EOSCpilot's 9 Recommendations for EOSC Policy

EOSCpilot's 9 Recommendations for EOSC Policy
15 May 2019

EOSCpilot's 9 Recommendations for EOSC Policy

15 May 2019


Nine high-level policy recommendations were recognised, embodied in implementing actions that are primarily aimed at the EOSC-governing bodies, organisations that fund research, and research infrastructures across Europe. Along with the actions, steps to-be-taken are provided. All the different elements of the report emphasize the importance of an inclusive and transparent debate: stakeholder views and recommendations should be incorporated throughout the policy drafting, adoption and implementation of the EOSC.


"The strategic goal of the report is to create an Ethical,

Open, Secure, and Cost-effective EOSC"


The nine policy recommendations topics are summarised accordingly:

These policy recommendations aim to help establish the policy environment required for an effective EOSC operation and access. The aspects of an Ethical, Open, Secure, and Cost-effective EOSC are considered in detail and can be summarised as: 

  • The inclusion of Ethical principles is of paramount importance to the EOSC. Governance mechanism have to be in place, because it is difficult to anticipate certain ethical issues, emerging from an ever developing scientific, technical, social and political landscape. In constructing these mechanisms, it is specified how trust can be generated and maintained in the EOSC, and how the ethics-recommendations can support this process.
  • An Open EOSC is inclusive and transparent, supporting Open Science in line with the initial EOSC vision as set out by the European Commission in 2016. Their motto is: "As open as possible, as closed as necessary". The recommendations in this report aim to support and encourage openness and FAIRness.
  • Those who use the EOSC need to be able to do so with confidence that the infrastructures, services, and other resources they use, will be Secure. This security includes cybersecurity, IPR, data protection and integrity considerations.
  • Equipping EOSC users and service providers with the appropriate skills and knowledge through training and policy supporting services, contributes to the Cost-effectiveness of the EOSC. 



To reach the strategic goals through the nine high-level recommendations is clarified in detail by thirty-seven implementation actions. These actions can be grouped into four categories: Governance Substructures & Expertise, Outreach, Operational frameworks & Codes of Conduct, and Policy Supporting Services. The categories and their relationship with the policy recommendations and recommended actions, are visualised in the included figure. 


The roadmap illustrated in the 3.6 DELIVERABLE will be further developed by the EOSC executives, defining Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In doing so, EOSC can use these KPIs to measure progress and achievement towards the vision for a truly Ethical, Open Secure, and Cost-effective EOSC.