As an important early project of ISC CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making Data Work for Cross-Domain
Grand Challenges’, the Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) Initiative aims to
explore a network of trusted research e-infrastructures among which different research resources
are bridged and all stakeholders are connected for innovative science discovery in the
dynamically evolving global open science environment. Possible project outcomes may include
agreements on cooperation and technical & policy alignment between Open Science platforms.
The Chinese Academy of Science provided seed funding from 2021 to 2025 to support this GOSC
Initiative while CODATA will provide expert input and coordination, secretariat support, to
ensure initiative becomes global.
The GOSC Initiative will be led by an international advisory board followed by a steering group
for the design and implementation of all the tasks. An international program office is on its
way to help fulfil daily governance tasks assigned by the Advisory Board and the Steering Group.
Initialized working groups, namely the Strategy, Governance and Sustainability, Policy and
Legal, Technical Infrastructure,
Data Interoperability have been established to carry on detailed work planned within the
project. Another four early showcases (Space physics: Incoherent scatter radar data fusion and
computation, Biodiversity and Ecology: An open cloud service for camera trap data management and
intelligent analysis, Earth sciences: SDG-13 climate change and natural disasters, Population
health: Sensitive data federation analysis model in population health) are also arranged to
demonstrate the maturity of the GOSC testbed and lead to open discussion and call for broader
engagement in the long run.