Which Rules of Participation for EOSC?

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Blockchain for research: a new paradigm as decentralization and participation for EOSC community

An interesting aspect to be explored in EOSC is the role of the Blockchain communication protocol that identifies a technology based on the logic of the distributed database with the data stored on multiple machines linked together, considered as nodes. This methodology could play an important role in research inside EOSC at beyond the current paradigm of scientific communication understood as it is today. Platforms like Ethereum and hyperledger3 allow developers to build applications on a blockchain infrastructure.



Sustainable business models

The RCN believes that it is important to implement business models that ensure the long-term sustainability, development and maintenance of well-functioning and demanded services. The report presents the following three models; direct support, pure EOSC voucher and hybrid consisting of a combination of direct funding and EOSC vouchers. The RCN supports an extended hybrid model which also include different types of business models in addition to direct funding and EOSC vouchers.



EOSC Vouchers

The RCN thinks that the report “Prompting an EOSC in practice” contains innovative ideas on financing that contributes to “funding the operational costs of the EOSC Gateway/marketplace and the provision of key open data sets.” It proposes to compensate providers of data sets according to usage. Furthermore, the idea of "EOSC coins/vouchers" should be further investigated. It is important, though, to ensure that EOSC coins do not encourage the development of several providers offering more or less  the exact same services.



Career-enhancing incentives

The RCN thinks that it is important to create career-enhancing incentives for researchers (in line with recommendation 1 "Engagement") and in line with DORA. Practicing open science should be merited when e.g. applying for project funding.  The development of a common set of career-enhancing incentives and mechanisms is strongly encouraged, including measures to evaluate open science activities.



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