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29 Nov 2017

EOSC project coordinator explains importance and next steps in interview

In an interview conducted by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Dr. Juan Bicarregui highlights the importance and outlines the next steps of the European Open Science Could (EOSC) project. Dr. Bicarregui works for the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK and coordinates the € 10 million EOSC project.

According to Dr. Bicarregui, the EOSC's ambition is that it "is going to allow a new generation of scholars to share and communicate data and discoveries in a way that has never been done before. The idea is, that everyone can share their information, the computer services, the algorithms, the analysis of the data, in order to make better discoveries. If you read a paper and you see a graph, you will be able to click on the graph and you’ll get the data of what’s behind that graph. You can also read up on the analysis that produced the data. That will push science along a lot more quickly."

The coordinator also outlines the barriers that have been identified, mostly with regard to the way science is done, and stresses that a consensus needs to be reached what the EOSC should focus on. The idea is to put together different already existing infrastructures from different fields. The project also looks at the rules of engagement, and the quality thresholds that need to be put in place.

Dr. Bicarregui describes the pilot as a design study rather than a project building new technology. The pilot runs for two years starting January 2017. An EOSC-hub starting in early January with over 70 partners will develop the technological side of the open science cloud. They will start delivering new services about a year from then. Asked if he is optimistic about the EOSC, Dr. Bicarregui concludes "Am I hopeful it will work – yes, of course – I wouldn’t be running this project if not! But I also think it’s a long road. It’s a gradual change, each step helps but we’re (not) going to change everything overnight. I do think it will eventually change how science is done."

Read the full interview on the EC DG Research and Innovation website

Photo: Dr Juan Bicarregui - Credit: Kevin Casey / EC

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