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European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative is the tangible outcome of a number of key European and global policy milestones and position statements regarding Open Science. EOSC is an integral part of, and supports, the European Commission’s strategy for realising the European Research Area (ERA), in particular the policy priorities of Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World and the goal of findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) data.
EOSC will essentially involve the federation of existing research data infrastructures and the realisation of a Web of FAIR Data and Related Services for Science, making research data interoperable and machine actionable following the FAIR guiding principles. This web of data will allow researchers to find, exploit and combine linked datasets, providing a basis for artificial intelligence (AI) tools, leading to new discoveries and research paradigms.
EOSC will initially focus on traditional research data but will also include research publications and research code. EOSC will encourage FAIR datasets to be made fully open, and will follow the principle of ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’.
The initial phase of EOSC
In an initial phase of development from 2016 to 2020, the European Commission (EC) made a financial investment of approximately €350 million to begin building the foundations of EOSC through project calls in Work Programmes in Horizon 2020. This investment was targeted to develop a new pan- European access mechanism to public e-infrastructures, to coordinate related national activities, to connect European research infrastructures (RIs) to EOSC, to set up and begin the implementation of the FAIR guiding principles, and to start a FAIR-compliant certification scheme for research data infrastructures. These projects have involved the community of stakeholders of the EOSC and have been steadily developing the broader the EOSC ecosystem.
To direct the strategic implementation of EOSC, the EC published an implementation roadmap in 2018 detailing six main action lines to realise an architecture, data, services, access and interfaces, rules and governance for EOSC. This roadmap not only served the first implementation phase of EOSC in 2018–2020 under Horizon 2020, but also prepared for the second implementation phase of EOSC under the new funding programme of Horizon Europe for 2021–2027.
With the aim of bringing the community together and ensuring a smooth transition from the first to the second implementation phase of EOSC, a three-tiered transition governance structure was established to run from 2019–2020. The transition governance bodies founded a new legal entity called EOSC Association which has as members all relevant stakeholders in the EOSC ecosystem and will enter into a contractual agreement with the European Commission to direct the Partnership under Horizon Europe.
The EOSC Partnership
The EOSC Partnership brings together all relevant stakeholders to co-design and deploy a European Research Data Commons where data are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR). An open and inclusive European Partnership will help ensure directionality (common vision and objectives) and additionality (complementary commitments and contributions at all levels). It will help provide a framework to reach consensus amongst those committed to achieving results.
The EOSC Partnership aims to expand on the planned Minimum Viable EOSC (MVE) to create a growing ecosystem, bringing together relevant European initiatives around the FAIR data economy, fostering collaboration among those initiatives towards the objective of open research, attracting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups to use and benefit from the federated services and data sources, and raising awareness in society about the benefits of FAIR-data-driven innovation. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) strategically defines the roadmap for implementing and further developing EOSC with the wider stakeholder community.
The EOSC Partnership will develop and implement EOSC through financial, in-kind and policy commitments from three tiers of stakeholders in the EOSC community:
- Tier 1 is the contribution from the European Commission;
- Tier 2 is the contribution from the Member States and national funders;
- Tier 3 is the contribution from research-performing organisations, service-providing organisations, funding organisations and other EOSC- relevant organisations through the membership in the Association.
The Finnish contribution
Finland has been closely involved in the various stages of EOSC development by contributing to:
- several EOSC-related projects (e.g. EOSC Pilot; EOSC-hub; EOSC Nordic; EOSCsecretariat.eu; EOSC-Life, etc.). The most notable actor in Finland has been CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. but also many universities and researchers have actively participated;
- the EOSC interim governance 2018–2020:
- The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture & Academy of Finland were members of the EOSC Governing Board;
- Aalto University, CSC – IT Center for Science; the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV), Tampere University Library; University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä had representatives actively engaged in the EOSC Working Groups
the EOSC Association: In December 2020, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. joined the EOSC Association as a member.
