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European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The European Commission adopted on 14 March 2018 the Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud.

Overall, the document presents the results and available evidence from an extensive and conclusive consultation process that started with the publication of the Communication: European Cloud initiative in April 2016.

The consultation upheld the intervention logic presented in the Communication, to create a fit for purpose pan-European federation of research data infrastructures, with a view to moving from the current fragmentation to a situation where data is easy to store, find, share and re-use.

On the basis of the consultation, the implementation Roadmap gives an overview of six actions lines for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC):

1. architecture
2. data
3. services
4. access & interfaces
5. rules
6. governance

Specifically regarding the latter, the Roadmap presents a governance framework and a governance structure that emerged from the consultation, as a basis for further discussion with the Member States. This was foreseen explicitly by the Communication.

The document describes the measures taken under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme to start implementing the EOSC. The financing of the EOSC is secured until 2020 through the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, including 300 million euro to support the development of the EOSC federating core and open FAIR data pilot, and based on the additional commitments of stakeholders responding to the EOSC Summit Declaration.

The document also specifies the link to the European Data Infrastructure, underpinning high-capacity Cloud solutions with supercomputing capacity, as well as widening the EOSC by gradually opening up its user base to the public sector and industry.

Today, the document is presented and discussed with the Research Working Party of the Council, with a view of finalising the governance framework for the initiative in the earnest.

Overall, the document will serve as a basis for further consultation with Member States, the European Parliament and other relevant stakeholders on the next steps to take. The EOSC has emerged as a clear policy priority for European research and innovation. It has been strongly supported by the European scientific community in the EOSC Summit and Declaration, by the Council in Council Conclusions in May 2016 and by a European Parliament Resolution in January 2017. It also received favourable opinions from the Economic and Social Committee in September 2016 and from the Committee of the Regions in October 2016.

The Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud is available for download.