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Open Infrastructures for Open Science

H2020 Consultation workshop

The development of e-Infrastructures for e-Science is part of the Digital Agenda flagship initiative, envisioned as means to connect researchers, instruments, data and computation resources throughout Europe. These efforts are expected to create a seamless and open knowledge territory or "Digital European Research Area" where knowledge and technology move freely thanks to digital means. Furthermore, it is essential to take a global approach to promote interoperability, discoverability and mutual access of scientific information resources.

The European Commission, in a coordinated effort with EU Member states, is investing in different domains of e-Infrastructures to connect researchers, scholars, educators and students through high speed research networks, to provide access to cooperative computing platforms, to develop worldclass supercomputing capacity and help the emergence of a robust platform for access and preservation of scientific information.

Financial support for this policy is expected to come from the next framework programme for research and innovation, the so-called Horizon 2020, covering the period from 2014 to 2020. 

The Horizon 2020 consultation event, with several workshops, takes place in Rome 11-12 April. The discussions will focus on e-Infrastructures and e-Science and the outputs will be further elaborated  into a EC strategy and a roadmap for e-infrastructures for Open Science, with concrete objectives to be integrated into Horizon 2020 work planning.

Vision 2030 for Global Data e-Infrastructure 

All stakeholders, from scientists, science managers, infrastructure operators and governmental authorities to the general public, are aware of the critical importance of preserving and sharing reliable data produced by a vast array of sensors and instruments during the scientific process and as a byproduct of simulations.

Researchers and practitioners from any discipline are able to find, access and process the data they need in a timely manner. They are confident in their ability to use and understand data, and they can evaluate the degree to which that data can be trusted.

Data are stored, managed, shared, and preserved in a way that optimizes scientific discovery, innovation, and societal benefit. Where appropriate, producers of data benefit from opening it to broad access and routinely deposit their data in reliable repositories. A framework of repositories work to international standards, to ensure they are trustworthy.

Funding bodies recognize that increased use of publically generated data can produce added scientific and societal benefit. Reuse and repurposing of data across teams and disciplines is commonplace.

The innovative power of industry and enterprise is leveraged by clear and efficient arrangements for exchange of data between private and public sectors allowing appropriate returns to both.

The public has access to, and can make creative use of the huge amount of data available and they will be adequately educated and prepared to benefit from this abundance of information. All parties can contribute to the body of data stored in repositories and mechanisms are in place to attribute the source of these contributions and record their provenance.

Policy makers are able to make better informed decisions based on high-quality evidence, and can monitor the impacts of these decision.

Global governance promotes international trust and the interest and willingness to share data and support interoperability.