Austrian Initiatives to move Open Science & Research Data forward

(Credit: Wikipedia; LEARN project poster at RDA PLENARY in BARCELONA, April, 2017)

Austria continues the transition to Open Science while promoting multiple new initiatives, including innovative projects on the transition to Open Access, data archives, research data management infrastructures, and Open Education. By 2025, all scholarly publication activity in Austria will be Open Access. Find out what plans has Austria in store to be at the forefront of open scholarship.


Free access to scholarly publications in the internet (Open Access, OA) belongs to the hot sub-topics of Open Science and the current international research policy, as OA aims to increase the visibility, use, and impact of research output, and thereby generate added value for the scientific community.

Supporting measures for the transition to OA includes the redesigning of license agreements with publishers, as well as, spurring researchers into publishing through OA agreements and encouraging new OA strategies for publications (view: OA journal business modelsAlternative Publishing Models to Support OA). 

The Austrian funding and research organizations have a very good starting position since they have achieved several OA agreements with publishers like IoP PublishingRoyal Society of ChemistryTaylor & Franics and Sage.  Besides that, of particular importance are the Springer Compact Agreement, and the Vienna Principles.

Based on 16 Recommendations for the Transition to OA in Austria (developed by Open Access Network Austria: OANA), all scholarly publication activity in Austria should be OA by 2025. That means that the final versions of all scholarly publications resulting from the support of public resources must be freely accessible on the Internet without delay (Gold OA).

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has:

Austrian Transition to Open Access - AT2OA is a new project involving 21 Austrian Universities under the lead of the University of Vienna. Its aim is to contribute to the transformation from Closed to Open Access of scholarly publications. 

IST Austria is committed to provide unrestricted and cost-free online access to scientific publications for all users and researchers as widely as possible. 

As a certified repository, AUSSDA – THE AUSTRIAN SOCIAL SCIENCE DATA ARCHIVE aims to systematically collect, document and disseminate digital quantitative data, and to guarantee its long-term availability, along with any accompanying documentation, while adhering to international standards. AuSSDA is integrated within the European ESFRI roadmap via its membership in the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)

In the context of research data management, of particular note is the ​first e-Infrastructures Austria projectThe importance of this project has been demonstrated in its results and many initiatives arisen out of it. In this context, it is worth noting a survey conducted on the handling of research data in Austria and directed at the scientific personnel of 20 public universities and three Austrian research institutions. As a result, templates for data management plans (DMP) were prepared, as well as, publications, guidelines, FAQ’s and other deliverables from cluster groups


This week (3-7 April, 2017) data scientists, librarians, computer scientists, and domain scientists will gather in Barcelona for the 9th Research Data Alliance Plenary Meeting!

#RDAPlenary meetings are special working events that help move the research data community forward, improving data sharing across disciplines, technologies, and countries, with goal of supporting institutions in their quest to better deal with the challenges of Research Data Management.

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