European Open Science Cloud article on iSGTW, June 2015
European Open Science Cloud
Earlier this year, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) published a paper proposing the establishment of a European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing ‘IT as a service’ to the public research sector in Europe. This paper calls for a hybrid model that brings together public research organizations and e‐infrastructures with commercial suppliers to build a common platform that offers a range of services to Europe’s research communities.
CERN’s Bob Jones, the primary author of this paper, chaired a session focused on analyzing the opportunities and barriers related to cross-border procurement of e-infrastructure services. Jones, who is head of the Externally Funded Projects section within the CERN IT Department, highlighted the work carried out through the Helix Nebula Initiative and the PICSE (Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe) project in developing a procurement model that could enable research collaborations to collectively acquire services to support their research agenda.
HELIX NEBULA PARTNERSHIP
Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.