2nd ESFRI RIs-EOSC Workshop "Research Infrastructures shaping EOSC" goes digital
Online
06.10.2020 to 07.10.2020

Please fill out the Breakout sessions Questionnaire. Note that no questions are mandatory.

The 2nd Workshop on the connection of ESFRI Research Infrastructures (RIs) to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC),"Research Infrastructures shaping EOSC" that was planned to take place as a physical event will be transformed into a virtual event.

This is due to the restrictions on the number of participants in physical conferences in the host country, the travel restrictions across Europe and the great uncertainty and dynamic evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak. The virtual event is planned to take place on the same dates, namely on 6 & 7 October 2020.

The main objective of the workshop is to bring together ESFRI, ESFRI RIs and EOSC stakeholders, in order to showcase and better comprehend the EOSC concept and value proposition for its users, and ensure the optimal federation of ESFRI clusters/ RIs with EOSC. The latest developments on the EOSC next phase governance and the technical areas will be presented, so that the thematic infrastructures can actively contribute and provide feedback to the on-going dialogue, being able to take informed decisions.

The workshop is organised by the ESFRI Task Force on EOSC, the EOSC Cluster projects, the EOSC Secretariat and the StR-ESFRI2 Project, in close cooperation with ESFRI and the EC.

The event will be recorded and will include breakout sessions for feedback from the community. The plenary sessions will be open to accommodate wide participation. However, due to limited capacity of the breakout sessions, the attendance will be limited to one (1) person per National Delegation/ Project/ Landmark/ Organisation. This is mainly to facilitate discussion and effective feedback in these sessions.

Registration is mandatory, and should be done via the online form. Breakout sessions have reached their capacity and therefore no nore registrations are accepted for these.

For more information on the outcomes of the 1st ESFRI RIs-EOSC Workshop (London, 30.1.2019), please click here.

Background

European Research Infrastructures (RIs) foster the definition, implementation and further development of advanced solutions for the effective provisioning and use of high-quality scientific data, with effective metadata descriptors, ease of access, interoperability and reusability, fully implementing the FAIR (‘Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles. 

ESFRI Landmarks and other internationally open RIs, not only produce scientific data that are used by highly competitive international research communities, but also assure a robust quality control of the produced data sets. In addition, the ability of RIs to develop interoperability concepts becomes critical not only for effective data sharing, but also more generally, it will direct the capability of RIs to address the multidisciplinary character of the societal challenges and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These efforts must be recognized, properly analysed and utilized to contribute to shaping the EOSC ecosystem.

EOSC provides a chance to increase data sharing beyond RIs, since it is an infrastructure that includes not only RIs but also data, users and service providers from different national and regional backgrounds. EOSC provides a chance to increase data sharing beyond RIs, since it will provide European researchers with seamless access to a wealth of data, along with a wide range of value-added services from different national and regional backgrounds. The experience gathered by ESFRI and ESFRI initiated RIs, should be utilized to the maximum extent in the EOSC implementation, including the various alternatives for governance models and fully reflecting the engagement and responsibility of RIs in and for Open Science.

EOSC should have clear extra value for its end users. These include primary scientific advantages, such as enhanced data and service connections, better ability to address interdisciplinary and societal challenges, and improved e-infrastructure services and tools for RIs and their data consumers. On top of that EOSC should feature political, social and cultural advantages, for example improved political decision-making capabilities, increased societal awareness and leading a change in culture towards Open Science. Further, qualifying factors such as transparency, high data quality, research acknowledgement/credit, and training are important.

EOSC requires a long-term and sustained funding to ensure relevance, uptake and its continued existence. This funding should also reflect the evolving needs of the supported communities, with necessary periodic updates and related development initiatives. 

The EOSC cluster projects play an important and multi-faceted role for both EOSC and RIs, being on one side providers of data and services of all kinds (e.g., data services, research products services) and on the other side as users of services provided by EOSC. The relationship between direct funding for RIs and EOSC-derived funding for the horizontal services and resources provided for the RIs need to be considered, with the precise specification for each facility.

EOSC is working on a change of culture towards open research data, and based on the FAIR data principles. Such a cultural change can be achieved through targeted education and training, incentives and reward mechanisms. 

Promotion, outreach and training can ensure that the added value of EOSC is clearly visible for its end users, including the many benefits of Open Science, and the ‘added value’ for RIs. Further, an understanding of the costs associated with Open Science is needed. For this, funding models, legal entity concepts and statutes, as well as access models are being defined by EOSC. 

The RI community should act as a key player in these efforts, leading the change of culture, driving data quality and more open access to data. Together with the scientific community of users, the RIs have a key role to help deploy the EOSC.

Objectives

The main objective of the workshop is to bring together ESFRI, ESFRI RIs and EOSC stakeholders, in order to showcase and better comprehend the EOSC concept and value proposition for its users, and ensure an optimal federation of ESFRI clusters / RIs with EOSC.

