From 22 to 25 January 2018, Porto hosted over 230 participants of EUDAT’s Conference “Putting the EOSC vision into practice”. Attendees included policy makers, service providers and research communities representatives from 25 countries working on various data challenges and disciplines.
The conference was opened by Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Head of the eInfrastructure Unit of the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), who presented EOSC as an open science instrument supporting the collaboration between e-Infrastructures & research infrastructures: “EOSC has to be an inclusive ecosystem where horizontal and thematic service providers work together to meet the user needs”.
The discussion on how to put the EOSC vision into practice was addressed with a set of breakout sessions themed around the creation of a thriving data economy. The topics approached were in the range of: interoperability of services, the role of research infrastructures as thematic service providers, business models and sustainability of data infrastructures, legal issues.
One of the sessions was dedicated to the results accomplished by the collaboration between EGI and EUDAT for the implementation of a production cross-infrastructure offering seamless access to data and high-throughput computing resources. The work of the collaboration involved concrete user communities in the design process. This helped both EGI and EUDAT to better shape their services so as to match real needs of their users.