The National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe (NI4OS-Europe) project began on September 1, 2019 as part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 (Horizon 2020) Research and Innovation Program 2014-2020. It is part of an effort to establish the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud), in which SRCE participates as one of 22 consortium partners led by Ethniko Diktyo Erevnas Technologias AE (GRNET) from Greece.
The aim of the project is to support the coordination, convergence and federation of national and / or thematic initiatives for open EOSC research data and services by developing appropriate common tools and mechanisms. On the one hand, the objectives are to support the gradual alignment of policies and practices of EOSC-relevant national and / or thematic initiatives with EOSC standards and, on the other, to allow open access to non-commercial services through the EOSC portal.
SRCE, as a central infrastructure institution, has been building and maintaining a basic e-infrastructure for the needs of the entire science and higher education system of the Republic of Croatia for years, both computer (CRO NGI, Isabella cluster) and data (Dabar) infrastructure, while supporting the concept of open science. It will use the experience and knowledge acquired in this project to build a national open science strategy and the establishment of the Croatian Science and Education Cloud (HR-ZOO). Over a three-year period, SRCE employees with years of experience in the operation and coordination of national e-Infrastructure components will ensure 50 man-months in the implementation of project activities.