The idea of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) took shape in 2015, as a vision of the European Commission of a large infrastructure to support and develop open science and open innovation in Europe and beyond. The EOSC is projected to become a reality by 2020 and will be Europe’s virtual environment for all researchers to store, manage, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes.
The initiative is part of Europe’s ambition to support the transition to Open Science in the context of the Digital Single Market; it aims to meet an urgent and specific need of the scientific community to boost data access and re-use and to reduce the cost of data storage and high-performance analysis by pooling existing capacity and by aggregating demand (initially by researchers in the public sector).
On October 2017, the Commission made the EOSC Declaration available to all scientific stakeholders, for their endorsement and commitments to the realisation of the EOSC by 2020. The commission strongly encourage all stakeholders not just to agree with the Declaration, but to commit to take some of the specific actions forward.
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