The benefits of Open Data

ExPaNDS, alongside the Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud (PaNOSC) are European H2020 projects who are working towards the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

The Photon and Neutron Research Infrastructures (PaN RIs) containing free electron laser, synchrotron light and neutron sources are generating petabytes of research data each year and such vast amounts of data can be hard to share.

Researchers around the globe use the data to advance knowledge across a variety of societal challenges. These challenges can be found in energy, transport, healthcare, food safety, and sustainable living to list only a few.

European Open Science Cloud opportunity

ExPaNDS and PaNOSC see EOSC as an opportunity to generalise the adoption of FAIR data practices at our PaN RIs that will enable data sharing, the reuse across a wider community and the provisioning of services for remote data analysis. We will map all relevant data catalogues to ensure that our scientific research communities have access to both the raw data collected that is linked to the experiments at their facility, and the relevant peer review articles produced as a direct result of their usage.

The goal of our projects and the EOSC is to make data from publicly funded research in Europe Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). Fostering FAIR Data Practices will allow other facilities and their users to benefit from the valuable data produced thanks to our light and neutron sources to help combat 21st century global problems. By reusing data, it is possible to plan experiments and simulations that will produce more than was originally imagined.