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The Working Groups Insider provides a digest of all the latest activities of the EOSC Executive Working Groups. Their work and outputs are a vital part of the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). In this edition, you can also find out about two Open Calls for contributions to the WGs.
Latest from the Working Groups
As part of the Minimum Viable EOSC (MVE), the Architecture Working Group is currently working on the defining the functions of the EOSC federating core. The initial collection of definitions come from the EOSC-hub and OpenAire-Advance projects and the EOSC Sustainability working group’s Tinman document. These contributions are being aligned and put into context.
In collaboration with the FAIR WG, the PID task force recently published in the first draft of the EOSC Persistent IDentifier (PID) Policies. Pending comments and further review, a final version is expected towards the end of 2020. Currently, the PID task force is initiating further activities to shape the technical architecture for EOSC PID services in more details.
The FAIR Working Group is tasked with providing recommendations on metrics to assess FAIR data and frameworks to certify services that enable FAIR. The Metrics and Certification Task Force, co-chaired by Françoise Genova and Magnus Aronsen, have released two interim documents which are now out for feedback on the EOSC Liaison Platform.
The interim reports provide an overview of ongoing activities and preliminary discussion of key issues. The results of the initiatives to date, and the comments gathered through this consultation, will be taken into account in the final recommendations we make for implementing FAIR metrics and certifying services within EOSC.
OPEN CALL Open Call for a team of experts to perform a study on legal and regulatory issues related to the application of FAIR principles across and within different EU jurisdictions Call closes: 31 March 2020 (12:00 pm CET)
The Landscape Working Group kicked off the new year with a series of activities aimed at finalising the current draft of the EOSC related infrastructures and initiatives landscape report. The WG has now received country sheets from 30 EU Member States and Associated Countries and the challenge is then to include all the given information in an aggregated format. The next draft of the Landscape WG report will go through a validation process, and a remote Validation Workshop has been set up in April to discuss the status of the preliminary Landscape Report findings.
The objective will also be to define how the Landscaping activities can best support the work of the other EOSC WGs.
OPEN CALL Open call for a consultant to write the analytical part of the Landscape analysis report from the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Landscape Working Group Call closes: 23 March 2020 (12:00 pm CET)
The Rules of Participation (RoP) Working Group recently released the Draft EOSC RoP v0.2. In this version of theRoP, the WG has tried to find a balance between ease of participation and ensuring quality. The approach taken is to have minimal conditions set as Rules, but to also recognise a number of voluntary "certification" schemes that can be used to demonstrate quality. The document provides a framework for incorporating further rules in due course, in particular, to take account of conditions coming from the FAIR WG and the Architecture WG. It is envisaged that enforcement of the rules may be done "in advance" for some rules, (e.g. when data or services are on-boarded), but "in arrears" for others, (e.g. by monitoring and reporting compliance).
The Skills & Training Working Group is the newest EOSC WG. It was accepted by the EOSC Executive Board during their November 2019 meeting and a month later was approved by the EOSC Governance Board. On-boarding took place through January, and the Chairs, Rapporteur and the first round of the WG members nominations were then approved by the EOSC EB. Natalia Manola (managing director of OpenAIRE) is the Chair, Vinciane Gaillard (EUA Deputy Director for Research and Innovation) is the Co-Chair and Iryna Kuchma (Open Access Programme Manager for EIFL) is the Rapporteur of the WG.
The WG's mission is to provide a framework for a sustainable training infrastructure, to support EOSC in all its phases and ensure its uptake. The WG will consult and converge with existing initiatives and H2020 EOSC projects to agree upon key components for skills development and training, determine how these can be embedded in different levels of EOSC (institutional, national, EU), and identify what structures are needed to make EOSC a visible success (sustainability).
Skills and Training WG update on activities:
February 7, 2020: 1st WG TelCo
February 26, 2020: 1st F2F Meeting in Brussels
The main focus of theSustainability Working Group has been around the collection of feedback on the Tinman document which explores possible means for sustaining the European Open Science Cloud beyond its initial phase which terminates at the end of 2020.
Feedback on the Tinman document closed in mid February. The WG is now classifying the feedback. It will then publish a consolidation document to explain the analysis process and integration of the feedback received.
The Legal Entity Task Force has been working on clarifying needs around timelines and contemplating option for the future governance model and legal entity of EOSC.
A study on exploring the options for suitable EOSC business models and defining the costs of an EOSC Minimum Viable Environment has been approved.