STFC at the first European Open Science Cloud Forum
29 Nov 2017



Over 300 people gathered in Brussels this week for the first European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Stakeholder Forum.

​​​​​Juan Bicarregui opening proceedings at the first EOSC Stakeholder Forum

​​​​​​Juan Bicarregui opens proceedings at the first EOSC Stakeholder Forum

Credit :STFC/ Brian Matthews

​The opening address was gven by STFC's Dr Juan Bicarregui, coordinator of the EOSCpilot project that is supporting the first ph​ase of its development.

The European Open Science Cloud will offer 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data that are today blocked by geographic borders and scientific disciplines. 

​The Stakeholder Forum was an ideal platform to discuss the scientific challenges and to identify the first steps and building blocks to make European Open Science a user-friendly reality. Throughout the workshop, stakeholders exchanged ideas and experiences, and identified the most urgent steps necessary to build the EOSC, as well as discussing the possible governance, funding and business models for it.​

“The EOSCpilot is exploring some of the scientific, technical and cultural challenges that need to be addressed in the deployment of the EOSC." said Dr Bicarregui.  “A series of pilot science demonstrators were on show at the event, highlighting how EOSC services can enable greater data reuse, drive development of the EOSC and investigate how obstacles in data and infrastructure interoperability can be overcome."

The EOSC is seen as a distributed, decentralised System-of-Systems based on components independently provided and managed by different organizations. 

The EOSCpilot is developing an architectural framework for tools to work together with open interfaces between them to provide a comprehensive and evolving set of services.It is also developing a proposal for a governance framework for the EOSC and contributing to the development of European open science policy and best practice. This governance framework will need to engage with the key stakeholder communities so must align with many existing structures and services at disciplinary, national and international levels.

More information:

EOSCpilot website

STFC announcement Feb 2017

Contact: O'Sullivan, Marion (STFC,RAL,SC)