- the EOSC establishment and coordination at national level: In January 2021, Finland's Ministry for Education and Culture (OKM), Academy of Finland (AKA), the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) and CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. launched the country's forum for the European Open Science Cloud: the EOSC Finnish Forum (the EOSC-FF).
Interested in being involved in the EOSC? Read more how to get involved in the EOSC.
- EOSC SRIA & other relevant documents
- EOSC Strategic Implementation Plan (06/2019)
- Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud (03/2018)
- EOSC Declaration (06/2017)
- European Parliament resolution of 16 February 2017 on the European Cloud Initiative (02/2017)
- European Cloud Initiative -Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe (04/2016)
- Council Conclusions on the Transition towards an Open Science System (05/2016)
- Join the national EOSC Finnish Forum: Subscription is open for all Finnish stakeholders and membership is free of charge.
- Join the EOSC Association: Subscription is open to all the organisations supporting the vision and mission of EOSC. Membership is subject to annual fee.
- Find out more about EOSC services on EOSC Portal: The portal provides access to a set of services that can support the daily work of European researchers. If you have any services that you would like to promote at European level or make available to other researchers you can submit them on EOSC portal.
- Contribute to any of the EOSC-related projects.
- Be up-to-date with the latest news from the EOSC governance & projects by subscribing to EOSCsecretariat.eu newsletter.
EOSC-Nordic is a 3-year project operating as a part of EOSC. The project started in September 2019. It aims to promote the deployment of EOSC in Northern Europe. EOSC-Nordic has a budget of € 5.99M. The project is coordinated by NeIC which is part of NordForsk and involves members from 24 organisations, in addition to the Nordic countries from Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Finnish partners in the consortium are:
- CSC – IT Center for Science
- University of Helsinki
- Finnish Social Science Data Archive (Tampere University)
- Finnish Meteorological Institute
- University of Eastern Finland
EOSC-Nordic aims to:
- Harmonize regulations and guidelines governing the use of research materials in the participating countries.
- Increase the visibility and usability of the participating countries' services as part of the services provided by EOSC.
- Support the implementation of FAIR principles in the participating countries, both in practice and as part of certification processes.
- Increase the attractiveness of EOSC by experimenting and developing new well-functioning transnational solutions and services.
- Create a knowledge hub that supports skills development of new actors and communities and enhances their capabilities to utilize EOSC services.
On this page you can find the summaries of the EOSC Finnish Forum Coordinating Committee meetings.
About the Coordinating Committee
The purpose of the EOSC Finnish Forum Coordinating Committee is to facilitate the work of EOSC Finnish Forum, ensure an inclusive participation of the Finnish stakeholders of EOSC in it and promote the Finnish interest in the EOSC Association. The Coordinating Committee is composed of the following representatives:
- The Ministry of Education and Culture: Juha Haataja, Sami Niinimäki
- Academy of Finland: Anu Nuutinen, Harri Hautala
- The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies: Henriikka Mustajoki, Hanna Lahdenperä
- CSC–IT Center for Science: Per Öster, Antti Pursula
The Coordinating Committee is supported by the EOSC Finnish Forum Office which is run by EOSC-FF Coordinator Sara Garavelli (CSC) and EOSC-FF Engagement Officer Anu Märkälä (CSC).
4th Meeting 9 June 2021
Anu Nuutinen and Juha Haataja shared the updates from the EOSC Steering Board meeting which had taken place 26 May. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Commission and the EOSC Association will be signed in June to officially launch the partnership, and the first meeting of the EOSC Partnership will be also organised.
EOSC Steering Board had also discussed the upcoming call for EOSC Association Task Forces, contributions of countries to EOSC in national, regional and institutional levels, and organized the work of their subgroups that are responsible for following up different aspects related to EOSC (including policies and KPIs).
Per Öster and Sara Garavelli explained how the call for EOSC Association Task Forces is organized and reported the feedback gathered in the EOSC Association & Task Forces webinar (7.6.2021). The Coordinating Committee agreed that EOSC Finnish Forum should promote the call actively to the Finnish stakeholders and arrange coordination at national level.
