Finland launches its national Forum for the European Open Science Cloud
On 25 January 2021, the Finland's Ministry for Education and Culture (OKM), Academy of Finland (AKA), the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) and CSC–IT Center for Science Ltd. have launched the country's forum for the European Open Science Cloud: the EOSC Finnish Forum (EOSC-FF).
"The EOSC-FF will be the platform that will allow the Finnish stakeholders to discuss and exchange information on the latest EOSC developments, and assess how the EOSC will impact the Finnish RDI actors and other national initiatives" - Sara Garavelli, EOSC Program Manager at CSC-IT Center for Science and EOSC-FF Coordinator
The Forum will be also an excellent instrument to represent the collective interests of Finland into the EOSC and to discuss potential future EOSC-related collaborations and opportunities at national level.
The EOSC National Forum
EOSC is one of the new partnerships supported by the European Commission and Member States. It aims to realise a “web of fair data and related services” and provides a virtual environment with access to various services supporting open science and the management of the research data lifecycle, from sharing to processing and preserving data, remarks Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association, in the launching webinar of the EOSC-FF EOSC in Finland in the European context.
With the recent establishment of the EOSC Association (July 2020) and the upcoming signature of the EOSC European Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (early 2021), it is of paramount importance for the Finnish stakeholders to understand the full EOSC picture and have the opportunity to influence the research priorities in the area by bringing back into the country the most suitable opportunities and services coming out from the EOSC to foster innovation and boost the societal impact of Finnish high-quality research.
Working in close collaboration with OKM, AKA and the National Steering Group on Open Science and Research, the EOSC-FF welcomes all the Finnish individuals interested in the EOSC and committed to support the mission and vision of the Declaration for Open Science and Research recently released by the National Steering Group on Open Science and Research.
The EOSC-FF and the EOSC Association
The individual participation to the EOSC-FF Forum does not substitute the participation of the Finnish organisations into the EOSC Association. The EOSC-FF is an additional platform that supports and complements the work of the EOSC Association and that does not require any participatory fee.
A Forum open to business players
To realise its full potential, the EOSC will be widened beyond the European research community to the broader public sector and to the private sector as per EOSC Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda. This is why individuals from the business sector are very welcome to join the EOSC-FF to closely follow the EOSC developments from the early stage.