On 23 June 2021, the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EOSC Association that formed European Partnership on European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. During the European Research and Innovation Days , the leading annual event of the European Commission in the field of research and innovation, 11 European partnerships had been launched. Horizon Europe will invest a total of 22 billion euros in these partnerships with the aim to assist in developing a greener, more resilient and sustainable future. This presents a new generation of ambitious partnerships aimed at supporting EU policy with an emphasis on open science at the level of the entire Horizon Europe programme. More about European partnerships.
The aim of European partnerships on EOSC is to create an open and reliable virtual environment for more than 2 million European researchers so that they can benefit from all the advantages of a data-driven science, offering a virtual environment with free, open services for data storage, management, analysis and reuse in all scientific fields.
On behalf of the European Commission, the Partnership was signed by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. Mariya Gabriel said: “The European Open Science Cloud will enable researchers to find, create, share and reuse all forms of digital knowledge – such as publications, data and software - leading to new insights and innovations, higher research productivity and improved reproducibility in science. To successfully support the digital transformation of science, this important Partnership must involve all actors – the research communities, our Universities and research institutions, service providers as well as our Member States.”
The EC supports an open science policy that builds trust in a digitally enabled and more open and robust research process not only for scientists, but also for society at large. EOSC provides the enabling infrastructure for this to happen and seeks to transform European Science.
The President of the EOSC Association, Karel Luyben, said: “The Partnership that we sign today will pave the way for advancing EOSC as the research foundation of the industry-driven European Data Spaces that focus on various sectors relevant for society. EOSC will start federating and strengthening research disciplines and will foster interdisciplinary research. It will support Research and e-Infrastructures to be more widely used and better connected. Overall, we are working on a cultural and technical transition of the way we do science in Europe and beyond. A more efficient and reproducible science trusted by society, more relevant to societal needs and with increased involvement of the society (e.g. through Citizen Science developments).”
The EOSC was created as an initiative of the European Commission to support the development of open science and innovation by developing research infrastructures and services. Supporting the EU's open science policy and the European data strategy, the EOSC represents one of the most significant steps in the development of European science. With EOSC, the European Commission promotes processes that foster open, publicly available and exploitable scientific achievements aimed at ensuring that science is focused towards the development of society in order to respond to the societal challenges Europe is facing.
Two years after the official launch of European Open Science Cloud Initiative, in July 2020, EOSC Association was established, which brings together almost 200 European institutions, full members and observers, of which 21 member organizations represents mandate organizations. Among full members is SRCE as a mandate organization of the Republic of Croatia with the role of coordinating national initiatives for open science and building Croatian Open Science Cloud (HR-OOZ). News about this Initiatives can be found on SRCE official website. SRCE also published interviews with leading European experts in the field of open science, President of the EOSC Association, Karel Luyben, and Director of the "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure", the European Commission, Thomas Skordas.