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European Commission awaits consultation on the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), presented in the Communication on European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe, as a part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, aims to give Europe a global lead in scientific data infrastructures and ensure that European scientists reap the full benefits of data-driven science. EOSC will operate as a trusted, open environment for the scientific community for storing, sharing and re-using scientific data and results, supported by high-capacity Cloud solutions with supercomputing capacity via a European Data Infrastructure.

Horizon 2020 supports the implementation of the EOSC through Work Programmes 2016-2017 and 2018-2020. Some relevant topics include:

- Developing EOSC, as a secure, permanent, on-demand service-driven, privacy-compliant and sustainable environment integrating/federating e-infrastructure platforms, distributed databases, computing resources and software (EINFRA-12-2017);

- Prototyping innovative e-infrastructure platforms and services for universal discoverability of data objects and provenance, and computing with extreme large datasets (EINFRA-21-2017);

- Providing access to commercial services through the EOSC hub, based on the aggregated demand of the scientific community, achieving efficiency and economies of scale (INFRAEOSC-01-2018);

- Prototyping new innovative services that address relevant aspects of the research data cycle (INFRAEOSC-02-2019).

In order to finalise the last EOSC-related topic of Work Programme 2018-2020 - INFRAEOSC-03-2020, it is important to identify which activities Horizon 2020 should fund during the period 2020-2023 to consolidate and further develop the results achieved through previous topics.   

So, the European Commission would like to hear about your suggestions before 30 March 2018. You can send in your contribution now.