68. The European Open Science Cloud and Services to Enhance Data Sharing (PRIMAGE)

68. The European Open Science Cloud and Services to Enhance Data Sharing (PRIMAGE)

Ignacio Blanquer – Universitat Politècnica de València and the Director of the EOSC Association


The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative was launched in 2019 to offer a virtual environment for open access to services for storing, sharing, processing and reusing research data and other digital objects. The EOSC requires a holistic approach covering the federation of research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures, the interoperability of services, and the fulfilment of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles, the setup of a consolidated access interface and the definition of a governance model and rules for participation. By discussing the EOSC governance, the EOSC architecture and the main activities, we can understand its potential impact on scientific data research activities. 

The EOSC initiative gathers assets from the scientific and technical community to build successful and efficient data preservation and analysis frameworks. For example, the PRIMAGE and CHAIMELEON H2020 projects, devoted to developing digital repositories of medical imaging data from cancer, make use of technical services from the EOSC catalogue to build up their back-end platforms. We will discuss the architecture and integration of such services for managing federated data access and processing.

About the author

Ignacio Blanquer is full professor of the Computer System Department at UPV since 1999, has been a member of Research Group on Grid and High-Performance Computing of the Institute of Instrumentation for Molecular Imaging (I3M) since 1993 and becoming the leader of this group in 2015 and the vice-director of the I3M in 2019. He is currently the coordinator of the Spanish Network of e-Science and serves as an expert to the Spanish Ministry of Science in the areas of e-Science and EOSC. He is also the Spanish delegate of e-IRG and a member of the board of directors of the EOSC Association. He has coordinated three European projects on cloud applied to science and serves as work package coordinator in European projects related to scientific data such as EOSC-SYNERGY, PRIMAGE and CHAIMELEON. He is also a senior researcher in the Biomedical Imaging Research group at La Fe hospital in Valencia. He has been involved in Parallel Computation and Medical Image processing participated in more than 60 national and European Research Projects, and has authored and co-authored 50 articles in indexed journals, as well as more than 100 publications as book chapters, non-indexed journals and national and international conference proceedings.