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Bert Meerman's picture
13 Mar 2020


  • By Bert Meerman

GOING GLOBAL  - Connecting the clouds - A document produced by SCIENCE BUSINESS on global developments.



In the context of international initiatives, we have already provided several blog posts on Open Science developments in US, Asia and Africa. This report, produced by SCIENCE BUSINESS and written by David Pringle delivers a very good and well written inside perspective on the global developments. Most of the findings are in line with earlier posts and observations as recorded in the “EOSC observatory”. The report offers excellent insights for everyone that is interested in the EOSC; please find its main conclusions below. 


Executive Summary

  • Interoperability is vital for the success of Open Science Clouds.
  • Connect the Regional Open Science Initiatives – seek convergence.
  • Where possible benefit from regional strengths.
  • Stimulate reciprocity when datasets are visited and/or shared.
  • Protect data quality – include sensitivity and security aspects of data.
  • Create consensus on
  • ...

Federico Drago's picture
19 Feb 2020

ESFRI cluster projects - Position papers on expectations and planned contributions to the EOSC

  • By Federico Drago

The ESFRI cluster projects, ESCAPE, ENVRI-FAIR, SSHOC, PaNOSC and EOSC-Life, produced concise position papers featuring their views and expectations about EOSC as well as the ESFRI contributions to the European data infrastructure. The papers were collected by EOSC Secretariat in a unique file, and made available online.



Sarah Jones's picture
14 Feb 2020

Interim recommendations for FAIR metrics and service certification to apply within EOSC

  • By Sarah Jones

The EOSC FAIR Working Group is tasked to provide recommendations on metrics to assess FAIR data and frameworks to certify services that enable FAIR. The Working Group set up a Metrics and Certification Task Force co-chaired by Françoise Genova and Magnus Aronsen to develop our recommendations. Two interim documents are released today for feedback. Several projects and initiatives are currently working in these two domains. The interim reports provide an overview of ongoing activities and preliminary discussion of key issues. The results of the initiatives to date, as well as 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.


Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
06 Feb 2020

The ARCHIVER tender is out: tender documents and information session

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear all,

I am writing on behalf of the ARCHIVER project to announce the publication of its Request for Tenders for the provision of R&D services for long-term preservation and archiving for scientific data.
Interested firms and consortia have until 31 March 2020 – 4:00 pm (Europe/Zurich time zone) to submit their bids. Follow this link to access the Tender Documents:

Two information sessions are foreseen to provide information about the ARCHIVER Project including: the PCP concept, the technical challenge, the Request for Tenders and the process for submitting Tenders.
These sessions, open to all, will be held remotely as webinars on:

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested in the ARCHIVER...

Emma Lazzeri's picture
04 Feb 2020

Coordination Day Report published

  • By Emma Lazzeri

Dear All,
I am happy to announce that the EOSC Coordination Day Report is now public and available at the event page:
The EOSC Coordination Day took place in November 28-29 2020 in Budapest, and saw 30 EOSC-related projects come together for two days of discussions on how best they can collaborate in order to ensure a smooth implementation of key aspects of the EOSC. Organised by the project, the meeting saw agreement on a number of actions to bring projects closer together and foster the inclusive and collaborative nature of the EOSC. The meeting also followed up on actions agreed at the first EOSC Concertation meeting organised by the European Commission in September 2019.


Bert Meerman's picture
29 Jan 2020

Launch of international DSCC network

  • By Bert Meerman

International Network of FAIR Data Stewardship Competence Centers launched

An interesting and very positive trend is the fact that more and more institutes and universities are hiring and training data stewards to assist researchers with their data management plans and in making their data FAIR. This allows researchers to concentrate on his/her domain and for the data steward to develop into an expert. The grouping of data stewards in FAIR Data Steward Competence Centers (DSCC) is the latest trend seen in a number of countries.

Data stewardship experts from Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and The Netherlands recently started collaborating in a DSCC Implementation Network (IN) hosted by the GO FAIR initiative. The group’s overall aim is to establish a pragmatic way of cooperation, reuse of assets and enable convergence between national and international DSCCs at universities or other research performing institutions. A similar initiative can be found in...

Dale Robertson's picture
04 Dec 2019

EOSC Federating Core - Updated Proposals and First Draft Community Position Paper Now Available for Comments

  • By Dale Robertson

The EOSC-hub project has produced updated proposals for the composition and organisation of the Federating Core of the EOSC.  Also available is a working draft of a Community Position Paper on the EOSC Federating Core, produced cooperatively by nine EOSC implementation projects.  Comments on both documents are invited until 16 December 2019.

The updated proposals for the EOSC Federating Core are based on consultation with EOSC implementation projects and research user communities.  A vision for the EOSC and its value-add are also described.  Comments are invited in the Briefing Paper v2.0 document available at

Also available is a working draft of a Community Position Paper on the EOSC Federating Core, developed by the EOSC-hub, EOSC-Life, ENVRI-FAIR, ESCAPE, FAIRsFAIR, FREYA, NI4OS, PaNOSC and SSHOC projects.  The Position Paper summarises requirements of the EOSC based on use cases, and describes the EOSC Federating Core required to achieve them.  Comments on this are also...

Katharina Flicker's picture
26 Nov 2019

Video interviews with the Austrian Country Delegate of the EOSC Governance Board

  • By Katharina Flicker

Starting on 13 November 2019, TU Wien released three short video interviews with Austrian delegate of the EOSC Governance Board Stefan Hanslik. In the course of this series, Stefan Hanslik addressed frequently asked questions and themes regarding the EOSC initiative, its overall goal and societal benefits as well as the role played by scientific institutions. Please, see the links below to see the video takes:

Leonardo Marino's picture
12 Nov 2019

Provide your feedback to the BDVA Position paper - Towards European Data Sharing Space

  • By Leonardo Marino

The Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is gathering feedback on their recent position paper Towards a European Data Sharing Space – Enabling data exchange and unlocking AI potential. is now supporting the BDVA in gathering feedback on the report. You can now provide your feedback, comment and rank the main challenges also through the EOSCsecretariat website.

