ICDI brings together and coordinates key national research structures and e-infrastructures, and is mandated to represent Italy in the new EOSC Association by the Ministry of University and Research. h (MUR). Together with GÈANT, CESAER and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), ICDI was selected to serve as one of the four founding members of the Association, who are now working to define a Statute and the terms & conditions for other members in Europe to join.
At the international level, ICDI mandate is to represent the Italian contribution to the development of EOSC, through the participation of Italian delegates in the six European working groups created by the EOSC board. With this in mind, six Shadow Working Groups have been created within ICDI that follow exactly the European ones. Concerning:
To foster coordination at the national level, ICDI recently launched several task forces dedicated to topics of interest to the Italian community:
Finally, ICDI is responsible for collecting information on specific topics related to Open Science and EOSC activities, both on its own initiative and in response to requests from the MUR and the Italian delegations in ESFRI and EOSC, with the aim of improving the knowledge of the scenario of Italian research and digital infrastructures. A recent example of this documentation action is the survey on free access infrastructural resources for research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in Italy.
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