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European Open Science Cloud

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European Open Science Cloud
Type of projectresearch infrastructure
OwnerEuropean Commission

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is a European Commission initiative aiming at developing an infrastructure providing its users with services promoting open science practices. Besides being open science oriented, the envisaged infrastructure is built by aggregating services provided by several providers following a System of systems approach.

The initiative started in 2015 with the plan that its organizers finish it by 2020.[1] A European Union committee on research endorsed a plan for the cloud's development in May 2018.[2] The European Open Science Cloud officially launched in November 2018, starting to provide access to services via their EOSC Portal.[3]

Public meetings about the project have emphasized the ideological motivations for promoting open science.[4][5]

EOSC Governance


The development of EOSC is governed by three bodies, as defined by the European Commission Staff Working Document Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud:

  • The Executive Board, a body tasked to ensure implementation and accountability.
  • The Governance Board of EOSC is an institutional group gathering representatives from the Member States and Associated Countries and from the Commission to ensure effective supervision of the EOSC implementation.
  • The Stakeholder Forum is the community actively contributing and participating to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). It is composed by organisations, projects and initiatives fully committed to support the EOSC vision.

EC funded Projects contributing to EOSC development


The EOSC infrastructure is built by leveraging on efforts and services developed and operated by several providers. Moreover, the European Commission specifically funded several projects contributing to the development of EOSC including:


  1. ^ Popescu, Iulia (27 September 2017). "What is the European Open Science Cloud?". www.egi.eu. European Grid Infrastructure.
  2. ^ "EU ministers endorse Commission's plans for research cloud". European Commission. 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The European Open Science Cloud is officially launched | EOSC Hub". www.eosc-hub.eu. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  4. ^ Casey, Kevin (30 November 2017). "Nine things we now know about the European open science cloud". Horizon: the EU Research & Innovation magazine.
  5. ^ Pilorget, Benoît; Fangohr, Hans; Thiéry, Nicolas (6 December 2017). "State of the European Open Science Cloud and strategy of OpenDreamKit". opendreamkit.org.

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