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== <span style="color: #BBCE00">A longer-term horizon</span> ==
== <span style="color: #BBCE00">A longer-term horizon</span> ==
In the recent published<ref>[ESFRI 2016] ESFRI, “European Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures: Roadmap 2016”. ''ISBN: 978-0-9574402-4-1'', Mar 2016.</ref>ESFRI Roadmap 2016, it highlights the notion of a ''European e-infrastructure Commons'' referring to the framework for an easy and cost-effective shared use of distributed electronic resources for research and innovation across Europe and beyond. The concept is outlined by the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) based on the identification of the need for a more coherent e-infrastructure landscape in Europe.
According to the e-IRG report<ref>http://e-irg.eu/documents/10920/11274/e-irg-white-paper-2013-final.pdf</ref>,
“''An essential feature of the Commons is the provisioning of a clearly defined, comprehensive, interoperable and sustained set of services, provisioned by several e-infrastructure providers, both public and commercial, to fulfil specific needs of the users. This set should be constantly evolving to adapt to changing user needs, complete in the sense that the needs of all relevant user communities are served and minimal in the sense that all services are explicitly motivated by user needs and that any overlap of services are thoroughly motivated. The Commons has three distinct elements:''
* A platform for coordination of the services building the Commons, with a central role for European research, innovation and research infrastructure communities.
* Provisioning of sustainable and interoperable e-infra structure services within the Commons, promoting a flexible and open approach where user communities are empowered to select the services that fulfil their requirements.
* Implementation of innovation projects providing the constant evolution of e-infrastructures needed to meet the rapidly evolving needs of user communities.”
In summary, the ultimate vision of the Commons is to reach integration and interoperability in the area of e-infrastructure services, within and between member states, and on the European level and globally. This e-infrastructure Commons is also a solid basis for building the ''European Open Science Cloud'' as introduced in the description of the Digital Single Market<ref>SWD(2015) 100 final accompanying the document “A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe” COM(2015) 192 final, SWD(2015) 100 final</ref>, already containing most of the ingredients needed for an integrated European platform for Open Science [ESFRI 2016].
To support this vision, it would request a long-term agenda for supporting a coherent, innovative and strategic European e-infrastructure policy making and the development of convergent and sustainable e-infrastructure services. Today (April 2106) the EC announces the European Cloud Initiative<ref>http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1408_en.htm?locale=en</ref> - €6.7billion of public and private investment in European Open Science Cloud (2016), opening up by default all scientific data (2017), flagship initiative on quantum technology (2018), development and deployment of European high performance computing, data storage and network infrastructure (2020), including by acquiring two prototype next-generation supercomputers of which one would rank among the top three in the world, establishing a European big data centre, and upgrading the backbone network for research and innovation (GEANT).
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== <span style="color: #BBCE00">Relationships with requirements and use cases</span> ==
ENVRIplus has already been collaborating with these pan-European e-Infrastructures, such as EGI and EUDAT. EUDAT services are chosen (by some of Research Infrastructures) for data management.
In ENVRIplusWP9, EGI will provide computing and storage resources for deploying services developed by ENVRIplus development WPs. The task begins with identifying a number of community use cases, and the feasibility of deployments of the use cases are evaluated by e-Infrastructure experts. 5-6 use cases are selected which will have resources and technical supports from EGI for deployments. 
== <span style="color: #BBCE00">Summary of analysis highlighting implications and issues</span> ==
Interoperable access to these e-Infrastructures remains as a challenging issue. In this sense, ENVRIplus is in good position to provide real use cases/requirements to influence the future implementations of these e-Infrastructures.
== <span style="color: #BBCE00">Bibliography and references to sources</span> ==
[ESFRI 2016] ESFRI, “European Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures: Roadmap 2016”. ''ISBN: 978-0-9574402-4-1'', Mar 2016.
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