The Blue-Cloud Service platform will feature a variety of services that can be used for undertaking world-class science via the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) ecosystem, by featuring leading operational marine research infrastructures and e-infrastructures.
Blue-Cloud supports the view of EOSC and expects EOSC to provide:
- Generic e-infrastructure services (e.g. AAI, PIDs, etc) and access to resources such as HPC, storage, cloud computing;
- Seamless access to other thematic clouds to support multi-disciplinary science;
- Easy-to-use APIs to make “Blue” services and data available to the target of the 1.7 Million researchers in Europe (and beyond) to accelerate FAIR science;
- A framework creating awareness on the importance and best practices for FAIR data and providing training on data management.
Accessing Blue-Cloud via the EOSC login
The Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE) on D4Science is accessible via a wide range of identities, from academic accounts to social media, as well as all the ones accepted by the EOSC Portal, such as DARIAH, EGI, OpenAIRE, ORCID, eduTeams, IGTF, Instruct ERIC, B2Access and Google.
This means that researchers and users do not need to create a new account from scratch when first accessing the Blue-Cloud VRE, but they can enter straight away with their own credentials and immediately exploit all the services and resources in the environment.
What Blue-Cloud brings to EOSC
- A pilot thematic EOSC as a role model for the development of other thematic clouds. The cyber-platform of Blue-Cloud provides FAIR access to multidisciplinary data, analytical tools and computing and storage facilities that support research.
- Blue-Cloud Services showcased through five Demonstrators for oceans, seas and freshwater bodies for ecosystems research, conservation, forecasting and innovation in the Blue Economy, and making innovative use of seamless access to multidisciplinary data, algorithms, and computing resources - accelerating cross-discipline science.
- A methodology for researchers interacting with e-infrastructure developers to establish a cyber platform with tools and services, which support multiple scientific challenges and are fit-for-purpose, while built upon generic core principles and services.
- A mechanism to easily access and discover blue data. Blue-Cloud partners manage important volumes of blue data (e.g. SeaDataNet, EMODnet, CMEMS, etc.) and links have been established with major European observing networks to increase the data volume.
- APIs to access blue services that will complement EOSC base services providing blue thematic functionalities.
- Dynamic examples of how a framework like Blue-Cloud can address one or several of the policy challenges defined in the Bioeconomy Strategy, the Circular Economy Strategy, the Blue Growth Strategy, the Common Fisheries Policy, the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the International Ocean Governance Communication and the UN SDGs.
- A global Blue Economy community close to the EOSC vision, including the marine and maritime industry.
- The opportunity of bringing EOSC in the Blue Economy long-term vision via the policy-oriented Blue-Cloud Roadmap to 2030 which seeks a series of EU Calls for further development and uptake of the Blue Cloud by multiple VRE applications and connecting additional marine data infrastructures.