OpenAIRE 2020

OpenAIRE 2020 is a major European project that aims to be the open access infrastructure for Europe. Like all European Union member states, the Netherlands participates in this project. SURFmarket coordinates the activities carried out by its project partners: the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NOW and CWTS*.

Free access to research results

Following two previous projects, OpenAIRE 2020 is the third project in a large-scale programme aimed at promoting the further implementation of open access. The first project related mainly to Open Publications, following which Open Data become significant in the second project. The third project, which is currently underway, contributes in a broader context to free access to all potential results of academic research, so not only publications and data but also the software that was used to interpret the data sets meaningfully and to potentially reuse them.


Various institutions and institutes in the Netherlands are involved in the project. SURFmarket coordinates the contribution of three partners: Radboud University, Leiden University / CWTS and NWO. SURFmarket has also taken the initiative to consult with 3TU and DANS twice a year. These organisations jointly serve as the Dutch National Open Access Desk (NOAD) in OpenAIRE 2020.

Task areas

SURFmarket and its partners participate in two work packages:

  • Work package 1 centres on a pilot that promotes open access for publications arising from projects initiated under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission, the precursor to Horizon 2020. A grant is made available for articles and monographs through the golden model.
  • Work package 2 measures the impact of open access. It is important to gain and provide insight into how well the open access publication of research works in the world of research and researchers. Researchers are willing to switch from toll access to open access only if open access journals are allocated the same status as the established subscription journals (toll access).

Support base

The OpenAIRE 2020 project is being implemented by all European Union member states plus a number other countries (mainly the USA) as part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. The project commenced on 1 January 2015 and will end on 1 July 2018.

NOW: the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
CWTS: Radboud University and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies


Start date
01 Jan 2015
Latest modifications 20 Apr 2017