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.
Content and structure
The EOSC Portal is a gateway to information and resources in EOSC, providing updates on its governance and players, the projects contributing to its realisation, funding opportunities for EOSC stakeholders, relevant European and national policies, important documents, and recent developments. The EOSC Portal Catalogue & Marketplace acts as an entry point to the multitude of services and resources for researchers.
For prospective users of the services, the Portal provides training materials and tutorials on how to use its features. The Portal also offers information for potential service providers on how to onboard their services to the EOSC Portal Catalogue & Marketplace.
Overview of the EOSC Portal content
Why an EOSC Portal? A brief history
In early 2018, the European Commission (DG CONNECT and DG RTD) asked the eInfraCentral, EOSCpilot, EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance 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 Centre 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 eInfraCentral, EOSCpilot, EOSC-hub, and OpenAIRE-Advance projects. With the funding of the EOSCsecretariat.eu project (started in 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 EOSC Enhance project managed the EOSC Portal, running until the end of November 2021.
Since the December 2021, the EOSC Future project took of the role of bringing forward the developments of the EOSC Portal, running until March 2024
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 in 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 current EOSC branding guidelines approved in April 2020 by the EOSC Executive Board (EB) are valid until new ones are defined.