France has a long tradition of open science, and this is being reflected in the country's enthusiastic participation in EOSC-related initiatives. After the publication of the national Open Science plan, which explicitly includes the participation in the EOSC, in summer 2018, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) is now putting in place a Coordination committee for services and e-infrastructures, with a special focus on the EOSC.
As part of this activity, a national working group has been created including the main French EOSC stakeholder organisations and the ministry to advance the coordination of EOSC related activities in France. One of the tasks of this group is to propose the mandated organization for France in the newly-established EOSC Association.
In parallel, a process of identifying the key e-infrastructures in the French computing landscape is ongoing. The goal is to determine national and regional computing and data storing facilities, which are the crucial elements of the computing and data treatment effort for research and higher education in France.
While the National Computing Center for Higher Education CINES is providing technical coordination to EOSC-Pillar, the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics of CNRS (IN2P3) leads the project's activities on Use Cases and Horizontal Data Storage & Computing Services.
If you are part of a French Open Science initiative and want to learn more about EOSC, check out the EOSC-Pillar Ambassadors Programme.