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The EOSC model envisions a pan-European federation of data infrastructures built around a shared core, as well as providing access to a wide range of publicly funded services supplied at national, regional and institutional levels, and to complementary commercial services. In order to build this federation, the Governing Board together with the Executive Board has established EOSC priorities around which five EB Working Groups have been established.

  • Architecture: Defining the technical framework required to enable and sustain an evolving EOSC federation of systems;
  • FAIR: Implementing the FAIR data principles by defining the corresponding requirements for the development of EOSC services, in order to foster cross-disciplinary interoperability;
  • Landscape: Mapping of the existing research infrastructures which are candidates to be part of the EOSC federation;
  • Rules of Participation: Designing the Rules of Participation that shall define the rights, obligations governing EOSC transactions between EOSC users, providers and operators;
  • Sustainability: Providing a set of recommendations concerning the implementation of an operational, scalable and sustainable EOSC federation after 2020.

The Working Groups form an official part of the EOSC Governance structure that will ensure a community-sourced approach to the current challenges of the EOSC.

The EOSC Secretariat advises on the processes, assists on the operation and supports the coordination of the Working Groups, pooling the best expertise available in the community and delivering reports on relevant issues to support decision making processes.

The EOSC portal has been jointly developed and maintained by the eInfraCentral, EOSC-hub, EOSCpilot and OpenAIRE-Advance projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with contribution of the European Commission.