RAISE Project: a Game Changer for OS

The real value of open data for the research community is not to access them, but to process them as conveniently as possible in order to reduce time-to-result and increase productivity. RAISE project will provide the infrastructure for a distributed crowdsourced data processing system, moving from open data to open access data for processing. 

FAIRPoints-FAIRPoints ‘Ask me Anything’ (AMA) – SciLifeLab

“This event is part of a series of “Ask Me Anything”-style events featuring keynote speakers from the RDA, and EOSC groups focused on RDA activities and EOSC solutions in relation to FAIR implementation and Open practices in Science.”

European Commission provides funding to improve Open Access publishing landscape

“From January 2023, the University of Coimbra will be involved in another Open Science project: the CRAFT-OA project (“Creating a Robust Accessible Federated Technology for Open Access”) involves 23 partners in 14 European countries and will last for 36 months. The project is funded under the Horizon Europe framework programme, aiming to evolve and strengthen the institutional publishing landscape of Diamond Open Access (Diamond OA): no fees for authors or readers.

By offering tangible services and tools for the entire journal publishing lifecycle, CRAFT-OA will empower local and regional platforms and service providers to extend, professionalise and achieve greater interoperability with other scientific information systems for content and platforms. These developments will help researchers and publishers involved in publishing.

The project focuses on four action strands to improve the Diamond OA model:

(1) Providing technical improvements for journal platforms and journal software.

(2) Building communities of practice to promote overall infrastructure improvement

(3) Increase the visibility, discoverability and recognition of Diamond OA publishing

(4) Integrate Diamond OA publishing with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and other large-scale data aggregators….”

Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC – Round 2 | EOSC Future Funding Platform

“This call invites applications from research groups, including the RDA groups, to demonstrate how RDA-developed data sharing concepts and solutions can be reused, optimised and implemented in the EOSC context, particularly in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Portal Catalogue and Marketplace. EOSC is building a federated infrastructure to support Europe’s data output and works to enable the discovery and re-use of FAIR research data. In this context RDA plays a key role to underpin new and existing pathways to sharing research data. Many specifications already exist in RDA for data sharing and these can be refined and further developed via this call.

A wide range of activities – including promotional, analysis and technical documentation activities – can be funded through this call (described in more detail in section “What types of activities can be funded?”)

RDA provides an open forum where solutions are discussed and experiences are shared via its global community. EOSC is a new concept for many research communities and work still needs to be done to understand and enable data  sharing and re-use across the research lifecycle, by making content FAIR and discoverable via a federated system such as EOSC. RDA is running a series of calls, as part of the EOSC Future project, to further enable integration and take up of EOSC services. The purpose of these RDA Open Calls is to engage the data sharing community from a bottom up approach to contribute their know-how to EOSC. This call specifically targets small projects to show implementation and take-up of existing outputs and specifications, specifically those that the RDA community has enabled. The call aims to support and encourage  adoption of existing RDA outputs and recommendations which can benefit the community around EOSC and to promote new examples and lessons learnt. See a list of currently funded RDA/EOSC Future Open Call projects here….”

EOSC, the transverse European data space for science, research and innovation – Publications Office of the EU

Abstract:  The EOSC Steering Board expert group (EOSC-SB) has initiated in 2022 a reflection on the main disruptive concepts and practices connected to the construction and future operation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The EOSC ambition is to provide European researchers, innovators, companies, and citizens with a federated and open, cross-border and multi-disciplinary data space (or data commons) where they can publish, find, and reuse data, tools and services for research, innovation, and educational purposes. EOSC is not a single monolithic organisation or resource provider. Instead, it is developed as a federation (system of systems) with involvement of many independent organisations and resource providers implementing the FAIR principles and adopting clear rules and quality standards. As such, EOSC shall ensure independence and autonomy of the participating resource providers. The uptake of EOSC by European scientists, researchers, innovators, and companies requires transformative practices in several domains: from FAIR-by-design data collection technologies to FAIR data and service exploitation skills. Such transformative practices in EOSC also represent strong cross-cutting assets for the nine new, emerging sectoral data spaces of the European strategy for data. They contribute to the articulation of EOSC with these data spaces. Specific issues were chosen and elaborated in 2022 by the Steering Board based on the perceived urgency/priority in the EOSC context. These issues are addressed individually in “Opinion Papers” elaborated by the EOSC Steering Board and communicated to the EOSC Tripartite Governance to become a living reference for the definition of EOSC policies at European, national, and institutional levels.


