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The Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre is ready to play its role in the Research Data Revolution.

Nov 20 2018

November 20, 2018 marks the announcement of  ESCAPE - The European Science Cluster of Astronomy and Particle Physics ESFRI Research Infrastructures. The ESCAPE project will address the Open Science challenges of astronomy and particle physics research by accelerating the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

ESCAPE is a 16 M€ INFRA-EOSC-04-2018 Cluster project, lead by the CNRS, the French public research organisation, with a consortium of 31 partners including 27 European partner institutions, two pan-European research organisations, and two SMEs.

The Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre (Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg, CDS) leads the “CEVO” work package of the ESCAPE project with the aim of “Connecting ESFRI projects to EOSC through the Virtual Observatory framework”. Hosted by the Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg, the CDS is ready to build on its long term contributions to data interoperability in astronomy by taking a large role in ESCAPE, expanding the vision of the Virtual Observatory and its connection to EOSC.

Summary of ESCAPE and links to official announcement press release:

The European Union member states, recognising the challenges of data driven research in pursuing excellent science, have launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative. EOSC is a cloud for research data in Europe allowing for universal access to data through a single online platform. EOSC will federate existing resources across national data centres, e-infrastructures and research infrastructures allowing researchers and citizens to access and re-use data produced by other scientists. EOSC success is based on continuous engagement with scientific stakeholders actively supporting its implementation and in their respective capacities.

ESCAPE aims to address the Open Science challenges shared by ESFRI facilities (CTA, ELT, EST, FAIR, HL-LHC, KM3NeT, SKA) as well as other pan-European research infrastructures (CERN, ESO, JIV-ERIC, EGO-Virgo) in astronomy and particle physics research domains.

The complexity of all this new apparatus in science grows rapidly, the data volume produced by them is seeing a tremendous increase and the software to analyse the data is becoming more and more complex. On the other hand, this data should be accessible to the growing scientific communities, as they collaborate and interact. The ESCAPE project brings together partners from astronomy and particle physics to collaborate on building the EOSC. The ESCAPE actions aim at delivering solutions to ensure integration of data, tools, services and scientific software; to foster common approaches to implement open-data stewardship; to establish interoperability within EOSC as an integrated multi-probe facility for fundamental science.

Publication summary


Press release 


Contact: Mark Allen mark.allen@astro.unistra.fr

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