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.
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.
Open Science and the EOSC landscape
 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.
National Tripartite Event Austria
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research served as host to the very first EOSC National Tripartite Event, held in Vienna on Monday afternoon, 23 May. The hybrid event, EOSC-Café-AT, featured an exchange of...
Unlocking the Value of Knowledge: ERA Symposium 2023
We cordially invite you to join the first Austrian ERA Symposium, taking place on 9 November 2023 in the Hotel... Read more
International Data Week 2023
The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data,...
The EOSC Lustrum: 5 years of EOSC developments – All about everything (loosely based on…
Join us to celebrate 5 years since the launch of the EOSC initiative! The event will take place on Thursday,... Read more
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.
EOSC in Practice
Embracing the principles of transparency, reproducibility, and accessibility, these examples highlight the innovative approaches adopted by researchers across various disciplines. From open data sharing and collaborative platforms to pre-registration and open peer review, these practices enhance scientific integrity and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.
The ADLS project is an initiative funded by the Austrian Government to foster collaborative approaches between our partner universities in the fields of data science and HPC.
The “Research Data” digitisation cluster comprises three projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: RIS Synergy, FAIR... Read more
IDE@S – Innovative Data Environment @…
At regional level, the project IDE@S (Innovative Data Environment @ Styria) explored between 2020 and mid-2022 the status of Open... Read more
Paolo Budroni – ACONET verein
The EOSC Lustrum: 5 years of EOSC developmentsVienna University Library, Vienna Austria 19 October 2023
News from Austria
Two October events place EOSC high on the Austrian agenda
VIENNA — The EOSC Lustrum hybrid event held at the Vienna University Library’s main reading room marked a milestone for... Read more
Panel addresses global interoperability of data at IDW in Salzburg
The hybrid event attended by around fifty participants was moderated by Stefan Hanslik of Open Science Austria, brought together experts from around the world to explore opportunities and challenges in...
Ready for EOSC: an interview with Paolo Budroni of EOSC Support Office Austria
This interview is part of a series coordinated by the EOSC Focus project. The interviews aim to highlight the role of... Read more
Members and Observers from Austria
The ACONET Association, founded in 1986, promotes the Austrian scientific network ACOnet, which is the shared high-performance network for non-profit...
Universität Wien (University of Vienna)
The University of Vienna is a modern and, at the same time, a long-standing, large institution which considers it an...
Graz University of Technology
Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) was founded in 1811. Seven faculties offer 18 bachelors and 33 masters study programmes...
Please find here the EOSC-related projects where members from this country are involved as partners.
The BeYond-COVID project aims to make COVID-19 data accessible to scientists in laboratories but also to anyone who can use it, such......
e-Infrastructure Reflection Group Support Programme 7
The project e-Infrastructure Reflection Group Support Programme 7 (e-IRGSP7) is intended to provide the vital core services to the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group......
Focusing on Open Collaboration and Useful Science
EOSC Focus will support the co-programmed EOSC Partnership in delivering its mission of establishing Open Science as the “new normal”. The......