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EOSC Working Group Insider: A digest of all the final activities of the EOSC Executive Board Working Groups. Thank you for your support!
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Working Groups Insider
March 2021 Issue
This issue of the Working Groups Insider provides a digest of all the final activities of the EOSC Executive Board Working Groups for 2019-20. Their work and outputs are a vital part of the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). As this is the last issue of our newsletter the entire team would like to extend their gratitude for all your support.
The FAIR WG was assigned to provide recommendations on the implementation of Open and FAIR practices within the EOSC. Over an extensive eighteen months process, the WG managed to address cross-disciplinary interoperability, gathered requirements relevant to the EOSC services, and advised the EOSC Executive and Governance Boards on FAIR-related matters.
During the 2019-2020 period, the FAIR WG published the following official documents (the list of all activities of WG can be found here):
Six Recommendations for Implementation of FAIR Practice
A Persistent Identifier (PID) policy for the European Open Science Cloud (in collaboration with EOSC Architecture WG)
Recommendations on FAIR Metrics for EOSC
Recommendations on certifying services required to enable FAIR within EOSC
EOSC Interoperability Framework (in collaboration with EOSC Architecture WG)
During 2019-2020, the Landscape Working Group (WG) was assigned to provide a view on the e-infrastructures landscape, initiatives, and related policies across Europe to map the development of the EOSC ecosystem and readiness to join EOSC. The work outcomes were summarised in three reports.
The WG received funding from the EOSCsecretariat.eu co-creation budget for the Validation Workshops and for gaining support from the consultants T6 Ecosystems and DCC.
The Rules of Participation Working Group (RoP WG) was assigned with the task to define a minimal set of clear rules that specify the rights, obligations and accountability governing EOSC activities. After a public consultation on an early draft in spring 2020, the RoP WG has recently released the Rules of Participation for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The RoP has been formulated as a set of overarching top-level rules that are intended to be generally applicable and long-lived. For each rule, a more detailed commentary discusses the issues relevant to that rule.
To guide the evolution of the rules, in reaction to a growing and evolving EOSC, the RoP WG has also developed the report "Ownership and evolution of RoP from 2021 onwards". This document proposes how the RoP should be managed through a standing EOSC RoP Board that is established as the Body of the EOSC Association.
The Skills & Training WG has managed in less than a year to fulfil its mission and provide a framework for a sustainable training infrastructure to support EOSC in all its phases and ensure its uptake. Its work culminated in the recently released report "Digital skills for FAIR and Open Science", which includes suggestions on policy and implementation foci for a range of stakeholders to facilitate advancement in FAIR and Open Science. Whilst this report identifies the next steps to overcome barriers and maximise skills and training development, a major focus is needed to continue to advance this area in the future. Together with the Report, the WG's members released a diagram that identifies ten EOSC actors (roles and related skills) in the EOSC ecosystem for whom skills and training are relevant.
After its constitution in July 2019, the EOSC Sustainability Working Group has achieved substantial contributions to the realisation of EOSC and its transition inside the boundaries of EU Horizon. The Working Group through an extensive eighteen-month process managed to identify the most probable business models and legal structure for the foundation of the EOSC Association as well as, define the concept and boundaries of the EOSC Minimum Viable Environment (MVE). Sustainability Working Group aimed at the regular engagement of EOSC Stakeholder communities setting a three-stage consultation/feedback process, by disseminating its findings through the EOSC Secretariat liaison platform and facilitating the reflection gathering of the interested parties on the presented outcomes.
The WG's final deliverable "Solutions for a sustainable EOSC" report was published in November 2020 building on the previous Tinman and Strawman report versions and integrating the results from the EOSC Secretariat commissioned studies and EOSC communities feedback.