Making the European Open Science Cloud a reality

National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe – NI4OS Europe, aims to be a core contributor to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) service portfolio, commit to EOSC governance and ensure inclusiveness on the European level for enabling global Open Science. The project focuses on three strategic lines of action:

  • support the development and inclusion of the national Open Science Cloud initiatives in 15 Member States and Associated Countries in the EOSC governance
  • Instill in the community the EOSC and FAIR principles for data findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability;
  • provide technical and policy support in the on-boarding of service providers into EOSC, including generic services -compute, data storage-, data management-, thematic services, repositories and data sets.

Turning NI4OS-Europe goal into reality

NI4OS Europe exploits and engages a strong human network covering a wide range of stakeholders, as well as the existing infrastructure and services in 15 target countries, to support the overall EOSC vision, architecture and governance.

NI4OS Europe exploits and engages a strong human network covering a wide range of stakeholders, as well as the existing infrastructure and service providers in the region, to support the overall EOSC vision, architecture and governance.
NI4OS-Europe will federate the existing EOSC-relevant services in the 15 target countries by making them into core building blocks of EOSC. NI4OS Europe will collaborate directly with the other EOSC-related initiatives to contribute to the common EOSC platform including a set of policies, rules and principles for managing services and research data across the EOSC ecosystem.

Project Methodology

  • Map and analyze National Open Science landscape in the region national Open Science Cloud (OSC) initiatives for open research data, infrastructure and services and enable them to support the overall EOSC governance and coordination structure.
  • Facilitate the creation of Open Science Cloud initiatives for open research data, infrastructure and services and enable them to support the overall EOSC governance and coordination structure.
  • Engage all the stakeholders, from prospective service and data providers to EOSC users.
  • Facilitate the federation of existing infrastructures and state-of-the-art services and their smooth on-boarding to EOSC, following best practices, policies, guidelines and tools, in alignment with the existing EOSC initiatives and standards.
  • Provide technical, organizational and legal guidelines, tools, mechanisms and certification schemes to support Open Research Data Management and its implementation in a harmonized and coordinated fashion.
  • Deliver the project solutions to real users for testing, fine-tuning and providing feedback to service and design teams.
  • Support the communities in the uptake of research data sharing and practices, in alignment with FAIR principles.

Why NI4OS Europe: enabling innovation and inclusiveness in Science

NI4OS-Europe will facilitate access to infrastructures, data, resources and services for users to benefit from know-how sharing and exploitation, thus creating opportunities for increasing innovation capacity of regional Science. In parallel, NI4OS-Europe collaboration with other EOSC related projects will leverage developments in the European Open Science landscape, contributing in a decisive manner to the EOSC vision of open and inclusive science and innovation.

  • Changing the regional Open Science landscape: NI4OS-Europewill triggerEOSC-relevant technical advancements in the region via the provision of a full stack of open and sustainable services and resources. In addition, it will ensure equal access to infrastructures, data and services, for all EU researchers, irrespectively of the country or region they are located.
  • Empowering the regional scientific and research community: the project will enable collaborative and innovative research of high excellence via the interconnection of the scientific and research community to the EOSC landscape.
  • Supporting the regional ICT sector, preventing brain drain: from IT staff to software providers and hardware vendors, a number of actors in the region will be involved in the on-boarding of EOSC-relevant services from the area. Thus, NI4OS Europe will contribute to retention of both ICT professionals and scientists in the area and in Europe, providing them with equal opportunities.
  • Achieving positive socio-economic impact:  NI4OS Europe will support the countries in maturing all aspects of Open Science and ensure sustainability beyond the 2020 phase of EOSC. Open Science developments in theneighboring regions will contribute to socio-economic developments