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EOSC Future signs off…and welcomes the EOSC EU Node!

April 24, 2024

Last month the EOSC Future project officially closed, and with it a new chapter of EOSC has begun. Thank you for your contributions to advancing Open Science throughout Europe and taking data-driven research to new heights according to FAIR principles. 

Read on for more information on the EOSC EU Node launch as well as a snapshot of EOSC Future’s achievements.

EOSC EU Node is live

The European Commission has launched the initial web presence of the EOSC EU Node, which will represent a significant step forward in advancing Open Science initiatives throughout Europe.

Read the official announcement here.

Ensured continuity for the EOSC community

As communicated previously, the EOSC Providers Portal and the EOSC Catalogue & Marketplace has been phased out and is no longer accessible. The EOSC EU Node operators have taken steps to ensure the discoverability and findability (search functions) of existing services. Full features of the EOSC EU Node are expected to go live in Q3 2024. 

Under the Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, a host of EOSC-related projects have kicked off and will help to ensure this continuity during the transition to the EOSC EU Node. These projects include OSCARS, EOSC Beyond, EOSC Track, and more

A chance for providers to opt in to the EOSC EU Node

Service providers registered to the EOSC Providers Portal were sent a consent form, allowing the EOSC EU Node operators to contact them directly with information and updates about future steps (e.g. onboarding, service integration, etc.).

Users and providers can also fill out this interest form to find out how to get involved in the next phase of EOSC.

EOSC Future in a nutshell

Amidst this transition, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on how far we have come. Starting in 2021, the EOSC Future project set out to develop the technical infrastructure for an interoperable European Open Science Cloud (‘a system of systems’) as well as drive uptake of EOSC and its available services. In 2024, the project has proven that such a platform (interoperable) is possible, not just in theory but in technical terms.

Project outputs fall under the umbrella of 8 Key Exploitable Results:

Project achievements include:
  • A tested federation capacity for accessing infrastructures via the EOSC AAI
  • An online platform (referred to as the EOSC marketplace) with over 5 million resources, including data, software, publications, training materials, and more
  • Setting up a portal and guidelines for onboarding over 330 service providers (offering over 470 digital services)
  • 10 EOSC Future Science Projects accelerating cross-disciplinary science and data-driven solutions to tackle global challenges (e.g. COVID-19, climate change, food security, etc.)
  • Development of a framework for monitoring the implementation and uptake of EOSC and Open Science (presented on the EOSC Observatory)
  • 40 RDA/EOSC Future open calls to get a wide range of scientific communities involved with EOSC
  • Over EUR 4 million in procurement calls to boost the distribution of commercial cloud services among Europe’s research communities.
Dive into EOSC Future project results here.