The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative already had a high impact on structured access to Open Data and with the current funding by the European Commission of implementation projects, the interdisciplinary exploitation of data can only improve. The future EOSC is shaped along action lines that are detailed in close collaboration between the EOSC governance boards and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
The ESFRI cluster projects were launched in 2019 in order to implement interfaces to integrate computer and data management solutions, to create cross-border and open cooperation spaces and to promote clouds via the EOSC portal for a larger user community.
Through its cluster projects, ESFRI steers the integration and consolidation of thematic e-infrastructure platforms in preparation for connecting them to EOSC. Between late 2019 and early 2020, the five cluster projects produced position papers reflecting their views and expectations on EOSC, as well as the ESFRI contributions to the European data infrastructure.
The five ESFRI Cluster Projects
EOSC-Life brings together the Biological and Medical ESFRI to create an open, digital and collaborative space for biological and medical research. The project will publish FAIR data and a catalogue of services provided by participating RIs for the management, storage, and reuse of data in the EOSC.
ENVRI-FAIR connects the Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community to the EOSC. The overarching goal is for all participating Research Infrastructures to build a set of FAIR data services, enhancing the efficiency and productivity of researchers, supporting innovation, and enabling data- and knowledge-based decisions to answer global challenges.
ESCAPE establishes a single collaborative cluster of next-generation ESFRI facilities in the area of astronomy- and accelerator-based particle physics in order to implement a functional link between the concerned ESFRI projects and EOSC.
SSHOC develops the social sciences and humanities area of EOSC, transforming the current data landscape with its disciplinary silos and separate facilities into an integrated, cloud-based network of interconnected data infrastructures.
PaNOSC brings together strategic European research infrastructures in the area of Photon and Neutron science with the goal of contributing to the construction and development of the EOSC. The mission is to contribute to the realisation of a data commons for Neutron and Photon science.