E-Infrastructures, VREs and other H2020 projects are key building blocks of the European Open Science Cloud
The EC Digital Single Market refers to E-Infrastructures as ways of addressing needs of European researchers for digital services in terms of networking, computing and data management. They foster the emergence of Open Science and support the circulation of knowledge in Europe online and therefore constitute an essential building block for the European Research Area.
A Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is a community of practice, an organisation and a bundle of services which supports researchers by providing access to shared documents tools and resources they need in the course of a research project. Some examples of VREs are EVER-EST, a VRE for research on Earth-science, and VRE4EIC, supporting a multi-disciplinary approach to research on climate change and energy sustainability.
The Horizon-2020 programme supports E-Infrastructures, such as PRACE, EGI, EUDAT and GEANT, as well as a number of VREs. Other relevant technology providers, research projects and collaborations carry out R&D in innovative areas related to these areas, irrespective of whether funding comes from H2020 or from other sources.
Representatives of this key stakeholder category participate directly in the EOSCpilot project. Moreover, according to an internal survey, close to 80% of the project partners currently engage with E-Infrastructures, VREs or other relevant Horizon2020 projects.
The EOSC benefits for e-infrastructures, VREs and other H2020 projects
The added-value of engaging with EOSCpilot project activities for E-Infrastructures, VREs research projects and collaborations, including technology providers and other H2020 projects.
- The EOSC acts as a catalyst for the coordination and interoperation of existing E-Infrastructures’ services, policies and organisational structures.
- By supporting interoperation and coordination, the EOSC contributes to enhancing the experience of E-Infrastructure users, who will benefit from seamless and integrated access to the online resources and tools they need for their research.
- Through the EOSC E-Infrastructures and VREs will be able to extend their user communities, reaching out to a broader set of disciplines and scientific environments.
- Increased and easier cooperation amongst E-Infrastructures in the set-up and delivery of services to research communities.
- Increased coordination and harmonization of service portfolios.
- Offer a one-stop-shop for researchers to access the digital capabilities of the EOSC
Engagement in the EOSCpilot project activities will provide E-Infrastructures, VREs and other H2020 projects with the opportunity to:
- E-Infrastructures provide federation services for researchers as well as for the EOSC service providers in order to enable the EOSC as a system of systems
- Contribute in the definition and setup of the EOSC governance and policies, as well as provide input to its architecture and services.
- Influence and be part of the governance of the future EOSC.
- Support sustainability of the EOSC, oversee its service provisioning and relevant business models.
- Research projects and collaborations drive the EOSC development and evolution with requirements and input to community-defined policies.
- Technology providers contributes to the EOSC innovation by providing new technologies and solutions.
Do you belong to an E-Infrastructure, a VRE or another relevant H2020 project?
First of all, we would like to get to know you and hear from you how you support Open Science. Here are some concrete ways to learn more about the EOSC and contribute to its shaping.
- Attend the 1st EOSC Stakeholder Forum in Brussels, Belgium, on 28-29 Nov 2017. All stakeholders will gather to discuss and share their views on the foundations of the EOSC.
- Participate in the EOSCpilot Governance Development Forum (EGDF) and join their thematic workshops.
- The second EGDF workshop will take place on October 2-3 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia, and will work on "Drafting Governance Framework and Principles of Engagement for European Open Science Cloud".
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