EOSC Glossary IG

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EOSC Glossary Interest Group

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About the EOSC Glossary Interest Group


The objective of the IG is to collaboratively provide contribution and feedback towards the creation and development of the EOSC Glossary, i.e. a set of shared terms with their explanations deemed of interest to fully understand the characterization of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). A shared glossary is of paramount importance in the EOSC settings and development. In fact, the lack of such resource is among the factors hindering a solid and effective communication and collaboration between the diverse actors involved in the development of such a "complex system”. 


The IG will share useful related materials, including glossaries, already created by the EOSC related projects. It will also promote the uptake of the glossary terms in the context of the EOSC Governance Boards and EOSC-related projects.


The findings of this IG will feed directly into the work of the EOSC Executive Board (EB) and Working Groups (WGs) who are in charge of the development of the EOSC.


About the EOSC Interest Groups (IGs)


The Interest Groups (IGs) were created to give the EOSC related community the opportunity to collaborate, share information, and discuss EOSC related topics. A first set of four IGs have been approved by the projects participating at the EOSC Coordination Day in Budapest, on November 28-29 2019.

The EOSCSecretariat.eu set up an IT platform to support the Interest Groups in their activities. This platform includes a workspace based on a public and open collaborative virtual space where the members can discuss, share documents and structure their collaboration. 

The Interest Groups are open to all members of the EOSC community and EOSC-related projects, no limit in the number of participants from a single project is envisaged. Private area of discussion can be implemented upon request.

Each Interest Group is facilitated by at least one member of the EOSCsecretariat.eu.


How to join the EOSC Interest Groups

To join an Interest Group simply click on the "Subscribe to Group" button on the top right corner on each Interest Group. If you are not logged in on the EOSCsecretariat website you will be asked to create a profile or to enter with your credentials.

How to use the EOSC Interest Groups

After joining an EOSC Interest Group you will be listed among its members and you will be able to do the following:

  • Start a New Discussion: Click on the yellow side button to start a new thread. Choose a title for your post and write your message in the "body" section. You can also add attachments or add a preview for your message by expanding the "summary" section. Tag your post with existing categories or request new tags by writing at info@eoscsecretariat.eu
  • Comment on an existing thread: Click on "Add new comment" to join an open discussion. As with a regular thread you can add a title, attachments and tags.
  • Search among discussions: You can search by keyword contained in the title or by tag.
  • Visit the Interest Group repository: Each Interest Groups has a related repository, accessible via the button on the right side bar. Members of the Interest Groups can download documents from the repository and suggest the addition of further shared documents. IG Facilitators are responsible for the addition and management of documents and folders on the repository.
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Recent Activity

Dario Mangione's picture
29 Jun 2020

First intermediate version of the EOSC glossary released

  • By Dario Mangione

A first intermediate version of the EOSC glossary is available for comments:
EOSC glossary (June 2020)
While attempting to provide an initial definition of the EOSC, this version consists mainly of the basic concepts that are required to create the concept system and targets the infrastructure domain.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as this first set of concepts will affect the entire development of the glossary.

Dario Mangione's picture
27 May 2020

Towards a shared EOSC definition

  • By Dario Mangione

As it is known to all of us there is not yet a unique definition of EOSC. Someone believes that it is not correct to give such a unique definition since the meaning depends on the perspective EOSC is observed from. For example, you may observe it from the perspective of a researcher willing to exploit its functionality or you may observe it as a developer of its technological solutions.

The lack of such a shared definition, however, makes it difficult to present EOSC to new stakeholders and explain to them what is its unique value proposition.

To address this problem, a number of EOSC authoritative documents published from 2015 since today have been analysed to identify possible EOSC characterising properties.

The analysis showed that EOSC can be characterised as a system:

  1. resulting from the activities and initiatives promoted by the European Commission to support the European policy on
  2. ...

Clara Petitfils's picture
10 Mar 2020

Survey on SSH Vocabularies as part of the SSHOC Project

  • By Clara Petitfils

Dear EOSC Glossary IG members, 
The Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud or "SSHOC" H2020 project has recently launched a survey in order to better understand and map social sciences and humanities (SSH) vocabularies practices within the research communities. This survey aims to collect as much feedbacks as possible in order to conduct a thorough analysis, that will result in a deliverable by the end of this year (december 2020).

I am sharing with you the link of this survey, hopping you could help, either by answering it yourself, or by sharing it to your own network. 

The survey's deadline is April 30th 2020 : https://survey.acdh.oeaw.ac.at/index.php/136829?lang=en

I thank you in advance for your help!

Best regards, 

Clara Petitfils
European Project Manager - CNRS/Huma-Num

Donatella Castelli's picture
31 Jan 2020

Welcome to the Glossary Interest Group

  • By Donatella Castelli

The interdisciplinary nature characterizing the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative is one of the main reasons behind frequent terminological overlaps (and the consequential misunderstandings that derive from them), creating the need for a glossary that provides a common basis for disambiguating the terms which are deemed necessary for actual communication between the different groups involved. While many glossaries are publicly available, because of the different viewpoints adopted none of them can cover all the acceptations required for a complex system like the EOSC, rendering the simple collection of existing definitions nearly ineffective. To create a glossary that is consistent and agreeable to all the parties involved it is indeed necessary to review current uses and definitions, starting from the recognized authoritative bodies or authors and to adopt a common framework of principles and procedures regarding the terminology work required to create a concept system that will mediate between the different...