Research Infrastructures

Research Infrastructures
22 Feb

Research Infrastructures

Research Infrastructures are the motor EOSC

The notion of Research Infrastructures refers both to traditional large physical installations, as well as to facilities which “include networked resources and skill / capacity building initiatives. These resources use advances in information and communications technology and the big data revolution to underpin new collaborative methods of research”.

Research infrastructures may be based at a single location, distributed across a number of sites and organisations, or provided via online platforms. Europe hosts several large-scale research infrastructures operating across national boundaries.

Research Infrastructures are the base on which the future federated EOSC will be built. They provide several types of services the EOSC, including data services and expertise. Research infrastructures are very experienced in providing cloud services to researchers, and as such, are key players in the specification and the set-up of the EOSC. Close cooperation with other research infrastructures and e-Infrastructures within the EOSC will increase the capability of research infrastructures to combine and integrate data and resources in a common environment.

According to an internal survey, 93% of the EOSCpilot project participants currently engage with research infrastructures. This is the highest score amongst the whole range of stakeholder groups the  project partners are working with.

The EOSC benefits for Research Infrastructures

The added-value of engaging with EOSCpilot project activities for Research Infrastructures.

  • Embedding Research Infrastructures in the EOSC environment will increase their ability to share resources and data, increase flexibility and create economies of scale
  • Enhance and broaden the portfolio of services they offer to their user communities
  • Increase usage thanks to technical education and training, facilitated access for users and the rise of new interconnected research opportunities
  • Gain visibility thanks to the EOSC network
  • Build strong expertise with experience sharing

EOSCpilot's contributions

Engagement in the EOSCpilot project activities will provide Research Infrastructures with the opportunity to:

  • Broaden user communities
  • Bring networking opportunities with other facilities
  • Share their ideas and requirements on the set-up of the EOSC
  • Start working on the practical aspects of interoperability through the Science Demonstrators to lay the foundations of the EOSC and prepare the future
  • Provide access to relevant horizontal services
  • Provide an opportunity to influence and be part of the governance of the future EOSC

Do you belong to a Research Infrastructure?

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.