FAQ: What you need to know, but were afraid to ask, about the EU Open Science Cloud

« What is the cloud and why do researchers need it? 

The cloud is a means for institutions to share, re-use and analyse the huge data sets produced by modern science. Of course, components of it already exist; lots of public labs run cloud services for researchers, either in-house or through private sector cloud providers. But the Commission’s aim is to make sharing and analysing data easier, more efficient, cheaper, sustainable and versatile. With a few clicks, it hopes, you will be able from any lab in Europe to get access to research data from any other lab or scientific discipline. (…) »