NEW REPORT FROM EOSC FUTURE PROJECT SHOWS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES READY FOR EOSC

 

Monitoring the implementation and uptake of EOSC and Open Science

The EOSC Future project has developed, together with the EOSC Steering Board, a framework for monitoring the implementation and uptake of EOSC and Open Science across Europe. This monitoring framework is implemented via the annual survey on National Contributions to EOSC, which is aimed at EU Member States, Associated Countries, and other interested countries. The survey addresses key questions on publications, data, software, services, infrastructure, skills/training, assessment, and engagement with Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud. The responses to each annual survey are collected via a survey tool and graphically presented in the interactive public dashboard of the EOSC Observatory.

Read on for key takeaways, intriguing observations, examples and next steps.

Key results from the 2022 survey

The Survey on National Contributions to EOSC 2022 ran from 19 January to 09 June 2023 and collected responses from 32 countries. The following list includes some key results of the survey:

  • The total reported investments in EOSC and Open Science for 2021 amount to €406 million, which is double the investments reported in the pilot survey for 2020 of €206 million

  • The most widely tracked policy is open access to publications, with 14 countries monitoring this policy – with a range between 40% and 80% across countries, and an average of 63% 

  • Policies on data management and FAIR data are equally divided across the countries, with 15 countries having national policies, and 5 countries having mandatory policies

  • Policies on software, services, and infrastructure are less common across the countries, with 4 to 6 countries having national policies, and 1 to 3 countries having mandatory policies

  • Policies on skills/training and assessment are also less common across the countries, with 4-5 countries having national policies, and 1-2 countries having mandatory policies

  • Policies on engagement related to citizen science are the least common across the countries, with 3 countries having a national policy, and none having mandatory policies

Use cases on the implementation and uptake of EOSC and Open Science

The Survey on National Contributions to EOSC 2022 also collected use cases on the implementation and uptake of EOSC and Open Science from the countries, which includes the following examples:

  • Finland collected 36 use cases on open access to publications from research-performing organisations as part of its national monitoring on research and Open Science

  • France is building a national federated data repository as part of its National Open Science Plan, which will provide long-term access and preservation of research data and metadata

  • Norway has adapted the Data Stewardship Wizard, which is an open-source application for research data management using common and domain-specific language models

  • Poland has mandated data management plans in applications for research funding and that data sets underlying publications from funded projects be shared under a CC-0 licence

  • Spain has developed a framework for validating FAIR data requirements, which includes an automated tool for checking the FAIRness of research digital objects across repositories

  • Sweden has created a national platform for managing open access scholarly journals, which provides a common interface based on the open-source software Open Journal Systems

Next Steps for the annual survey and the EOSC Observatory

The data collected in the 2022 survey is now publicly available in the EOSC Observatory. The survey set up by EOSC Future and the EOSC Steering Board will continue to be run annually to track the long-term implementation and uptake of EOSC and Open Science across Europe. Beyond EOSC Future, the EOSC Observatory will be further maintained and developed in the new EOSC Track project, which will run until December 2026. 

Stay tuned on all outputs from the annual surveys and EOSC Observatory in the EOSC Observatory Zenodo Community!

14 March 2024