On 20 June 2016, the Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (HLEG EOSC) has published the first draft of their report A Cloud on the 2020 Horizon. Realising the European Open Science Cloud: first report and recommendations
The Commission will review the draft report and publish the final version in the upcoming months.
The Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud was set up in September 2015 in order to provide advice to the Commission on the European Open Science Cloud Initiative. Chaired by Professor Barend Mons, the group is composed of ten high-level experts from different disciplines and countries and is distinct from the advisory groups discussing formally and informally the financing of research infrastructures, including e-infrastructures (e.g. ESFRI, e-IRG and Horizon 2020-related groups).
The High Level Expert Group's (HLEG) first interim report highlighted that the data and governance challenges to realise an EOSC are at least as prominent as the technical ones. In fact, most of the building blocks of the EOSC are ‘floating around’ among the ESFRIs and research infrastructure communities and organisations. The interim report set a major task: the need to recognise the drivers of the current situation of sparsely connected or, in the worst case, completely isolated components, instead of a comprehensive and smoothly interoperating and user-oriented infrastructure that scientists from all disciplines use.