The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): Austria takes initiative
The idea of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) emerged in 2015 as the European Commission’s vision of an integrated transnational research infrastructure to support and promote open science and innovation in Europe and beyond. The EOSC federates existing scientific data systems to offer science and technology professionals unprecedented access to storage, management, analysis, and re-use of research data and services that have been historically confined within geographic borders or scientific disciplines. The EOSC envisions establishing a European data infrastructure, integrating high-capacity cloud solutions, eventually widening the scope of these services to include the public sector and industry.
Several important EOSC milestones will occur during the Austrian EU presidency in the second half of 2018. One of these events will be a conference showcasing European and Austrian organizations, infrastructure projects, and data initiatives—the material foundations on which the EOSC infrastructures will be built—that embody the EOSC themes of Governance & Funding, Data Culture and FAIR Data, and Services and Architecture.
The Presidency event "The European Open Science Cloud: Austria takes initiative" will be a full-day event, covering all aspects of existing national and regional EOSC-ready programs. The session will be concluded with a panel discussion on how the EOSC can be implemented effectively at the Member State level. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Library and Archive Services of the University of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) and the European Commission.