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Dale Robertson's picture
04 Dec 2019

EOSC Federating Core - Updated Proposals and First Draft Community Position Paper Now Available for Comments

  • By Dale Robertson

The EOSC-hub project has produced updated proposals for the composition and organisation of the Federating Core of the EOSC.  Also available is a working draft of a Community Position Paper on the EOSC Federating Core, produced cooperatively by nine EOSC implementation projects.  Comments on both documents are invited until 16 December 2019.

The updated proposals for the EOSC Federating Core are based on consultation with EOSC implementation projects and research user communities.  A vision for the EOSC and its value-add are also described.  Comments are invited in the Briefing Paper v2.0 document available at

Also available is a working draft of a Community Position Paper on the EOSC Federating Core, developed by the EOSC-hub, EOSC-Life, ENVRI-FAIR, ESCAPE, FAIRsFAIR, FREYA, NI4OS, PaNOSC and SSHOC projects.  The Position Paper summarises requirements of the EOSC based on use cases, and describes the EOSC Federating Core required to achieve them.  Comments on this are also...

Katharina Flicker's picture
26 Nov 2019

Video interviews with the Austrian Country Delegate of the EOSC Governance Board

  • By Katharina Flicker

Starting on 13 November 2019, TU Wien released three short video interviews with Austrian delegate of the EOSC Governance Board Stefan Hanslik. In the course of this series, Stefan Hanslik addressed frequently asked questions and themes regarding the EOSC initiative, its overall goal and societal benefits as well as the role played by scientific institutions. Please, see the links below to see the video takes:

Leonardo Marino's picture
12 Nov 2019

Provide your feedback to the BDVA Position paper - Towards European Data Sharing Space

  • By Leonardo Marino

The Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is gathering feedback on their recent position paper Towards a European Data Sharing Space – Enabling data exchange and unlocking AI potential. is now supporting the BDVA in gathering feedback on the report. You can now provide your feedback, comment and rank the main challenges also through the EOSCsecretariat website.

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
04 Nov 2019

EUA survey on research data and FAIR principles - deadline 15 November

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear members of the EOSC liaison platform,

I am writing to remind that European universities are kindly invited to participate in this ongoing survey on research data management and the FAIR principles conducted by the EUA in the context of the FAIRsFAIR project.
The survey will address the following dimensions of research data management and the FAIR principles at higher education institutions: 

  • the state and nature of institutional policies and support services for research data management;
  • the awareness of the FAIR principles for research data within universities;
  • the teaching of research data competences to students and researchers;
  • the level of awareness of and views on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

The survey deadline has been extended until 15 November 2019. The survey should be filled out by university leadership or management staff responsible for the development and implementation of research data management policies and plans. Universities that...

Bert Meerman's picture
28 Oct 2019

FAIR funders are teaming up to drive FAIR behaviour.

  • By Bert Meerman

FAIR funders are teaming up to drive FAIR behaviour.

A number of funders met in Leiden,  early September 2019, in order to discuss the necessary structure to drive researchers and data stewards towards producing the appropriate Data Management Plans (DMP’s) , using the right metadata templates  and making their (meta)datafiles FAIR.

Funders from the US (Gates Foundation), UK (Wellcome Trust), Ireland (HRB) , NL (Zon MW and NWO), Germany (DFG), Scandinavia (Nordforsk) and Brazil (Fiocruz) attended the meeting. In addition, supporting slides from Science Europe were presented. 

It is foreseen that funders in the future may insist on FAIRness as a condition for approving grant-applications, thereby  offering tangeable monetary benefits for researchers and institutes who adhere to the FAIR Principles. In anticipation of this, an FAIR Funders Implementation Study (FFIS) has been initiated with the aim to gain experience in an Implementation Network. A manifesto is in preparation and several parties have been...

