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24 Jan 2018

CESAER publishes statement on European Open Science Cloud

CESAER, the conference of European schools for advanced engineering education and research, has published a contribution to the ongoing shaping of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). According to the paper, the EOSC should build upon existing bottom-up science-driven communities and structures (e.g. at universities, the ESFRI Roadmap). The EOSC should take a federated and decentralised approach directed towards providing tangible and non-bureaucratic services to researchers and S&T professionals.

Concerning governance, the paper says that the EOSC should be governed as a non-profit organisation. Governance, processes and procedures should be transparent, and decisions should be made transparently. In the development of any infrastructure, it would be important to consider not only the technical infrastructure (hardware, software, environment), but also the organisation (policies, procedures, adequate staffing and skills) together with the resources needed to implement it, including core funding for essential shared services rather than project based funding. Other key messages of the CESAER Statement refer to definitions and scope; fair and secure data principles; interoperability and inter-disciplinary research; alternative metrics, incentivising behaviour & output and training talent.

On 26 October 2017, the European Commission made the EOSC Declaration available for endorsement and commitments to the realisation of the EOSC by 2020. Scientific stakeholders have endorsed the Declaration and first signatories - amongst which CESAER - have signed up to play a role in the EOSC coalition of doers.

CESAER Press Release

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