Over the last decade, several CS3 services at universities, research institutions and NRENs have reliably provided data storage and collaborative services to the Scientific Community, normally through Open-Source on-premise solutions. Examples of such CS3 sites include CERNBox, SWITCHdrive, PSNCBox, SURF’s ResearchDrive, DeiC’s ScienceData, AARNet’s CloudSTOR, WWU's Sciebo, JRC’s Earth Observation Data Processing Platform, and CESNET’s DataCare. But these services are in most cases isolated islands and do not necessarily fit with the collaborative nature of many research activities. It is very often difficult to give access to users located in other institutions, share data across platforms and run applications on top of this fragmented landscape.
These concerns have led the institutions mentioned above to come together and, along with four other partners (Ailleron, Cubbit, ESADE and Trust-IT), conceive a plan to interlink these services; and they have received the support of the European Commission to do this a Project: CS3MESH4EOSC (cs3mesh4eosc.eu). The idea is to boost open science by presenting a joint, coordinated service — Science Mesh (sciencemesh.io) — to the users in the research and education space, at a pan-European level; and to answer a major question: can we manage and store research data in Europe?
In this presentation, we will introduce the CS3MESH4EOSC project and summarize the main achievements of this first year of work, with a focus on the conception and design of the Science Mesh platform. We will also explain how the CS3 ecosystem can participate in what we hope will be a community-wide effort towards a true federation of CS3 services for Science.