EOSC-Pillar: mixing national recipes to build the European Open Science Cloud
The EOSC-Pillar project was officially launched on 5 July 2019 in Rome and, for the next 3 years, will 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).
GARR plays a key role coordinating a group of national organisations such as: the University of Vienna from Austria, Ghent University from Belgium, CINES, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, INRIA and INSERM from France, DKRZ, Fraunhofer, GFZ and KIT from Germany, and CINECA, CMCC, CNR, INFN and Trust-IT from Italy.
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 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 a sort of EOSC in miniature based on a bottom-up approach: the aim is to implement locally EOSC in a scalable and sustainable, so as to be effectively rolled out in other countries. In order to do so, it is necessary that the single national initiatives converge through common policies, FAIR services, shared standards, and technical choices in order to become a catalyst for the science-driven, transnational, open data and open science services offered through the EOSC Portal.
“Our vision is that national Open Science initiatives, either existing or under development, are the key to involve live user communities and research infrastructures in the creation of EOSC,” commented EOSC-Pillar Coordinator and GARR Director Federico Ruggieri.