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European Commission issues booklet on e-Infrastructures as the foundation of the European Open Science Cloud

Under the auspicies of the European Commission, 24 EU-funded projects that in various ways address e-Infrastructures, under which also the e-IRGSP4 supporting project for e-IRG, have contributed to a brochure explaining the fundamental role of e-Infrastructures in the life of European researchers and innovators.

On 19 April 2016, the European Commission adopted the European Cloud Initiative that sets out a strategy to strengthen Europe's position in data-driven innovation, improve its cohesion and help create a Digital Single Market in Europe. This initiative will deploy two ambitious plans. The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) will be established as a virtual environment to store and process large volumes of information generated by the Big Data revolution. This will be supported by the European Data Infrastructure (EDI), that will deploy the high-bandwidth networks and the supercomputing capacity necessary to access and process large datasets stored in the Cloud. Both the EOSC and the EDI will build on existing EU-funded e-Infrastructures and will bring networking, data and computing services closer to European researchers and innovators.

The brochure illustrates the e-Infrastructures role in these plans through one specific societal challenge which is climate change. The example shows that Big data needs Cloud, bandwidth and powerful computers to store, manage, transport, share, re-use and process data across markets, borders, institutions and research disciplines.

Through the European Cloud Initiative and the EOSC and EDI plans, the European Commission proposes a unifying vision with the potential to align regional, national and European efforts in the area of e-Infrastructures for the benefit of the European researchers and innovators.

The booklet can be downloaded from the e-IRG Knowledge Base.