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Research infrastructure, cloud and open innovation

How to ensure trust in global solutions?


Thursday, 1 December 2016, 17:00 - 19:00

Venue: Silken Berlaymont 
(Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, 1000 Bruxelles)

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  • MEP Michal Boni (EPP), ITRE shadow rapporteur; 

  • Thomas Skordas, Acting Director of the Digital Excellence & Science Infrastructure Directorate (DG CONNECT);

  • Matthew Dovey, Head of research technology, Jisc (UK);

  • Georg Greve, CEO of Kolab Systems AG, a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation

Open Science implies that research data is findable and accessible and that data is interoperable and re-usable. This means an open and trusted environment where research data can be safely stored and made openly available. The EU currently aims to ensure that excellent scientific data infrastructures are not disconnected across fields and regions and that data can flow freely across borders.

In this context, the European Commission earlier this year proposed a plan to put in place an infrastructure which can support Open Research Data and Open Science in Europe. At the same time, the European Parliament is in the process of drafting the own-initiative report on the European Cloud Initiative. 

Stakeholders representing SMEs, industry, policy makers, researchers and the wider community will come around the table to answer some of the key questions:

  • In a data driven economy which depends on a wider ICT ecosystem to succeed (including IoT, high speed broadband networks and cloud computing for processing data), how to build trustworthy infrastructures while promoting open innovation?
  • How to support European SMEs to thrive, while promoting a fair, global competition?
  • How can the European Open Science Cloud serve as a model for the use of cloud in the private and public sector? And should it?

The event will be moderated by Graham Taylor, OFE's Chairman. The discussion following the panelists' interventions will be held under the Chatham House Rule. The event will be followed by a reception.

Please register here by 30 November 2016 COB. If you already did, you will receive a confirmation email next week (no need to register again).

Follow the debate on Twitter using #CloudInitiative
OpenForum Europe (OFE) is a not-for-profit, independent European based think tank which focuses on openness within the IT sector. We draw our support not only from some of the most influential global industry players, but most importantly from across European SMEs and consumer organisations and the open community. OFE also hosts a  global network of OpenForum Academy Fellows, each contributing significant innovative thought leadership on core topics. Views expressed by OFE do not necessarily reflect those held by all its supporters. Find out more on the OFE website.

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