H2020 Programme

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 857650.


Project Overview

EOSC-Pillar gathers representatives of the fast-growing national initiatives for coordinating data infrastructures and services in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy. 

The project supports the initiatives for national coordination of data infrastructures and services launched in many Member States as founding pillars for the development and long-term sustainability of the EOSC. EOSC-Pillar starts with an initial group of neighbouring countries who are active in open science, to define and set a model to harmonise and interfederate the initiatives. The real challenge here is that, despite having very similar objectives and visions, and similar compositions, the initiatives adopt different approaches, need to abide by different national laws and regulations, and have very different funding models and relations with the decision makers. 

For this reason, the task of harmonising the different national experiences is not a trivial one; to succeed means to bring in the picture all the advantages that the adaptation to national peculiarities brings. EOSC-Pillar takes the challenge to build on such specificities and heterogeneity to enhance the level of collaboration among all the countries bringing a rich and well organised contribution to EOSC.


Even if EUDAT is not partner in the project, different EUDAT CDI members are part of the consortium to bring in their experience built in the development and management of the data management services. In particular:

  • CINES is technical coordinator of the project
  • CINECA mainly contributes to the infrastructure layer in particular in the design, integration and operation in federated services.
  • KIT provides its long-lasting experience in federated e-infrastructures projects (data services, service management, security, etc.) and interdisciplinary enabling projects related to data management and analysis.
  • DKRZ brings climate data use case and infrastructure experience, and provides EUDAT B2FIND expertise.

Additionally, Trust-IT coordinates the communication, dissemination and community building activities of the project.