OpenAIRE Project

In 2018, CARL entered into a collaboration with OpenAIRE, the European Commission funded services that support open access and open science in Europe. The aim of the collaboration is to use the OpenAIRE services to identify Canadian open access content. The work will provide the community with a better understanding about what Canadian-funded publications are openly available.

This collaboration involves working with OpenAIRE, local repositories and journals, as well as the Canadian research funders to ensure that the necessary information about authors, funders and institutions is included in the metadata of related publications. This information will be made available via a dedicated OpenAIRE Canadian Portal and will also be aggregated into OpenAIRE’s large database, providing analysis of the content affiliated with Canadian funders or institutions. The collaboration is being coordinated by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

This project is an initiative of the Open Repositories Working Group through the efforts of its Task Group on OpenAIRE, led by Pierre Lasou (Université Laval), with members Eugene Barsky, Geoff Harder, Kathleen Shearer, Michael Vandenburg, Leah Vanderjagt, Mita Williams.

2019 Pilot

A 3-phase pilot is currently underway, involving ten Canadian institutions, and expected to be completed by early 2020. The goal is to have all participating institutional repositories in the pilot be harvested by OpenAIRE and retrievable on OpenAIRE Search, and for all funding information to have been retrieved from Canadian public grants databases using OpenAIRE text and data mining techniques. A final report and recommendations for other Canadian institutions will be released once the pilot is finished.

The nine institutions participating in this pilot are:

    • Concordia University
    • National Research Council of Canada
    • Queen’s University
    • Université de Montréal
    • University of Alberta
    • University of British Columbia (UBC)
    • University of Saskatchewan
    • Vancouver Island University
    • York University

Related documents and publications:

> Presentation on CARL-OpenAIRE collaboration by Pierre Lasou (April 2019) View recording  View presentation slides

> Announcement of CARL Collaboration with OpenAIRE (January 2018)