The international dimension of a sustainable and FAIR-enabled European Open Science Cloud

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02 July 2018 1504 reads

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The international dimension of a sustainable and FAIR-enabled European Open Science Cloud

Meeting room: Tsodilo A

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

The European Open Science Cloud [1] (EOSC) will be a fundamental enabler of Open Science and of the digital transformation of science, offering every researcher the possibility to access and reuse all publicly funded research data in the EU, across disciplines and national borders. The EOSC will be open to the world, reaching out over time to relevant global research partners. It will contribute to a global infrastructure supporting open science by widening gradually to a federated network of infrastructures and nodes from global research partners.

To ensure that the EOSC contributes to a global playing field regarding open, FAIR research data, the European Commission services worked in the context of G7, G20 and in collaboration with the OECD Global Science Forum to make sure that the implementation of the EOSC proceed in line with EU priorities in the international and development agenda, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the Governance Development Forum of the EOSCPilot project [2] has provided since 2017 a bridge for the contribution of global research institutions from third countries to the EOSC.

On 29 May 2018, the European Council adopted conclusions [3] in support of the EOSC Implementation Roadmap laid down by the Commission [4]. These conclusions asked the Commission to move ahead with the set up of the EOSC governance framework by the end of 2018. An official event organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU will take place on 23 November 2018 in Vienna to put in motion this new governance structure.

'Champion initiatives' like the EOSC in Europe bear the potential to accelerate the transition towards a new culture of exchanging and sustaining FAIR-enabled data at the global level. The EOSC aims at an agile process able to adapt to dynamic changes in the data universe. This meeting will bring together science and research stakeholders from Europe and beyond to discuss the following: 

  • Business and revenue models to sustain FAIR data in the EOSC and other relevant initiatives globally
  • Opportunities from international partnerships to share resources, save costs and increase efficiencies
  • How to foster international commitment with the EOSC goals as part of the EOSC implementation roadmap
  • Which international organisations/groups need to play a key role to ensure workable international agreements





Additional links to informative material related to the group

European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe:

Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud:

European Council Conclusions on the European Open Science Cloud:

Meeting agenda

  • Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud, 15'
    Athanasios Karalopoulos, Open Science Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Lightning talks: Open science initiatives outside the EU
    • Keith Russell, Australian Research Data Commons, 5'
    • Ina Smith, African Open Science Platform, 5'
    • Gretchen Greene, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 5'
    • Luiz Bonino, GO FAIR, 5'
  • Panel discussion with the speakers, 45'
    Moderator: Edit Herczog, Vision & values SPRL, RDA Council
  • Questions from the audience, 15'


Research infrastructures, e-infrastructures, research performing organisations, research funders, researchers and experts from public administration and industry, who are active and/or interested in EOSC & FAIR data.

Group chair serving as contact person: Athanasios Karalopoulos

Type of meeting: informative meeting