Technical Challenges on EOSC

The Task Forces (TFs) within the Technical Challenges Advisory Group focus on implementing the technical architecture and interoperability in EOSC. 

They also provide a steer on strategic areas of future work, such as infrastructure for sharing quality research software.

These TFs will address the following Operational Objectives of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA):

  • Deliver and operate all the necessary components of the MVE to share openly research data, publications, software, tools and services by 2025;
  • Provide the technical components of a FAIR ecosystem for uptake and customisation by the communities by 2023;
  • Co-develop a first generation of a robust pan-European network of infrastructures for software source code by 2025;
  • Deploy and operate an authentication and authorisation infrastructure (AAI) framework to manage user identity and access by 2024.

There are three TFs within the Technical Challenges Advisory Group:

  • The Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure Architecture (AAI) Task Force aims to provide a consistent architecture for Authentication, Authorization and Access Control for the EOSC. This task will produce the next version of the EOSC AAI architecture while engaging with stakeholders to identify new use cases and requirements and analyse governance models for the EOSC AAI.
  • The Infrastructures for Quality Research Software Task Force aims to foster the development and deployment of tools and services that allow researchers to properly archive, reference, describe with proper metadata, share and reuse research software, as well as to Improve their quality, both from the technical and organizational point of view. This task will actively engage with scholarly infrastructure providers for research software, leveraging in particular EOSC related projects and funding as well as explore tools, standards and platforms used in state-of-the-art software development and for quality control and formulate actionable recommendations. The Task Force will Identify standard-based best practices to write quality research software and identify both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to provide unbiased measurement of quality.
  • The Technical Interoperability of Data and Services Task Force will take the EOSC Interoperability Framework (EIF) recommendations around technical architecture as their starting point to help develop the EOSC Core and Exchange as described in the SRIA. The TF will deliver key documents such as a first principles document and a landscape overview of the EIF, as well as technical architecture descriptions of the EIF, including examples of adaptation hints for major existing solutions.