EGI endorses the principles of the EOSC Declaration and advocates the European Open Science Cloud to be the initiative addressing the needs of open access, sharing within and across research communities, ensuring sustained funding to digital research infrastructures.
We advocate the scope of EOSC to be as broad as possible to include FAIR advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, software, knowledge and expertise that enables researchers to collaborate more easily and be more productive.
EGI commits to the following actions that altogether contribute to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud:
Governance and funding
- Support the definition, implementation and operation of the governing structure benefiting from its long-standing experience with more than 300 data centres in 50 countries.
- Contribute its best practices and experience to the definition of the EOSC “rules of engagement”, i.e. the policies for the EOSC actors (e.g. end-users, customers and providers) leveraging for the lightweight federation of services capabilities ensuring interoperability among multiple suppliers at worldwide scale.
Data culture and FAIR data
- Provide and improve implementation guidelines for FAIR services in the area of advanced compute, federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization, and contribute to the definition of the EOSC minimum set of reference standards and interoperation agreements and service accreditation models for EOSC.
- Develop the skills and certification schemes necessary to become users or operators of digital research infrastructures and EOSC through a network of community-lead competence centres involving multiple research communities, technology experts and service providers.
Research data services and architecture
- Operate the EOSC Hub, the Service Integration and Management system (SIAM) accountable for ensuring that all EOSC service providers perform to provide a seamless service that is compliant to contractual obligations made with customer organizations. Activities include: communicate and manage alignment of services to defined policies and standards, define and maintain service level agreements, conduct service audits and quality assurance reviews, manage end-to-end service level management performance retaining overall accountability, provide the tools for aggregating demand and supply, make services and research artefacts discoverable and accessible at European level etc.
- Operate an open hybrid e-infrastructure offering data-driven advanced compute – Cloud Compute and High-Throughput Compute – and data services from publicly funded and commercial organisations and maintain and evolve the related implementation guidelines to make the related services FAIR.
- Operate a federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization services for the EOSC users and service providers.
The full programme of the 2017 edition of the Digital Infrastructures for Research Conference is now available.
Under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”, the conference programme builds around 2 plenaries and 12 breakout sessions addressing 6 key topics:
- Data science and skills
- Impact evaluation and metrics
- Security, trust and identity
- The EOSC & EDI building blocks
- Business models, sustainability and policies.
Complemented with 35 presentations and 8 lightning talks, the conference’s programme will offer a unique opportunity to network and build collaborations via its demo and poster sessions held throughout the event showcasing innovative solutions, services, initiatives and success stories that support open science and its building blocks.
Attendees will hear from our world-renowned keynote speakers: Katrin Amunts, Professor for Brain Research at the Cécile and Oscar Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Centre Juelich and Jo van den Brand, Professor of Physics at VU University Amsterdam, researcher at Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics and VIRGO spokesperson.
Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss in detail and make concrete progress during the breakout sessions. DI4R 2017 is focused on showcasing best practices, policies and processes, data and the necessary services for the support of the research process and advancement of scientific knowledge and open science.
The conference will also mark the start of the first OpenAIRE Datathon, aiming to stimulate developers and data scientists to analyse and adopt the OpenAIRE Information Space.
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A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.
In this issue…
A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.
In this issue…
The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) adopted new reports on the European Open Science Cloud governance and on Open Access Publishing in Europe.
The report on EOSC includes recommendations on governance and financial schemes, while the report on Open Science Publishing gives recommendations on how to implement open access publishing in Europe by 2020.
Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager at the EGI Foundation, is a member of the OSPP group and chaired the sub-group who worked on the first report.
Highlights on EOSC governance:
- The EOSC should rely on a multi-stakeholder governance that integrates both the national and European levels of authority.
- European countries and the European Commission should ensure long-term funding of the services that are needed to enable the integration of and access to the resources that can be federated in the EOSC.
- Different and innovative funding schemes should be investigated to support users to consume services from EOSC-certified providers that are approved based on a commonly-agreed European certification scheme.
- Raise awareness and communicate the benefits of the EOSC among decision makers, research and education bodies, private sector, industrial and citizen organisations.
- Develop open science and data skills among all the stakeholders.
Highlights on open science publishing:
- Stakeholder communities, member states and the European Commission should jointly assess and identify how the open access (OA) mandate should be achieved by 2020.
- Progress towards full OA must take into account how fast the publishing system is changing, and how scholarly communications are growing in variety.
- Publishing options should be made clear and easily accessible.
- Starting 2020, the European Commission must move toward a broader definition of OA that incorporates the full range of emerging formats and applications of scientific research output.
Read the full reports.
As part of a long-term and ongoing policy to collaborate closely with all our e-infrastructure partners, the EGI Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GÉANT to further develop joint efforts aimed at providing European scientists and international collaborations with sustainable services for their research efforts.
GÉANT and EGI will continue to work together across a number of areas including:
- Joint service portfolio management and procurement
- Interoperability and better integration of GÉANT and EGI services in the areas of network, AAI and security to benefit user communities and improve the experience and uptake of services by researchers
- Exchange information related to long-term strategies, sustainability and business models
- Establish and share communications, user engagement practices and training expertise to better engage with users across research communities
Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, says that “GÉANT is a solid partner of EGI and together we want to support more open science, continuously improve our services offer to the wider research community and stimulate open innovation in Europe and beyond.”
Steve Cotter, Chief Executive Officer of GÉANT adds, “An integrated e-infrastructure experience for research, education and industry is vital for Europe. GÉANT is committed to helping deliver this, and we see this as a natural next step with our strong partner EGI.”