Landscape Working Group

Mapping of the existing research infrastructures in Europe which are candidates to be part of the EOSC federation



 Jan Hrusak


The Landscape activity has been assigned with the task of providing options allowing a progressive EOSC convergence and alignment of structures and initiatives in Europe including national research infrastructures and e-infrastructures, national open science policies, ESFRI RIs and cluster projects, thematic initiatives and clouds, EOSC-relevant H2020 projects and international working groups (such as RDA, etc.).

The Landscape activity builds on the outcomes of the EOSC-related Horizon 2020 projects and on the inputs provided by the Member states.

The Landscape activity is expected to:

1. Deliver the mapping of EOSC-relevant national infrastructures and the current level of spending on research data infrastructures as follows:

  • an initial mapping by Q3 2019, based on what’s existing in EOSC-Hub and other related projects, as well as any contribution by Governing Board members;
  • a revised and final mapping by Q4 2019 with the input by the new INFRAEOEC-5b cluster of projects (to build on top of the initial mapping when they kick-off their activities in September 2019).
  • The mapping should take into consideration the Conclusion no 10 of the Draft Council conclusions on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).[1]

2. Take stock of federation constraints and opportunities at the various architectural levels, arising from national and regional structures and initiatives

3. Propose mechanisms and best practices that will facilitate convergence and alignment between European, national and regional structures and initiatives.

4. Conduct an analysis of the Member State’s level of preparedness to provide financial resources and support for political stability and infrastructural planning to EOSC


  • Q4 2019: Draft of the analysis presented to the EB
  • Q3 2020: Report presented to the EB

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[1] “INVITES the Commission and the Member States therefore, to jointly explore the creation of a map of national research data infrastructures and initiatives in the Member States which could be federated, in order to ensure that current structures, competences, functions, and initiatives regarding research data management are duly taken into account;” Draft Council conclusions on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), 9029/18.