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EOSC Portal to receive boost from EOSC Enhance Project

The European Commission has launched a project tasked with increasing demand and widening the user base for EOSC services, data and resources by developing and improving the functionality of the EOSC Portal, one of the key components of the European Open Science Cloud.

Active as of 1 December 2019, EOSC Enhance will improve and enhance the discoverability of the EOSC services and resources, further developing and augmenting the EOSC catalogue, and enriching the EOSC data offering by connecting the thematic clusters and clouds currently in development.

These objectives will be achieved via wide-ranging stakeholder consultation - in close collaboration with the EOSC Executive Board and Working Groups - which will enable users, service providers and existing EOSC-related projects to play an active role in the co-design of the portal specifications. While service providers and the EOSC-related projects will be fundamental in scaling up the resources provided by the portal, user feedback will trigger the demand for services and inform the creation of fully functional, user-friendly interfaces.

EOSC-Enhance Project Manager Carmela Asero of EFIS Centre, technical coordinator of the project, stated: "EOSC Enhance will build on the achievements to date of past and ongoing projects such as EOSCpilot, eInfraCentral, OpenAIRE-Advance, EOSC-hub and CatRIS. To bake robustness into the EOSC Portal, we will apply the emerging EOSC Rules of Participation, focusing on specifications, guidelines, tools, and APIs to link service and resource providers, and facilitate the interoperability and discoverability of services and resources across scientific disciplines."

Members of the EOSC Enhance consortium, led by the University of Athens, have significant experience in the e- and data infrastructure arena and include EFIS Centre, JNP, CYFRONET, the University of Manchester, EGI, EUDAT, GEANT, OpenAIRE, and Trust-IT Services as well as representatives from each of the ESFRI Cluster projects - ICOS, CESSDA, CNRS-LAPP, EMBL, and Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). The cluster projects are ENVRI-FAIR, SSHOC, ESCAPE, EOSC-Life, and PANOSC.

A kick-off meeting for consortium partners was held in Brussels on 9 January.

EOSC Enhance is a 24-month project which has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-06-2019-20200 Grant Agreement no. 871160. With an overall budget of almost 2 million euro, the consortium partnership, numbering 15 members, is tasked with enhancing the EOSC portal and connecting thematic clouds.