Project Underway to Make FAIR Data a Reality

PaNOSC FAIR data project

A four-year project to make scientific data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR) began December 1. PaNOSC brings together six strategic European Research Infrastructures, including the European Spallation Source (ESS).

Large-scale research infrastructures produce huge amounts of scientific data on a daily basis. For storage and re-use, the data needs to managed according to the FAIR principles – be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable. The development and adaptation of both policies and technologies is key to making FAIR data a reality and to serving the broad set of stakeholders who will benefit from a coherent ecosystem of data services.

The project PaNOSC, Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud is one of five cluster projects funded under the European H2020 programme and will be officially launched on January 15th, 2019 at the kick-off meeting, which will take place at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France). The project, which will run until December 2022, is coordinated by the ESRF.

Together with five other strategic European Research Infrastructures, ESS will contribute to the construction and development of an ecosystem allowing universal and cross-disciplinary open access to data through a single access point, for researchers in all scientific fields.

“Open data is becoming an essential part of modern science and will enable greater scientific impact”, says Jonathan Taylor, Head of ESS Data Management and Software Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. “ESS will produce high volumes of data each year that will be processed and stored on our servers. Now we can create tools for accessing that data, with policies, strategies and solutions common to other Research Infrastructures”.

The six participating facilities are ESRF, CERIC-ERIC, ELI-DC, European XFEL, Institut Laue Langevin, ILL, and European Spallation Source together with the e-infrastructures EGI and GEANT.

Download PaNOSC press release.