The long-term survival of EOSC depends on the implementation of a scalable and sustainable EOSC ecosystem, including funding models and integration of national and thematic infrastructures that are closely coupled with the governance structures and legal entity.
Viable funding models are an essential element of ensuring an operational, scalable and sustainable EOSC federation.
- The objective of the Financial Sustainability Task Force is to produce a proposal for long term financial sustainability of the main building blocks of EOSC: EOSC-Core, EOSC-Exchange and the Federation of Data & Data Services as defined in the FAIR Lady report “Solutions for a Sustainable EOSC”.
The definition of sustainability needs to cover both financial aspects and long-term digital preservation.
- Long-term open data archives and preservation services are required to enable a sustainable EOSC and the sustainable access to data. The possibility to reproduce, replicate and re-use scientific results depends on the long-term findability and accessibility of the underlying data. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of the EOSC underlines the importance of long-term data preservation, but an explicit strategy has not been formulated. The Long-Term Data Preservation Task Force will provide recommendations on the vision and sustainable implementation of long-term data preservation policies and practices, as well as suggestions to later strategy execution. It will address the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders, the financial aspects of long-term preservation and the necessary service infrastructure.
The work of the EOSC Association task forces on Financial Sustainability and on Long-term Data Preservation will be central to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the EOSC. The Task Forces under the Sustainability Advisory Group will need to have a cross-cutting role with the other task forces.