European Open Science Cloud
>> Governance and funding, Brussels, 29 June 2016
A workshop on governance and funding of the EOSC took place in Brussels on 29 June. Member State representatives were invited to express their views on the preparation of a roadmap outlining the governance and funding of the EOSC initiative.
- Agenda 382 KB
- Speakers and participants 680 KB
The need for a roadmap was mentioned by the European Commission in its Communication of 19 April 2016, which was the first step in a process of engagement with Member States on the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud.
The workshop was supported by a discussion paper ( 303 KB) and a short questionnaire ( 205 KB) , which were sent in advance and discussed at the meeting. The Commission will now elicit further responses from Member States via the questionnaire and consolidate the findings from the day with other consultation exercises and empirical evidence of scientific data infrastructures in Europe.
Based on the results of the workshop and the Sorry! The file that should have displayed here, draft report of the High Level Expert Group (openscience/pdf/hleg/hleg-eosc-first-report_(draft).pdf), was not where it should have been so we couldn't display it! , the roadmap will be finalised by the beginning of 2017. Following this, the Commission will prepare a set of guidelines by the end of 2017, including an action plan to translate FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles into practical tools, rules of engagement for stakeholders, operational concepts for future governance and financing models. These documents aim to make the roadmap directly operational.
Member States will play an active role in developing the roadmap and guidelines for the EOSC through their representatives in the Council (Research Working Party, ERAC etc.), and in programming advisory bodies, as well as in the ministries, the European Economic and Social Committee etc.
Concerning funding, the workshop highlighted the need to re-focus Horizon 2020 (and the next Framework Programme) to extend already existing scientific data infrastructures beyond the lifecycle of a project, and to integrate and federate them in more sustainable facilities. Relevant support from Member States is vital, since there is already a high level of awareness about the need to reduce fragmentation and duplication of costs. Several funding models were discussed including short-term project-based funding complemented by long term self-sustainability. A combination of structural, innovation, competitive funds and user fees could support both the creation and self-sustainability of the EOSC. Several options will be put forward for further, more detailed consultation. Horizon 2020 already offers a significant envelope of 2 billion euros to build the EOSC. A further 4.7 billion euros will need to be covered from combined resources where Member States will play a vital role.
Concerning the governance of the EOSC, alternative models are currently being developed based on existing governance resources at both European (e.g. GEANT) and global level (e.g. the Belmont Forum); the outcome of the workshop underlined the strong need to clarify the differences between architecture and governance.
In terms of architecture, there was some indication that the EOSC will act as a trusted third party between scientific data demands (traditionally funded by public money) and cloud-based scientific services (the private marketplace side), based on a light-weight system for FAIR data sharing.
A clear governance structure is needed to take care of the 'rules of the game' and oversee multiple decision flows, respecting the subsidiarity principle. The governance of the EOSC will help prevent duplication of efforts, fragmentation and isolated solutions. Moreover, it will have the capacity to streamline decision-making processes in relation to scientific data sharing (a 'one-stop shop' in Europe for decisions related to scientific data sharing).
Other key EOSC topics - mainly technical and a few political - were discussed in the workshop, including FAIR Data, interoperability, data management plans, connectivity, standards, interdisciplinarity, cloud-based services, joint procurement rules of engagement, the Digital Single Market, various options for a "legal vehicle" to implement the roadmap and channel funds, Human Resources and skills, the need for core data experts, and international cooperation.
The workshop was organised by DG Research and Innovation, in collaboration with DG Communications Networks, Content & Technology.
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>> Workshop on EOSC, Brussels, 30 November 2015
On 30 November 2015, the High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud organised a workshop with stakeholders, to discuss the challenges of the initiative and put forward possible solutions. The workshop was attended by about 40 participants from key Research infrastructures and e-infrastructures.
- Agenda, invitation message and preparatory material
- List of participants 53 KB
Several contributions were submitted as input to the workshop. Mainly, these were position papers and slides to be presented on the day. They are presented below by date of submission and alphabetic order.
We checked with the authors/submitters that the papers could be published on this website. However, if you notice any inaccuracies in attribution, please contact us and we will amend the table accordingly.
In addition to the papers shown above, various institutions and organisations, individually and/or collectively, published position papers on the European Open Science Cloud either before or just after the event.
A few are shown below. If your organisation's input is in the public domain but is not shown here, please notify us and we will add a reference accordingly.
- Paper from Helix-Nebula in relation to the European Open Science Cloud
- Papers from Sandra Collins, John Wood and Kimmo Koski at the meeting on Open innovation, open scholarship and open infrastructures – insights to the European Digital Single Market (10 November 2015, European Parliament, Brussels)
- LIBER statement on the European open Science cloud
- Position Paper: European Open Science Cloud for Research - EUDAT, LIBER, OpenAIRE, EGI, GÉANT
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