Presenting the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days

From 26 to 28 April, join EOSC Future, the INFRAEOSC-07 projects and ARCHIVER to discover what the EOSC platform has to offer for resource and service providers. Whether you’re still discovering EOSC or you’re a seasoned provider in need of a refresher course, the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days will get you up to speed on the interoperability requirements, onboarding procedure and upcoming developments.

Check out the programme and register for this online event.

On 26 April, a team of technical experts and open science advocates will showcase how providers can interact with the EOSC platform. During a session on the EOSC Core, they will present the set of internal functionalities that allows EOSC to operate and how these functionalities support providers. The session on the EOSC portal, meanwhile, will focus on onboarding requirements and processes.

26 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTEOSC for data and service providers
10.00 – 11.30 CESTEOSC Core
11.45 am – 12.30 CESTFAIRification of data and services
13.30 – 15.00 CESTEOSC portal
15.15 – 16.00 CESTTowards composable services: The EOSC Interoperability Framework

Sessions on 27 and 28 April will provide targeted information for specific provider groups. Current resource and service providers will present what they are making available through EOSC and how they benefit from this. EOSC project representatives will give an overview of specific features for each group as well as upcoming improvements. All prospective and current providers are invited to join a detailed onboarding training session.

27 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTLibraries as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTRepositories as EOSC providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTUniversities as EOSC providers
12.00 – 12.45 CESTHPC centres as EOSC providers
14.00 – 15.30 CESTTraining session: How to onboard your services to the EOSC portal

28 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTScience clusters and research infrastructures as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTEOSC for commercial providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTNational infrastructures as EOSC providers

Open Call: RDA Working Groups

In the context of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA)  has launched a one-million-euro grant fund targeting, among other stakeholders, scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The overarching goal of the RDA Open Calls mechanism is to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in line with RDA’s outputs and recommendations.

As part of the latest iteration of calls for proposals, the open call for ‘RDA working groups’ aims to recruit domain and discipline-specific expert groups familiar with the European data infrastructure landscape and associated RDA activities

Successful applicants will play a critical role in:

  • enabling solutions supporting technical developments around EOSC
  • addressing social barriers to EOSC
  • increasing adoption and community participation in EOSC
  • complementing existing RDA working groups and structures in support of EOSC.

Applications should explicitly focus on one of the following or a related topic of interest:

  • EOSC services (e.g. PIDs and PID policies, AAI and security coordination, service management, resource registry, monitoring and accounting)
  • EOSC Exchange (e.g. data transfer, research data or research software as a service)
  • EOSC Interoperability Framework (e.g. research description, policies, AAI, PIDs, metrics, metadata)
  • training and competence/skill development for EOSC
  • feasibility of EOSC services
  • cross-disciplinary approaches to benefit EOSC
  • alignment with EOSC Task Forces and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

Where relevant or possible, applications should consider a discipline-specific approach to the above-mentioned topics.

What does the grant include?

Up to 10 grants of max. €15 000 will be issued during the lifetime of the EOSC Future project.

Please note that RDA working groups will last for 12-18 months.

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or applicants outside of EU Member States and Associated Countries.

Further criteria and conditions can be found on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 21 March 2022, 16.00 CET.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

Open Call: RDA Communities of Practice

Collecting experience from the field to support the development of EOSC

In the context of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA)  has launched a one-million-euro grant fund targeting, among other stakeholders, scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The overarching goal of the RDA Open Calls mechanism is to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in line with RDA’s outputs and recommendations.

Recently announced, the RDA open call forRDA communities of practice’ will select experts and skilled communicators in various research fields to serve as the coordination focal point between their professional communities and the broader EOSC community.

These dedicated communities – or COPs – will play a fundamental role in:

  • providing discipline or domain-specific knowledge and skills within EOSC
  • engaging users and providers in EOSC
  • bolstering alignment across national, regional and discipline-specific lines.

Successful applications should provide a detailed set-up of an RDA community of practice, elaborating on the following outcomes:  

  • consolidation of new research communities around EOSC
  • disciplinary developments in support of existing EOSC science clusters
  • cross-disciplinary approaches to benefit EOSC
  • global approaches, including open research commons initiatives.

Proposals should demonstrate not only how specific domain needs will be streamlined to support the development of EOSC but also how their respective communities will benefit from EOSC core and associated services.

What does the grant include?

This call will award up to 5 grants, each totalling a maximum of €7 500, over the course of the EOSC Future project.

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or projects based outside of an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 21 March 2022, 16.00 CET.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

Register now for the EOSC Future Open Days!

The EOSC Future project is hosting its first series of open days on 23-25 November 2021. During this virtual event, participants will have a unique opportunity to ask questions about the inner workings of the EOSC Future project, recent developments as well as priorities going forward.

The EOSC Future Open Days will bring together various stakeholders active in the EOSC community to discuss topics that are high on the agenda for EOSC Future, not to mention EOSC in general. These topics include:

  • the EOSC Portal
  • how EOSC Future supports scientific communities
  • EOSC Future engagement opportunities
  • the Digital Innovation Hub Business Pilots
  • the EOSC Observatory
  • the EOSC Future Working Groups
  • the EOSC Future Knowledge Hub. 

