Dutch Life Sciences support Open Science Cloud

July 01, 2016 Dutch Life Sciences support Open Science Cloud

On June 28, several leading organisations in the Dutch life sciences field presented Mr. Paul Timmers, Director Digital Society, Trust and Security of DG CONNECT of the European Commission, with a statement on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) expressing their strong support to the further development of the EOSC. Mr. Timmers received the statement during the event ‘Get Ready for Big Data in the Cloud’ organised by Neth-ER and EDISON.

On April 19 2016, the European Commission launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative to improve Europe’s position in the data-driven economy. The aims of the event ‘Get Ready for Big Data in the Cloud’ were to demonstrate the initiatives that already are being developed in the Dutch life sciences and data science sectors, and discuss the steps that are still needed to fully exploit the potential of the EOSC.

Key note speech & Statement

In his key note address, Mr. Timmers stated that the European Commission is eager to learn from the research field how it sees research progress by making use of the Cloud, and what the required conditions are to go forward. He explained that the EU is leader in Open Science, but not in the data-driven economy. He stressed that Europe should be in the lead in the global digital economy. The Digital Single Market Strategy, to which the EOSC belongs, is the approach with which the Commission hopes to achieve this.

In order to demonstrate their support for the EOSC, the leading large-scale research infrastructures in the Dutch life sciences field (BBMRI-NL, ELIXIR-NL and EATRIS-NL), DutchTechcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), SURF, Lygature, Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC), ZonMw and Topsector Life Sciences and Health (Health~Holland) endorsed a statement supporting the European initiative to develop an Open Science Cloud. In the statement the organisations declared that they “recognize the importance of open science and already demonstrated our [their] own commitment to responsible data sharing within national infrastructures, and embedded in European infrastructures.” Ruben Kok, director of the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), added that the Health-RI (Health Research Infrastructures) initiative is aiming to be framework for 'FAIR Open Implementation Labs' on Personalized Medicine & Health research in the Netherlands.

Professor Frank Miedema, Dean  and Vice-President of the University Medical Centre of Utrecht as  well as responsible for large-scale infrastructures within the NFU, presented the statement to Mr. Timmers on behalf of the Health-RI consortium. Upon accepting the statement, Mr. Timmers stressed the importance of progressive Dutch initiatives in responsible sharing of health data.

For more information, please visit the Neth-ER website