OPERAS receives funding for European discovery solution TRIPLE – OPERAS

“The European Commission will finance the project TRIPLE (Targeting Researchers through Innovative Practices and multiLingual Exploration) under the Horizon 2020 framework with approx. 5,6 million Euros for a duration of 42 months. TRIPLE will be a dedicated service of the OPERAS research infrastructure and will become a strong service in the EOSC marketplace. TRIPLE will help social sciences and humanities (SSH) research in Europe to gain visibility, to be more efficient and effective, to improve its reuse within the SSH and beyond, and to dramatically increase its societal impact. Work is expected to start this fall….”


“SSHOC will realise the social sciences and humanities part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by offering a scalable and flexible access to research data and related services adapted to the needs of the SSH community.

SSHOC will leverage and interconnect existing and new infrastructures from the SSH ERICs to foster synergies over disciplines and foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

SSHOC will maximise re-use of services and data through the application of Open Science practices and apply the FAIR principles to the management of data to increase the efficiency and ease in creating and re-using them….”

New EU project on the European Open Science Cloud

“The humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences in Europe will in future have even better open science infrastructures available. An important foundation for this is laid by the project “Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud”, which was launched at the beginning of January 2019. The project makes an important contribution to a common European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is one through the  EU’s research funding program Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to provide an open cloud ecosystem for the humanities and social sciences. Data and tools will be developed and published along the entire research data cycle. The developments are accompanied by extensive communication and training programs that connect people with social and humanities data and services. The European Research Infrastructures (ERICs) of the social sciences and humanities are responsible for the project; It is managed by CESSDA ERIC, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. A total of 45 organizations from across Europe are involved in the project. The project runs from January 2019 to April 2022 and is funded with around 14.5 million euros.

The research infrastructures AUSSDA and the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ACDH-OeAW) are involved in the project in Austria  .  In addition, a local technology company is involved in the project with the  Semantic Web Company . In Austria, for example, the communication strategy of the project is being drafted, a European data marketplace for the social sciences and humanities is being programmed, and data on national elections are being prepared….”

Prompting an EOSC in practice – Publications Office of the EU

“Final report and recommendations of the Commission 2nd High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), 2018….

To help drive forward and implement the EOSC, the main thread of the report is to understand how the EOSC can effectively interlink people, data, services and training, publications, projects and organisations. The ideas presented here bring together, reflect on and further expand on various policy papers and recommendations contributing to the establishment of the EOSC that have been published by ongoing Horizon 2020 projects and national initiatives, as well as by the Commission FAIR Data expert group and by the Open Science Policy Platform, with whom the group have collaborated actively. The report shows how Europe, with its strong scientific base and investments made in infrastructures has the skills, knowledge and capacity to turn EOSC into a reality in less than a year from now….”

Turning FAIR into reality – Publications Office of the EU

“Final report and action plan from the European Commission expert group on FAIR data….

To take advantage of the digital revolution, to accelerate research, to engage the power of machine analysis at scale while ensuring transparency, reproducibility and societal utility, data and other digital objects created by and used for research need to be FAIR. Advancing the global Open Science movement and the development of the European Open Science Cloud is the unambiguous objective for this report. This document is both a report and an action plan for turning FAIR into reality. It offers a survey and analysis of what is needed to implement FAIR and it provides a set of concrete recommendations and actions for stakeholders in Europe and beyond. It is our intention that it should provide a framework that will greatly assist the creation of the European Open Science Cloud, and will be applicable to other comparable initiatives globally….”

Open Science Symposium in Greece – policies, infrastructures, services, data | RDA

The Greek Open Science Symposium is organised in order to:

  • bring key stakeholders together and initiate open discussions and communication among them
  • understand national priorities and align them with the EC requirements for Open Access to publications, Open and FAIR research data,
  • see where Greece stands with the current technical and policy framework which drives Greek (open) research ecosystem activities, and
  • decide on how to most effectively collaborate in moving towards the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) …”

Priorities for the European Open Science Cloud | Science|Business

“Europe’s big open science cloud project is formally getting underway, with the launch of its Governing Board. In this white paper, a cross-sector group of experts – from academia, industry and public-sector institutions – offers its suggestions on which issues need tackling first….

The consultation group has just published a list of ten issues that should be high on the agenda of the executive board as it sets a direction for the EOSC, which has a mandate to enable Europe’s 1.7 million researchers to easily share scientific data and software tools. The European Commission is set to soon announce the members of the executive board, ahead of the EOSC’s formal launch in Vienna on November 22nd.


As scientific research is global, the Science|Business group believes integrating the EOSC into the science clouds being developed by third countries is crucial; meaningful scientific progress generally depends on sharing data and insights across international borders. At the same time, the executive board will need to consider how to achieve reciprocity and ensure that all parties accessing EOSC services comply with European data protection laws. The group is also urging the new board to prioritise the development of a sustainable business model and a robust legal and governance structure.

The Science|Business group’s list of ten priorities also includes nuts-and-bolts tasks, such as defining the reference architecture, completing a full definition of EOSC services, and detailing rules of participation for the science cloud….”

Have your say: Open consultation on EOSC FAIR Data Action Plan and Rules of Participation | EOSC Hub

During the 2nd EOSC Summit held in Brussels yesterday, 11 June 2018, the open consultation on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Rules of Participation and the FAIR Data Action Plan was launched, reflecting a stakeholder-centric approach to the development of these two important outputs. 

The consultation on the EOSC Rules of Participation was launched by the EOSC High-Level Expert Group and is hosted by the EOSCpilot project through a consultation platform in its website, while the FAIR Data Action Plan consultation is being led by the FAIR Data Expert Group.

The aim of the European Commission’s stakeholder consultation on the European Open Science Cloud Rules of Participation is to help come up with guidelines on how the EOSC actors (which include both users and service providers) can participate in the EOSC. The Consultation Platform for the Rules of Participation allows stakeholders to rank, vote and further discuss the three sets of Recommendations (implementation, engagement & steering recommendations) that the EOSC HLEG chair Silvana Muscella, Trust-IT Services,  has presented at the Summit. The system works with a light registration that prevents anonymous submission without burdening the stakeholder participants called in to the consultation with too many entry questions. Stakeholders may participate multiple times to the discussion threads, but only once in the voting area.

On the other hand, the FAIR Data Action Plan puts forward 34 recommendations in GitHub, each with a series of actions assigned to multiple stakeholder groups. The stakeholder groups are: research communities, data services, data stewards, standards bodies, global coordination fora, policy makers, research funders, institutions and publishers.

In addition, each recommendation is associated with the main topic covered (typically the report chapter in which it emerged): policy, culture, technology, skills, metrics or costs. Some are closely aligned to two topics, e.g. culture and technology.

Consultation for both will be open until 5 August 2018, upon which, the results of the consultation will be analysed, and will feed into the initial Rules of Participation and the FAIR Data Action Plan due to be released in the 4th quarter of this year. The final Rules of Participation is slated to be released in the 3rd quarter of 2019….”