The EOSC Symposium 2023: taking EOSC into the future

BioDT and FAIRCORE4EOSC at EOSC Symposium 2023
13 December 2023

The EOSC Symposium 2023, held from the 20th to 22th September, 2023, in Madrid during the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, marked a significant milestone in the evolution of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Organised by the EOSC Future project in conjunction with the EOSC Tripartite collaboration, encompassing the EOSC Association, the EOSC Steering Board, and the European Commission, the event provided a hybrid platform for stakeholders, including ministries, policy makers, research organisations, service providers, research infrastructures, and communities.

BioDT and FAIRCORE4EOSC: Showcasing innovation at the EOSC Symposium 2023

This year’s Symposium entitled 'Taking EOSC into the future,' was a focal point for discussions on key topics crucial for the sustainability of EOSC after 2027. Within the dynamic conference environment, a noteworthy joint session featured BioDT and FAIRCORE4EOSC. During the “Digital twins and EOSC – Advancing data-driven science through optimal data use, data management, computing and research infrastructures. Insights from BioDT” session the two projects spotlighted their contributions to the broader EOSC landscape.

BioDT, aligning with the EU Green Deal and Biodiversity Strategy, aims to establish a platform based on digital twins for long-term biodiversity research and science-driven policy initiatives. The session explored the integration of BioDT and FAIRCORE4EOSC platforms with EOSC, emphasising the potential benefits within e-infrastructures.

In the realm of biodiversity data exchange, BioDT employs the DarwinCore (DwC) standard and Ecological Metadata Language (EML) to describe environmental conditions. FAIRCORE4EOSC, on the other hand, focuses on developing the Metadata Schema and Crosswalk Registry (MSCR) to bridge differences between metadata schemas. The collaboration involves utilising MSCR to create crosswalks between Data Catalogue Vocabulary (DCAT) 3.0 and EML, facilitating the exchange of metadata between diverse catalogues.

Moreover, the integration of biodiversity data from various sources, including sensor-based monitoring tools, requires consistent mappings between different ontologies. BioDT/DiSSCo have jointly developed, a service leveraging the FAIR Digital Object (FDO) approach. The collaboration aims to register crosswalks created using in the MSCR, contributing to making bridging work more FAIR and resource-efficient.

The joint exploration and sharing of expertise between BioDT and FAIRCORE4EOSC at the EOSC Symposium encompassed data exchange formats, expressing data quality, workflows, interoperability, and community-level challenges. The collaboration extends to specific activities, tools, and outputs focusing on architecture design, customising workflow tools, PID, and dynamic data. Additionally, both initiatives collaborate on stakeholder engagement, training, and outreach activities, emphasizing actions to reach diverse audiences and share best practices.

The EOSC Symposium 2023 served as a pivotal platform for showcasing advancements in the field of open science, with BioDT and FAIRCORE4EOSC contributing significantly to the discourse on biodiversity data exchange and interoperability. The collaboration opportunities arising from these projects promise to shape the future landscape of open science and e-infrastructures, fostering innovation and collaboration within the scientific community.

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