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The international European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative is expanding to the Czech Republic. It will connect existing scientific communities and create a system for storing and sharing data. Moreover, it will facilitate research data access for scientists and scientific organizations. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS CR) has just approved funding for the "IPs EOSC-CZ" project in Czechia. It has officially launched its active phase on Monday, 4 September 2023.
Scientists and research organisations require easy and fast access to research data, and the EOSC initiative can help with that. It offers facilities for storing and sharing so-called FAIR research data – data that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The MEYS CR has just officially declared its support for this initiative on 4 September 2023. This legal act is an essential milestone for EOSC in the Czech Republic and moves it into the "hot phase" of implementation at the national level. The project EOSC-CZ is coordinated by Masaryk University through the Institute of Computer Science in cooperation with CESNET and VSB - Technical University Ostrava through the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre.
The EOSC-CZ project is a strategic project of the Jan Amos Comenius Programme (P JAC), which is financially supported by the MEYS CR to progress the scientific environment in the Czech Republic. Together with the Czech National Technical Library of Technology's "IPs CARDS" (Czech Academic and Research Discovery Services) project, which creates a unified environment for managing and searching information resources in the field of science and research, the EOSC-CZ project plays a crucial role in building the basis for better management, sharing, and searching scientific data. In the framework of these projects, specialists will prepare a national metadata directory that will allow scientists to easily find and use the scientific data already produced for their work. The EOSC-CZ project is a vital part of the implementation of EOSC in the Czech Republic and introduces other calls of the Open Science P JAC, where it will contribute, together with other planned projects, to the development of Open Science.
The MEYS CR has allocated a sum of 450 million CZK for the EOSC-CZ project for a six-year period. According to Václav Velčovský, DG for International Affairs, EU, and ESIF of the MEYS CR, the EOSC-CZ is an exceptional project. He says: "It is not only about the transformation of institutions and the purchase of "hardware", but above all about the change of the whole system of scientific work, which will affect every scientist regardless of the field. The EOSC-CZ project will create a stable foundation for the new paradigm in the context of the Czech Republic, which will be built upon by further interventions."
The preparation phase for this unique project began already in 2021. At the EOSC Roadshow 2022 in Prague, Brno, and Ostrava, representatives of the project introduced the project itself and the principles of FAIR data to the public in a series of workshops, presentations, and panel discussions. "The principles of open science are still used only sporadically across the Czech scientific communities. The EOSC-CZ project will build the basis for an environment where scientists will start to share and subsequently use their research data efficiently. Increasing the accessibility of scientific data and results represents a huge potential for moving research in the Czech Republic forward by leaps and bounds. For the success of a large-scale initiative like EOSC, it is essential not to underestimate this initial stage," explains Matej Antol, Project Lead of the EOSC-CZ. The EOSC Roadshow 2022 was followed by the "EOSC-CZ Launch Event: Project Introduction" in April 2023, and in June 2023, the Czech and European scientific community met with representatives of the political scene at the premium "National EOSC Tripartite Event" in Prague.
Since the legal act has just been issued, nothing stands in the way of the EOSC-CZ project. This important legal transformation has opened new opportunities for the initiative, which can now fully develop its activities and provide services to the Czech scientific community.
The Institute of Computer Science, Masaryk University, provides central supervision for IT infrastructure, services, and cyber security at MU. The institute's service environment is built on research activities conducted in two complementary areas - cybersecurity and e-infrastructures' development and use. The combination of professional care with application-oriented research is perceived as a condition for the existence and growth of the necessary professional background, which is further supported by the implementation of the HR Award action plan.
CESNET was founded in 1996 by universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Its aim is to operate and develop ICT services that form the national e-infrastructure for research, development, and education e-INFRA CZ. Research and development in information and communication technologies is also an integral part of its activities. CESNET is an active partner in several foreign research infrastructures, such as the pan-European network for Research, development, and Education GÉANT, the European Grid Infrastructure EGI.eu and the European Open Science Infrastructure EOSC.
IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava is a leading research, development, and innovation centre active in the fields of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Data Analysis (HPDA), Quantum Computing (QC), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their application to other scientific fields, industry, and society. Since 2013, IT4Innovations has been operating the most powerful supercomputing systems in the Czech Republic, which are provided to Czech and foreign research teams from academia and industry.
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The fifth plenary session of the European Commission's "INFORM EU" took place in the Ostrava metropolis, marking its first occurrence in the Czech Republic. Representatives of the Czech initiative EOSC, Jiří Marek and Marie Hošťálková, presented the essence and goals of EOSC, including its approach to international project communication, at the November conference.
For 25 years, students and researchers have been searching information in the Czech Social Science Data Archive. The Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences celebrated this significant milestone with a conference titled "25 Years of CSDA: Advancing Collaboration Across Scientific Disciplines." Speakers at the event emphasized the themes such as open science, the principles of FAIR data, the EOSC initiative, and the critical role of research infrastructures.
Olga Bohuslavová, representing the Czech EOSC-CZ Secretariat, brought her insights on the EOSC initiative in the Czech Republic to the international audience. During the National Tripartite Event in Krakow, Poland, she highlighted the significance of high-quality services in open science and the dedicated commitment to its principles as key factors ensuring the success of the EOSC initiative.
In October 2023, a significant gathering for the European big data and artificial intelligence community called European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) took place in Valencia, Spain. The conference saw participation from over 500 attendees, including representatives of the EOSC initiative in the Czech Republic.