Sara Garavelli presented briefly how the study on EOSC engagement mechanisms at national level is progressing and how the session at EOSC Symposium (15.6.2021) will be organized.
Lastly, Anu Märkälä informed the Committee on the past and upcoming communication and engagement activities and informed that the current number of EOSC-FF members is 95.
The next meeting will take place 25 August.
3rd Meeting 20 April 2021
Juha Haataja (OKM) and Anu Nuutinen (AKA) reported back from the second EOSC Steering Board meeting which took place on the 8th of April. EOSC Steering Board has approved its workplan and set as objectives to create a common understanding between the Commission, the Member States and the countries associated to Horizon Europe on the direction of policy developments required for achieving the strategic, political and implementation objectives of the EOSC and to pursue alignment of national policies and investments relevant to the European Open Science Cloud.
Sara Garavelli and Per Öster (CSC) gave updates on the EOSC Advisory Groups that will be launched before the summer by the EOSC Association. For more details on the EOSC Advisory Groups you can consult the presentation given by Sarah Jones, GEANT & EOSC Association Director during the EOSC & RDA Event held on the 23rd of April 2021. A call for members will be launched in late May.
The EOSC Finnish Forum Coordination Committee acknowledged that there is a need to streamline the communication about EOSC at large.
Anu Märkälä (CSC) informed that EOSC Finnish Forum has currently 86 members. She also presented the past and upcoming communication and engagement activities. The next public EOSC-FF webinar will be organized in May and it will address the topic of new Advisory Groups and how to join them.
The next meeting of the Coordinating Committee will take place on the 9th of June 2021.
2nd Meeting 10 March 2021
In the second meeting of the Coordination Committee, Anu Nuutinen (AKA) and Juha Haataja (OKM) informed about the newly established EOSC Steering Board. It is composed of representatives from the Member States and Associated Countries and chaired by the European Commission. EOSC Steering Board has an advisory role towards the EOSC Association. Watch a video of the previous Governance sharing ideas and suggestions for effective implementation of EOSC.
The initial list of the Advisory Groups of the EOSC Association was discussed. It was noted that new organizations willing to join the Association will be considered as provisionally accepted members of the Association before the next General Assembly where the membership will be confirmed. Hence, they will be able to suggest candidates for the Advisory Groups.
The Coordinating Committee were also informed about the upcoming EOSC & RDA webinar (25.3.2021) and the associated open call as well as the current EOSC-FF membership statistics.
The next meeting of the Coordinating Committee will take place on the 20th of April.
The EOSC Finnish Forum Coordinating Committee held its first meeting on the 20th of January 2021 in advance of the official launch of EOSC Finnish Forum (EOSC-FF). There were three topics on the agenda. Firstly, the Coordinating Committee agreed on its ways of working and meeting schedule for 2021.
Secondly, the committee discussed the proposal for the on-boarding process to join EOSC Finnish Forum and the engagement plan related to it. Everybody endorsed the suggestion to keep the on-boarding process as simple and inclusive as possible and welcomed the first ideas for engagement activities. It was agreed that the EOSC-FF Office and the representatives of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies will discuss the engagement plan in more detail to align it with the communication and engagement mechanisms of the National Open Science Coordination.
Lastly, the Coordinating Committee agreed on the roles and responsibilities in view of the upcoming webinar “EOSC in Finland and in the European Context” which would take place on the 25th of January.
The next meeting will take place on the 10th of March 2021.
On this page you can find all the relevant updates from EOSC Finnish Forum.
11.6.2021 Materials from the EOSC Association & Task Forces webinar
On Monday 7 June, EOSC Finnish Forum organised the EOSC Association & Task Forces webinar where the EOSC Association President, Karel Luyben, shared the latest information on the new Advisory Groups and the Task Forces within them. He also clarified why and how to join the EOSC Association and answered webinar participants´questions. The presentation slides are available in a shared folder and the recording of the webinar is on YouTube.
