European Commission presents European Cloud Initiative

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016

On 19 April 2016 the European Commission (EC) presented at a press conference their plans for establishing cloud-based services and data infrastructures capable of handling big data. Science may benefit widely thereof as Europe is the largest producer of scientific data but the insufficient and fragmented infrastructure currently prevents a full exploitation.

To remedy these deficiencies the EC plans to create a European Open Science Cloud in 2016 that integrates and strengthens existing research infrastructure, providing researchers and science professionals with a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. To ensure effective access and processing of these large datasets in the cloud, the European Data Infrastructure aims to provide high-bandwidth networks, large scale storage facilities and super-computer capacity.

To allow analysis and further use of the large data sets existing in European research facilities, access must be open. Hence, by 2017 all scientific data produced by future Horizon 2020 projects will be open access by default, to ensure the usability of data across the scientific community. More details are available via the Commission’s Press Release and the Communication “European Cloud initiative – Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe”. The EC also published a handy infographic.

You can find even more information on the European Cloud Initiative in general and the European Open Science Cloud in particular here.