The EOSC Portal is part of the EOSC implementation roadmap as one of the expected “federating core” services contributing to the implementation of the “Access and interface” action line. It has been conceived to provide a European delivery channel connecting the demand-side and the supply-side of the EOSC and all its stakeholders.
In early 2017, the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG RTD) asked the EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE-Advance, eInfraCentral and EOSCpilot projects to start the implementation of the EOSC Portal in order to have it delivered in occasion of the EOSC launch event held in Vienna in November 2018. On that date, the EOSC portal was officially launched. EFIS owns the domain eosc-portal.eu, while the EOSC portal is hosted on Cyfronet servers.
In 2019 the portal has been updated and maintained with in-kind contributions by the EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE-Advance, eInfraCentral projects. With the funding of the EOSCsecretariat.eu project (started on January 2019), the EOSCsecretariat.eu partner responsible for communications joined the EOSC Portal Editorial Board (the board in charge of updating the EOSC portal content).
On the 1st of December 2019, the new EOSC Enhance project has started with the mandate of bringing forward the developments of the EOSC portal.
The EOSC Portal content component presently complements the portal’s role as a gateway to the EOSC Marketplace & Catalogue by providing informative content about what EOSC is envisioned to be, the EOSC governance and players, the projects contributing to its realisation, funding opportunities for EOSC stakeholders, relevant European and national policies, important documents, and recent developments.
For prospective users of the services, the portal provides information on use cases under EOSC in Practice. The portal also provides information for potential service providers on how to onboard their services to the EOSC Portal Marketplace & Catalogue.
The EOSC Portal also engages the EOSC community and stakeholders by providing maintaining an up-to-date events and news section covering relevant news pieces and events coming from various EOSC initiatives.
Overview of the EOSC Portal content
All along the path towards the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the open science community has grown increasingly familiar with EOSC branding and the message it conveys.
The cloud and stars of the logo, as well as the fonts, colours, and all the other elements consistently used throughout official materials, such as videos and posters, have played an important role in the dissemination of the EOSC principles and the constant expansion of the EOSC community.
The new EOSC branding guidelines approved in April by the EOSC Executive Board (EB) are going to be valid until 31 December 2020, which marks the end of the EOSC EB mandate.