2020 will assist in monitoring H2020 research outputs and will be a key infrastructure for reporting H2020's scientific publications as it will be loosely coupled to the EC's IT backend systems. The EC's Open Research Data Pilot will be supported through European-wide outreach for best research data management practices and ZENODO repository, which will provide long-tail data storage. Other activities include: collaboration with national funders to reinforce the infrastructure's research analytic services; an Article Procession Charges (APC) Gold OA pilot for FP7 publications; novel methods of review and scientific publishing; a study and a pilot on scientific indicators related to open access; legal studies to investigate data privacy issues relevant to the Open Research Data Pilot; and international alignment with related repository networks.

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