The EOSCpilot project was set up to support the first phase in the development of the European Open Science Cloud. As part of this ambition, the project selected 15 Science Demonstrators from different domains to pilot actual implementations of the EOSC Service Portfolio.
The demonstrators were chosen to provide insight on technical and policy needs and prioritise the integration of the EOSC services to meet requirements.
The Science Demonstrator activity involved many experts from 17 institutions working together to analyse requirements, link research communities to compute and storage providers and to manage the technical infrastructures needed for co-design and piloting.
The activity brought many benefits for the communities involved. For example: the EPOS-VERCE and ViSIVO Science Demonstrators shared best practices to connect their frameworks with the EGI Federated Cloud Infrastructure and allow users to run scientific workflows on the cloud computing infrastructure using their federated credentials. Dedicated Virtual Research Environments (VREs) were set up to help members of the Social Science Communities to share and visualize media files on the web and implement the semantic enrichment of text sources.
The EOSC cloud infrastructure was adopted to scale up the execution of scientific workflows and pipelines. In particular, it contributed to facilitate the set up of a cloud-based workflow system to execute genomics analysis that, ultimately, can contribute to improve patients health care, and enable users of the fusion community to reproduce science efficiently.
Many Science Demonstrators focused on the implementation of the FAIR principles.
The impact of the Science Demonstrators goes beyond the positive effect they had on their communities of practice: what we, the data, services and e-Infrastructure providers, learned from the activity is of great value to the implementation efforts of the EOSC.
And from this work we can list the following recommendations:
Although the work on EOSC is still very much a work in progress, we can already see some of these recommendations coming into play. For example: federated log-ins are available on the EOSC Marketplace and many pilot services developed during the EOSCpilot project have enabled federated authentication access for their end-users and have started to offer EOSC services to their scientific communities. As result of the EOSCpilot project, many pilots started the registration in the EOSC Marketplace as service provider.
We hope to see more following soon.