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EOSC Symposium wrap-up

If you were around at the #EOSCSymposium2023, EGI was there, too! And if you didn’t have the chance to pass by our exhibition booth and say hi, we've got you covered. Here’s a recap of what happened in Madrid.

The EGI Team at the EOSC Symposium

EGI contributed to several sessions that led to discussions in the following days. One was the session about EOSC Core and Federation, which presented the concepts of federation and nodes, particularly the EOSC Node. The node concept represents a hot topic of the Symposium: an unconference session also dealt with that, and a report on the theme is expected.

Moreover, the EGI team contributed to the session on the EOSC Marketplace. In addition to shedding light on the service onboarding process for the EOSC Exchange, EGI colleagues representing EGI-ACE and C-SCALE contributed to a panel discussion. It focused on the type of services each INFRAEOSC-07 project contributed to the EOSC Marketplace, lessons learned that could be shared with the audience and other stakeholders, and the plans for their sustainability.

In the image on the right, EGI’s Smitesh Jain explains how EGI-ACE has delivered 54 services addressing various computing needs. Remarkably, these services now constitute 13% of all services accessible on the EOSC Portal.

In addition to the above, EGI colleagues contributed to the session about EOSC Financial Sustainability: in the framework of the Financial Sustainability Task Force, some work was done to obtain stakeholders’ feedback on the paths towards the financial sustainability of EOSC. The session offered a chance to present that feedback and gather additional comments from participants, which will feed into the final report of that Task Force.

(picture credits: EOSC Symposium)

EGI also organised the unconference session on “Why are Public Authorities not (yet) a relevant user group for EOSC, and what can we do to foster this?” and contributed to the ones about “Digital Twins and EOSC” featuring the interTwin project, “Trust in Sharing Sensitive Data” and “EOSC Nodes”. The first two unconference sessions encouraged fruitful discussions among relevant project stakeholders; the insights will be used for the follow-up activities for DECIDO and interTwin projects.

Last but not least, our team organised an exhibition booth where we engaged in fruitful discussions with the conference attendees and fellow exhibitors and where we showcased our services and expertise, as key assets for the development of EOSC.

Here are the official takeaways from the organisers:

  • 2024 will be ‘the year of the design and initial deployment of the EOSC Federation’ (it will also be the year where initial decisions will be taken on EOSC governance post-2027)
  • The EOSC EU node is not a master node but a reference node
  • A minimum set of requirements will have to be defined to enable an inclusive EOSC Federation
  • The EOSC Federation will include multiple nodes, each country and thematic community will discuss the best set-up
  • The countries will have a key role in the post-2027 decision-making process
  • EOSC does not operate in isolation: initiatives like data spaces, Destination Earth and EDICs will offer potential opportunities for synergies and joint developments with EOSC
  • The EOSC Future project will continue for an extra 6 months to ensure a smooth handover to the EOSC Procurement awardees

All presentations are available on the Symposium’s website, while recordings will come in the following weeks.