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Common Vision White Paper: EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE

We are happy to announce the publication of the White Paper “Common Vision, Service Provision, and Role in the EOSC Governance”, prepared in collaboration with our colleagues from OpenAIRE Advance.

The white paper highlights a number of priorities, which need to be tackled, to ensure an effective implementation of the EOSC vision. In our view, the wider EOSC community should focus on:

  • Increasing the accessibility and usability and capacities of all facilities contributing to the EOSC landscape (for example, the EOSC Portal and its components the Marketplace and the Catalogue).

  • Defining an operational budget in EOSC to cover: access-enabling services and processes, and, increase capacity and/or new capabilities complementing what is already funded at a national and European-level.

  • Ensuring the commitment of long-term funding for the sustainability of the EOSC landscape, independent from short-term projects.

  • Defining a clear contact point for each e-infrastructure for strategic steering purposes.

Moving theory into practice, the white paper suggests a number of concrete actions for EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance, closely related to the priorities listed above:

  • Provide input to an EOSC charter on how to increase accessibility, efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and simplicity of EOSC services for each individual researcher.

  • Provide strategic advice to the EOSC Governance with the support of their national constituents from the academic and research community in the form of a research and academic infrastructure situation report.

  • Provide business plans for EOSC services operations.

  • Leverage self-organization principles to form a strategic point of contact to infrastructures for the EOSC Governance Board to interact with. 

The work kick-started in November last year and involved fifteen experts representing the EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance projects, as well as their underlying e-Infrastructures, the EGI FederationEUDAT CDIINDIGO-DataCloud, and OpenAIRE.

Read the full paper.

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