European Open Science Cloud Summit 2018




On 26th of January 2017 the European Parliament approved the Report on European Open Science Cloud. It was possible thanks to the united action against some MEPs, whose have been led by the strong conviction  that “data fragmentation can therefore ensure digital resilience”. The EP Report fully supported the proposed measures described in the EC Communication.

Key issues were raised during the debates and at work on this solution:

  • the significance of the Big Data and clear opportunities and advantages related to the data driven economy,
  • the importance of the rules for: data collecting, opening them for the people, sharing – in some cases also donating, processing, using and re-using, free flow, ( it is crucial to realise the key CONTEXT for the Open Science Cloud development:  new framework for free flow of data, work on recasting the re-use directive, the GDPR implementation, work on e-privacy, and the need of the strategy for accessibility of data for trainings of machine learning, for the future it could be great to have the new frame for text and data mining, much more open than now proposed in the Copyright directive),
  • the magnificence of data accessibility, especially when we want to be innovative, to support R&D measures in the new style: based on accessibility of data, openness of data, using all convenient possibilities to exchange the data,
  • the necessity of having adequate data infrastructure system  ( European Data Infrastructure), properly implemented European Cloud Initiative and European  Open Science Cloud – as a platform to join all efforts, activities and – to give to the researchers all chances for co-work and cooperation,
  • the significance of 5G infrastructure and HPC networks development for the future usefulness of the EOSC.

 

Now, I welcome all works done very effectively at that area: EOSC Declaration from October 2017 with key issue like eg. FAIR principles, which are meeting the safeguards of privacy protection and cybersecurity challenges, but in addition: establishing many clear rules ensuring the transparency of the data governance.

I welcome very warmly the implementation of many actions indicated as crucial in the Communication and the Report –  focused on:

 

  • to foster cooperation and to create a level playing field in scientific data sharing and data driven science,
  • to integrate and consolidate e-infrastructure platforms, to federate existing research infrastructures and scientific clouds and to support the development of cloud-based services for Open Science ( which is valuable per se),
  • to make open research data – the default option, while ensuring opt- outs,
  • to encourage scientific data sharing and the creation of incentive schemes, rewards systems and education and training programmes for researchers and businesses to share data,
  • to connect the priority European research infrastructures to the European Open Science Cloud / to 2020,
  • to work towards an Action Plan for scientific data interoperability including metadata, specifications and certification.

 

What is the most important:

 

  • to avoid data fragmentation and unequal access to quality information sets ( it is related to the fragmented access across scientific domains, countries and governance models, limited cross-disciplinary access to data sets, it is also related to the problem of non-interoperable  services and data and sets of data, which are closed),
  • to allow for universal access to data and a new level playing field for EU researchers ( cross- disciplinary, easy access, under the interoperable rules and FAIR principles, with clear focus on making the data open : as open as possible, as closed as necessary ),
  • to shift from the fragmented model (current –  which creates uneven access) to the federated, which will be able to create the European added value.

Having said that, I want to emphasise that the European Open Science Cloud is a key factor for making Europe more innovative.

We have to start with 5G, HPC and SuperComputers. We must start with AI. We need to start with new data strategy. We should create the proper background for digital literacy. We have to invest in the European R&D having the Horizon Europe after 2020. We need to create the environment for Open Science. All those together can open the new opportunities for Europe. So, let us continue…..