Open Science Commons


The Open Science Commons (OSC) is a new approach to sharing and governing advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, knowledge and expertise that enables researchers to collaborate more easily and be more productive.

Within the OSC, researchers from all disciplines will have easy, integrated and open access to the advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, knowledge and expertise they need to collaborate and achieve excellence in science, research and innovation.

Using Open Science as a guideline and applying the Commons as a management principle will bring numerous benefits for the research community, and society at large.

The Open Science Commons builds on the idea of an e-Infrastructure Commons, first proposed in a White Paper published in 2013 by the European e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG).

The Open Science Commons relies on four pillars, representing a wide range of groups, providers and community types:

  • Data. The data that is the subject matter for research. It should be dealt with according to the principles of open access and open science, while maintaining trust and privacy for researchers.
  • e-Infrastructures. The technology and technical services supporting researchers, building towards integrated services and interoperable infrastructures across Europe and the world.
  • Scientific instruments. The equipment and collaborations which generate scientific data, from small-scale lab machines to global collaborations around massive facilities.
  • Knowledge. The human networks, understanding and material capturing skills and experience required to carry out open science using the three other pillars.