European Open Science Cloud - EOSC
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is an initiative aiming to create virtual environment which would complete the assumptions of the Open Science paradigm. The aim of EOSC is to share in an easy and transparent way not only research data, but also advanced tools and resources to store, share, process and manage this data.
Within EOSC the connections between currently existing research e-infrastructures are made and the integration takes place i.a. by unification of access and authorization rules for researchers from different countries. Thanks to the achievements of EOSC-Hub, belonging to the family of EU-funded EOSC-building projects, a platform was created to do this. The EOSC-Portal is the interface between providers of scientific services and resources and researchers who can benefit not only from the resources themselves, but also from technical support and training. The ACC Cyfronet AGH team played a key role in this regard, becoming the Portal host and developing the Marketplace website, an extensive catalog of services and documentation provided by EOSC partners.
Further development of EOSC
Since September 2019, the EOSC Synergy project (https://www.eosc-synergy.eu/) has been underway to implement EOSC standards for another 9 national e-infrastructures. Cyfronet, in addition to coordinating activities at the national level, supports the planning process by looking for new, effective solutions for integration in other countries.
The second of the currently implemented projects, EOSC Enhance (https://www.eosc-portal.eu/enhance), aims to improve the Portal in terms of convenience and speed of use. The works carried out by our specialists concern, among others, advanced analysis of user behavior in order to create and implement the best user experience practices. Thanks to research, interviews and gathering feedback from real users, the Portal is developing, becoming more and more user-friendly. At the same time, new functionalities are being implemented to make it easier for researchers to use European research services and open science datasets.
Both EOSC-Hub, EOSC Synergy and EOSC Enhance are funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 program.
Simultaneously with the development of the Portal and accompanying platforms, EOSC is working on creating transparent rules of cooperation, both with service providers and end users. The creation of formative structures is coordinated by the EOSC Secretariat, within which discussion working groups are created. Their goal is to collect requirements and develop contact forms and procedures.
The EOSC data sharing policy is based on the FAIR principles: findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability. Thanks to this approach, Open Science from a theoretical paradigm becomes the reality.
More information at: https://eosc-portal.eu/.