On September 3rd, 2021, Dr. Radovan Fuchs, Minister of Science and Education, solemnly handed the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MuO) to the members of the Croatian Open Science Cloud Initiative (locally HR-OOZ) at the Ministry of Science and Education. The signatories of the MuO of the Croatian Open Science Cloud Initiative are institutions that are leaders in open science in the Croatia: Croatian Science Foundation, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, National and University Library in Zagreb, Ruđer Bošković Institute, University North, University of Dubrovnik, University of Rijeka, University of Slavonski Brod, University of Split, University of Zadar, University of Zagreb, University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb University Computing Centre SRCE and University of Zagreb School of Medicine.
At the same time, event marked the official start of activities among the Initiative members with the aim of achieving the goals of the HR-OOZ Initiative.
The Croatian Open Science Cloud will become a national organizational and technological environment that encourages and enables open science by providing the resources and services needed for collecting, processing, storing, sharing and reusing research data. The HR-OOZ Initiative is the result of multiannual joint work of many stakeholders in the system of science and higher education in the field of open science in the Republic of Croatia, and was launched with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education and the Croatian Science Foundation. The Initiative will create the preconditions for the development of the Croatian Open Science Cloud, which will enable the coordinated development of e-infrastructure in Croatia.
Through the Croatian Open Science Cloud, research data, research services and resources, which are developed in Croatia, will be included in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The establishment of the EOSC has transformed European science and provided European scientists with the opportunity to take full advantage of data-based science, offering a virtual environment with free and open services for data storage, management, analysis and reuse in all science fields.