EOSC-Pillar aims to coordinate national Open Science efforts across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy, and ensure their contribution and readiness for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
The project aims to support the coordination and harmonisation of national initiatives relevant to EOSC in Europe and investigate the option for them to interfederate at a later stage, help integrating initiatives and data/cloud providers through the development of common policies and tools, and facilitate user communities in adopting and using these services and propose new ones born from their scientific domain. To this end, the project will integrate a bottom-up approach (by voicing the requirements and needs expressed by the different scientific communities operating at the national level) and a top-down one (by harmonising the national strategies and translating them in a viable work plan). In the longer term, this is expected to facilitate the design and adoption of common policies and streamline the process of joining EOSC for service providers and user communities while helping to populate the EOSC with useful services of wider European interest, based on the real needs and interests of the European scientific communities. In order to maximise this simplification process, the project will collaborate with related regional and thematic initiatives.
The EOSC is envisioned to offer 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines by federating existing scientific data infrastructures, currently dispersed across disciplines and the EU Member States.
EOSC-Pillar is one of the EOSC regional projects funded under the INFRAEOSC 5b call and will work in sync with other regional projects EOSC Nordic, NI4OS-Europe, and EOSC Synergy. These projects aim to coordinate the efforts of the national and thematic initiatives in making a coherent contribution to EOSC.
Diversity in policy and technological and infrastructural maturity among European Union Member States still remains a barrier to the transnational nature of EOSC and research in general. But what unites European countries is the value that they see the EOSC will bring to their own research capabilities. This is why the EOSC-Pillar was established.
The EOSC-Pillar National Initiatives Survey aims at assessing the state of the art of national initiatives in the area of open research data and services in order to support the harmonisation of these services and ultimately their integration into the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
To achieve its purpose and to gain a comprehensive picture of the European infrastructure landscape, the survey team involved more than 2.000 institutions across five European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy.
The results will allow for evidence-based decision-making in shaping the future of the European research infrastructure landscape and the EOSC.
For agenda and further information, find out more on the official Eosc-Pillar website.
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