The open science cloud needs more data experts

« The European Commission plans to launch its open science cloud by 2020, but calls on universities to train more data scientists.

By 2020, the European Commission wants to have its ambitious plans for an ‘open science cloud’ up and running, linking thousands of researchers across Europe. But there’s a problem: Not enough data scientists trained to make it work well.

That skills gap could be filled by universities, Commission officials say. Needed are more master’s degrees in data science and visualisation to train the data technicians and analysts who will keep the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) running, says Jean-Claude Burgelman, head of unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation. (…) »