Understanding more about our ExPaNDS project

This European project will be mapping the data behind the thousands of published scientific papers.

ExPaNDS is the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Photon and Neutron Data Service, which is a collaboration project between ten national Photon and Neutron Research Infrastructures (PAN RIs).

This ambitious project will create opportunities for facilities’ users to access the data behind the thousands of successful published scientific papers generated by Europe’s PaN RIs – which every year create petabytes of data.

European Data Catalogues

ExPaNDS will link all relevant data catalogues to ensure that any scientific research communities have access to both the raw data collected that is linked to their session(s) at these facilities, and the relevant peer review articles produced as a direct result of their usage.

The project brings together a network of ten national PaN RIs from across Europe as well as EGI, a federated e-Infrastructure set up to provide advanced computing services for research. In order to do this, ExPaNDS will develop a common ontology for all the elements of these catalogues, a roadmap for the back-end architecture, functionalities and a powerful taxonomy strategy in line with the requirement of the EOSC user community.

In addition, ExPaNDS will work closely with the Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud (PaNOSC) on all aspects and in particular in delivering services to key user communities for example one of those who benefit is those interested in tomography data and running simulations form already available data; but data which is not yet accessible in this way.

All these will eventually be made available into EOSC, contributing to a range of services that fits the ever-increasing need of scientific experiments held at various PaN RIs across Europe.

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