Advisers on the European Open Science Cloud have said that initial data-sharing and analysis services from the EU initiative should be offered from next year.
Set-up funding and governance structures are in place for the EOSC, which was proposed in 2015 as a way to make it easier for researchers, and eventually other users, to access and analyse a wealth of data using shared services.
But many questions about how the EOSC will operate in the long term remain unanswered. A strategic implementation plan for the platform, written by the executive board tasked with providing advice on its set-up and published on 25 July, says: “If you ask a room full of people what EOSC is, you’ll get a room full of different answers. It’s such a large-scale initiative and ambitious mission that…everyone sees a different part and few see the big picture.”