The e-IRG is paving the way towards a general purpose European e-Infrastructure already since its inception and many important building blocks are already in place. The e-IRG embraces this European Open Science Cloud initiative and sees it as an encouragement to continue its work to facilitate integration in the area of European e-Infrastructures and connected services between the member states, at the European level, and internationally.
The e-IRG Roadmap 2016 to be published this Summer, will give guidance and recommendations for policy and technical discussions on the main European Open Science Cloud topics. At the e-IRG meeting in Amsterdam March 11, the e-IRG national delegates decided to elaborate its concept of the e-Infrastructure Commons in the new Roadmap and explain in more detail how this provides a fundament for developing the European Open Science Cloud, consistent with established European initiatives and national priorities.
Sverker Holmgren, e-IRG Chair, stated: "The e-IRG very much welcomes the European Commission's initiative for a European Open Science Cloud. The build-up of the European Open Science Cloud is an important challenge and the e-IRG is already contributing to its foundation by promoting the development of the "e-Infrastructure Commons": a single European e-Infrastructure for researchers. The European Open Science Cloud is also a recognition of the work that e-IRG and many others have done in the e-Infrastructures area."
Erik Fledderus, editor of the e-IRG 2016 Roadmap, stated: "The topics discussed and the recommendations given in our 2016 Roadmap, match very well with the Open Science Cloud vision. We are convinced the Roadmap, produced by a large group of e-IRG members and external experts, will contribute significantly to the progress towards the realisation of the Open Science Cloud."
The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group, e-IRG is a strategic body consisting of representatives of the member states of the European Union to facilitate integration in the area of European e-Infrastructures and connected services, within and between member states, at the European level and globally.
The mission of e-IRG is to support both coherent, innovative and strategic European e- Infrastructure policymaking and the development of convergent and sustainable e- Infrastructure services.
e-IRG produces White Papers, Roadmaps and other policy documents. It provides recommendations to the member states and at the European level.