EOSC-Pillar: mixing national recipes to build the European Open Science Cloud

Officially kicked off on 5 July 2019, for the next 3 years, EOSC-Pillar will coordinate national Open Science efforts across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy, and ensure their contribution and readiness for the implementation of the EOSC.

EOSC-Pillar Consortium members from across national initiatives during the Project Kick-Off Meeting in Rome, Italy on 3 July 2019.

EOSC-Pillar is one of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) regional projects such as EOSC Nordic, NI4OS-Europe, EOSC Synergy and ExPaNDS. These projects aim to coordinate the efforts of the national and thematic initiatives in making a coherent contribution to EOSC, a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines.

Diversity in policy, and differences in technological and infrastructural maturity among European Union member states still remains a barrier to the transnational nature of EOSC and research in general. But what unites European countries is the value that they see the EOSC will bring to their own research capabilities. This is why the EOSC-Pillar was established.

The project is coordinated by GARR, Italy’s national research and education network (NREN) and involves the following organisations: University of Vienna from Austria, Ghent University from Belgium, CINES, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, INRIA and INSERM from France, DKRZ, Fraunhofer, GFZ and KIT from Germany, and CINECA, CMCC, CNR, INFN and Trust-IT from Italy. 

These organisations are already key players in their own countries and have extensively contributed to the development of Open Science and FAIR data initiatives in their fields. The project benefits also from SCC's many years of data management, AAI and IT-services know-how".

(Text excerpts from official press release)


Contact persons at SCC: Achim Streit, Jos van Wezel
EOSC-Pillar Website: ww.eosc-pillar.eu


Achim Grindler