EOSC project coordinator explains importance and next steps in interview
In an interview conducted by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Dr. Juan Bicarregui highlights the importance and outlines the next steps of the European Open Science Could (EOSC) project. Dr. Bicarregui works for the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK and coordinates the € 10 million EOSC project.
The coordinator also outlines the barriers that have been identified, mostly with regard to the way science is done, and stresses that a consensus needs to be reached what the EOSC should focus on. The idea is to put together different already existing infrastructures from different fields. The project also looks at the rules of engagement, and the quality thresholds that need to be put in place.
Dr. Bicarregui describes the pilot as a design study rather than a project building new technology. The pilot runs for two years starting January 2017. An EOSC-hub starting in early January with over 70 partners will develop the technological side of the open science cloud. They will start delivering new services about a year from then. Asked if he is optimistic about the EOSC, Dr. Bicarregui concludes "Am I hopeful it will work – yes, of course – I wouldn’t be running this project if not! But I also think it’s a long road. It’s a gradual change, each step helps but we’re (not) going to change everything overnight. I do think it will eventually change how science is done."
Read the full interview on the EC DG Research and Innovation website
Photo: Dr Juan Bicarregui - Credit: Kevin Casey / EC