The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is an initiative from the European Commission for a joint, open and virtual environment for FAIR and open research data. EOSC builds on and links together existing solutions and infrastructure in the member states that provide services for storing, managing, sharing, analysing and using open research data.
The first phase of EOSC has been implemented via projects funded within the framework for Horizon 2020. Representatives from the Swedish Research Council have participated in the EOSC Governance Board and as experts in various work teams, where a representative of Formas has also taken part (“Landscape”, “FAIR”, “Architecture”, “Rules of participation”, “Sustainability”and “Skills and Training”)
From 2021, EOSC will convert into a partnership programme under the EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe. The implementation of EOSC will then be taken over by the EOSC Association, consisting of key actors involved in making open data accessible. The first meeting of the Association in the General Assembly was held on 17 December 2020.
EOSC and Sweden
The development of EOSC is relevant to Sweden’s work on open access to research data in several ways. Examples are our work on national guidelines, recommendations and principles for open access to research data, in addition to anchoring and coordinating work on interoperability, standards and best practice at the national level.
The Swedish Research Council is a member of the EOSC Association, and has been appointed the ‘mandated organisation’ by the Swedish Government. This means that we represent Sweden’s interests in the EOSC Association.
The Swedish Research Council has appointed an external reference group for our national and international work in open access to research data and EOSC.
What does EOSC entail for the research community?
Research data that are FAIR (that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reuseable) make it possible for individual researchers to continue building on previous research. In this way, research moves forward and new advances can be achieved. The implementation of EOSC facilitates this by:
- Developing joint frameworks for methods and infrastructural services for collaboration and sharing FAIR research data.
- Developing existing infrastructures so that research data can be linked together, shared and used across disciplines and national borders.
- Driving technology development.
Influence the development of EOSC
The EOSC Association is open for applications for membership from organisations that want to be part of and influence the development of EOSC. Read more and apply for membership on the EOSC’s website.
PublISHED ON 24 May 2021
UpDATED ON 25 May 2021