The success of implementing the FAIR data principles, i.e. the ability of the research community to share, access, and reuse data, as well as to integrate data from diverse sources, requires, among other aspects, the free flow of research data without unnecessary constraints, allowing for discovery and interoperability within the EOSC. Against this background, the FAIR Working Group has commissioned this study on legal interoperability on how, in the context of the EOSC, the application of FAIR data principles is enabled or blocked by legal constraints and impediments in the EU. The results of this study should be considered within the broader EOSC Interoperability Framework.
The purpose of this study is to make recommendations in relation to legal interoperability and how, in the context of EOSC, reusability of data is enabled or blocked by legal constraints. This study does not attempt to provide any value-judgement or policy recommendations in relation to the EOSC initiative or to open data and open science principles in general.