Policy Recommendations

Description of the Result

Recommendations for the alignment of national policies related to the EOSC. The recommendations are based on the EOSC policy landscape and gap analysis in the countries covered by the EOSC Synergy project: Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The recommendations, which focus on four key policy areas, Open Science Strategis, PIDs, Access Provisioning and Funding, are published in a document that targets national and international stakeholders on the measures to align and harmonise policies to facilitate the implementation of the EOSC.

Target audience/beneficiaries

The recommendations target the following audience groups:

  • National policy makers
  • International (EU and global) EOSC bodies
  • Research funding bodies
  • Research Performing Organisations.
Added Value / Benefits

The policy landscape and gap analysis show the existence of policy fragmentation in different countries and domains, in some cases, even lack of policies related to EOSC or the lack of clear benchmark references to compare policies across countries. Policies are also implemented with di erent, independent, timeframes, making harmonisation and alignment an issue.

The EOSC Synergy recommendations provide a solution by fostering harmonisation of national policies on resource provisioning, access and allocation, as well as alignment on defining and implementing policies. These are based on national landscape studies/reports on the status of EOSC-relevant policies, especially focus on key policy areas where “gaps” exist (lack of policy or low levels of alignment of policies between countries).

The recommendations are articulated in a single report listing the gaps and matching recommendations. Due to the diversity of the EOSC Synergy countries the recommendations can be applicable in small or large countries, finding themselves in various stages of EOSC development.

Use and Impact after EOSC Synergy

The recommendations are made available to policy makers nationally in the EOSC Synergy countries, through online and face-to-face meetings, dissemination events and direct contribution to policy and national development projects. Some of them are general enough and also interesting to countries who are not part of the project, as well as to international bodies such as the e-IRG. In the wider context the recommendations have been shared with EINFRA-EOSC5 projects as input for their work. This has been done primarily through an international policy event organised by EOSC Synergy in collaboration with those projects on 4 May 2022 in Strasbourg. Although the recommendations are the result of a one-off exercise, it is expected that mandated EOSC organisations in the countries concerned will maintain them and continue making use of them in supporting the EOSC deployment in their countries.