According to this press release by the European Commission, European Cloud Initiative will give Europe a global lead in the data-driven economy. This cloud infrastructure will be used to form a bridge linking the different sources of data, emerging from European research activities. More specifically:
By bolstering and interconnecting existing research infrastructure, the Commission plans to create a new European Open Science Cloud that will offer Europe’s 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders.
A series of actions will be used as a baseline from the Commission to foster the gradual adoption of this cloud based strategy, including:
- the creation of a European Open Science Cloud
- opening up by default all scientific data produced by future projects
- launching a flagship-type initiative to accelerate the nascent development of quantum technology
- developing and deploying a large scale European high performance computing, data storage and network infrastructure.
All these actions will be implemented by 2020. As stated in the press release, the European Open Science Cloud and the European Data Infrastructure will also be accessible for businesses, industry and public services.
Find more information about the European Cloud Initiative here.