European Open Science Cloud for the life sciences

EOSC-Life intends to implement the Life Science part of the European Open Science Cloud under coordination of ELIXIR, European infrastructure for Life Science Information.

EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Biological and Medical ESFRI research infrastructures (BMS RIs) to create an open collaborative space for digital biology.  It is our joint response to the challenge of analyzing and reusing the prodigious amounts of data produced by life-science. Managing and integrating this data is beyond the capabilities of most individual end-users and institutes. By publishing data and tools in a Europe-wide cloud, EOSC-Life aims to bring the capabilities of big science projects to the wider research community. Federated user access (AAI) will allow transnational resource access and authorization.

EOSC-Life establishes a novel access model for the BMS RI: through EOSC, scientists would gain direct access to FAIR data and tools in a cloud environment available throughout the European Research Area. EOSC-Life will make BMS RIs data resources FAIR and publish them in the EOSC following guidelines and standards (e.g. EDMI). Overall, this will drive the evolution of the RI repository infrastructure for EOSC and integration of the BMS RI repositories. EOSC-Life will implement workflows that cross disciplines and RI boundaries and address the needs of interdisciplinary science. Through open hackathons and bring-your-own-data events we will co-create EOSC-Life with our user communities, providing a blueprint for how the EOSC supports wide-spread and excellent data-driven life science research.

EOSC-Life will address the data policies needed for human research data under GDPR. Interoperable provenance information describes history of sample and data to ensure reproducibility and adherence to regulatory requirements. The goal of the EOSC-Life project is to make sure that life scientists can find, access and integrate life science data for analysis and reuse in academic and industrial research. EOSC-Life will transform European life science by providing an open, continent-scale, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for data science.    

Finland is in leading technical roles for tasks related to User and Access management technologies (WP5) and deployment of cloud capacities for the Life Science use case defined by communities.

At CSC, EOSC-Life project is part of the ELIXIR and EOSC programmes.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824087.