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The EOSC-Pillar webinar held on 27 October 2020 aimed at outlining existing research on OS policies as well as getting insights from experts working in the field. The University of Vienna produced a report, now available on the EOSC-Pillar Zenodo community.

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The EOSC Governance shared a video message collecting ideas and suggestions for effective implementation of EOSC, for the benefit of the EOSC Association and the wider community.

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EOSC-Pillar's Work Package 4 "From National Initiatives to Transnational Services" recently produced an essential deliverable, presenting the legal and organisational aspects of services delivery in a federated environment, including recommendations for actions that enable service providers to position their services for improved interoperation in the context of the EOSC services landscape. Read it on Zenodo!

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The Landscaping Task Force created by INFRAEOSC-05 projects has recently published the Second Working Proposal for Living Indicators to Monitor MS Progresses Towards EOSC Readiness on Zenodo. The report summarises the results of consultations with leading stakeholders, in order to support decision-makers and ultimately help to turn EOSC into a reality in the different regions.

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2020 was a crucial year for the European Open Science Cloud and for EOSC-Pillar, let's take a look back at some of the main achievements of the year for our project

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Applications are now being accepted by EOSC-Pillar for integrating thematic digital research service providers. Successful applicants will be included in the EOSC-Pillar project, allowing them to receive support in integrating their service(s) into the national catalogues, and eventually, the service catalogue of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

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On Thursday 26 November, EOSC-Pillar took part in a special meeting organised by the InfraEOSC-5 FAIR data and infrastructure Task Force, to present to the European Commission the key work being carried out in FAIR data assessment and certification by the InfraEOSC-5 call funded initiatives.

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The EOSC Association held its first official General Assembly since becoming a legal entity under Belgian law following a royal decree and will represent European stakeholders and organisations in developing EOSC over the next few years.

The online event saw Karel Luyben from CESAER elected as the first president of the EOSC Association. A board of eight directors were elected, including Marialuisa Lavitrano (UNIMIB), Suzanne Dumouchel (CNRS), Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW) for a three-year mandate; Sarah Jones (GÉANT) and Ignacio Blanquer (UPV) for a two-year mandate; and Wilhelm Widmark (SU), Bob Jones (CERN) and Ronan Byrne (HEAnet) for a one-year mandate.

Set to become the entity that can enter into contractual agreements with the European Commission, the new EOSC Association, along with the Partnership Board and Steering Board, will work to develop the EOSC from January 2021 onwards.

As we have seen last month, the five EOSC-Pillar countries are playing a crucial role in the EOSC Association, which has been acknowledged with the election of Lavitrano, Dumouchel and Tochtermann as directors.

With the ability to admit new members and charge membership fees, the establishment of the Association is a decisive move towards setting up the EOSC as a self-sustaining membership organisation away from public funding.

The online event saw the four organisations – CESAERCSICGARR and GÉANT, the EOSC Association’s founding members that are tasked with initiating the admission of new members - welcome and officially admit 142 total members, of which 21 nationally mandated organisations, and 49 observers. These members and observers are made up of research funding organisations, research performing organisations, service-providing organisations and other organisations.

EOSC Association President Karel Luyben, who starts his 2-year term from today, 18th December 2020, said in a statement:

“It is truly an honour to be elected the first President of the EOSC Association. In my role as Chair of the EOSC Executive Board, I have had the great pleasure to work with a community that is as vibrant as it is diverse. Looking back on what we have achieved in Europe by working together - with the EOSC Declaration as an important milestone in 2017 - makes me proud to be part of this EOSC community. While recognising how far we have come, it is also clear that grand opportunities lie ahead.”

Towards EOSC

In a bid to become the open and trusted environment for accessing and managing research data and related services, the EOSC will transform how researchers access and share data and give Europe a global lead in research data management.

The EOSC will federate existing scientific data infrastructures, currently dispersed across disciplines and the EU Member States.

Supporting the EU’s Open Science policy and European Data Strategy, EOSC intends to help European scientists reap the full benefits of data-driven science and give Europe a global lead in research data management.

Key features of EOSC will be its smooth access to data and interoperable services and its trusted digital platform that addresses the whole research data cycle, from discovery, mining, storage, management, analysis and re-use.

With open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data across borders and scientific disciplines, EOSC aims to create a virtual environment for 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences.

Seeking to make digital assets findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR), EOSC will tackle societal challenges like early diagnosis of major diseases and climate change.

For more information about the EOSC Association, visit https://www.eosc.eu

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About the EOSC-Pillar Call for Thematic Digital Research Service Providers

EOSC-Pillar recently launched a call for new thematic digital research service providers. Successful applicants will be included in the EOSC-Pillar project, allowing them to receive support in integrating their service(s) into the national catalogues, and eventually, the service catalogue of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

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The goal of the EOSC-Pillar Work Package 5 “The Data layer: establishing FAIR data services at the national and transnational level” is to establish the settings for an effective sharing, exploitation and reuse of data across initiatives and communities partaking to EOSC-Pillar and beyond. In order to attain this challenging goal, the project leverages and builds upon results from previous and ongoing projects as well as on the experience of the partners in the project.

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