Series of Discussions to Boost GOSC International Alignment
A series of virtual meetings have been launched recently to keep the “Global Open Science Cloud Initiative” on track.
On October 22nd, the 2nd Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) Workshop was held online. As a second yearly meeting, CNIC, CAS, EGI.eu, and CODATA carried on the GOSC dialogue, focusing on the overview of current global open science activities and exploration of better alignment in between. Prof. LI Jianhui, CAS GOSC project PI, chaired the first session and called for more collaborations of all GOSC stakeholders. Then, selected GOSC Initiative Working Groups and Case Studies representatives shared their work plans and recent work. The next session extends to further collaboration through GOSC. Experts joining this session are coming from worldwide research e-infrastructures, such as the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud, CSTCloud, Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP), African Open Science Platform (AOSP) and South African Open Science Cloud (SAOSC), Open Science Grid (OSG) in the US, as well as others. During the panel discussion, issues identified as priorities for the next step include building up the GOSC community, developing cloud federation technology and federated management model, exploring robust architecture for orchestration of federated services, and also bringing GOSC infrastructure and GOSC services to the complex research cloud scenarios to help validate cloud technology and support the demonstration.
The GOSC dialogue continued during the SciDataCon 2021, a joint event held by CODATA and WDS through Oct 18 to 28, with GOSC discussion particular in the GOSC Working Group Session, the Case Studies Session, and the GORC session. Among them, an opening talk during the GOSC CS session publicized the progress of the CAS "Global Open Science Cloud" (GOSC) program. This CAS initiative has carried out studies and implementations in technology, testbed, demonstration, and international alignment. For example, the CSTCloud AAI alliance has been developed to facilitate better access to worldwide research resources and services between partners. A cross-continental cloud federation testbed has been successfully launched recently jointly by CNIC and EGI to support data-intensive research between China and Europe in selected scenarios, such as in space physics and life sciences.
To make the GOSC Initiative global, this GOSC Initiative has been engaged with the CODATA Decadal program, and working groups and case studies have been established as effective approach of Initiative implementation. During the SciDataCon WG and CS sessions, each working group and case group released their work plan for the following two years, detailing missions, objectives, tasks, deliverables, timescales, and milestones, impact plan, and work arrangement. Currently, experts who joins the GOSC Initiative comes from over thirty countries and regions around the world. The GOSC Steering Groups, regular meetings of every WG and CS, have been settled to guarantee the GOSC alignment between interested partners.
The series of international meetings on the GOSC initiative draws great potentials for concrete collaborations among major global infrastructures. A CODATA and CNIC co-brand GOSC international project office is also on the way to boost international alignment concerning this GOSC Initiative.