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Interactive and agile/responsive sharing mesh of storage, data and applications for EOSC

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Integrated open-source system to boost collaboration in cloud storage services

Cloud storage services for synchronisation and sharing are an indispensable element of the daily workflow routine, allowing research groups, scientists and engineers to share, transfer and synchronise data in simple but powerful ways. The services are operated and funded by major e-infrastructure providers such as the National Research and Education Networks and major research institutions. However, these services remain largely disconnected from each other. The EU-funded CS3MESH4EOSC project will integrate the existing application ecosystem by promoting vendor-neutral application programming interfaces and protocols. State-of-the-art connected open-source infrastructure will provide researchers with a broader access to services and boost collaborative research.


In recent years Cloud Services for Synchronization and Sharing (CS3) have been widely deployed in the research and educational space. The services are operated and funded by major e-infrastructure providers, NRENs (National Research & Education Networks) and major research institutions. The CS3 services have become successful on a national level at the scale of individual institutions and started becoming an indispensable element of daily workflows for hundreds of thousands of users including researchers, students, scientists and engineers. The community deploying these services grew bottom up and found its home at the yearly CS3 conferences ( However, these services remain largely disconnected, and they are developed and deployed in isolation from each other. At the current state of maturity and community uptake however, combining these various systems and services would allow to boost open-science by presenting a joint, coordinated service to the users in the research and education space on a pan-European level. CS3MESH4EOSC implements a service for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with a built-in sustainability model using the on-premise service delivery by utilizing existing key technology enablers: Open Cloud Mesh (OCM) standardized protocol and EduGAIN service. It consolidates and integrates the existing application ecosystem by promoting vendor-neutral APIs and protocols following the open-source strategy for delivering services -- a platform for a thriving application ecosystem in EOSC. CS3MESH4EOSC empowers service providers in delivering state-of-the-art, connected infrastructure to boost effective scientific collaboration across the entire federation and data sharing according to FAIR principles.The project delivers the core of a scientific and educational infrastructure for cloud storage services in Europe through a lightweight federation of existing sync/share services and integration with multidisciplinary application workflows.

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€ 1 942 750,00
Esplanade des particules 1 parcelle 11482 de meyrin batiment cadastral 1046
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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Genève
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Research Organisations
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