Opinion paper on monitoring open science – Publications Office of the EU

“The Competitiveness Council of November 2021 placed the development of Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) as part of the European Research Area (ERA) Policy Agenda for 2022–2024. For the ERA priority on deepening a truly functioning internal market for knowledge the first policy action is to ‘enable the open sharing of knowledge and reuse of research outputs, including through the development of the EOSC’.”

“Creating a Robust Accessible Federated Technology for Open Access” (CRAFT-OA): European Commission grants substantial funding to improve institutional publishing for science

CRAFT-OA launch

The project “Creating a Robust Accessible Federated Technology for Open Access” (CRAFT-OA), carried out by 23 experienced partners from 14 European countries, coordinated by the University of Göttingen, Germany will start in January 2023 and run for 36 months. Funded within the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON Europe), the project aims to equally evolve and strengthen the Diamond Open Access (Diamond OA, no fees towards authors or readers) institutional publishing landscape. By offering tangible services and tools for the entire life cycle of journal publishing CRAFT OA empowers local and regional platforms and service providers to upscale, professionalise and reach stronger interoperability with other scientific information systems for content and platforms. These developments will help researchers and editors involved in publishing.

The project focuses on four strands of action to improve the  Diamond OA model: (1) Provide technical improvements for journal platforms and journal software (2) Build communities of practice to foster overall infrastructure improvement (3) Increase visibility, discoverability and recognition for Diamond OA publishing (4) Integrate Diamond OA publishing with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and other large-scale data aggregators. Consortium partners in CRAFT-OA bring their long-standing engagement in institutional publishing and infrastructure and are committed to sustaining and developing capacities in the field. CRAFT-OA will deliver technical tools, training events, training materials, information, and services for the Diamond OA institutional publishing environment. It will foster communities of practice with the capacity to sustain the project improvements over time.

Margo Bargheer, CRAFT-OA Coordinator, University of Göttingen:

There are countless engaged open access journals out there, making a point to offer Diamond Open Access options to their communities. With our project, they will benefit from shared developments and shared services, but most of all from shared knowledge around professional institutional publishing and stronger networks to reach resilience within their own operation.

EU-Projects support scholarly publishing

CRAFT-OA is linked with other European projects supporting Diamond Open Access, especially the 3-years DIAMAS project (Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication). As CRAFT-OA mainly supports Diamond Open Access publishing by providing a technology update, the DIAMAS project supports Diamond Open Access on a non-technical level by building up a capacity centre and a community. The PALOMERA project (Policy Alignment of Open Access Monographs in the European Research Area) investigates institutional scholarly communication as well. Still, it concentrates on contrary to journals on books and especially policies for books. It launches in January 2023 and will run for two years.

Consortium and skills

CRAFT-OA’s 23 consortium partners from 14 European countries are all engaged in institutional publishing and infrastructure, and committed to sustaining and developing capacities in the field. A wide variety of skills and expertise is represented via the consortium partners participating in the project: 

For more information please contact the coordinator Margo Bargheer, bargheer[a]sub.uni-goettingen.de

EU Funding

EOSC-A General Assembly convenes for 5th meeting | EOSC Association

“The EOSC Association (EOSC-A) General Assembly met for the 5th time last week in an online meeting of more than 200 delegates, observers and guests. The lunch-to-lunch meeting was held 28-29 November. Day one was dedicated to procedural matters, including the election of the Association’s president and two board directors, while day two featured two interactive breakout sessions, one dedicated to each of the 13 EOSC-A Task Forces and the second to showcasing use cases from the EOSC Partnership’s Additional Activities Plan (AAP)….”

Briefing Paper on EOSC: Federating Research Infrastructures in Europe for Fair Access to Data – Science Europe

“The European research and innovation ecosystem is going through a period of profound change. Researchers, organisations that fund or perform research, and policy makers are reshaping the research process and its outputs, based on the opportunities offered by the digital transition. The findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability (FAIRness) of research publications, data, and software in the digital space will define research and innovation going forward. Closely related, the transition to an open research process and Open Access of its outputs is becoming an integral part of a well-functioning research system. The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is advancing the federation of research infrastructures in Europe for fair access to data.”