Bert Meerman's picture
28 Oct 2019

FAIR DIGITAL OBJECTS driving worldwide interoperability 

  • By Bert Meerman

FAIR DIGITAL OBJECTS driving worldwide interoperability 


Experts worldwide are discussing FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) as the smallest FAIR technical components with maximum freedom to operate.  Agreement on this concept would be a breakthrough comparable with the agreement on TCP / IP in the late 80’s for the Internet. Once TCP/IP was agreed as the smallest element to comply with, the Internet took off like a rocket. A similar type of fast adoption could happen again with FDO.  


In September 2019 USA based initiatives like NSF, NIST, NIH, SPARC-USA and CNRI organised a meeting together with RDA and GO FAIR on FAIR Digital Objects and FAIR Digital frameworks. The meeting took place in Washington where European delegates presented the consensus proposal. After intensive discussions, broad consensus was reached. This was followed up by a similar meeting in Beijing, associated with the CODATA conference, where the consensus was broadened to China,...

Bert Meerman's picture
15 Oct 2019


  • By Bert Meerman


In Africa, next to the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) (, there are several sister initiatives such as the East African Health Commission’s initiative for an East African Open Science Cloud for Health (EASCH) environment, and the IN-AFRICA GO FAIR implementation network (, with partners from both AOSP (Prof. Joseph Wafula is the Chair of the AOSP technical advisory board) and EASCH. 

Both CODATA ( and GO FAIR are intimately involved in the African sister initiatives of EOSC and connection via the FAIR principles and the FAIR Digital Object consensus will guarantee interoperability. There are also further regional activities, and one of the goals of the IN Africa is to align these progressively to drive a consistent and comprehensive coverage of FAIR and open science infrastructures in Africa. These will be fully interoperable with other regional OS-infra and will secure African leadership and governance to also ensure equitable...

Bert Meerman's picture
15 Oct 2019


  • By Bert Meerman

OPEN SCIENCE in China / Malaysia / Korea / Taiwan / Australia

In China, the Science (data) Cloud is mainly developed under the supervision of the Chinese Academy of Science CAS), with the computer Network Information Center (CNIC) in the lead. Scientific data cloud infrastructure and services in Chinese Academy of Sciences gives an overview of what happened in the recent past. At the CODATA conference in Beijing September 2019, Mr. Jianhui -Li (in charge of the Cloud in China, and Vice President of CODATA) demonstrated how the Chinese Science Data Cloud will work on a distributed architecture and will adhere to the FAIR principles throughout. It was also decided that the Chinese colleagues will participate in the global consensus building around the core elements of machine readability and interoperability between the various clouds, i.e. the FAIR Digital Object Framework.


At a technical session in Beijing, representatives from sister...

Bert Meerman's picture
15 Oct 2019


  • By Bert Meerman


In the USA, there is a new open science policy supported by OSTP and by an interim advice to NIH to make all data and related services ‘AI-ready’ (AI-ready is in fact quite identical to FAIR, namely findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable for machines, who perform machine learning and increasingly smart algorithms on AI-ready data). See

The Board on Research Data and Information ( has a formal role on behalf the National Academy of Science and Engineering to coordinate the landscape of Open Science and the associated infrastructure. The Board recently committed a study on ‘Open Science By Design’ ( in which the FAIR principles featured very prominently and collaboration with Europe was specifically mentioned. The USA has participated with NSF, NIST, NIH, SPARC-USA and CNRI (a.o.) in the global consensus building around the concept of a FAIR Digital Object. ( ...

Sara Pittonet Gaiarin's picture
05 Sep 2019

FAIRsFAIR Open Consultation - please share your views!

  • By Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear members of the EOSC Liaison platform,

I am writing on behalf of the H2020 funded FAIRsFAIR project "Fostering FAIR Data Practices In Europe" running from March 2019 to February 2022.

The project is working to offer practical solutions for implementing FAIR data principles across data repositories all around Europe, with a focus on fostering a FAIR data culture and promoting good practices.

