The European Research Ministers have formally endorsed the Commission Roadmap for the creation of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), launching the process that will lead to the setting up of the EOSC as a federated model.
The EOSC will be a federation of existing and planned research data infrastructures. It will essentially comprise a federating core and a variety of federated research data infrastructures committed to providing services as part of the EOSC. The groundwork for this federated EOSC architecture was laid by several projects funded under Horizon Work Programme 2016-2017, which aim at federating data infrastructures at the European level and offering shared services (e.g. European Grid Infrastructure (EGI), European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT) etc.)
The roll out of the EOSC will follow a two-stage approach:
Membership in the federation would be voluntary and the governance structure would include Member State Ministries, stakeholders and scientists.
Should you be interested in learning more about this initiative, please consult the Commission Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud here.