The event agenda, available below, is built around thematic sessions, so participants can choose the sessions that are most relevant or of interest to them. The goal of these sessions is not only to be informative but also to gage the interest and potential contribution of the EOSC community.

Interactive Q&A sessions will elaborate on these thematic topics and session discussions.

Agenda

Tuesday, 23 November

09.00-10.00 CET: The EOSC Portal – for researchers

This session will answer the following questions: How does the EOSC Portal work from a user perspective? What novelties can be expected within EOSC Future?

10.30-11.30 CET: Building an EOSC to support leading-edge research

This session will answer the question: How will science benefit from EOSC?

12.00-13.00 CET: Help create an EOSC that works

This session will discuss engagement opportunities within EOSC Future. During the session, the new EOSC branding competition will also be launched.

Wednesday, 24 November

09.00-10.00 CET: The EOSC Portal – for providers

This session will respond to a series of questions: How does the EOSC Portal work from a service provider perspective? What novelties can be expected within EOSC Future?

10.30-11.30 CET: EOSC Future DIH Business Pilots

This session will answer the questions: What is the EOSC Future Digital Innovation Hub and what are the plans for the business pilots?

12.00-13.00 CET: The EOSC Observatory

This session will answer the question: How will EOSC Future support the EOSC Partnership in monitoring EOSC readiness?

Thursday, 25 November

09.00-10.00 CET: EOSC Future Working Groups

This session will answer a series of prompts: What are the EOSC Future Working Groups doing? In which thematic areas? How is this work different from that of the EOSC Association Task Forces (and how will they collaborate)?

10.30-11.30 CET: The EOSC Future Knowledge Hub

This session will answer the following questions: What is the EOSC Future Knowledge Hub? What are the training plans for EOSC Future?

EGI is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

EOSC Future launches 2 RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a series of calls for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

RDA Open Call for EOSC Maintenance Facilities

This new call focuses on maintenance solutions based on RDA recommendations and outputs. Applicants can submit their proposal until 15 March 2022, 16.00 CET via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a world-class virtual space that meets the data resource and management needs of Europe’s research communities. Achieving this interoperable framework depends on organising and curating data outputs in a streamlined and sustainable way. 

The RDA Open Call for Maintenance Facilities in the context of EOSC aims to provide long-term maintenance solutions that draw on RDA standards, tools and outputs. More specifically, it is tailored to applicants that have an understanding of RDA mechanisms and, thus, can support the generation of a maintenance facility that underscores the broader EOSC community.

Applicants should consider the following components of a full-fledged maintenance facility:   

  • design and scope, including storage and curation solutions
  • future technical and resource requirements
  • necessary technical documentation
  • durable standards and outcomes
  • added value for EOSC and future EOSC communities
  • link to RDA recommendations and outputs.

Proposals should also demonstrate technical capacities in a diverse range of outputs, e.g., code, software, standards, or guidelines that can be maintained over time.

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation, or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or projects based outside of an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 15 March 2022, 16.00 CET.

What does the grant include?

A grant of max. €40 000 will be awarded to support work in this area over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Activities are expected to start in early 2022 and cover a duration of 8-12 months.


 RDA Open Call for Domain Ambassadors

 Launched on 11 November, this new call will support a network of experts in integrating their disciplinary know-how and community achievements within EOSC. Applicants can submit their proposal until 15 February 2022, 16.00 CET via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities are receptive and responsive to the needs and realities of various domain-specific research communities in the EU. 

To this end, the RDA Open Call for Domain Ambassadors in the context of EOSC invites researchers and research groups to serve as experts and skilled communicators on EOSC within their respective communities. One of 2 new RDA Open Calls, this call targets applicants with:

  • expertise in research infrastructures in a particular scientific domain
  • an understanding of the European data infrastructure landscape
  • strong communication skills
  • prior involvement in RDA activities and commitment to RDA outputs.

Successful proposals will include a detailed plan for raising awareness and access to EOSC within their research communities, identifying:

  • community-related, domain-specific outreach activities
  • benefits of EOSC in a disciplinary context
  • solutions to potential engagement barriers.

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants from different domains, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals and data scientists. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or applicants outside of EU Member States and Associated Countries.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 15 February 2022, 16.00 CET.

What does the grant include?

Up to 10 grants of max. €7 500 will be issued over the course of the EOSC Future project. Two additional calls, with a similar focus, may be launched in 2022.

EOSC DIH Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

The EOSC DIH helps private businesses benefit from digital technologies, services and personnel offered by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Through its Business Pilot programme, the EOSC DIH has released an Expression of Interest, as part of the EOSC Future project, to boost the competitiveness of start-ups, SMEs and other businesses developing solutions in key areas with the help of EOSC services and expertise. Applications are open until 3rd December 2021, 17.00 CET

According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, businesses are strategically placed to use research infrastructure resources and services to enhance growth and foster innovation. The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), an international, multi-player cooperation, provides an interface for supporting this commercial innovation. 

