On 26 October 2017, the European Commission made the EOSC Declaration available to all scientific stakeholders, for their endorsement and commitments to the realisation of the EOSC by 2020.
The Declaration emerged from the EOSC Summit of 12 June, where more than 80 key scientific stakeholders showed a strong sense of commitment, dedication and intellectual rigour with respect to the implementation of the EOSC. They agreed that the EOSC is a truly common European project that we cannot afford to fail. Overall, response has been plenty, positive and strong. Until today, 40 scientific stakeholders have endorsed the principles of the Declaration. A list of first signatories has already signed up to play a role in the EOSC ‘coalition of doers‘.
The European Commission strongly encourages you and your institution to 1) to endorse the principles of the Declaration, and 2) to commit to take some of the specific actions forward. Many of the signatories also committed to one or more actions to implement the principles of the EOSC Declaration. The Action List accompanying the EOSC Declaration already features several commitments. The commission’s call to action reads as follows:
“We urge you to send us your endorsement and commitments, showing your tangible support to our common effort to make the EOSC a reality. You can do so in the way you consider most appropriate, using the dedicated online response survey, or by email (RTD-EOSC@EC.EUROPA.EU). You can always use both options to enclose an official letter, white paper, statement release or any other supporting document your institution is comfortable with. Please send us your response by 15 November, if you wish us to include your institutions in the next update of the Action List.”