24.5.2021 Visiting Edinburgh through RDA plenary 2021
EOSC Finnish Forum supported participation of two of its members to the virtual RDA plenary through an open call. Below is the blog by Iina Hepolehto, University of Helsinki.
On 20th–23th April, the 17th RDA plenary took place, and I was attending it as an early careerist for my first time. Plenary was hosted on a virtual platform by the Digital Curation Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Primarily I was attending plenary as a librarian, since in November 2020 I started as a Science Information Specialist at Helsinki University Library, where I instruct researchers with their research data management issues. Furthermore, I have a background from the research site, since I am a Ph.D. candidate from ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Helsinki. Therefore, I had two roles attending the RDA plenary.
The work of RDA has become somewhat familiar while working at the Helsinki University Library during these last six months. Furthermore, since I am working in the data support team, my work is related to RDA outputs and recommendations on the daily basis. Anyhow, it was a bit obscure for me, what practically happens in the RDA, and how I could get involved.
From the plenary, I got a better insight into data stewardship, PIDs, new general data management recommendations, and metadata recommendations. Also from the plenary, I got an insight into what might be the issues related to challenges about data management issues that researchers need help, guidance and tools with. Beforehand, I had a special interest in health data working groups since I am advising researchers from the medical, veterinary, and microbiological sciences, and therefore, I especially attended sessions by those groups.
From the poster session the poster from Dan Phillips (Dalhousie University) about instructing how to describe data, gave me straightforward tips to use in our training sessions for researchers. It was also good to know that in RDA exists such a group as Early Career and Engagement IG, which would be the easiest way to get involved in RDA if you are unfamiliar with RDA’s work. From this group, early careerists and unfamiliar with RDA could get ideas on how to choose a suitable interest or working group.
What I benefitted most was that I got familiar with RDA’s work. I got knowledge of how the interest and working groups are operating, and also, how these groups form from the birds of the feather. I feel more prepared to approach any working group in the future. The RDA’s work is essential for my work since my role is to adopt new recommendations of RDM and also familiarize researchers with them.
EOSC & RDA webinar: material available & heads-up on interesting RDA Groups
On the 25th of March, EOSC Finnish Forum organized its second webinar which looked into how RDA is supporting the EOSC establishment and what kind of role Finland can play in it. The presentations and the Mentimeter results are now available in a shared folder. The recording of the webinar can be found at EOSC-FF´s YouTube channel. See the agenda of the past webinar.
If you are interested in participating more actively into RDA, please find below a selection of RDA Working (WG) and Interest Groups (IG) that we think could be relevant for you because they are either related to EOSC or to topics where Finland has been very active.
- RDA Global Open Research Commons (GORC) Interest Group
- GORC International Benchmarking Working Group
- Sensitive Data IG
- Federated Identity Management IG
- Sharing Rewards and Credit (SHARC) IG
- Professionalising Data Stewardship: Business Case, Terminology & Organisational Models IG
- BOF National PID strategies: opportunities for collaboration and alignment
Open Call for Early Careers and RDA supporters – Apply for a free registration for the 17th RDA Plenary!
CSC - IT Center for Science offers the EOSC Finnish Forum members the possibility to apply for a free ticket for the next Virtual RDA Plenary, taking place from 20 to 23 April 2021. Members of the Finnish Forum who are early career scientists & researchers working with data or individuals working for a Finnish organisation that has adopted or is planning to adopt an RDA output or recommendation can apply. This applies also to persons studying or working at Universities of Applied Sciences. (Not an EOSC-FF member? Register now!)
Interested candidates are invited to fill in the application form below by Monday 29 March 2021 at 6 pm EET. The successful applicants will be granted with free registration to the 17th RDA Plenary and will be asked to write a short publishable summary (max 1 page) on how the session/s they have attended has contributed to their work/study. The summary will be published on the EOSC Finnish Forum web page.
