The main objectives of this WP are:
This work package will create a policy and legal framework for the coordination of National initiatives, that can then be extended to other countries. This work package will define a national service registry blueprint, to be implemented in each country and maintained by the national initiative. Registries will be federated with each other and fully interoperable with the EOSC. It is the ambition of this project that, in the longer term, the national registries will incorporate the large majority if not the totality of relevant scientific data services in each country.
The first step will be to coordinate these evolving National Initiatives. The reference model we are assuming for this coordination action is the federation, as the most suitable to maintain the maximum level of freedom for the national initiatives while allowing for interoperability and a lightweight model of shared management for the cross-national services. Federating the National Initiatives will involve not only the policy and legal framework, but also the technical aspects that will be addressed in detail in WP5 (data layer) and WP7 (infrastructure layer) and demonstrated by the use cases collected in WP6. The Federation is intended to become an interlocutor for the EOSC governance, in order not only to receive information on technical and policies evolutions in the EOSC, but also to convey the feedback of one of its key stakeholders: the national initiatives, and through them, the national research communities.
As EOSC-Pillar’s long-term ambition is to unify under this federated model the National initiatives of the whole EU, the second step will be to establish and maintain high levels of concertation with similar regional initiatives, namely the other projects approved under this topic.
The third step will be to consolidate the national initiatives, in order to guide them towards:
The fourth step will be to define a common set of procedures and technical framework to enroll and describe services at the national level and facilitate the passage from local/national service dedicated to a specific community to transnational service, extensible to new communities.
The last step will be to identify a viable business model to help ensuring the longer term sustainability of the National Initiatives and of their inter-federation. A special attention will be dedicated to the implications, in terms of business model, of trans-national services: while a national service could have a relatively simple business model, and well identified funding sources (for instance, a community can selffund the services they need, or a public funding agency can provide centralised funding to support services that are considered strategic for the research community), the case where a national initiative in one country supports a service that is used by other communities in other countries is far from being defined.