DG Research and Innovation (EC) published a strategy for the new European Open Science Cloud on 14 March 2018. The EOSC is a “pan-European federation of research data infrastructures, with a view to moving from the current fragmentation, to a situation where data is easy to store, find, share and re-use.” Open science refers to a culture of collaboration, sharing and openness – made possible by digital innovation, open access to publications, open research data, open source software, open educational resources, and citizen science. The EOSC has six components…
– an architecture to address fragmentation by federating existing infrastructures
– the enhancement of data management tools to make research data FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable
– services to meet user needs
– interfaces and mechanisms to access EOSC
– rules of participation for scientists and administrators
– governance of EOSC – which will consist of institutional, advisory and executive layers.
Full details of the implementation roadmap are available in PDF format on the site of DG Research and Innovation which has also outlined the timetable for EOSC implementation:
– 25 April: revised recommendations on access to, and preservation of, scientific information
– 28/29 May: EU Competitiveness Council discussion of the European Open Science Cloud roadmap – intended by EC to produce a high-level “political endorsement”
– 11 June: an EOSC ‘coalition of doers’ summit
– Autumn: launch of new European open access publications’ platform
– November: launch of the EOSC governance structure and publication of new EC FAIR Data action plan, to make research data findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable.
The Library of the European University Institute has two EOSC-ready infrastructures: