EOSC-A Mandated Organisation
EOSC Steering Board representatives
The Czech Republic, which holds a dense scientific community working on different aspects of the landscape, is advancing towards the implementation of a full strategy for Open Science. Czech universities and further research institutions have created various fora to develop and adopt Open Science in all disciplines. The working groups that have been set up to study specific aspects of EOSC’s implementation in the Czech Republic resembles the Task Forces organised by the EOSC Association. CESNET, the country’s mandated organisation in the EOSC Association, is involved in several EOSC-related projects: PaNOSC, EOSC-Synergy, CS3MESH4EOSC, EGI-ACE, DICE, C-SCALE, and EOSC-FUTURE. This shows a good degree of integration in the EOSC community.
On the policy front, the Czech National Strategy for Open Access to Research Information for 2017-2020 was approved by the Government in 2017, followed by the corresponding Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Strategy of the Czech Republic’s Open Access to Scientific Information for 2017-2020 in 2019. While a full national policy is still in the works, the existence of all these initiatives, some of them with explicit support or initiated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport indicate that this could be achieved in the near future.
- Mandated organisation
CESNET (main contact: Luděk Matyska) is an association of universities of the Czech Republic and the Czech Academy of Sciences, and has been appointed the country’s mandated organisation by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. CESNET’s main activities lie in the operation and development of the national e-infrastructure for science, research and education which encompasses a computer network, computational grids, data storage and collaborative environment. It offers in addition several services to connected organisations
- National structure
Since 2021, the EOSC Coordination Board, driven by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports as the national public authority responsible for R&D policy-making and public funding, including research infrastructures, has been operating. It is composed of leading Czech R&D stakeholders: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (lead policy-maker and funder), e-INFRA CZ (Czech national e-infrastructure), National Library of Technology (open science policy coordinator), Czech Rectors Conference (higher education institutions), Czech Academy of Sciences (public research sector), Czech Science Foundation and Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (grant agencies), and Council for Research, Development and Innovation (advisory board). The five-pager titled “Architecture of the European Open Science Cloud Implementation in the Czech Republic” from mid-2021 contains high-level policy orientations on the EOSC implementation in Czechia and sets out essential principles of EOSC-CZ. The document was co-created by policy-makers, e-infrastructure operators and R&D actors, and links architecture design, implementation plan and funding instruments.
- Working groups
There are numerous working groups operated as inclusive platforms with fluid membership open to any interested stakeholder. Working groups deal with cross-cutting areas such as Architecture, Metadata, Core services, and Education and Training. There are also specific working groups addressing needs of individual R&D disciplinary domains, such as Physical sciences, Material sciences and technology, Data management for artificial intelligence and machine learning, Environmental sciences, Biological and medical sciences and food, Social sciences, Arts and humanities, and Sensitive data.
- Open Access Initiative of the Association of Libraries of Czech Universities
The community around Open Access is active, and includes a working group of Open Access/Open Science Managers to share practical knowledge about its implementation. The working group is formed by institutions that took part in the Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Strategy of the Czech Republic’s Open Access to Scientific Information approved in 2019 that resulted from the Czech National Strategy for Open Access to Research Information for 2017-2020.
- The National Information Centre for European Research
The National Information Centre for European Research is also active with the dissemination of knowledge and support in the area of Open Science.
The Masaryk University represents OpenAIRE in the national network of open science experts. NOAD-CZ is supporting Open Science activities in the Czech Republic, e.g. investigators of H2020 projects with EU requirements, preparation of Data Management Plans and other duties. NOAD-CZ members are part of the Czech government working group on the implementation of the Action Plan of the National Strategy of Open Access. A survey on research data repositories is ongoing, as well as the cooperation with the EOSC-synergy project, currently support landscaping analysis in the Czech Republic.
- Creative Commons in the Czech Republic
There is an active group supporting Creative Commons in the Czech Republic (members of NGO . This group is directly linked to the mentioned initiative of Assoc. of Libraries of Czech Universities and to the NOAD-CZ and also to the National Information Centre for European Research (National Contact Point for H2020). More about CC CZ can be found here: https://www.creativecommons.cz/ (only in Czech).
- 12 April 2023 | Czech National Event
The main goal of the event is to inform the scientific community about the key activities and direction of the EOSC-CZ IPs project and its impact on the development of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) support in the Czech Republic. The event loosely follows on from the EOSC Roadshow 2022.
The Open Science policies include the Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Strategy of the Czech Republic’s Open Access to Scientific Information for 2017–2020 approved in 2019.
The Operational Programme Johannes Amos Comenius, as an instrument to raise the EU Cohesion Policy Fund for the public research sector in 2021-2027, contains a series of calls for the EOSC implementation in Czechia. The first call was already launched in 2022, the second call is to be released in 2023, to be followed by calls in 2024 and 2025 with a total budget allocation of around EUR 120 million. It aims to support the launch of the EOSC-CZ Secretariat, the development and capacity building of the National Metadata Directory, the coordination and providing of education and training activities for the FAIR data management, development and capacity building of the National Repository Platform, capacity building of the thematic cluster data repositories, and activities directed at uptake and upskilling.
In 2022, an EOSC Roadshow presented the FAIR data principles and the EOSC initiative in three locations in Czechia (Prague, Brno, Ostrava).
The 2022 EOSC Symposium took place in Prague from 14th to 17th November and brought together a large international EOSC audience to show the developments and prospects of EOSC.
EOSC Association Members and Observers
CESNET was established in 1996 by public universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for the purpose of the operation and develo... Read moreVisit the website
J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of SciencesObserver
The J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry is leading Czech research institute in material sciences, physical chemistry and biophysics.... Read moreVisit the website
Masaryk University (MU) is the second-largest Czech university with around 30,000 students and 4,500 staff in 10 faculties and two university Insti... Read moreVisit the website
National Library of TechnologyMember
The National Library of Technology (NTK) is the largest and the oldest library of science and technology literature in the Czech Republic, with a c... Read moreVisit the website
The Extreme Light Infrastructure ERICMember
ELI ERIC provides access to world-class high-power and ultra-fast lasers for science and enables cutting-edge research i... Read moreVisit the website
VSB – Technical University of OstravaMember
VSB-TUO is the fourth largest university in the Czech Republic (CZ) with a technical and economic orientation.... Read moreVisit the website