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New High Level Expert Group on EOSC launched

On 21 June 2017, the European Commission set-up the new High Level Expert Group European Open Science Cloud. Its mission is to advise the Commission on the measures needed to implement the European Open Science Cloud.

The new group, chaired by Silvana Muscella, is composed of ten high-level experts from different European countries and two third-countries (Australia and US). Together, they have a complementary set of expertise related to various key aspects of the set-up of scientific data clouds, including standardisation, certification, procurement, delivery of federated services, business models, management, governance and funding of national and European research data infrastructures and e-Infrastructures.

Call for contributions on FAIR Data

The Commission has established an Expert Group on FAIR data to support the research and innovation policy development on Open Science. The overall aim of the Group is to turn the FAIR data principles into an operational reality, to ensure that research data are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. The Expert Group has launched a call for contributions that will be open until 31 July 2017. This will include an online forum and two open community sessions in July to allow people to contribute ideas to the FAIR data expert group in real-time. Please see the attached note for further information on how to get involved.

European Open Science Cloud Summit

On 12 June, the Commission organises the European Open Science Cloud Summit in Brussels.

The summit will be Europe’s moment of commitment to the EOSC and it will generate a number of concrete EOSC Statements for implementation. By reviewing key areas of EOSC implementation and endorsing the EOSC statements, participants will take upon themselves to make the EOSC a reality by 2020. In that respect, the summit wants to mark a clear milestone, and prove willingness to build the EOSC as an inclusive and sustainable open commons for Europe’s research and innovation system.

Commissioner Moedas will open the event with a speech, which will be followed by a panel discussion. Five substantive sessions will follow, on the key aspects of the implementation of the EOSC. Director-General Robert-Jan Smits will Chair the event.

The event will be web-streamed

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Setting of an Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing

DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) is setting up an Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Publishing in order to support the research and innovation policy development on Open Science. The group’s tasks shall be to assess emerging and alternative open access business models with the aim of establishing how an economically viable transition towards open access can be achieved. An important element of the group's work will be establishing general principles for the future of open access publishing and scholarly communication.

The group shall consist of up to 12 members that can be either:

  • individuals appointed in a personal capacity, who will act independently and in the public interest
  • organisations, which will have to be registered in the Transparency Register.

Interested individuals and interested organisations are invited to submit their application to DG RTD.

Workshop: IPR, Open Science and Technology Transfer

9 March 2017
Room VML02, Rue Van Maerlant, 2 – 1040 Brussels

The delicate interplay between ensuring protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and fostering knowledge circulation will be at the core of the workshop 'IPR, Technology Transfer & Open Science - Challenges and opportunities', which will take place on March 9th in Brussels. Starting from the idea that Open Science does not mean 'free science', the participants will discuss the approaches to striking a good balance between protected data and open access to information.

The present Workshop, jointly organised by JRC and DG Research and Innovation, gathers experts in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Technology Transfer, Open Science and cloud computing, with a view to analysing the interaction between these elements and, in particular, to understanding to what extent the current European copyright framework is fit for an Open Science setting.

The Workshop is expected to result in a set of policy recommendations to be included in a policy brief following discussions.

Since seats are limited, you are kindly invited to register early in order to secure your place.

11 October 2016 – first report from the High Level Expert Group

The Commission has published today the first report of the Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (HLEG EOSC).

The Report recommends to close discussions about the ‘perceived need’ of a science cloud and to take immediate action on the EOSC in close concert with Member States, building on existing capacity and expertise. They also recommend writing clear Rules of Engagement for access to the EOSC and for the provision of services based on research data (e.g. TDM, data analytics, etc.). But the implications of the report reach further in several aspects of Open Science policy more broadly. They recommend framing the EOSC as the EU contribution to a future, global Internet of FAIR Data and Services underpinned by open protocols.

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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.