Present the current state of EOSC and see how the thematic RIs/ESFRI clusters fit into the developing landscape, including the tri-party partnership with the new legal entity (EOSC Association) and its Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SRIA). Convey ESFRI RIs/Clusters/ and ESFRI Task Force on EOSC positions into shaping EOSC:

Present the EOSC latest documents and the outcome of their consultations:

  • EOSC Partnership agreement and EOSC Association
  • EOSC Partnership Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SRIA) (including planning for the next cycles of funding)
  • EOSC Sustainability WG latest report “Iron Lady”

Showcase from ESFRI RIs and Clusters the EOSC concept and added-value for its users with concrete use cases, good practices and approaches for federating thematic resources into EOSC – around 3 main areas:

  • Thematic Clusters/RI data and tools
  • Horizontal federated e-Infrastructure resources uptake 
  • Open Science and FAIR data sharing within and across domains

Present the latest technical developments and outputs of e-Infrastructure/EOSC providers:

  • Resources and services/tools for thematic providers and end users (network, computing, data, middleware/other services)
  • Developments around incentives and policies on open and FAIR Data & Services, their sharing and towards a cultural change, and work on skills 

Reflect from the users’ perspective on the status, outputs and discussions in the EOSC WGs, with focus on:

  • Architecture
  • FAIR data 
  • Rules of Participation (RoP) 
  • Other basic findings from other groups will be covered, including: the Minimal Valuable EOSC (MVE) concept. In particular, how the Clusters/RIs data producers/service providers are connected/federated (either integrated or interfaced); skills and training

Main concepts

Work around the themes of ‘Present and Future’, both from the thematic projects (RI/Clusters) and horizontal projects (e-Infrastructures) perspectives.

  • Present: where are we now both in terms of latest policy and technical developments. Policy with regards to the tri-party partnership, the new legal entity and the SRIA document, along with the EOSC Sustainability WG “Iron Lady” document. Regarding technical developments portray characteristic use cases both from horizontal and thematic projects, reflecting also the ESFRI White Paper related points. 
  • Future: What is expected in the next period, both policy and technically, following up on the current state. On the one hand study the evolving legal landscape of EOSC next phase (post 2020) and envisage the role of the thematic stakeholders, and on the other hand focus on user-related technical aspects and expectations; what services are planned to be available in the Minimum Valuable EOSC (MVE) when EOSC is launched on 1st Jan 2021 compared to what services users are expecting? EOSC Governance to present the current state of play; thematic stakeholders/clusters/RIs to reflect on their role in the developing landscape; clusters to present key services/good practices to be federated in EOSC, showcasing the EOSC potential and added-value; horizontal projects to present also a set of horizontal services, again showcasing the EOSC potential and added-value.

Main focal and other points: 

  • Present latest EOSC Governance plans, including the EOSC partnership and extract user expectations on governance.
  • Present use cases for end users to understand EOSC and to attract them to use it. 
  • Go into the details in specific topics in round table discussions and identify key benefits for the users: e.g. unified data formats, service level agreements, MVE services, training/skills, AAI.

Provide highlights-“flavours”- good practices: Need to provide highlights and “flavours” (use cases, good practices, etc.) in close cooperation with the clusters showcasing/ demonstrating breadth of issues.

Informed by ESFRI White Paper, including: 

  • ESFRI vision/mission and the strategic orientations for a renewed ERA.
  • Implementation of a healthy RI ecosystem in Europe with high-quality open research data from RIs for EOSC federation.

Workshop report: A report from the event needs to be prepared, along with the presented case studies/use cases with the identified benefits for their users, which can possibly act as input into the  future developments of EOSC (that can also act as a tool to attract users to join the EOSC, thus supporting uptake/integration within this community).


Further reading
ESFRI White Paper
EU Council Conclusions on EOSC
Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum
EC Implementation Roadmap for EOSC

 

Agenda for 2nd ESFRI RIs-EOSC Workshop, 6-7 October 2020

Please fill out the Breakout sessions Questionnaire. Note that no questions are mandatory.

 

Αgenda for ESFRI RIs-EOSC Workshop "Research Infrastructures shaping EOSC" (06 - 07.10.2020)

 

All times are CEST!

Tuesday 06.10
09:45

The remote connection for participants will be available 15 minutes before.

10:00

Session 1 - Scope, EOSC current state, including EOSC Governance, Chair: Jan Hrusak, ESFRI Chair - 5’

ESFRI infrastructures and the EOSC in the new ERA, Anna Panagopoulou, DG RTD - 10’ 
Introduction - Scope, Mirjam van Daalen, Chair, ESFRI TF on EOSC (download the presentation) - 10’

Panel 1 - EOSC status update (EB/GB) - 45’

11:10

Break out session preparation - Break

11:30

Break out session for feedback on Session 1 - 60’

Feedback from thematic infrastructures on EOSC Governance - Role and participation in EOSC Governance - 45’.  A set of questions will be prepared and there will be a moderator and a rapporteur for each of the following break out sessions:

  • EOSC Partnership and new legal entity status
  • EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
  • The Sustainability WG “Iron Lady” document

Summary of key points from each breakout session -15’ (plenary), Chairs: Jan Hrusak and Mirjam van Daalen
Break out sessions’ rapporteurs, 2 min each

Download the rapporteurs' presentations:

12:30

Break

13:45

The remote connection for participants will be available 15 minutes before.

