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Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
03 Jun 2020

ARCHIVER Design Phase Kick-off Virtual Event

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear EOSC stakeholders,

we are happy to invite you to join the kick-off virtual meeting of the ARCHIVER Design Phase, taking place next Monday 8 June starting at 14.00 CEST. The five consortia selected for the ARCHIVER Tender will be announced during a Public Award Ceremony.

More information about the event is available here

The event is open to all interested stakeholders, we therefore kindly invite you to share the news.

All the best


Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
29 May 2020

The Global Research Data Alliance community response to the global COVID-19 pandemic

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Yesterday, 28 May 2020, the Research Data Alliance published the pre-final version of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines covering four research areas – clinical data, omics practices, epidemiology and social sciences. This document is also complimented by overarching areas focusing on legal and ethical considerations, research software, community participation and indigenous data.

The detailed guidelines in this body of work aim to help stakeholders follow best practices to maximise the efficiency of their work and act as a blueprint for the current and future health emergencies. The recommendations aim to help policymakers and funders maximise timely, quality data sharing and appropriate responses to health emergencies, particularly COVID-19.

The full announcement together with links to the Recommendations and Guidelines and other useful documents are available at this link




Vanessa Proudman's picture
28 May 2020

Scoping the OA & OS Infrastructure Landscape in Europe to help sustain it

  • By Vanessa Proudman

Dear colleagues,


In recent years, a rich field of Open Access, Open Science/Scholarship resources and infrastructure, many essential, has organically developed in Europe. 
Many of these resources, as you may well know, are not necessarily sustainable - even though they underpin our evolving Open Access and Open Science landscape. 

With your help, though, SPARC Europe is working to change this. We have devised a survey targeting digital OA and OS infrastructure providers with a regional, national or international scope in Europe and we are reaching out to you as either you are the managers of critical infrastructure in Europe or you can send news of this to important OA / OS services and infrastructure in your country.

Filling in the survey is necessary for us to gain a comprehensive understanding of existing resources so that these services have a greater chance of garnering the funding support they may need in future. Based on what we learn, we also...

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. ...

Rob Carrillo's picture
24 May 2020

OCRE IaaS+ tender deadline fast approaching!

  • By Rob Carrillo

Following a 16 April launch, the deadline to respond to the OCRE IaaS+ Tender for commercial cloud services that will empower the research capabilities of the European research community is fast approaching on 23 June 2020, 11:00 CEST. 

The announcement, link to the documents and portal for responding to the OCRE IaaS+ Tender estimated at a total value of €600m - can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

The tender aims to aggregate requirements from the European Research community and facilitate the provision of services from commercial cloud providers. This has been bolstered by an extensive requirements gathering campaign engaging both the demand side - researchers research institutions and groups of potential buyers and the supply side - cloud service providers particularly on their limitations on responding to the tender and the types of services they can provide. Today's launch also follows the publication and...

Ross Elwood's picture
21 May 2020

New study to identify alignments between US and EU Open science strategies

  • By Ross Elwood

The creation of an open science community for Europe has many different facets. This task is lead by the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) secretariat and is directly supported by its governance structures and working groups (WG). Each working group has been designated specific tasks to be ironed out on the road to a functioning EOSC.

A lot of work has already been done in open science space and it is the job of the Landscape WG to identify areas of convergence and alignment from current initiatives and infrastructures already existing. The WG, at the recent EOSC consultation day workshop, updated participants on its current work finalising the “EOSC related infrastructures and initiatives landscape report”.  A number of taskforces have been set up to make it easy for the community to actively participate and to make sure that their expertise is best utilized and a new...

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
19 May 2020

The Research Data Alliance contributing to the European Open Science Cloud

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear all,

we are pleased to share with you this report on RDA integration with other European initiatives issued by RDA Europe 4.0 project, describing the key finding from a survey conducted amongst 22 current, EOSC-related projects, to which many of you also contributed.

The survey found that EOSC projects are actively engaged with RDA in numerous ways. For example, several projects are implementing recommendations from specific RDA Working Groups while others use the RDA community as a way to get feedback on their outputs and build their international network of researchers and data practitioners. 

Members of the RDA community are prominent in all three EOSC Governance bodies and RDA members are present in all EOSC Working Groups. In addition, many of the RDA Europe 4.0 national nodes are involved in EOSC projects, whether they be horizontal eInfrastructure initiatives such as EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, EOSC Nordic, EOSC-Pillar and NI4OS or...

Nick Ferguson's picture
19 May 2020

New perspectives from EOSC Regional projects

  • By Nick Ferguson

The federated nature of the EOSC means that collaboration across Europe is vital. With so many Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC), understanding the needs of the various EOSC stakeholders is vital. Policy makers, funders, researchers, and service providers all need to be singing from the same song sheet if EOSC is to bring value to researchers in all corners of Europe. Recognising this, the EC funded a number of “regional” EOSC projects to support coordination, convergence and federation of EOSC-relevant national and thematic initiatives and to support alignment of policies and practices of EOSC. Since starting in 2019, these projects have recognised the importance of working collaborating and formed a series of task forces focusing on strategic priorities of the EOSC. With EOSC-Hub week upon us the projects have published a collection of position papers with the support of the Communications and Events Task...

