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Commission High Level Expert Group

New Commission High Level Expert Group 2017-18

On 21 June 2017, the 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.

This Expert Group is therefore distinct from traditional advisory groups discussing the overall financing of research infrastructures including e-infrastructures (e.g. ESFRI, e-IRG and Horizon 2020-related groups).

To achieve its objectives, the group will collaborate with ongoing Horizon 2020 projects and national initiative contributing to the establishment of the EOSC, as well as with the Commission expert group on Turning FAIR data into reality and the Open Science Policy Platform, as well as with traditional advisory groups.

The group will run from June 2017 to end of 2018. The first meeting will be held on 29 June 2017 in Brussels and it is expected to meet 4 times and to produce a final report at the end of 2018 with recommendations on measures for implementation of the EOSC.

The new group follows in the steps of the previous High Level Expert Group European Open Science Cloud, chaired by Professor Barend Mons and including experts from different scientific disciplines, which was established in 2015 and was active until February 2017. The old HLEG EOSC developed a strategic vision for the EOSC; it run extensive consultation of stakeholders and produced high-level recommendations in the report 'Realising the European Open Science Cloud', published in October 2016.

The full list of members and information on meetings of the new group are available in the Commission transparency register.


First report from the High Level Expert Group

On 11 October 2016 the Commission has published the first report of the 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. They recommend to set-up and fund a concerted effort to develop core data expertise in Europe. They estimate that half a million 'core data scientists' are needed to make the most of open research data in Europe. Finally, they recommend changing radically the funding model for research data, from traditional and rigid funding schemes of the past - e.g. small and unaccounted part of a time-limited and space-bound grants to an overall co-funded national / EC funding scheme. They estimate that on average about 5% of total research expenditure should be spent on properly managing and 'stewarding' data in an integrated fashion.

The Recommendations of the HLEG EOSC provide a solid starting point for further reflection and engagement of scientific user communities, research funders and Member States in the making of the initiative.

Enquiries can be made directly to members of the HLEG EOSC (see inside cover of the report), and/or to the Commission at


Commission High Level Expert Group 2015-16

The Commission High Level Expert Group European Open Science Cloud was created in September 2015. The group was set up to provide advice to the Commission on the European Open Science Cloud initiative.

It is chaired by Professor Barend Mons, and is composed of ten high-level experts from different disciplines and countries. Full information on members and meetings is published in the Commission transparency register.

The Expert Group will advise the Commission regarding the shape of a ‘European Open Science Cloud’ initiative. Overall, the group should provide strategic advice to the Commission on the strategy for the European Open Science Cloud initiative as part of the Digital Single Market. The Expert Group is distinct from the advisory groups discussing formally and informally the financing of research infrastructures, including e-infrastructures (e.g. ESFRI, e-IRG and Horizon 2020-related groups).

The High Level Expert Group's (HLEG) first interim report highlighted that the data and governance challenges to realise an EOSC are at least as prominent as the technical ones. In fact, most of the building blocks of the EOSC are ‘floating around’ among the ESFRIs and research infrastructure communities and organisations. The interim report set a major task: the need to recognise the drivers of the current situation of sparsely connected or, in the worst case, completely isolated components, instead of a comprehensive and smoothly interoperating and user-oriented infrastructure that scientists from all disciplines use.

The group met three times: 22 September 2015, 4 December 2015 and 13 January 2016. A final meeting is foreseen for the spring of 2016. The mandate of the group was extended until end June 2016, to allow organising a further workshop with research funding organisations, on 15 March 2016.

The group helped organise a Stakeholder Workshop on 30 November, attended by 40 participants from key RI and e-infrastructures.