EOSC Future will build on the existing baseline for the European Open Science Cloud to deliver a platform with a durable set of user-friendly components that are designed for the long haul. We will adopt a system-of-systems approach to the EOSC platform, linking together other research portals, resources and services to respond to the data needs of a wide range of researchers.
One way to think about EOSC is as a fully operational web of data and related services founded on FAIR protocols, principles and standards for accessing interoperable datasets. In practice, we will work with key stakeholders to ensure a smooth user experience, developing:
- EOSC core, the set of enabling services needed to operate the EOSC
- EOSC exchange registering resources and services from research infrastructures, other EOSC projects and science clusters to the EOSC and integrating them with the EOSC core functionalities
- the EOSC interoperability framework will provide guidelines for providers that want to integrate services or data into EOSC
We will engage with users throughout the different development stages to make sure the EOSC matches researchers’ needs and is intuitive. We’ll also provide support and training to make sure users can make the most of the EOSC platform.
Concretely, we will work towards the following eight goals:
Delivering and operating the EOSC-Core, developing and operating key components of the platform and integrating them with a growing set of services to realise EOSC-Exchange
Expanding EOSC-Exchange with resources from across scientific disciplines, delivering common services for scientific workflows and integrating resources from national and pan-European e-infrastructures and research infrastructures
Scaling up capabilities to deliver an EOSC Execution Framework, evolving the EOSC architecture and promoting composability through the Interoperability framework to deliver a user-friendly execution environment where users can combine and process data
Increasing European scientific impact by enabling interoperable resources for cross-domain research that can address complex scientific challenges
Promote the participation of the commercial sector in EOSC, facilitating encouraging SMEs and industry to deliver missing functionalities and enable commercial innovation
Support and train users and providers through learning materials and training to increase the uptake of EOSC resources and open science practices
Engage with the EOSC communities and end users to co-design and co-create the EOSC platform
Align with the strategic vision for EOSC by liaising with the EOSC Association and its members, EU member states and associated countries and other initiatives