OpenAIRE gathers together research output related to European funding streams, with the aim of supporting open science and tracking research impact. This content consists of open access publications and related contextual information such as datasets, supplementary material, and research/project information.

Other sets of OpenAIRE Guidelines that exist for repository managers are:

The OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Archive Managers 2.0 will provide instruction for data archive managers to expose their metadata in a way that is compatible with the OpenAIRE infrastructure. The metadata from data archives should be included in the OpenAIRE information space, and exposed when data are related to an open access publication e.g. a dataset cited by an article. To access a pdf version the guidelines see here:

By implementing the OpenAIRE Guidelines, data archive managers are facilitating the creation of enhanced publications and building the stepping-stones for a linked data infrastructure for research.

Exposure and visibility of content from a range of European repositories will be significantly increased when a common and interoperable approach is taken as well as adhering to existing guidelines. OpenAIRE is happy to assist in adherence to these guidelines. This compatibility will lead to future interoperability between research infrastructures, and structured metadata is of benefit to individual data repositories and the scholarly community at large.

Acknowledgements & Contributors


  • Mikael K. Elbæk (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Lars Holm Nielsen (CERN, Switzerland)

Experts & Reviewers

  • Samuele Kaplun (CERN, Switzerland)
  • Paolo Manghi (CNR, Italy)
  • Natalia Manola (University of Athens, Greece)
  • Jochen Schirrwagen (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
  • Birgit Schmidt (University of Goettingen,Germany)
  • Mathias Lösch (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
  • Frauke Ziedorn (DataCite, Germany)
  • Pedro Principe (University of Minho, Portugal)
  • Eloy Rodrigues (University of Minho, Portugal)
  • Najla Rettberg (University of Goettingen, Germany)


  • 2.0 April 2014
    • Updated to DataCite Metadata Schema v3.0
  • 1.0 December 2012
    • Initial document