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MEPs back research cloud in 2016

The European Commission should set up an open science cloud by the end of 2016 as part of plans for a digital single market, the European Parliament has said.

Cloud computing infrastructures for researchers and universities in Europe are fragmented, a report adopted by the Parliament on 19 January says. It calls on the Commission to develop an action plan for establishing a European Open Science Cloud by the end of 2016, which it says should integrate existing networks and services, and also stimulate the development of other clouds to better connect universities, innovation centres and industry.

It also says that small businesses and start-ups should have “easier access” to Horizon 2020 funding that is "adapted to the short innovation cycles of the ICT sector”. There is an “urgent need” for the Commission and member states to help businesses with growth potential gain access to markets through e-government, funding and long-term investment in digital infrastructure and skills, it says. 

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