Creating «a world wide web for research data»

To date, the Commission has funded around 50 separate projects to create «a world wide web for research data». Starting in June, a new public private partnership aims to streamline this system to make it a truly Open Science Cloud.

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is entering a new phase this year as the EU continues its mission to federate the myriad of data sharing systems around the continent, to make it easier for researchers to pursue fully open science.

The cloud formally launched in 2018, and since then Horizon 2020 has funded about 50 projects, investing €320 million by 2020.

These bottom-up projects laid the groundwork for the cloud and involved stakeholders from all over Europe. But the EOSC vision has become defused and more complex. «We are now trying to enter what we call the convergence phase», – Karel Luyben, the president of the EOSC Association and former Rector Magnificus of the Delft University of Technology, told Science|Business.

The means for doing this will be a co-programmed partnership between the European Commission and the EOSC Association, which brings together research providing organisations, research funders, service providers, and other organisations. Together with many other European stakeholders, the association has set out a roadmap for realising the open science cloud.

While it technically launched three years ago, the EOSC is only operational on paper. The partnership is aiming to fully consolidate and deploy the system by 2030, to serve two million researchers.

The Commission will put €490 million towards the endeavour in the next seven years. Ten times more funding is likely to come from elsewhere.

Luyben says the open science cloud is a continuous process. There is no set date when it will be officially operational or serving a certain number of researchers. It is more like the world-wide web, a constantly evolving network of resources. «When was the world wide web there? There is no specific date. And the same is for EOSC», – he said.

The difference is that EOSC will connect data repositories relevant for research around Europe, and later on, around the world. Each will have to be based on the FAIR Data Principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability.

The challenge is ensuring all research data fit the principles and can be accessed through the network. Today, most research data is not online and not easily accessible to researchers, but rather stored away in different systems, under a myriad of divergent standards and methodologies.


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