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First report from the High Level Expert Group

The Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (HLEG EOSC) has drafted their first report, which the Commission will publish shortly after the summer.

Enquiries can be made directly to members of the HLEG EOSC and/or to the Commission at

EU Competitiveness Council, 26-27 May 2016

On Friday 27 May 2016, the EU Council met to discuss the transition of their member states towards an Open Science System. Following a debate on open science, the Council adopted conclusions on the transition towards an open science system (PDF icon 247 KB)

The Three Os: Open Science

Book coverThe book Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World - a vision for Europe brings together some of the key conceptual insights behind the "Three Os" and highlights actions that are already taking place or are being prepared at time of publication in May 2016.

Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process, based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools. The chapter on Open Science discusses how the concept of Open Science has evolved, describes the links to Open Innovation and Open to the World, and examines Open Science in the context of the priorities of the European Commission.

You can download the book from the EU Bookshop.

19 April 2016 – European Open Science Cloud

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Giving a major boost to Open Science in Europe, the Commission today presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap benefits of big data revolution.

By bolstering and interconnecting existing research infrastructure, the Commission plans to create a new European Open Science Cloud that will offer Europe's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. This will be underpinned by the European Data Infrastructure, deploying the high-bandwidth networks, large scale storage facilities and super-computer capacity necessary to effectively access and process large datasets stored in the cloud.

Open Science Conference 4-5 April 2016

At a major EU Conference on 4 April 2016 in Amsterdam, the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, outlined his vision for a common EU approach to Open Science in Europe in a keynote speech. The Conference gathered key stakeholders from the research and science sectors to discuss how to accelerate the transition towards open access to scientific publications and the best possible re-use of research data. The outcome of the conference has been summarised in the 'Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science'.

For more information please also see the website of the Open Science conference.

In his speech, Commissioner Moedas announced the imminent launch of the “Open Science Policy Platform”, which will advise the Commission on policy actions required to implement the European Open Science Policy Agenda. The members of the Open Science Policy Platform will be announced at the Competitiveness Council on 26 and 27 May 2016.

Speech by Commissioner Carlos Moedas in Amsterdam: “Open science: share and succeed”

Open Science is one of Commissioner Moedas’ three strategic priorities, set out in June 2015, and the EU is already leading by example in this area by requiring that all research publications funded under Horizon 2020 be openly accessible, free of charge.

In 2014 the European Commission held a Public Consultation on "Science 2.0: Science in Transition" to identify possible needs for policy actions.

The subsequent validation process (see: Final report  PDF icon 633 KB ), the discussion with Member States in the Competiveness Council on 28-29 May 2015 (see: Outcome of the council meeting PDF icon 312 KB) as well as a large stakeholder conference “A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation” on 22-23 June 2015 made it clear that it is time to develop a broad and comprehensive policy vision and agenda for Open Science in Europe.

The Directorate-General for Research & Innovation intends to associate the main stakeholders to the development of the European Open Science Agenda and to the take-up of the ensuing policy actions. More details can be found on the Open Science Policy Platform page.