EOSC Providers, users and other interested stakeholders can expect to see some changes to the EOSC Portal with the combined efforts of EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE Advance and the newly-launched EOSC Enhance project. Active as of 1 December 2019, EOSC Enhance has been tasked with improving and enhancing the discoverability of the EOSC services and resources, further developing and augmenting the EOSC catalogue, and enriching the EOSC data offering by connecting the thematic clusters and clouds currently in development. These activities complement the foundational work on the EOSC Portal done by EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE-Advance, eInfraCentral and EOSCpilot in 2017-2019.
The recent signature of a dedicated collaboration agreement among these projects will allow them to establish joint coherent work plans to boost the functionalities and usability of the EOSC portal in preparation for the upcoming INFRAEOSC-03 call resulting project.
Streamlining service onboarding and delivery
Much of the tasks that these projects will collaborate on relate to the onboarding and management of services in the Portal. EOSC Enhance will build upon EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, eInfraCentral and CatRIS initial contributions in these areas, as well as on technical discussions held within the EOSC Working Group on Architecture and on Rules of Participation. In detail, among the specific areas of collaboration include data models and processes for EOSC resources, technical development of the portal’s demand-side components as well as the supply-side and operator-side components while jointly operating the EOSC Portal’s provider onboarding process.
Building a community
In parallel, to improve the technical and procedural infrastructure of the EOSC Portal’s user and provider-facing components, the projects will collaborate on building a community around the EOSC Portal by continuously enriching the content side of the EOSC Portal through their involvement in the EOSC Portal Editorial Board and by openly consulting the EOSC stakeholders to enhance and consolidate the Portal’s functionalities.
For more information on EOSC Enhance, visit their page.