In order to meet these objectives and building upon the findings of recent studies, we now seek input from a wide range of organisations already helping to make data FAIR. We invite contributions to two surveys - one focusing on policies and practices, and the other more focused on semantics and interoperability. We welcome individual contributions to either or both surveys and encourage multiple responses from an organisation, reflecting different views and areas of expertise.

Bert Meerman's picture
02 Sep 2019


  • By Bert Meerman

Re :  Important Internation Initiatives  ( I^3)  

Find hereby more information about the formation of the African Open Science Platform , in coopperation with organisations like RDA and CODATA.

The Vision and Strategy for the African Open Science Platform may be consulted at






Diego Scardaci's picture
29 Aug 2019

Have your say on EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC Technical Architecture

  • By Diego Scardaci

EOSC-hub has produced a Deliverable which proposes an open and participatory approach to the definition of the EOSC Technical Architecture.

The document proposes the definition of a reference Technical Architecture for EOSC that facilitates access to services, lower barriers to integrate and composes services and promotes the usage of services between adjacent communities. This is achieved identifying key technical functions, named building blocks, for each of the EOSC service category (Federation, Access Enabling, Common and Thematic) and defining related technical specifications that include an high-level architecture, endorsed EOSC standards and APIs and interoperability guidelines. In this way, EOSC ‘compliant’ services will offer well-established and documented interfaces for usage and integration, based on well-known standard or APIs, facilitating:

  • their exploitation from user communities willing to create new scientific services that could rely on well-established and documented interfaces for the integration. An example of exploitation of EOSC services is when a
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Leonardo Marino's picture
28 Aug 2019

Request for public comments - NIST Cloud Federation Reference Architecture

  • By Leonardo Marino

NIST, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, in collaboration with the IEEE Standards Association released a draft for the NIST Cloud Federation Reference Architecture. The document is currently in a Public Comment period as NIST is requesting for feedback until September 20, 2019.

This can be particularly relevant for EOSC and as such it would be useful to provide input from the EOSC community and especially from the Architecture Working Group.

Hussein Sherief's picture
06 Aug 2019

How can international stakeholders start collaboration with EOSC

  • By Hussein Sherief

The 1 July webinar was very informative. I would like to start cooperation with EOSC as international stakeholder providing services. We are currently working on a project that will provide infrastructure as a service. I would appreciate it if you can guide me on how to proceed with the stakeholder cooperation.

Suzanne Dumouchel's picture
05 Aug 2019

Survey: EOSC Federating Core Governance and Sustainability

  • By Suzanne Dumouchel

Hello everybody,


OPERAS Research Infrastructure is worling on the survey and we have some questions (see below):

1. Is there any deadline?

2. What is the purpose of the survey? how our answers will be reused? How can it change or influence something?

3. The difference between Shared Resources and marketplace is quite unclear. Any suggestion? How some of you understood the document?

And what about the macro-features (developed in EOSC-Hub project)? To what are they related to?

4. How can we be involved in the macro-features about scholarly communication?

5. Which part of the services can go in which tier? here again, we are not sure about that...


Would be happy to discuss the briefing paper more in details!






Dale Robertson's picture
30 Jul 2019

Have your say on EOSC-hub initial proposals for the EOSC Federating Core and its governance and sustainability

  • By Dale Robertson

EOSC-hub has produced a Briefing Paper which proposes an open and participatory approach to the definition and provisioning of the EOSC Federating Core based on existing capabilities of e-Infrastructures and research infrastructures. We invite all stakeholders to provide feedback and insight. <!--break-->

The paper puts forward a proposed definition of the Federating Core of the EOSC and proposals for its governance and sustainability. The initial proposals for the definition and organisation of the EOSC Federating Core capabilities have been developed from the recommendations of the HLEG EOSC final report and the EOSCpilot project,  as well as from research communities from a broad range of scientific disciplines within and outside the EOSC-hub consortium. 

The Federating Core includes the technical, human, policy and resource-related elements which are needed to allow research-targetted services to operate.  It is proposed to consist of tiers which deliver three sets of capabilities. These are defined in the Briefing Paper, but...