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On April 15 during the European Open Science Cloud Info Day the European Commission displayed the findings of the European Open Science Cloud High-level Expert Group and launched the Call Topic INFRADEV-04-2016: European Open Science Cloud for Research, marking the starting point of an estimated public and private investment of 6.7 billion Euros. The European Commission estimates that, overall, 2 billion Euros in Horizon 2020 funding will be allocated to the European Cloud initiative. The estimation of the required additional public and private investment is 4.7 billion Euros in the period of 5 years.

Federating and interconnecting existing research infrastructure

It is important to know that a new European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) does not automatically mean a completely newly established system. Commissioner Moedas emphasized during the press conference that some scientific disciplines already have successfully running systems and that the EOSC is more about federating and interconnecting existing research infrastructure and only providing new layers for disciplines without a sufficient infrastructure. Thus the European Commission asked the participants of the European Open Science Cloud Info Day to submit proposals how to optimally connect the existing research infrastructure.

This will be underpinned by the European Data Infrastructure, deploying the high-bandwidth networks and super-computer capacity necessary to effectively access and process large datasets stored in the cloud.

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Fostering the cloud initiative

Over the coming 5 years, the European Commission will put forward proposals to meet the 4.7 billion Euros investment need to integrate and consolidate data infrastructure. These proposals will bring together EU and other sources, including Member State and private investments.

By 2017, all scientific data produced by projects under the 77 billion Euros within the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme will become open by default to ensure that the scientific community can re-use the enormous amount of data they generate.

Hot topic – Accessing and protecting the data in the cloud

One steadily recurring question about the cloud is how the data in the cloud may be protected. Commissioner Moedas stated that in the beginning the cloud will be accessible for the 1.7 million European researchers but in the long run it should be accessible for everybody. He emphasized that knowledge should be openly available and only ideas created on the basis of the knowledge within the cloud should be protected. In his words: “Open knowledge but protect ideas”.

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Autoren: Dr. Willi Scholz, Prof. Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft)

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