Rules of Participation Working Group


Designing the Rules of Participation that shall define the rights, obligations governing EOSC transactions between EOSC users, providers and operators




 Juan Bicarregui


Wolfram Horstman

Wolfram Horstman

The Rules of Participation activity focusses on recommending a minimal set of clear Rules of Participation that shall define the rights, obligations and accountability governing all EOSC transactions by the various EOSC users, providers and operators. Emphasis is put on finding the common requirements across the very heterogeneous European landscape of Research Infrastructures and service providers.

The Rules of Participation shall embrace the principles of openness, transparency and inclusiveness. They shall guarantee an open, secure and cost-effective federated EOSC with services of documented quality. There will be room and need for differentiating the rules applicable to different EOSC users taking into account:

  1. The different roles and different services available in EOSC (eg data producers, service providers, data/service users);
  2. The specificities of different scientific disciplines;
  3. The diversity and level of readiness of infrastructures and services at disciplines, Member States and Associated Countries, and European levels and the differences in their established rules and processes;
  4. The variety of service providers and users that will be involved in the EOSC (e.g. public versus private, horizontal versus specialized);
  5. Changing needs and practices regarding the implementation of the rules, in particular concerning compliance with existing legal frameworks in Europe (GDPR, etc.) and emerging ones (e.g. free flow of data) ;
  6. The widening of EOSC user base to the industry and the public sector taking into account both the supply side and demand side.​

The Rules of Participation activity outputs include:

  1. The objectives for the Rules of Participation (Q3 2019)
  2. A proposal of an initial set of RoP for immediate implementation (Q4 2019);
  3. The collection of user feedback on the initial set of RoP (Q2 2020)
  4. A revised proposal of the RoP for application after 2020 (Q4 2020).

Due to the nature of the research that the Rules of Participation activity will conduct, it is advised that all other activities should also contribute to the progress by providing findings that directly contribute towards the completion of the tasks planned.

The groundwork for the design of such rules is being laid primarily by the EOSCPilot project funded by the Work Programme 2016 and the work of the High Level Expert Group on the EOSC, while the EOSC Declaration set the general principles.

The consultation and available evidence suggest that the rules ought to address:

  • the use of the tools, specifications, catalogues and standards (EOSC shared resources) and applicable methodologies (framework for FAIR research data);
  • the principles for regulating transactions (e.g. financial mechanisms and procedures, agreements/bylaws established by the EOSC governance framework); and
  • the applicable legal frameworks (e.g. GDPR, copyright, Data Security and Cybercrime, dispute resolution and redress mechanisms, e-commerce directive).

Moreover, the rules would apply differently to different EOSC participants, depending on their maturity and role (providers vs. users, scientists or innovators), location (European vs. global research partners), and would need to respect the specificities of different scientific disciplines. Therefore, compliance with the rules could differ based on:

  • the current situation and readiness of data infrastructures and services at the level of Member States (research infrastructures, e-Infrastructures) and disciplines (level of standardisation and integration) and the differences in their established rules and processes;
  • the actual existence and variety of service providers and the actual needs of users of the EOSC (e.g. public vs private; horizontal vs specialised); or
  • evidence of changing needs and practices in relation with the implementation of the rules, in particular as concerns compliance with existing legal frameworks (e.g. GDPR) and emerging ones (e.g. free flow of data).


  • Q3 2019: Initial EOSC Rules of Participation
  • Q3 2020: Final EOSC Rules of Participation


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Working Group RoP members

RoP WG role: Rules of Participation (Rop) WG Chair

Organisation: Research Data Alliance - RDA, STFC - Head of the Data Division in the Scientific Computing Department

Juan Bicarregui
RoP WG role: Rules of Participation (Rop) WG Co-Chair

Organisation: Göttingen State and University Library - Director

Wolfram Horstmann
RoP WG role: EC Contact Point

Organisation: European Commission -

Michel Schouppe
RoP WG role: EC Contact Point

Organisation: European Commission -

Georgia Tzenou

Organisation: NILU - Norsk institutt for luftforskning (in English: NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research) - Senior scientist

Cathrine Lund Myhre

Organisation: SWITCH - Head of the Infrastructure and Identity Services (IIS) department

Christoph Witzig

Organisation: Jisc - Open Science Policy Senior Analyst

Dale Robertson
RoP WG role: RoP WG Member

Organisation: GÉANT - Project Director

Dave Heyns

Organisation: Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, University of Malta - Head of Department, Computer Information Systems

Ernest Cachia

Organisation: Institute of Marine Sciences of National Research Council, CNR-ISMAR - Researcher

Francesca De Pascalis
RoP WG role: RoP WG EOSCsecretariat Contact Point

Organisation: Technopolis Group -

Kleitia Zeqo

Organisation: HEAL-Link Consortium (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link) - Coordinator of the Steering Committee for Electronic Resources

Lia Ollandezou
RoP WG role: RoP WG EOSCsecretariat Contact Point

Organisation: Technopolis Group - Research Analyst

Lonneke Schrijver

Organisation: INRA - Delegate for scientific and technical information (IST)

Odile Hologne

Organisation: CNR-ISTI - Senior Researcher at the Networked Multimedia Information Systems Laboratory

Pasquale Pagano

Organisation: CSC IT Center for Science - Development Director

Pirjo-Leena Forsström

Organisation: Université libre de Bruxelles - Project Manager at the Liaison Office

Rachel Leproult

Organisation: Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC) -

René Belsø

Organisation: Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) - Manager of the Workflows and Distributed Computing research group

Rosa M. Badía

Organisation: Vilnius Universitty - Vice-director at Data Science and Digital Technologies Institute

Saulius Maskeliunas

Organisation: Research and Knowledge Transfer University of Malta - Pro-Rector

Saviour Zammit

Organisation: Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center - Head of the Large Scale Applications and Services Department

Tomasz Piontek

Organisation: University of Amsterdam -

Wouter Los