Introducing the EOSC-hub project

Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud

EOSC-hub is the H2020 EINFRA12 (A) project proposal submitted by a consortium of 74 partners under the coordination of EGI, EUDAT and INDIGO-DataCloud. The action was positively reviewed by the European Commission in July and the project is planned to start in early 2018.

The EOSC-hub mission is to contribute to the EOSC implementation by enabling seamless and open access to a system of research data and services provided across nations and multiple disciplines. The project will offer these resources via the Hub – an integration and management system of the European Open Science Cloud, acting as a European-level entry point for all stakeholders. The Hub will deliver a catalogue of services, software and data from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and major research e-Infrastructures. The Hub builds on mature processes, policies and tools from the leading European federated e-Infrastructures to cover the whole life-cycle of services, from planning to delivery. The Hub aggregates services from local, regional and national e-Infrastructures in Europe and worldwide.

The Hub will act as a contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research. The services will include services in four broad areas: Common, Thematic, Collaborative and Federation.

The catalogue will be open and progressively extended to include data and thematic services from external partners willing to collaborate with the project. In order to do so, the project will run a network of Competence Centres involving early adopters, and a stakeholder engagement programme aiming at reaching out to new user groups and service providers.

The project aims at evolving the service catalogue according to the users’ requirements and the latest technological developments. Through the virtual access mechanism, more scientific communities and users will have access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries. The project will improve skills and knowledge among researchers and service operators by delivering specialised trainings and by establishing competence centres to co-create solutions. The project creates a Joint Digital Innovation Hub that stimulates an ecosystem of industry/SMEs, service providers and researchers to support business pilots, market take-up and commercial boost strategies.