Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a "Research community"?

    A research community is a community of practice that gathers together researchers and practitioners with common research interests (e.g. a research discipline or a specific research topic) and, possibly, a decisional board. In some cases, a community builds and grows in the context of a research infrastructure that provides services and tools supporting the research activities of the members of a community. In other cases, a community builds and grows in the context of one or more research projects, forming what we call a “research initiative”.

  • What is the difference between a Community Gateway and the Research Community Dashboard (RCD)?

    The RCD offers on demand Community Gateways that communities can customize to fit their sharing, publishing and discovery needs. Through the RCD, gateway managers can configure the respective Community Gateway by providing (i) the criteria identifying the subset of the OpenAIRE Research Graph that pertains to the community, and (ii) the community statistics to be made public or private.

  • How can Research Community thematic services integrate with the Research Community Dashboard (RCD)?

    Once a Community Gateway has been created, several thematic service integration patterns are possible:

    1. Community-specific repository: OpenAIRE can guide your repository managers on how to make the repository “OpenAIRE-compliant”. The gateway managers can configure the gateway so that all metadata records collected from the repository are available in the gateway. If the repository manager wants to get the enrichments OpenAIRE applies to the records, he/she can activate the Broker service using the Content Provider Dashboard.
    2. Continuous publishing: thematic services, once authorized by the user, can publish their outputs (e.g. datasets, digital experiments) on behalf of the user. Thematic services and digital experiment platforms can be easily enhanced with a publishing step by integrating the Zenodo API. To know more, check out the pilot we have designed with the EPOS-IT infrastructure.
    3. Community web site: you can use the OpenAIRE Search API to show the research products relevant to your community on your own website.
  • What does my Research Community gain in terms of Open Science?
    Discovery and reproducibility: Your community will have a single entry point where all research products, of any type (literature, datasets, software, workflows, protocols), are gathered together and linked with semantic relationships. Researchers can find a research product in the gateway (e.g. a research dataset) and easily find out everything related to it and that is needed to re-use it, but also to replicate and reproduce a research activity (e.g. software used to process the dataset, the journal article where the research is described).
    Sharing: scientific literature is only the tip of the iceberg. With a Community Gateway, you say to the members of your community that everything they produce is relevant and that they should get credit for it.
    Credit for all: Making research data, software, methods and scientific workflows available “as soon as possible” is one of the “mantra” of Open Science. If your community has integrated Zenodo into a digital experiment platform, researchers no longer bear the burden of manually publishing their research products, while it is also easier for them to publish different versions, which reflect different stages of their activities.
    Awareness: Thanks to dedicated pages of the Community Gateway you can suggest best practices to the researchers of the community. Open Science experts of OpenAIRE will be available to assist you.
  • How is the service part of the European Open Science Cloud?

    OpenAIRE has onboarded in the EOSC Market Place both the RCD, as a service that offers on-demand Community Gateways, and the Gateways as services openly accessible by researchers to explore specific domains of interest.

  • Who owns the gateway?

    The community owns the portal, OpenAIRE operates it.

  • How is the gateway operated?

    The gateway is hosted on a virtual machine operated by OpenAIRE and hosted at the ICM data centre. The Gateway is built with Angular and uses RESTful APIs, built with Java and the Spring Framework, to access the OpenAIRE Research Graph. OpenAIRE is responsible to keep the back-end and front-end services up-to-date and monitors the uptime and usage of the gateway, via the matomo web analytics platform. Aggregated usage data is used by the OpenAIRE team for reporting purposes and does not include any personal data.

  • What is the SLA of the service?

    The RCD and the gateways are subject to the generic OpenAIRE services SLA.

  • What are the costs?
    Researchers of the community shall not pay to access the Community Gateway.
    For the deployment and maintenance of a gateway, OpenAIRE may need support to cover part of the costs (hardware, hardware management, application administration, software maintenance, and text mining).
    Please contact us to learn more about the service and the possible options.
  • In what other areas can my Research community collaborate with OpenAIRE?
    Open Science training
    Help us training on Open Science students and researchers of your community by organising a workshop. Check for ideas and materials.
    Train the trainer
    Join the OpenAIRE Community of Practice, an informal network to share training experience on Open Science, research and e-infrastructures.
    Citizen Science
    Do you collaborate with schools? Learn more about the OpenAIRE activities for Citizen Science.
    Open Innovation Programme
    Spread the word about the OpenAIRE Open Innovation programme for SMEs, start-ups and research labs. The programme’s goal is to discover, support and fund innovative ideas and implementations of software in the Open Science domain.