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

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

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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: 

  • How to link FAIR data globally? How to strengthen international collaboration as part of the EOSC implementation roadmap?
  • How about business and revenue models to sustain FAIR data in the EOSC?
  • What are the role of and opportunities from international partnerships to share resources, save costs and increase efficiencies?

[1] https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52016DC0178&from=EN

[2] https://eoscpilot.eu/about/governance-framework

[3] http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9029-2018-INIT/en/pdf

[4] https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/pdf/swd_2018_83_f1_staff_working_paper_en.pdf

Additional links to informative material related to the group

European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52016DC0178&from=EN

Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/pdf/swd_2018_83_f1_staff_working_paper_en.pdf

European Council Conclusions on the European Open Science Cloud:
http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9029-2018-INIT/en/pdf

Meeting agenda

  • Welcome by the European Commission 
  • The international dimension of the Implementation Roadmap for EOSC with the focus on governance, Fair Data Action Plan and Rules of participation
  • Setting out the governance framework –  the role of the EOSC Stakeholder Forum as a "sounding board" for researchers and citizens at a global level
  • Recommendations for a sustainable business model for a FAIR-enabled EOSC.
    • Access rights and charging models
    • Best practices
    • The minimum viable product approach
    • What has to be in from the start?
    • Scalability

Audience

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