EOSC Train-the-Trainer course | EIFL

“EOSC Future is organizing a four-day online course for trainers to enhance their understanding of the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud). Milica Ševkuši?, Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA (the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts), and Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager will facilitate the course together with the EOSC Future project partners. 

Participants will also get insights into how to integrate the coursework into their own EOSC training activities. …”

EOSC Symposium 2022 Supporting Open Science – A Knowledge Graph Research Infrastructure – EOSC Symposium 2022

“Scientific Knowledge Graphs provide the means for a structured representation of information and thus facilitate Open Science by connecting scholarly artefacts. The represented information range from research artefacts (e.g. publications, data, software, samples, instruments) and items of their content, research organisations, researchers, services, projects, funders and more.  Currently Knowledge Graphs are implemented as Research Infrastructures addressing, each of them comprises information from various sources, connecting and enriching these information. The federation of Knowledge Graphs would provide various benefits serving the development of an integrated RI ecosystem.”

Webinar: Developing new EOSC-Core components for a FAIRer Open Science ecosystem | FAIRCORE4EOSC

“The Horizon Europe project FAIRCORE4EOSC is going to work with domain-specific case studies and the wider Open Science community to develop and realise nine new components for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).  

Leveraging existing technologies and services, these new EOSC-Core components will improve the discoverability and interoperability of an increased amount of research outputs, contributing to the long-term vision of a Web of FAIR Data. 

In this first official webinar, we are going to explore the overall objectives of the project, its technical framework, and host a panel with experts from different actors of the Open Science landscape, to discuss the potential impact and the key challenges ahead….”

EOSC Symposium 2022, Nov 14-17, 2022 @ Prague (CZ) & online | EOSC Association

The EOSC Symposium is the main EOSC annual event and this year takes place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 14th-17th November 2022.

Over 500 stakeholders from ministries, policy makers, research performing organisations, service providers, research infrastructures and research communities across Europe and beyond are expected to attend the Symposium to reflect on the EOSC key achievements and strategic challenges and to identify priorities and concrete actions at European, national, and institutional level to speed up the EOSC implementation.


During the Symposium, there will be an opportunity to inspire the EOSC community by sharing your work or ideas. Apply to the call for talks or sessions now! Deadline: Friday 23 September 2022, 17:00 CEST.

Call for talks: Submit a talk (the talk should not exceed 7 minutes) on the following topics:

FAIR enabling practices 
Use cases demonstrating the added value of EOSC
EOSC Core developments
EOSC Exchange & Data Federation developments
Federation of national Research Infrastructures & e-infrastructure in EOSC
Training & Skills for EOSC
Contributions of for profit partners to EOSC
Engaging stakeholders in EOSC

More information here.

Call for sessions: Submit ideas for a side session (max 90 minutes) or an evening session (up to 3 hours). Please note that there is a limited number of slots for sessions and the sessions might be running in parallel with the main programme of the Symposium.Please double check the draft structure of the event here. 

More information here.

The applications will be evaluated by the Programme Committee and the applicants will be notified on the week of the 3rd of October 2022.


NI4OS-Europe Regional Event in Budapest – NI4OS- Europe

“NI4OS-Europe is organizing one of the biggest in-person events of the project, the EOSC Regional Event. The event will cover topics such as the European Open Science Cloud, Open Science, the policy aspect of it, as well as the researcher view on services and infrastructure.

Since it is the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, this conference is a great opportunity to draw attention to its importance in the Open Access Movement and to celebrate the anniversary….”


“In 2015 the vision of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) emerged. EOSC would provide an open and trusted environment for accessing and managing a wide range of publicly funded research data and related services, helping researchers reap the full benefits of data-driven science. EOSC is now entering its implementation phase (2021-2027) which requires active engagement and support to ensure widespread implementation and adoption of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles, to define and share standards and develop tools and services, to allow researchers to find, access, reuse and combine research results.

With the ambitious goal to realise an EOSC of FAIR data and services, the FAIR-IMPACT project responds to these needs by supporting the implementation of FAIR-enabling practices, tools and services across scientific communities at a a European, national and institutional level….”