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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 the latest activities and works done in each of the Working Groups.
The new task force Scholarly Infrastructure for Research Software (SIRS) was launched. The task force does an inventory of the current operational infrastructures across Europe and compares their scope and approach. Following this inventory, it will be possible to draw lessons learned, and to establish the rationale for new initiatives to allow EOSC to include software in the realm of its research artifacts, next to publications and data.
AAI basic architecture and PID architecture documents will be opened for public consultation soon.
The FAIR Working Group is currently working on the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) Consultation, addressing survey responses relevant to FAIR WG.
Recently, the Digital Curation Center (DCC) has made a valuable effort for analysing the landscape in Member States and Associated Countries. Finalisation of the Landscape Analysis is currently following the comments and validation of the invited audience of the Final Validation Workshop. The invitation-only event took place as a hybrid event 28-29 September 2020 in the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels. Remote attendance in the event was possible which had raised the number of participants over 100 in total.
After the holidays, the Working Group on Rules of Participation (RoP) is fully re-charged working towards V3 of the RoP. This version of the rules are planned to be more self-standing with a separate commentary for discussion on each rule where necessary. The third version of RoP is set to be presented at the EOSC Symposium 2020 after which the WG plans to schedule an online workshop to receive feedback on RoP V3. Details of this online workshop will be announced at the symposium.
Over the coming month, the WG RoP will align its work with other WGs to determine which aspects should be covered in the RoP and which will be covered elsewhere. Additionally, a document on the ongoing ownership and maintenance of the rules is in preparation to hand over to the Association.
A study on legal aspects of the EOSC RoP has been started and the first draft is set to be presented to the WG in the next few weeks.
Things for the Skills & Training WG have been quite prolific in the past months. As far as the SRIA is concerned the Group has written a section on the Skills Development, Training and Education and is currently running international consultation about it. The feedback received during the SRIA consultation is being analysed and hopefully be integrated in the next version.
The Group's first study "EOSC within National Strategies for Digital Skills" will be conducted by LDK Consultants EEIG and was presented to the members of the National Strategy Task Force (TF) earlier in September. The team is expected to deliver four deliverables by mid-December.
The other three TF's are working hard on their studies as well, with "Minimum EOSC Skill Sets" Task Force having released for public consultation a diagram about the EOSC actors' profiles and their interactions with the EOSC ecosystem open. The Competence Centres TF is conducting a series of interviews on reviewing the approaches that organisations use to implement their training activities and programmes.
The EOSC Skills and Training Working Group is prepared for a fruitful period ahead.
EOSC Sustainability Working Group has continued its work on multiple fronts opting to further develop its planned contributions in this final year of EOSC first phase.
The Working Group has been involved in the drafting of four different sections of the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and after the closure of the public consultation period, that took place during the past summer, the Working Group plans to examine and process the responses submitted that are relevant within its areas of interest.
Moreover, the Working Group is highly active with the monitoring and synchronisation of five studies (EOSC Operational Costs, Risk Assessment, Expanding EOSC, Long Term Data Preservation and Landscape Analysis) which have produced valuable insights and are expected to continue providing additional input in the near future. The Working Group is currently working on processing the different studies outcomes as contributions to the integration of these outcomes into the Iron Lady document that is expected to be finalised during October.