Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EOSCsecretariat.eu (EOSCsecretariat.eu)
Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
In fact, EOSC aims to become Europe’s trusted virtual environment for 1.7 million European researchers and 70 million professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences to store, manage, analyze and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes, as well as to support EU science in its global leading role. As its vision says: “to give Europe a global lead in scientific data infrastructures and to ensure that European scientists reap the full benefits of data-driven science.”
The project adopts a Co-creation approach working with the community to deliver many of the activities and has reserved a substantial portion of the budget for organisation not in the consortium. this approach will enable a high degree of flexibility in order to address any foreseen or unforeseen challenges. EOSCsecretariat.eu is characterised by being neutral towards the community it is serving and by having a pragmatic approach that is fully dedicated to realising the outcomes of the EOSC design as stated in the Implementation Roadmap.
Keeping in mind the participatory nature of EOSC, which requires a governance framework able to ensure a proper representation of the stakeholders (providers and consumers of EOSC), EOSC Secretariat has strived to facilitate stakeholders in playing an intelligence gathering and a consultative role, preparing the ground for the more stakeholder-driven second phase pf the EOSC implementation.
The Secretariat assisted the Working Groups in formalizing their scoping, mission, outputs and timelines and established Secretariat contact points that serve as communication links among the WGs-EB-Secretariat consortium and as assistants that support the WG Chairs in organizational, logistical, operational, secretarial tasks. More specifically WG operational support translates into setting rules of use and providing to the WGs collaborative tools such as mailing lists, file repository, dedicated spaces in the EOSC Secretariat website, feedback liaison platform, collaborative drive spaces.
The Secretariat has produced and provided WGs with relevant background material in support to their activities. It has actively and on several occasions and by different means (presentation at EB meeting, webinar, email messages, through WG contact) points informed working groups and their chairs about the possibility to request studies to be commissioned on the topics of interest.
Secretariat role of support to the EOSC Governance is the backbone of all projects' activities. In 2019 Secretariat has supported the organisation of 7 Executive Board meetings. For each of them the Secretariat took care of all organisational aspects as well as of the provision of reports, studies, documents.
EOSC Secretariat has been the main channel for the Governance to reach out for the Stakeholder community in order to gather inputs, feedback and knowledge about the most recent development in this field. On the other hand, EOSCsecretariat.eu has been the natural instrument (as described also in its Grant Agreement) for the community to learn about the Governance in first place and then to get in contact with it.
The EOSC Governance Results Dissemination Campaign has aimed at disseminating the outputs relating to the governance of the EOSC from, but not limiting to, the EOSC EB, and the EOSC WGs. In this respect EOSCsecretariat.eu website is hosting sections on Governance and Working Groups continuously populated with outputs produced by these Boards. EOSC Governance was put in the condition of meeting the community through 2 webinars and 2 EOSC stakeholder forums events attracting 1000+ participants. Furthermore, a Liaison platform is now acting as permanent channel for EOSC governance dissemination. This goes in parallel to the active posting on social media about the activities of the Working Groups, which are also displayed in monthly newsletters. EOSC Secretariat has also made publicly available the Strategic Implementation Plan and the Workplan elaborated by the EB.
The EOSCsecretariat.eu website has developed an informative part with engagement features such as the Liaison platform and “ask a question”, which has seen the presence of 3,900 ca. unique visitors per month. Secretariat has also been active on social media channels with on average 11 tweets per week and with 1,000+ Twitter followers and has produced a series of videos featuring interviews with researchers and members of community. Two major events preceded by a thorough and intense campaign have to be mentioned: thee International RDA community contributing to EOSC (Helsinki, 22 October 2019, 230 participants) and EOSC symposium (Budapest, 26-29 November 2019, 320 participants). In both occasions plenary sessions and workshops focussing on EB and WG activities have been organised. Additionally, an EOSC press conference took place during the EOSC Symposium. Three articles were published after the events.
In Year 2 the project expect to have identified the format of the Legal Entity, based on the inputs received from the actual Governance. In parallel EOSCsecretariat.eu will support the definition of a Partnership agrrement within the EC framework.
Through its stakeholder engagement activities the project aims not only to raise awareness and implication within the community of 1,7 million researchers in Europe but also increase the engagement of the private sector in EOSC.
Through interlinking People, Data, Services, Projects and Organisations EOSCsecretariat.eu is facilitating access to EOSC services via an effective FAIR usage of research data. Possibly the establishment of the first phase of EOSC will be made real by contributing to FAIR data uptake in Europe, following a bottom-up and open implementation strategy for the technical governance. Via the identification of priorities of research data services with the inputs of the Working Groups, the project is committed to facilitate the gradual steps towards a world-leading research environment together with EU institutions, member states and the scientific communities.