 

14:00

Session 2 - Panel 2 - Updates on the latest technical developments - 60’, Chair: Yannis Ioannidis, ESFRI Vice-Chair - 5’

The areas may be updated based on the SRIA Consultation Action Areas.

15:00

Break out session preparation

15:15

Break out session for feedback on Session 2 - 60’

Feedback from thematic infrastructures on EOSC Technical Developments - Role and contribution of thematic infrastructures - 45’

  • Architecture and Minimal Viable EOSC (MVE)
  • FAIR+R Data & Services - Open Science policies
  • Rules of participation
  • Skills and training

Summary of key points from each break-out session - 15’ (plenary), Chair: Yannis Ioannidis 
Break out sessions’ rapporteurs, 2 min each

Download the rapporteurs' presentations:

16:15

Wrap-up from Day 1-  15’
Summary report from Session 1, 
Mirjam van Daalen (download the presentation)

  • Further feedback from audience via on-line tools 

Summary report from Session 2, Yannis Ioannidis and Juan Bicarregui

  • Further feedback from audience via on-line tools

Overall Day 1 Summary and Conclusions, co-Chairs

Wednesday 07.10
09:45

The remote connection for participants will be available 15 minutes before.

10:00

Session 3 - Present and Future: Panel 3 - Report on horizontal EOSC services, along with future goals - 60’, Chair: Per Oster, EOSC Secretariat - 5’ 

Present the latest developments and outputs on horizontal, transversal and regional approaches from e-Infrastructure/EOSC thematic providers:

  • Resources and services/tools for thematic providers/users from a national perspective, Sverker Holmgren, e-IRG National Nodes paper (download the presentation) – 10’ 
  • Resources and services/tools for thematic providers/users from a regional perspective, Fulvio Galeazzi, EOSC Pillar (download the presentation)– 10’ 
  • Resources and services/tools for thematic providers/users from a European perspective, Tiziana Ferrari, EOSC-hub (download the presentation) – 10’
  • Transversal services from thematic providers/clouds - digital LEAPS, Helmut Dosch, vice-chair of LEAPS (download the presentation) – 10’
  • Questions & Answers panel - Summary of key points

 

11:00

Short break

 

11:15

Session 4 - Present and Future: Panel 4 - What is EOSC for thematic ESFRI RIs and Cluster projects, along with future goals - 90’, Chair: Kostas Glinos, EC, DG RTD -5’

Showcase from ESFRI RIs and clusters the EOSC concept and added value for its users with concrete use cases, good practices and approaches for federating thematic resources into EOSC around 4 main areas:

  • Thematic Clusters/RI data and tools
  • Federated e-Infrastructure resources uptake 
  • Open Science and FAIR data sharing within and across domains
  • Policies towards a cultural change and work on skills

          - Helen M. Glaves, ENVRI-FAIR (download the presentation) – 10’ 
          - Giovanni Lamanna, ESCAPE (download the presentation
– 10’ 
          - Niklas Blomberg, EOSC-Life (download the presentation) – 10’ 
          - Patrick Fuhrmann, PANOSC & EXPANDS
(download the presentation) – 10’  
          - Franciska de Jong, SSHOC
(download the presentation) – 10’ 
          - Rudolf Dimper, EOSC Cluster projects joint paper (download the presentation) – 10’ 

  • Questions and Answers panel - Summary of key points - 25
12:45

Break

13:45

The remote connection for participants will be available 15 minutes before

14:00

Session 5 - Break out: Cross-fertilisation between thematic and horizontal projects - 60’

Feedback from thematic and horizontal infrastructures on cross fertilisation among the two - Role and contributions of each - 45’

  • Thematic Clusters/RI data and tools federation and uptake - Federated e-Infrastructure resources uptake
  • Open Science and FAIR data sharing within and across domains - Policies towards a cultural change and work on skills

Summary of key points from each break out session - 15(plenary), co-Chairs, Per Oster and Kostas Glinos
Break out sessions’ rapporteurs, 2 min each

Download the rapporteurs' presentations:

15:00

Short break

15:15

Session 6 - Wrap-up from Day 2 -  60’, Chairs: Johannes Klumpers, Kostas Glinos EC, DG RTD and Per Oster, CSC
Summary report from Session 3, Per Oster

  • Further feedback from audience via on-line tools 

Summary report from Session 4, Kostas Glinos

  • Further feedback from audience via on-line tools

Summary Report from Session 5, Per Oster, Kostas Glinos

  • Further feedback from audience via on-line tools

Overall Day 2 Summary and Conclusions, Johannes Klumpers

 

Workshop Closing remarks, Mirjam van Daalen (download the presentation) and Jan Hrusak

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