CARL Collaboration with OpenAIRE

Project Overview

In January 2018, CARL (via its Open Repositories Working Group – ORWG) entered into a collaboration with OpenAIRE as part of  the OpenAIRE Advance project. The ultimate aim of this collaboration is to provide a gateway to Canadian scholarly content, with an initial emphasis on representing the publications stemming from Tri-Agency funded projects in the OpenAIRE discovery portal. 

OpenAIRE logo

OpenAIRE is a discovery service, for articles and other types of content, funded by the European Commission (EC), that was initially developed to help the EC track their funded research outputs and monitor compliance with their open access policy. OpenAIRE aggregates metadata and full text content from thousands of data providers around the world, and searches for affiliation information to identify relationships between funders and research outputs (such as articles and data).

Much of the CARL work has been behind the scenes, including the adoption of the OpenAIRE guidelines in Canadian repositories and journal platforms, working with OpenAIRE to ensure Tri-Agency affiliations are accurate, and developing workflows for curating metadata records.

Canada’s federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) have been integrated into the OpenAIRE aggregation and the OpenAIRE Explore tool allows users to limit results to each agency, showing their funded research outputs. It is important to note that only research articles (or other types of output) that acknowledge the funder name are currently linked to each agency.

The OpenAIRE services, which are still in development and will continue to improve over the course of the next year, are freely available and can be accessed here:

Framegrab of the OpenAIRE EXPLORE search interface

This project is being undertaken under the leadership of the ORWG’s Task Group on OpenAIRE which is led by Pierre Lasou (Laval University) and the Ad Hoc COVID-19 Working Group, led by Kathleen Shearer (CARL and COAR).  Other participants are Lise Brin (CARL), Corey Davis (CARL), Danoosh Davoodi (University of Alberta), Sharon Fennel (University of Alberta), Jordan Hale (Waterloo University), Geoff Harder (University of Alberta), Yoo Young Lee (University of Ottawa), Lindsey MacCallum (Mount Saint Vincent University), Courtney Earl Matthews (Queen’s University), Gabriela Mircea (McMaster University), Tomasz Neugebauer (Concordia University), Kelly Stathis (Portage Network-Canadian Association of Research Libraries), Andrea Szwajcer (University of Manitoba), and Mita Williams (University of Windsor).