Two flagship EC initiatives, OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub, open a new chapter in their collaboration with the signing of their collaboration agreement on Monday, 30 April 2018. The agreement solidifies the projects’ ambition for Europe to become a global leader in digital and open science to ensure that scientists reap the full benefits of open data-driven science. Science requires a joint effort and new tools are needed to harness all the relevant information within the research process, while delivering easy ways to implement open science. Together, we will provide a set of services and resources that will become part of the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud).
Convergent but diverse, a unique effort.
OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub have a strong track record of developing and delivering services that make the life of a researcher easier. These include giving advice on how to create data to make it durable and discoverable, facilitate sharing research outputs, accessing domain specific data storage and data-intensive computing. To make our partnership a reality, our joint activity plan is the key instrument. It is built around three major pillars of activities:
1. Service Integration – We will collaboratively work to ensure there is a seamless and continuous flow of scientific outputs e.g. publications, data and metadata, software and workflows amongst our services. Starting by the common adoption of data management plans principles, we will support the publishing of research/scientific products (research data, research software, experiments, research objects, etc.) following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). We will also enable researchers using OpenAIRE services to collect and visualise research impact data about the use of data and application services that are federated via EOSC-hub.
2. Communication, Engagement, Support and Training – Looking into researchers’ needs, we will develop joint communications and a joint training programme to provide them with a complete package of information about services for open science. The collaboration is, for example, already working on a webinar (15 May 2018) on “How to manage your data to make them Open and FAIR” aimed at all researchers. As part of the partnership, we will also work with eInfraCentral to build the future EOSC Portal that will be launched in November 2018.
3. Governance and Strategy – Sharing expertise, we will align the strategic plans of the two projects to ensure a coordinated community engagement, service development, and service positioning and sustainability within the EOSC.
We expect that our collaboration will produce tangible results for researchers but also for a broad range of related communities: Research Infrastructures, decision makers and policy makers at national and European level, research administrators, service and content providers, citizens, Industry/SMEs.