EOSC-PILLAR – Coordination and Harmonisation of National Initiatives, Infrastructures and Data services in Central and Western Europe

EOSC-Pillar gathers representatives of the fast-growing national initiatives for coordinating data infrastructures and services in Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Belgium to establish an agile and efficient federation model for open science services covering the full spectrum of European research communities.

Duration
36 months from 01/07/2019 to 30/06/2022
Funded by
  • Horizon 2020

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
Division

General aims

The overall objective of EOSC-Pillar is to support the EOSC implementation leveraging national initiatives of the Member States (MS) and Thematic Initiatives (TI) developed by research communities working in national and European collaborations to build a future based on Open Science and FAIR data practices. The project will:

  • Support the coordination and harmonization of mature national initiatives for open data, open science services, cloud and data infrastructures towards achieving the overall EOSC vision;
  • Facilitate the adoption and compliance with EOSC standards of the national initiatives involved, while proactively providing feedback to the EOSC governance on evolving standards and solutions, and proposing improvements and alternatives based on the research practices of the networks involved
  • Contribute to the creation of an achievable cutting-edge, end user-oriented environment for European data-driven science, through the promotion of FAIR practices and services.

These global objectives are supported by a set of complementary objectives:

1.  Analysis of the state of the art of existing national initiatives and services for computing and data services in the countries involved, and providing support to their consolidation
2. Harmonization of the procedures for the delivery of horizontal enabling services for research data across Countries
3. Coordination with other initiatives to achieve harmonization across different regions, countries and transnational research communities, to build a truly inclusive EOSC
4. Promoting the uptake of FAIR data practices and services at national levels and across scientific communities and national borders
5. Enabling non-commercial trans-national services to be accessed through the EOSC portal
6. Supporting the growth of an active community of stakeholders in each involved country, who will actively contribute to the success of EOSC
7. Proposing viable business models for the sustainable provision of trans-national services

CMCC role
Community outreach, promotion of FAIR practices, and contribution to the national service registry. Contribution to the involvement of user communities and scientific data services in the testing and finetuning of the solutions proposed.

Activities
Main tasks in the project:

WP6: Contribution to T6.2 – Use case 2. Agile FAIR data for environment and earth system communities and T6.1 – Use case 1. Defining Procedures/Service to enforce data provenance for thematic communities and beyond
WP5: Contribution to T5.3 – Helpdesk and documentation for promoting FAIR practices and support to FAIR-oriented data stewardship

Expected results

The primary emphasis in EOSC-Pillar is on bringing user communities of national initiatives together to co-build the EOSC as a world-leading user-oriented resource for tomorrow’s data enhanced science.

The primary expected impacts include:

a) Supporting the adoption and integration of common policies and tools
b) Facilitating the integration of initiatives and data service/cloud providers,
c) Federation of the best current user services, and proposing new ones based on the experience of communities adapting their working methods to the EOSC
d) Assessing the true costs of services based on use cases in communities with very different work practices, and proposing solutions for sustainable business models based on the experience in different national contexts.

The impacts can be broken down into the following actions/points:

  • Harmonizing related policies in Europe and facilitating alignment with international initiatives
  • Aggregating and achieving wide adoption of processes and practices for an optimal use of resources
  • Contributing to FAIR data uptake in Europe
  • Progressive removal of technical and organizational barriers to ensure fidability, accessibility, interoperability and re-use of research data
  • Piloting and establishing future (co)funding strategies and business/usage models to ensure long-term sustainability
  • Delivery of added value at European level through the widespread dissemination of EOSC achievements

Partners:

CONSORTIUM GARR (Coordinator)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
CINECA CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEO SUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
UNIVERSITÄT WIEN
CINES
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L’EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FÜR TECHNOLOGIE
DEUTSCHES KLIMARECHENZENTRUM GMBH
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHES GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
TRUST-IT SRL

 

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