Making science more open and accessible

Open exchange and cooperation are guiding principles in the sciences. An EU-funded project is creating the integration and management system for the ground-breaking European Open Science Cloud, keeping communications open for science and the betterment of society.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
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  France
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Published: 7 December 2018  
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Making science more open and accessible

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The progress of science and the effective functioning of research in general relies on openness and the sharing of information. In the sciences, the rule really is 'the more free exchange, the better'.

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) supports this objective by offering a virtual environment with free, open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and reuse of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines. Under the EU-funded EOSC-hub project, researchers are creating the EOSC’s integration and management system.

This system – known as the hub – aggregates mature regional and national e-services in Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada and South America. It enables the EOSC to deliver a catalogue of services, software and data from major research e-infrastructures including the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI and INDIGO-DataCloud.

It acts as a single access point for researchers and innovators to discover, use and reuse a broad range of resources for advanced, data-driven research. Users can find valuable services to support scientific discovery and collaboration.

The project is also helping to improve skills and knowledge among researchers and service operators. It is delivering specialised training courses and establishing competence centres to co-create solutions with users.

To engage with the private sector, a Joint Digital Innovation Hub will bring together parties from industry, including SMEs, as well as service providers and researchers, supporting business pilot projects, market take-up and commercial-boost strategies.

EOSC-hub builds on existing technology and addresses the need for interoperability by promoting the adoption of open standards and protocols. Bringing together more than 300 data centres worldwide and 18 pan-European infrastructures, the project is a milestone in the implementation of the EOSC and an enabler of open science for the benefit of all.

Project details

  • Project acronym: EOSC-hub
  • Participants: Netherlands (Coordinator), Finland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Austria, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Norway, Slovenia, Ireland, Belgium, Taiwan
  • Project N°: 777536
  • Total costs: € 33 331 180
  • EU contribution: € 30 000 000
  • Duration: January 2018 to December 2020

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