EOSCpilot Policy and Skills Frameworks: influence the draft proposals

In the lead-time to the Stakeholder Forum, the work-packages on Policies and on Skills of the EOSCpilot project have been running a set of small thematic surveys to gather input from various stakeholders into the finalisation of their respective deliverables. All policy related surveys have been closed. The Skills survey will be running until 30 November 2018.

All surveys target research infrastructures (RI) research producing organisations (RPOs), in addition, the policy-related surveys target also funders and ministries. In any case, feedback is welcome from wider audiences as well.

When open to a public audience, a specific survey is accessible on this page. We would like to reassure all participants that we are striving to minimize the burden of responding to our surveys and would like to thank all respondents in advance for their contribution.
The data collected will be used for getting input into the EOSCpilot deliverables. Access to the data will be restricted to members of the EOSCpilot project team.  The data will be deleted at the end of the EOSCpilot project, or on request by you.


WP7 Skills Framework  

We warmly welcome views on the EOSCpilot Skills Framework, which offers a template for developing data expertise in Research Infrastructures, Institutions and other Research Producing Organisations. We invite your response whether your role involves the coordination of training and user engagement with data services, or skills development more generally.

The EOSCpilot Skills Framework aims to help organisations and individuals to identify the capabilities and skills they need to ensure research objects are FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable), and that they stay FAIR. In other words, the skills to make sure the stewardship of research outputs is taken care of. The relevant skills involve a range of ‘data experts’ - data stewards and other professional groups involved in producing research objects, e.g. data managers, data service engineers, and data scientists/analysts.

Our consultation (Sept-October) provides a Briefing describing the 7 key points of the Framework and asks some short questions. Your responses will help us finalise the framework and make it fit for reuse in your own projects.

Download the EOSCpilot framework of FAIR data stewardship skills for science and scholarship, and draft recommendations on FAIR training


WP3 Draft Policy Recommendations – Ethics

The Ethics survey aims to collect feedback about the support and promotion of ethical behaviour within the EOSC: an analysis of ethical issues relating to organisational conduct and policies, research conduct, research decision making, the use of data (especially sensitive personal data) and the interaction between science and society, serves to underline the complexity and diversity of potential issues.


WP3 Draft Policy Recommendations – Procurement

Resources such as cloud storage/compute are important elements of the EOSC. The way these resources are procured or provided to EOSC participants has been considered and this survey invites input to help qualify two key policy recommendations, assuming EC Procurement Directives will regulate activities of those participants:

  1. The value for demand aggregation – arranging for centrally procured resources to be made available to participants to improve access to services, reduce costs/offer value add enhancements in an efficient and compliant way
  2. Shared resources - quantifying the character of EOSC participants and their motivation for providing resources to other EOSC participants to inform the demand for such arrangements.


WP3 Draft Policy Recommendations – Data Protection

In the field of data protection, the GDPR can be identified as the most important regulation as it is binding for all member states of the European Union. The policy recommendations aim to reconcile the requirements of the GDPR with FAIR data and Open Science. The GDPR includes certain opening clauses that make it difficult to estimate the overall level of harmonization.
To address this issue the recommendations include monitoring the legislation processes in the different member states. Additionally, special focus is placed on the application of tiered consent. Further emphasis is also placed on automated solutions like privacy-by-design and privacy-by-default by data processing or data tagging. Recommendations on data protection training and the introduction of a single point of contact for data subjects complete the draft policies.


WP3 Draft Policy Recommendations – Open Science

Open Science (OS) goes beyond Open Access to publications and data to accommodate the needs of open and interoperable infrastructures and services and facilitate replicable, transparent and reliable research practices. It covers not just the communication but the entirety of the research lifecycle. Responsible monitoring of performance and uptake of Open Science in the EOSC can improve those practices and allow new workflows to be configured, leading to a sustainable and well-operated open research environment in Europe.

The survey focuses on:

  • open infrastructures and services that will be connected to and federated through the EOSC,
  • research outputs that will be produced and delivered/shared in this trusted European Open Science environment, and
  • specifications to monitor OS trends, demands and impact, following the new ways under which research is being performed and evaluated, so that progress is ensured in the EOSC.