Services for the European Open Science Cloud

Interoperability and Integration guidelines

Short description

Interoperability and Integration guidelines, defining the high-level architecture for basic EOSC technical functions and promoting EOSC standards and APIs, will facilitate access to services, lower barriers to integrating and composing services and promote the usage of services between adjacent communities.

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Key benefits for EOSC

EOSC services ‘compliant’ with the interoperability and integration guidelines will offer well-established and documented interfaces for usage and integration, based on well-known standard or APIs, facilitating (1) their exploitation from user communities willing to create new scientific services that could rely on well-established and documented interfaces for the integration (e.g. a community creates a new scientific workflow reusing EOSC federation and common services, like AAI, accounting, etc.) and (2) the combined usage of EOSC services, indeed the adoption of well-known standards and interfaces will very-likely reduce the cost to integrate services (e.g. two accounting infrastructures can be made easily interoperable if they use the same standard usage record format, in such case accounting data extracted from them can be merged and presented in a unique view). As a consequence, less mature or small scientific communities can leverage on EOSC services for a series of IT functions and focus on their scientific work, access to scientific services will be open to new communities thanks to the documented interfaces and new scientific workflows can be created combining existing applications.

Use and impact after EOSC-HUB

The Interoperability and integration guidelines have been used by a large number of related projects that continue beyond the EOSC-hub project itself to make their services EOSC-compatible. This is already happening, for example, in the EOSC regional projects funded under the INFRAEOSC 5b call. Moreover, the interoperability standards will be maintained and further developed by the upcoming EOSC Future project.

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12/02/2021