Over the past decade, open science culture has grown in Austria largely thanks to government initiatives and collaborative efforts by several projects. One of the key turning points was the launch of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA, currently known as the Open Science Network Austria) by the Austrian Science Fund and Universities Austria (Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz, uniko) in 2012, in order to better coordinate country-wide efforts.

Ten years later, Open Science Austria (OSA) is continuing the activities of OANA.

In 2021, the EOSC Support Office Austria started its work. As the mandated organisation for representing Austria in the EOSC Association, it is striving for a coordinated development of the Austrian Open Science Policy and the EOSC.

Austria has been playing a relevant role in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) since its early stages, and Vienna was even chosen as the location for the official launch of the project on 23 November 2018.

Austria is represented in EOSC-Pillar by the University of Vienna - which also leads the work package on the National Initiatives Survey - and in a range of other EOSC-related initiatives by major institutions in the field of research, such as TU Wien in the EOSCsecretariat.eu project.

If you are part of an Austrian Open Science initiative and want to learn more about EOSC, check out the EOSC-Pillar Ambassadors Programme.