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Science cloud launches with many questions unanswered

The European Open Science Cloud data-sharing and analysis platform has been launched, but questions around governance, funding and security remain to be resolved.

Eosc was officially launched at a ceremony in Vienna on 23 November, and its provisional governance structures were outlined the same day. It will be overseen in the first two years by a three-tier governance structure, with a longer-term arrangement yet to be decided.

A governance board of national representatives chaired by the European Commission will make overall decisions, while an executive board of organisations representing institutions and existing data-sharing initiatives will oversee implementation. Working groups set up by the Commission and an additional forum of cloud users and builders will advise the executive board.

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