The Working Groups Insider provides a digest of all the latest activities of the Working Groups. As a vital part of the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), Working Group outputs will have significant implications to the EOSC's development. This inaugural issue is marked by the kickstarting of Working Group activities and appointment of new members.
Latest from the Working Groups
The EOSC Architecture Working Group has currently 40 members from more than 20 countries and EOSC-related H2020 projects.
The group identified the main topics to work on and launched task forces for the first two topics in their last face-to-face meeting. The topics are
Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure
Data Access and Transfer
Guiding principles for the EOSC architecture working group are usability, simplicity, interoperability, taking into account existing solutions, focus on generic solutions and avoid duplication of work.
The EOSC FAIR Working Group has convened four task forces: FAIR practice; PIDs; Interoperability; and Metrics & Certification. These groups are drawing inputs from H2020 projects and the wider community to understand key challenges and gaps to be addressed in implementing FAIR within EOSC. You can see a brief overview presentation given by Marta Teperek at the EOSC Concertation meeting.
The main outputs this year are an outline PID policy and initial FAIR metrics and repository certification approaches. These will be consulted on at the EOSC Symposium in Budapest.The FAIR Working Group has also published a Work Plan so you can track our activities. Check out the website to see our members, meeting minutes and blogs.
All Governing Board nominations to the Landscape Working Group (WG) were accepted by the Executive Board. The group has now 24 members and is co-chaired by the two EB members Jan Hrusak and John Wormesley. Following the first meeting on the 17th July in Prague, where the WG members discussed the timeline for the main deliverable i.e. the Landscape report, the group started collecting information on national infrastructures, policies and other strategic documents. These will build, together with the earlier findings of the EOSC related projects, the kernel of the Landscape report, which has to be prepared in course of 2019.
In the second meeting on 27th August, the WG agreed on the structure of the report. It will consist of 8 chapters, and it will contain after an Introduction and Background information, two chapters on reference framework and synthesis from previous exercises (EU projects and national surveys) focusing on EOSC related infrastructures and existing policies (deadline 9/2019). The next chapters shall describe examples, mechanisms of operation, trends and evolutions of policies and strategies, and shall be finished based on the entries of the EOSC-5B related projects. The final two chapters shall provide an analysis and generalization and eventually identify good practice examples and set of recommendations. The deadline for deliver this part is the end of 2019.
Check out the latest blog posts from the Landscape WG:
The RoP Working Group is constituted of 17 members nominated by the European Members States and approved by the EOSC Executive Board. It is co-chaired by Juan Bicarregui and Wolfram Horstmann.
The EOSC Rules of Participation will define the rights and responsibilities governing the EOSC transactions made by the various EOSC users, providers and operators. The Working Group aims to recommend a common baseline for participation without which the EOSC would be nothing more than a relabelling of existing resources and practices with no motivation to move beyond the status quo.
The Working Group was present at the 14th RDA plenary event in Helsinki (23-25 October). The work was summarized and the following questions formed the basis for open discussion:
How should rules of participation (RoP) govern the relationship between service providers and users?
How should users discover and access EOSC services?
How should EOSC minimize the barriers to service providers taking part?
To what extent should all of the above apply to users and service providers from outside Europe?
The Rules of Participation Working Group will be active at the EOSC Symposium 2019 event in Budapest (26-28 November), where there will be a plenary session on Rules of Participation and a breakout session on Service On-boarding.
Sustainability WG, co-chaired by Rupert Lueck from EMBL and Lidia Borrell-Damian from ScienceEurope, currently comprises of 21 members with different backgrounds and expertise, and a Rapporteur (Bob Jones).
During the kick-off meeting in Frankfurt on July 11th 2019, members set the context for the expected outputs of the WG and decided to work on a strawman document for exploring possible means for sustaining EOSC beyond the end of 2020 following an iterative approach ( Financing model, legal vehicle, governance structure ) and for initiating the relevant discussion among the stakeholders.
In the beginning of September, the editing of the Strawmann document finished and feedback GB,EB, other EOSC WGs as well as other EOSC projects has been received and carefully considered. The next step for the WG is going to be the preparation of several studies which all support and complement the WG’s work.
Check out the latest blog posts from the Sustainability WG: