Page contents: EOSC Association | RDA and EOSC – the Open Science Communities
See also: RDA in EOSC projects: EOSC Future | RDA4EOSC | RDA Europe 4.0 (see also here)
EOSC activities are coordinated and governed by a legal entity, the EOSC Association. It was established on 29th July 2020 by the four founding members but has grown into an organisation with over 200 members and observers – including the RDA Association.
The EOSC General Assembly is the highest authority of the organisation. It elects a Board of Directors and a President among its members to steer the execution of its mission. Day-to-day operations of the organisation are coordinated by the Secretary General, who is employed by the EOSC Association.
The roadmaps for the implementation of the EOSC vision and mission are maintained in the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). It consolidates the inputs from Association Members and EOSC Task Forces. It is intended to make the EOSC vision concrete and actionable for all individuals and organisations that are EOSC stakeholders.
RDA and EOSC – the Open Science Communities
Open Science is a crucial component in advancing research and benefiting society. The sharing of Research Data is central to these aims. The RDA focuses on the social, technical, and cross-disciplinary links necessary to enabling such sharing on the global scale. There is a strong emphasis on the bottom-up approach to ensure that experiences and knowledge from any of the disciplinary or multi-disciplinary contexts are available across the community. The focus is often on logical, descriptive outputs that can be adopted in and adapted to multiple setting. As an example, the FAIR Data Maturity Model is a domain-agnostic model that has also been applied for example in assessing the FAIRness of research software. It facilitates socio-technical discussion and exchange by identifying best practices and standards for research data, tools and infrastructure.
The European Open Science Cloud has its origins in the idea of a federated system that provides users with access to data and related resources from different physical sites and organisations. Providing seamless access to data in such a federated system requires integration of services, which – in turn – implies shared standards and operational policies. This federated infrastructure challenge requires attention to the dynamic behaviour of a trans-organisational service ecosystem and balancing the needs for a centralised, top-down governance framework (e.g. to ensure common “Rules of Participation” across all the organisations) and openness and ease of access to resources (e.g. by supporting easy “onboarding” or resources into the EOSC ecosystem).
Both organisations are committed to furthering research innovation, efficiency and reproducibility. RDA provides a neutral, global forum for any organisation or individual to contribute to the shared body in a way that ensures the contributions are preserved as part of the shared FAIR culture and knowledge. It ideally complements EOSC’s focus on open governance of the dynamic, federated resource ecosystem with a more specific focus on Europe.
The European Union has supported the integration of these two communities through several grants:
EOSC Future, where RDA Association is responsible for targeted dissemination and coordinating the work of the RDA ambassadors and small-scale projects funded through the “cascading grant” mechanism.
RDA Europe 4.0 (see also here), where financial and in-kind support was available to individuals and organisations, furthering the reach of RDA into specific European communities and regions.
RDA4EOSC, where the project was organised around five pillars of activity which supported a subset of scientific and research communities to prepare for engagement with EOSC.
Through these activities, the links between the EOSC and RDA communities have been solidified, and the awareness of the complementary approaches and solutions has grown. Numerous events, publications and solutions have been developed, reinforcing the European contributions to the global research commons.