European Open Science Cloud becomes a reality

The Cloud will provide a safe environment for researchers to store, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes

 

Today, the Commission, Member States and the science community launch the European Open Science Cloud.

The Cloud will provide a safe environment for researchers to store, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes. The Commission presents the governance structure and portal to EU science ministers and future users at an event of the Austrian presidency in Vienna. Under the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, €600 million has been allocated to setting up the European Open Science Cloud by 2020.

The Cloud was proposed in April 2016 by the Commission and thereafter developed in a collective effort by the European Commission, the Member States and the scientific community. This universal entry point has the potential to help 1.7 million researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, humanities and social sciences to access a growing volume of open data. Later today, the EU ministers in charge of research and science, delegates and other participants of the event are expected to adopt the Vienna declaration endorsing the governance structure of the Cloud and confirming their willingness to continue working together towards realising its full potential.

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