As part of the EOSC Future project, the EOSC DIH has launched an Expression of Interest (EoI) for Business Pilots. The goal is to onboard businesses developing innovative solutions – with EOSC technologies and services – and support them in developing their products and services. For instance:

  • data analytics to improve healthcare
  • services for safer and cleaner transport
  • machine learning and AI optimisation
  • applications to reduce the cost of public services.

The selected business pilots will receive support in, among other areas:

  • accessing e-infrastructure resources and additional technical services
  • prototyping, scaling up, design, performance verification and testing
  • building partnerships with other SMEs and industry stakeholders, innovation clusters and accelerators
  • business coaching and training for increased market uptake
  • boosting visibility at a European and international level.

This support will also be reserved for industry applicants wishing to become service and content providers for the EOSC community.

Who can apply

Start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs and large enterprises are invited to submit an application for this EoI, provided that they fulfil the following criteria:

  • run one of the following use cases: pilots/proofs of concepts, service/product design, PaaS/SaaS integration, performance verification and/or testing
  • develop solutions using different EOSC DIH services: technical access (e.g. HTC, HPC, Cloud computing) or training and support (e.g. technical consultancy or business coaching).

EGI Foundation is partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020, Grant Agreement number 101017536

#EGI2021: Focus on EOSC

Join us on October 19th for an EOSC-themed day!

During our #EGI2021 first conference day, October 19th, we will focus on a variety of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) projects, services and tools. 

In the morning, you can discover the EOSC Synergy project in ‘Bridging from theory to practice with EOSC-Synergy’, or find out how EGI powers several core EOSC Services in the session ‘EGI-powered Thematic Services in EOSC‘.

Throughout the conference, we showcase a number of demonstrations – and on this day, two of them are EOSC-themed: at 12.45 CEST, Find out how the EOSC Test Suite can help with benchmarking and validation, and at 13.30 CEST, how you can onboard resources on the EOSC Portal. 

The first afternoon sessions focus on ‘Gaia-X Architecture and its Implications for EOSC and the research community‘ or you can learn more about EOSC -related services and projects during these short presentations about EOSC-Performance, EOSC-DIH, EGI-ACE, EOSC-Synergy and ESCAPE.

Finally, join us for a workshop focusing on EOSC Future and EOSC Core.

EOSC Future launches the first of its RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. The RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data description
  • identify, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like: 

  • Is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • What communities can be involved to update it?
  • Are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

Grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.

EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future. The EOSC Future project is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

EOSC Future: Call for Evaluators

Apply now and become an EOSC Future expert evaluator!

Call open until June 2023

As a part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is looking for external expert evaluators who are familiar with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), other international open science/data initiatives or research commons. This call is seeking experts to evaluate a series of diverse grants to be awarded over the course of the EOSC Future project. Though the call will remain open for submissions until June 2023,  experts will be called on to evaluate grant applications as soon as October 2021.

Submit your application now at  eoscfuture-grants.eu/call-rda-external-evaluators.

Over the next two and a half years, the EOSC Future project will develop an environment with professional data services, open research products and infrastructure. It looks to create a so-called ‘system of systems’ that will support European researchers in managing the entire lifecycle of data: from sharing, managing and exploiting their own data to discovering, re-using and recombining the data sets of others. The project will engage, train and support (potential) EOSC users and will encourage providers to sign up by offering easy onboarding, ticket management and analytics.

To enable the co-creation of EOSC, via early adoption, technical and domain solution development and interoperability, RDA will be running a rich set of regular open calls. The RDA Open Calls mechanism is backed by a €1 000 000 grant earmarked for engaging with multiple stakeholders, including targeted scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The calls will be complemented by a broad range of support activities, such as events, use cases, info packages, best practices, a Scientific Ambassador Network and dedicated RDA groups. These activities will enable a continual innovation workflow and engagement with science projects to support the implementation of an EOSC environment.  

In keeping with its principles of transparent and community-driven action, RDA is looking for external expert evaluators to support the decision-making process for awarding the RDA Open Calls grants. These evaluators will operate remotely via the EOSC Future Grants Platform and will be responsible for evaluating applications for RDA Open Calls, both for general and discipline- or domain-specific grants. While the call for external expert evaluators is open for the entire duration of the EOSC Future project, evaluators will be needed as soon as October 2021. Evaluators will be routinely selected from the pool of applicants based on their availability and the expertise required. Aside from a few exceptional cases, drafting an individual evaluation report will be compensated with a €150 fee (equivalent to 0.3 working days). 

Experts can submit their applications via the dedicated EOSC Future Grants Platform, which will manage the grants application process for all calls under EOSC Future’s €1.6 million grant fund. This includes the €1 000 000 in grants under the RDA Open Calls as well as another €600 000 awarded through various DIH Calls.


EGI is a partner in the EOSC Future project. EOSC Future is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020