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Published March 1, 2024 | Version v1
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Science Clusters: Position statement on operational commitment to EOSC and Open Research


After five years of collaborative efforts, including interactions with the European Commission, EOSC Association, ESFRI-EOSC task force, and e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG), there is a need for a fresh articulation of the Science Clusters’ vision for the future, as reflected in this third position paper.

This position paper serves as a reminder that:

  • The Science Clusters prioritize advancing researchers’ access to data, tools, and resources for datadriven
    science. A cross-border open innovation environment for FAIR (Findable, Accessible,
    Interoperable and Reusable) data management and analytical services, respectful of CARE4 (Collective
    Benefits, Authority to Control, Responsibility and Ethics) principles and attentive to digital security,
    contributes to the sustainability of ESFRI and pan-European RIs. Synergies between Science Clusters
    enhance researchers' efficiency and productivity through open-science standards and services.

This position paper:

  • acknowledges the progress accomplished, updates the common work plan from 20215, expresses the
    Science Clusters' determination to establish thematic community-based ‘EOSC Science Cluster Nodes’,
    contingent upon resources and explains the potential implications on the interconnection with the
    EOSC EU Node and national nodes.
  • Emphasizes adaptability of the Science Clusters to a unified vision capable of accepting different needs
    within EOSC and outlines their operational role within the EOSC Federation.
  • Demonstrates the requirement for urgent support of a targeted Science Cluster destination action
    within Horizon Europe and future framework programmes in order to enable the operational role of
    the Science Clusters.



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