EOSC-related European Projects getting Global: Engaging with the RDA - RDA 11th Plenary BoF meeting

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Meeting title

EOSC-related European Projects getting Global: Engaging with the RDA (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes: 


Short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

The idea of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) took shape in 2015, as a vision of the European Commission of a large infrastructure to support and develop open science and open innovation in Europe and beyond. The EOSC is projected to become a reality by 2020 and will be Europe’s virtual environment for all researchers to store, manage, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes. EOSC is meant to be open to the world in order to benefit borderless science, “reaching out over time to relevant global research partners. It will increase the global value of open research data and support stakeholder engagement, including researchers and citizens.” as defined in the EOSC declaration. There is an opportunity for RDA to provide input to the EOSC implementation through its recommendations, and vice versa, to benefit from EOSC as one of the major European initiatives supporting the implementation of the FAIR data principles.   

Three EC-supported projects relevant to the development of the EOSC, namely FREYA, EOSC-hub and OPENAIRE-Advance, will have begun their activities between December 2017 and RDA Berlin Plenary. These projects plan to closely liaise with the RDA, taking advantage of the RDA Global Forum to engage with members from other regions and develop global solutions. The aim of the meeting is to have a first discussion in the RDA context, to identify activities of interest and activities to be developed in the RDA, and to liaise with RDA members from Europe and other regions possibly interested to join in common work.

Additional links to informative material related to the group

EOSC site: https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm?pg=open-science-cloud

FREYA: http://www.project-freya.eu

EOSC-hub: http://www.eosc-hub.eu/

OpenAIRE-Advance: https://www.openaire.eu/advance


Meeting objectives

The three projects analysed their aims and activities with respect to the RDA landscape. They mapped the projects with existing RDA Groups and existing RDA Recommendations and outputs, their existing engagement with Groups and their plans. They identified new potential on new potential areas for RDA to which they could jointly contribute in order to advance in the implementation of the EOSC. BoFs being the ideal venue to discuss possible new Groups, the BoF session will focus on discussing these new potential areas,

• to share the analysis of RDA activities done with the point of view of each of the three projects,

• to identify new activities which would be interesting to propose in the RDA context,

• to discuss RDA recommendations and outputs of interest,

• to liaise with interested RDA members from all regions.

A full discussion of the mapping of the projects with RDA is the subject of the collocated event which will be held Friday 23 March in the afternoon.

Meeting agenda

  • Introduction to workshop [F. Genova] pdf

  • Project presentations from EOSC-hub (D. Scardaci - pdf), FREYA (B. Matthews - pdf), OpenAIRE-Advance (N. Manola - pdf) [10’ each]

  • Presenting topics for which there may be an interest in creating new Interest and/or Working groups and discussion for the identification of convergences, discussion of benefits and priorities  [60’’] - the results of the discussion are summarized in the notes

    • FREYA

    • EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance [Speaker: Paolo Manghi] pdf

Target audience:

The target audience is representatives of the three projects and all RDA members, in particular those engaged in relevant projects in other regions, and chairs or participants of relevant Groups. 

Short summary of the projects

The FREYA project will iteratively extend a robust environment for Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) into a core component of European and global research e-infrastructures. The resulting FREYA services will cover a wide range of resources in the research and innovation landscape and enhance the links between them so that they can be exploited in many disciplines and research processes. This will provide an essential building block of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Moreover, the FREYA project will establish an open, sustainable, and trusted framework for collaborative self-governance of PIDs and services built on them.
FREYA capitalises on the successes of the THOR project and will build on the core services of the existing trusted PID systems of the project partners, developing them in the context of established community-based services and more widely through the EOSC. The FREYA e-infrastructure components will be built on technologies and services that are already well proven. New services, and new PID types, will be introduced and moved up the scale of Technology Readiness Levels, so that the emerging e-infrastructure services are prototyped and positioned for evolution beyond the end of the FREYA project.
The vision of FREYA is built on three key ideas: the PID Graph, PID Forum and PID Commons. The PID Graph connects and integrates PID systems to create an information map of relationships across PIDs that provides a basis for new services. The PID Forum is a stakeholder community, whose members collectively oversee the development and deployment of new PID types; it will be strongly linked to the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The sustainability of the PID infrastructure resulting from FREYA beyond the lifetime of the project itself is the concern of the PID Commons, defining the roles, responsibilities and structures for good self-governance based on consensual decision making.

The EOSC-hub project creates the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud that delivers a catalogue of services, software and data from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and major research e-infrastructures. This integration and management system (the Hub) builds on mature processes, policies and tools from the leading European federated e-Infrastructures to cover the whole life-cycle of services, from planning to delivery. The Hub aggregates services from local, regional and national e-Infrastructures in Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada and South America.
The Hub acts as a single contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research. Through the virtual access mechanism, more scientific communities and users have access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.
The project also improves skills and knowledge among researchers and service operators by delivering specialised trainings and by establishing competence centres to co-create solutions with the users. In the area of engagement with the private sector, the project creates a Joint Digital Innovation Hub that stimulates an ecosystem of industry/SMEs, service providers and researchers to support business pilots, market take-up and commercial boost strategies.
EOSC-hub builds on existing technology already at TRL 8 and addresses the need for interoperability by promoting the adoption of open standards and protocols. By mobilizing e-Infrastructures comprising more than 300 data centres worldwide and 18 pan-European infrastructures, this project is a ground-breaking milestone for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud.

OpenAIRE-Advance continues the mission of OpenAIRE to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe. By sustaining the current successful infrastructure, comprised of a human network and robust technical services, it consolidates its achievements while working to shift the momentum among its communities to Open Science, aiming to be a trusted e-Infrastructure within the realms of the European Open Science Cloud.
In this next phase, OpenAIRE-Advance strives to empower its National Open Access Desks (NOADs) so they become a pivotal part within their own national data infrastructures, positioning OA and open science onto national agendas. The capacity building activities bring together experts on topical task groups in thematic areas (open policies, RDM, legal issues, TDM), promoting a train the trainer approach, strengthening and expanding the pan-European Helpdesk with support and training toolkits, training resources and workshops. It examines key elements of scholarly communication, i.e., co-operative OA publishing and next generation repositories, to develop essential building blocks of the scholarly commons.
On the technical level OpenAIRE-Advance focuses on the operation and maintenance of the OpenAIRE technical TRL8/9 services, and radically improves the OpenAIRE services on offer by: a) optimizing their performance and scalability, b) refining their functionality based on end-user feedback, c) repackaging them into products, taking a professional marketing approach with well-defined KPIs, d) consolidating the range of services/products into a common e-Infra catalogue to enable a wider uptake.
OpenAIRE-Advance steps up its outreach activities with concrete pilots with three major RIs, citizen science initiatives, and innovators via a rigorous Open Innovation programme. Finally, viaits partnership with COAR, OpenAIRE-Advance consolidates OpenAIRE’s global role extending its collaborations with Latin America, US, Japan, Canada, and Africa.

Contact persons for each project:

FREYA: Simon Lambert & Maaike de Jong
EOSC-hub: Giacinto Donvito & Mark van de Sanden
OpenAIRE-Advance: Natalia Manola & Paolo Manghi

Group chair serving as contact person: Francoise Genova

Type of meeting: Working meeting


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