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
04 Nov 2019

EUA survey on research data and FAIR principles - deadline 15 November

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear members of the EOSC liaison platform,

I am writing to remind that European universities are kindly invited to participate in this ongoing survey on research data management and the FAIR principles conducted by the EUA in the context of the FAIRsFAIR project.
The survey will address the following dimensions of research data management and the FAIR principles at higher education institutions: 

  • the state and nature of institutional policies and support services for research data management;
  • the awareness of the FAIR principles for research data within universities;
  • the teaching of research data competences to students and researchers;
  • the level of awareness of and views on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

The survey deadline has been extended until 15 November 2019. The survey should be filled out by university leadership or management staff responsible for the development and implementation of research data management policies and plans. Universities that...

Bert Meerman's picture
28 Oct 2019

FAIR funders are teaming up to drive FAIR behaviour.

  • By Bert Meerman

FAIR funders are teaming up to drive FAIR behaviour.

A number of funders met in Leiden,  early September 2019, in order to discuss the necessary structure to drive researchers and data stewards towards producing the appropriate Data Management Plans (DMP’s) , using the right metadata templates  and making their (meta)datafiles FAIR.

Funders from the US (Gates Foundation), UK (Wellcome Trust), Ireland (HRB) , NL (Zon MW and NWO), Germany (DFG), Scandinavia (Nordforsk) and Brazil (Fiocruz) attended the meeting. In addition, supporting slides from Science Europe were presented. 

It is foreseen that funders in the future may insist on FAIRness as a condition for approving grant-applications, thereby  offering tangeable monetary benefits for researchers and institutes who adhere to the FAIR Principles. In anticipation of this, an FAIR Funders Implementation Study (FFIS) has been initiated with the aim to gain experience in an Implementation Network. A manifesto is in preparation and several parties have been...

Bert Meerman's picture
28 Oct 2019

FAIR DIGITAL OBJECTS driving worldwide interoperability 

  • By Bert Meerman

FAIR DIGITAL OBJECTS driving worldwide interoperability 


Experts worldwide are discussing FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) as the smallest FAIR technical components with maximum freedom to operate.  Agreement on this concept would be a breakthrough comparable with the agreement on TCP / IP in the late 80’s for the Internet. Once TCP/IP was agreed as the smallest element to comply with, the Internet took off like a rocket. A similar type of fast adoption could happen again with FDO.  


In September 2019 USA based initiatives like NSF, NIST, NIH, SPARC-USA and CNRI organised a meeting together with RDA and GO FAIR on FAIR Digital Objects and FAIR Digital frameworks. The meeting took place in Washington where European delegates presented the consensus proposal. After intensive discussions, broad consensus was reached. This was followed up by a similar meeting in Beijing, associated with the CODATA conference, where the consensus was broadened to China,...

Bert Meerman's picture
15 Oct 2019


  • By Bert Meerman


In Africa, next to the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) (, there are several sister initiatives such as the East African Health Commission’s initiative for an East African Open Science Cloud for Health (EASCH) environment, and the IN-AFRICA GO FAIR implementation network (, with partners from both AOSP (Prof. Joseph Wafula is the Chair of the AOSP technical advisory board) and EASCH. 

Both CODATA ( and GO FAIR are intimately involved in the African sister initiatives of EOSC and connection via the FAIR principles and the FAIR Digital Object consensus will guarantee interoperability. There are also further regional activities, and one of the goals of the IN Africa is to align these progressively to drive a consistent and comprehensive coverage of FAIR and open science infrastructures in Africa. These will be fully interoperable with other regional OS-infra and will secure African leadership and governance to also ensure equitable...

Bert Meerman's picture
15 Oct 2019


  • By Bert Meerman

OPEN SCIENCE in China / Malaysia / Korea / Taiwan / Australia

In China, the Science (data) Cloud is mainly developed under the supervision of the Chinese Academy of Science CAS), with the computer Network Information Center (CNIC) in the lead. Scientific data cloud infrastructure and services in Chinese Academy of Sciences gives an overview of what happened in the recent past. At the CODATA conference in Beijing September 2019, Mr. Jianhui -Li (in charge of the Cloud in China, and Vice President of CODATA) demonstrated how the Chinese Science Data Cloud will work on a distributed architecture and will adhere to the FAIR principles throughout. It was also decided that the Chinese colleagues will participate in the global consensus building around the core elements of machine readability and interoperability between the various clouds, i.e. the FAIR Digital Object Framework.


At a technical session in Beijing, representatives from sister...

Bert Meerman's picture
15 Oct 2019


  • By Bert Meerman


In the USA, there is a new open science policy supported by OSTP and by an interim advice to NIH to make all data and related services ‘AI-ready’ (AI-ready is in fact quite identical to FAIR, namely findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable for machines, who perform machine learning and increasingly smart algorithms on AI-ready data). See

The Board on Research Data and Information ( has a formal role on behalf the National Academy of Science and Engineering to coordinate the landscape of Open Science and the associated infrastructure. The Board recently committed a study on ‘Open Science By Design’ ( in which the FAIR principles featured very prominently and collaboration with Europe was specifically mentioned. The USA has participated with NSF, NIST, NIH, SPARC-USA and CNRI (a.o.) in the global consensus building around the concept of a FAIR Digital Object. ( ...