Nick Ferguson's picture
18 May 2020

AON Hewitt to support the strengthening of the EOSC Risk Governance through the implementation of an effective Risk Management System

  • By Nick Ferguson

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative has multiple factors of complexity in its Governance, including technological innovation, organisational model, rapid adoption curves, transnationality, cross-disciplinary usership, that might lead to a significant number of risks.

Types of risks vary in topic and severity. A number have been raised at EOSC Stakeholder Forum events such as the EOSC Consultation Day including financial disengagement of stakeholders, monopolies of providers within EOSC catalogues, cross-border service provision and oligopoly in data analytics. With no risk governance structure in place as we move towards 2021 and the implementation of the EOSC, it is of paramount importance that an analysis of risks and how they should be managed is carried out.

Thanks to the co-creation funding, a new study will be carried out by risk management specialists AON Hewitt(*). The...

Sarah Jones's picture
17 May 2020

EOSC Interoperability Framework out for comment

  • By Sarah Jones

Achieving interoperability within EOSC is essential to federate services and provide added value for users. The draft EOSC Interoperability Framework, which is now open for comment, identifies general principles and organises them into the four layers: technical, semantic, organisational and legal. The framework also contains a proposal for how the management of FAIR Digital Objects should be done in the context of EOSC.

The initial draft has been developed by members of the FAIR and Architecture Working Groups. The authors conducted an extensive review of related literature and interviewed key stakeholders from ERICs, ESFRI projects, service providers and research communities. This helped to identify problems and requirements in each aspect of interoperability to provide recommendations for EOSC. Legal issues will be included in the next version, based on recommendations from a commissioned study.

Suzanne Dumouchel's picture
11 May 2020

TRIPLE User Research Survey

  • By Suzanne Dumouchel

Dear scientific EOSC-related community,


We kindly invite you to take part in our User Research Survey, which is part of the user research conducted for the European H2020 project TRIPLE (


Click here to access the Survey: 

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The questionnaire is specifically targeted at researchers and academics from the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) at any stage of their careers - from Master student to full professor - who are currently working in a European country.

The TRIPLE project was launched on 7 October 2019. It will be one of the dedicated services of OPERAS (, the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities...

Sophie Servan's picture
29 Apr 2020

ExPaNDS survey: what would researchers or data miners be searching for if they had access to a database of Photon and Neutron science related data?

  • By Sophie Servan

Dear all,

In ExPaNDS we have created a questionnaire to survey researchers and data miners on what they would be searching for if they had access to a database of Photon and Neutron science related data. We'll use the results to build search tools for our future EOSC data catalogues that best meet peoples needs.

The link to the form is here. It consists of 4 main questions:

  • Who: is searching for the data – what is their role and motivation (e.g. are they the data owner looking to find and re-process their data or are they the non-data owner but facility user wanting to look for additional work)
  • What: is being searched for? Is it processed data or some information about a sample?
  • How: Are they searching for it? What are the search criteria and, importantly, how might the user refine the search? If they are searching
  • ...

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
28 Apr 2020

RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and guidelines 1st release - open for comments

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear all,

on Friday 24th April the first release of the RDA COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines have been published, and are open for your feedback and comments.

The Group was set-up at the end of March 2020 in response to a direct request from the European Commission, one of the RDA funding agencies, with 5 sub-groups focusing on essential thematic areas: Clinical, Community Participation, Epidemiology, Omics, and Social Sciences. The initial work was divided into these 5 areas as a way to both focus the conversations and provide an initial set of guidelines within a tight timeframe.

In the spirit of the RDA community and its open process, RDA is seeking feedback from the COVID-19 WG members, as well as the whole community, early and often during this process. This feedback will inform the work and will be incorporated into the sub-group discussions, and the next set of writing sprints....

Bert Meerman's picture
26 Apr 2020

RDA, CODATA, WDS and GO FAIR announce cooperation ; read the DATA TOGETHER statement

  • By Bert Meerman

GO FAIR, together with the Committe on Data CODATA), Research Data Alliance (RDA), and World Data Systems (WDS) (the four major international data organisations), are pleased to outline their joint commitment to work together to optimise the global research data ecosystem and to identify the opportunities and needs that will trigger federated infrastructures to service the new reality of data-driven science.

 Link to Data Together statement  for more information on this important cooperation



Federico Drago's picture
15 Apr 2020

REMINDER: Open Call for a team of experts to perform a study on legal and regulatory issues related to the application of FAIR principles

  • By Federico Drago

The EOSC FAIR Working Group is looking for a team of experts to develop and deliver a study on legal and regulatory issues related to the application of FAIR principles across and within different EU jurisdictions. Call closes on 17 April 2020 (12:00 CEST)