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Science cloud for data-sharing launches with many questions unanswered

The European Open Science Cloud platform for bringing together data-sharing and analysis tools has been launched, but questions around its governance, funding and security remain.

Eosc was launched at a ceremony in Vienna on 23 November, and its provisional governance structures were outlined the same day. It will be overseen for 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 representatives of institutions and participating data-sharing initiatives will oversee implementation. Working groups set up by the Commission and a forum of cloud users and builders will advise the executive board.

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