EOSC-A Mandated Organisation
EOSC Steering Board representatives
Austria has put in place the necessary organisational structures and funding from national sources for a full implementation of Open Science on all levels of its research activities. Its major universities and research performing and funding organisations have joined forces in various networks and consortia, with the EOSC Support Office Austria (EOSC SOA) as a very active operational unit of the ACONET Association, the country’s Mandated Organisation. Together, the members of EOSC SOA strive for a coordinated development of the Austrian Open Science Policy and EOSC goals. Austrian institutions are also part of several EOSC-related Horizon Europe projects (including EOSC Focus, FAIR-IMPACT, and SKILLS4EOSC), where they are involved in technical as well as organisational aspects of the development of EOSC. The institutional support from the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) for providing national funding has been essential for the overall successful strategy. A national policy that rounds up the current landscape was approved in early 2022.
- ACONET Association
The ACONET Association  is the signatory of the Memorandum of Understanding with the EOSC Association and thus the Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation. To carry out the work this entails towards the implementation of EOSC, however, ACONET Association has created a dedicated body, the EOSC Support Office Austria (EOSC SOA). ACONET Association’s role can therefore be understood as legal representative with no operational plans or executive power over the specific EOSC-related tasks in Austria in which its members may be involved. This is done by the EOSC SOA, whose members include all leading Austrian research performing organisations. Founded in 2021, EOSC SOA thus acts as the coordinator of EOSC activities in the country and as closest link to the EOSC Association. Its operational goals translate those of the EOSC Association into the national context. Contact: Paolo Budroni (paolo.budroni[at]tuwien.ac.at).
Despite its short existence, EOSC SOA has managed to achieve an identifiable division of roles thanks to structured working methods and a clear information infrastructure. Several of its members are currently involved in Horizon Europe consortia (EOSC Focus, SKILLS4EOSC and e-IRGSP7) to develop and implement EOSC. Contact: contact[at]eosc-austria.at.
A further recent initiative is the platform created in 2021 by the Austrian University Conference (uniko), called Open Science Austria. Its goal is to keep members up to date about the evolving Open Science landscape in Europe and beyond through strategy papers that enables to make informed decisions.
Austria also counts with several national generic and discipline-specific e-infrastructures and services, including repositories for data and publications, high performance computation clusters, etc. (a full list as of 2021 can be found in the Appendixes of the Austria Country Profile Q4/2022). Many of them are linked to EU-wide initiative and projects through various projects and networks.
 Not to be confused with the National Research and Education Network (ACOnet), originally funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science within the framework of the ACONET Association and was established in 1990 under the responsibility of TU Wien. Since 1992 ACOnet has been operated by the University of Vienna.
Austria’s Open Science Policy was adopted on 23rd February 2022  after a discussion period of around two years that included consultation with various stakeholders, including the Federal Ministries of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), Digitisation and Business Location (BMDW), and Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK). The Policy follows the Open Data and Public Sector Information Directive (EU 2019/1024), and is based on the principles of providing rewards and incentives to the adoption of Open Science practices, defines indicators for its implementation, establishes links to EOSC, and includes sections on FAIR data, research integrity, skills and education, and citizen science.
 For a version in English of the Policy please see: https://www.bmbwf.gv.at/dam/jcr:d0dad6b6-b94d-4e3e-8c4e-da12091be9b4/Open%20Science%20policy%20Austria%20eng..pdf
The rich variety of Open Science projects and initiatives in Austria at the end of 2021 is displayed in the Austria Country Profile Q4/2022. Currently, the three projects gathered around the Cluster Forschungsdaten (German for “research data”) — FAIR Data Austria, Austrian DataLAB and Services, and RIS Synergy — represent the most advanced efforts to provide unified support for research data management for all members of the Austrian scientific community by the BMBWF.
At regional level, the project IDE@S (Innovative Data Environment @ Styria) explored between 2020 and mid-2022 the status of Open Science in the Federal State of Styria and the interest of stakeholders from research institutions, private sector and administration to develop a regional infrastructure to support current activities that use data and spread the use of collaborative tools to all corners of the economy, including uptake by small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
EOSC Association Members and Observers
ACONET VereinMandated organisation
The ACONET Association, founded in 1986, promotes the Austrian scientific network ACOnet, which is the shared high-performance network for non-prof... Read moreVisit the website
BBMRI-ERIC improves the accessibility and interoperability of biological samples and associated data across Europe.... Read moreVisit the website
Climate Change Centre AustriaObserver
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Graz University of TechnologyMember
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Johannes Kepler University LinzObserver
The Johannes Kepler University Linz is a university in Austria. It is located in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.... Read moreVisit the website
Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Natural History Museum Vienna)Member
With a collection of more than 30 million objects and more than 800.000 visitors per year, the Natural History Museum Vienna is one of the world’s ... Read moreVisit the website
Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien)Member
TU Wien («Technology for People») stands for academic excellence through research and wide-ranging competence through teaching.... Read moreVisit the website
Universität Wien (University of Vienna)Member
The University of Vienna is a modern and, at the same time, a long-standing, large institution which considers it an obligation to carry out qualit... Read moreVisit the website
University of Graz (UniGraz)Observer
The University of Graz, founded in 1585, is Austria's second oldest university and one of the largest in the country.... Read moreVisit the website