Know-Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with OpenAIRE, the EC-funded e-Infrastructure for Open Science, to create a recommender service that will use OpenAIRE data to spark scientific collaboration.

How can researchers, in the spirit of Open Science, move beyond their traditional networks to forge new connections?

How can the new worlds of open information made possible by public infrastructures like OpenAIRE further enable Open Science by bringing the right organisations into partnership to stimulate innovation and address the grand societal challenges?

Our novel recommender service, provisionally titled OpenAIRE MatchMaker, will build upon the OpenAIRE scholarly graph to enable organisations to keyword search for organisations with the strongest records of funding success from the ever-expanding range of funders included in OpenAIRE.

Drawing information from OpenAIRE on institutions, projects and funders, OpenAIRE Matchmaker will enable scientific institutions interested in forming consortia to identify potential partners with the exact disciplinary strengths and competences they need, rank them according to their previous success in securing funding, and specify searches according to specific national or international funders or even individual funding streams.

More information on Know-Center’s vision for recommender systems as enabling technology to interlink scholarly communication is available via the OpenUP Hub.

Work on this prototype service has already begun and will be completed by May 2018.

This work will be funded as a result of a successful application to OpenAIRE’s recent Open Call for Tenders.

A list of all the exciting Open Science projects funded under this call is available via the OpenAIRE portal.

For more information, please contact Tony Ross-Hellauer:


OpenAIRE Scholarly Communications Graph (image CC BY OpenAIRE)

OpenAIRE Scholarly Communications Graph (image CC BY OpenAIRE)