24 Jan 2020
President von der Leyen highlights EOSC in Davos speech
On 22 January, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pointed out the European Open Science Cloud in her special address which covered work, climate, data, and BREXIT. President von der Leyen stated that Europe would “co-create a framework to allow the use of this data.” She added that the creation of the European Open Science Cloud was underway and that it would be a “trusted space for researchers to store their data and access data from other disciplines.” The President’s highlighting of the EOSC at the World Economic Forum signals the importance of the EOSC initiative to the EC’s policy priorities.
The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims to give Europe a global lead in scientific data infrastructures, to ensure that European scientists can draw the full benefits of data-driven science. The plan to build a research science cloud was announed in the Digital Single Markets strategy in 2015. The EOSC governance structure and the portal were presented during an Austrian Council Presidency event in Vienna in 2018.