04.03.2024
The  Science Clusters (also known as ESFRI Science Clusters) have released their Position Statement on operational commitment to EOSC and Open Research,  which articulates their vision for the future towards the successful implementation of the EOSC, as the result of five years of collaborative efforts, including interactions with the European Commission, EOSC Association, ESFRI-EOSC Task Force, and e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG).
 
 
The document highlights that the Science Clusters prioritise advancing researchers’ access to data, tools, and resources for data-driven science, and contribute to the sustainability of ESFRI and pan-European RIs through the development of a cross-border open innovation environment for FAIR data management and analytical services, respectful of CARE (Collective Benefits, Authority to Control, Responsibility and Ethics) principles and attentive to digital security.
 
The position paper:
  • Acknowledges the progress accomplished, updates the common work plan from 2021, expresses the Science Clusters' determination to establish thematic community-based ‘EOSC Science Cluster Nodes’, contingent upon resources and explains the potential implications on the interconnection with the EOSC EU Node and national nodes.
  • Emphasises adaptability of the Science Clusters to a unified vision capable of accepting different needs within EOSC and outlines their operational role within the EOSC Federation.
  • Demonstrates the requirement for urgent support of a targeted Science Cluster destination action within Horizon Europe and future framework programmes in order to enable the operational role of the Science Clusters.
Prior to its open dissemination, the document was presented and discussed in the ESFRI-EOSC Task Force Workshop with ESFRI Science Clusters (1 March, 2024), with representatives of key stakeholders, including the EC, ESFRI and EOSC boards, and the EOSC Association.
 
Read and download the full paper via Zenodo: 
 
DOI
 
About Science Clusters
The science clusters have grown out of five collaborative projects funded by the European Union in 2019 to link ESFRI and other world-class Research Infrastructures (RIs) to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The services developed by the clusters and other outcomes of the projects are cornerstones of the emerging EOSC fabric and support both disciplinary communities and multidisciplinary initiatives with harmonised models for access to data, tools, workflows and training. Each cluster unites multiple RIs in their specific scientific domain.
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