Applicants should satisfy the following criteria:
- Be members of EOSC Finnish Forum. If you are not a member yet, please register now!
- Be early career scientists & researchers working with data currently engaged in Bachelor, Masters, PhD or Postdoc studies (note that applicants must be enrolled in a higher education study course or within maximum 5 years after completing a PhD in the case of Postdoc studies) or individuals working for an organisation that has adopted or is planning to adopt an RDA output or recommendation.
Evaluation and selection:
Applications will be evaluated by the EOSC Finnish Forum Office according to the following criteria:
It is important that the Finnish stakeholders follow how EOSC continues to develop under Horizon Europe framework programme in order to understand and influence the research priorities in the area; to bring the Finnish expertise in the European context and bring back into the country the most suitable opportunities and services coming out from EOSC to foster innovation and boost the societal impact of Finnish high-quality research. Read more about EOSC.
For these reasons, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Academy of Finland, the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and CSC – IT Center for Science established EOSC Finnish Forum (EOSC-FF) in January 2021. It is a national level coordination instrument that will allow the Finnish stakeholders to:
- discuss and exchange information on the latest EOSC developments and assess their implications on other national initiatives;
- represent the collective interests of Finland into EOSC by formulating a shared approach/message to be communicated to the EOSC Governance;
- discuss potential future EOSC-related collaborations and opportunities at national level and strengthen the collaboration between Finnish RDI actors.
5 reasons to join EOSC-FF
- Regular updates on the latest developments of EOSC at EU & national levels and information on EOSC-related funding opportunities (regular communications via blogs, newsletters etc.)
- Support in understanding the impact and benefits of EOSC on your organisation and on the national context also boosting your competences (ad-hoc webinars, meet the experts sessions, etc.)
- Active & coordinated participation to EOSC co-design opportunities (EOSC consultations, more direct access to the EOSC Governance, etc.)
- Visibility for your organisation & access to the national network (dissemination & promotion of your EOSC activities, collection of feedback at national level, etc.)
- New potential collaborations at national level
How to become a member
EOSC Finnish Forum welcomes the participation of all the individuals interested in EOSC who have signed or who are working for an organisation that has signed the Declaration for Open Science and Research 2020–2025 (See the full list of signatories here).
The membership in EOSC Finnish Forum is free of charge and valid until further notice. There is no limitation in the number of members that each organisation can have as part of EOSC-FF. All new members will be added to the EOSC-FF mailing list which is the main communication channel of the Forum.
Structure of EOSC Finnish Forum
EOSC Finnish Forum has three bodies: the Forum, the Coordinating Committee and the Office.
The Forum is composed by all individuals who have joined EOSC Finnish Forum. It is the main arena for discussion and interaction. The Forum meets at least every four months either virtually or physically.
The Coordinating Committee facilitates the work of EOSC Finnish Forum and meets at least once every two months to organise the activities of EOSC-FF. Read summaries of the Coordinating Committee meetings. The Coordinating Committee is composed by one to two representatives from the following organisations.
The current composition of the Coordinating Committee:
- The Ministry of Education and Culture: Juha Haataja, Sami Niinimäki
- Academy of Finland: Anu Nuutinen, Harri Hautala
- The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies: Henriikka Mustajoki, Hanna Lahdenperä
- Finnish organisations part of the EOSC Association operating at national level: CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.: Per Öster, Antti Pursula
- Finnish representatives in the EOSC Association Operational Boards: to be announced
The EOSC-FF Office supports the Coordinating Committee in running EOSC Finnish Forum and its activities. The EOSC-FF Office is hosted by CSC – IT Center for Science and has two officers.
- Sara Garavelli, EOSC-FF Coordinator
- Anu Märkälä, EOSC-FF Engagement Officer
If you have any questions, please contact the EOSC-FF Office: eosc-ff-support(at)postit.csc.fi