Bringing the Ocean to Society
24 Mar 2020
Blue-Cloud's position paper on EOSC
Learn why this project is a key instrument for the sustainable ocean strategy.

On 21 January 2020, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, EC President Ursula von der Leyen pointed out the value of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the high importance of data as a key resource for innovation.

Blue-Cloud fully shares these views by working towards the establishment of a thematic marine EOSC serving the Blue Economy, Marine Environment and Marine Knowledge agendas. The project answers to the Horizon 2020 dedicated call for ‘The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative’.

At the opening of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum, 6-7 February 2020, Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Education and Youth, highlighted Blue-Cloud as a key instrument for the sustainable ocean strategy.

The Blue-Cloud consortium has prepared a position paper on EOSC summarising the project's views, messages, and contributions, for the benefit of the EOSC Governance, the European Commission, and all other parties involved in the development of the European Open Science Cloud.

Please download the full position paper here.

EurOcean is also involved in projects aiming to support the EOSC. CatRIS is a H2020 project aiming at the creation an open, trusted and user-friendly portal to a harmonised and aggregated catalogue of services and resources provided by Research Infrastructures (RI) and Core Facilities (CF) across Europe. The catalogue is a bottom-up initiative that is meant to be populated and run by RI and CF service providers at European, national, regional and institutional levels. CatRIS catalogue will bring solutions to the need of consolidated information about RI services in Europe and structuring the available RI information.

EurOcean is the Work Package Leader for Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation of CatRIS. Specifically, EurOcean developed the project's communication strategy, visual identity and stakeholder engagement toolkit, and takes care of all the digital communication and dissemination activities, guarantying a regular social media presence. EurOcean is also involved in all the remaining WPs, most evidently in what deals with the design and fill of the CatRIS catalogue by supporting the identification of current RI services and existing users' needs and in the onboarding of service providers. EurOcean’s RID is also playing a relevant role in the project, namely by allowing the users of the CatRIS portal to access Europe's largest marine RI database.