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As plans for the setup of a legal entity for the European Open Science Cloud have been unveiled, expressions of interest to join the EOSC Association is now underway, according to EOSC Secretariat.
The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative has been proposed in 2016 by the European Commission as part of the European Cloud Initiative to build a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe.
EOSC will offer European researchers and professionals in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines by federating existing scientific data infrastructures, currently dispersed across disciplines and the EU Member States.
The mandate of the current EOSC governance comes to an end on 31 December 2020. As shown in the EOSC Work Plan 2020, the EOSC Executive Board (EB) is currently working on the establishment of the EOSC legal entity, that will be incorporated in the form of an international not-for-profit association.
There will only be four initial members in the EOSC Association. The first set of bylaws will deal with the onboarding process to allow immediate onboarding of the members as soon as it starts it operations. The aim is that all interested organisations will be able to join the EOSC Association as soon as possible after it will be constituted.
The list of the organisations that have already expressed their interest in joining the Association is increasing more and more.