• Project start date: 05/07/2019
  • End of the project: 05/07/2022
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Coordinator: GARR

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims to provide European scientists, science and technology professionals a European virtual space for research data management. It includes open and transparent services for the storage, management, analysis and reuse of research data, across the scientific disciplines, by federating existing infrastructures and services.

The EOSC Pillar project (2019 – 2022) works to coordinate national open science efforts in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy. It ensures their contribution and preparation for the EOSC implementation. The initiative proposes to share best practices and create opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches.

EOSC-Pillar also aims to establish FAIR data services at national and transnational level. To achieve this goal, technical, societal and organizational barriers need to be progressively reduced to ensure searchability, accessibility, interoperability and reuse of research data.

This European project has a 12 M€ budget and brings together many international partners: University of Vienna (Austria), University of Ghent (Belgium), CINES, CNRS, IFREMER, INRAE, INRIA and INSERM (France), DKRZ, Fraunhofer, GFZ and KIT (Germany) and CINECA, CMCC, CNR, INFN, Trust IT and the GARR Consortium which is the coordinator of the project (Italy)

IFREMER and CNRS are particularly involved in several work packages, which the DATA TERRA IR coordinates as a whole.

Work packages in which Data Terra is involved

Work package 4 (WP4) : « From National Initiatives to Transnational Services »

This Work Package creates a policy and legal framework for the coordination of National initiatives.

The main objectives of this WP are:

  • Build upon the findings of the studies performed by WP3 in order to highlight common policies and approaches adopted at the national level
  • Highlight critical issues in the legal and policy framework of the countries and suggest means to address these challenges
  • Explore cross-country federation opportunities and procedures, and define technical means in order to translate them into practice
  • Support the creation and strengthening of full-fledged national initiatives across countries
  • Define common tools and frameworks to describe, enroll, and support national service/data providers
  • Study one or more possible business model(s) for the National Initiatives and their services, building on the results of the survey and in collaboration with the use cases (WP6) and pilots (WP7), to obtain realistic information on implementation and operation costs of the services, as well as their scalability and sustainability in the longer term

IR Data Terra is particularly involved in task 4.5 regarding business models (cost and financing) coordinated by the CNRS.

Work package 6 (WP6) : EOSC in action : Use cases and community-driven pilots

The WP6 of the EOSC-Pillar project aims, using use-cases based on the requirements of scientific communities, to improve the data use in a FAIR perspective. However, each community has more or less structured and developed tools and services adapted to their specific needs and constraints. The general objective of WP6 is to prepare the scientific communities to get involved in the EOSC through the validation of transversal services thanks to a structured interaction between communities and in connection with the other parts of the project (Data layer and Infrastructure layer).

>> Consult the Work Package 6 presentation document

6.2 use case « Agile FAIR Data for Environment and Earth System Communities » (Ifremer, DKRZ, CMCC, CNRS, CINES,INFN)

Environmental and Earth sciences need a wide range and volume of data from satellites, in situ observations, and climate models, which are managed and stored separately in domain-dependent repositories of national or European infrastructures. Because the data sources are widely distributed, it is very difficult to achieve inter-processing and integrated uses of the data for comprehensive domain or cross-domain studies.

In this context, the objective is to provide services that facilitate and accelerate access to distributed data sources and to provide a web-based processing environment for Data Science Notebooks supporting the Pangeo community platform. This use case also aims to improve data discovery and access, building on existing services provided by the Earth science communities, such as in France, the Data Terra research infrastructure, and in Europe, the Environmental Research Infrastructure Consortium (ENVRI), the climate community, and beyond.

>> More information on use case 6.2

Use case 6.2 presentation video

Work package 7 (WP7) : The Infrastructure layer: delivering horizontal data storage and computing services, from national to transnational

Ce lot rassemble les orientations et procédures techniques pour l’intégration des services nationaux pour contribuer à la compatibilité et l’interopérabilité des services horizontaux existants entre les infrastructures nationales et thématiques.

For more information :

➡️ Visit the EOSC Pillar website