ESS – European Spallation Source

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. ESS is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, and the Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. ESS vision is to build and operate the world’s most powerful neutron source, enabling scientific breakthroughs in research related to materials, energy, health and the environment, and addressing some of the most important societal challenges of our time.

The European Spallation Source ERIC has currently 13 members: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

ESS is a partnership of European nations committed to collectively building and operating a multi-disciplinary research facility providing the world’s most powerful neutron source. The unique capabilities of ESS will both greatly exceed and complement those of today’s leading neutron sources, enabling new opportunities for researchers in materials science.

ESS role in PaNOSC

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is positioned as the vanguard of the next century of experimental science and the world’s next great Big Science facility, and has the unique opportunity of having the European Open Science Cloud being built in from the very start. Without the legacy of old data sets collected under old policies, ESS will be able to share all their data under FAIR principles. In PaNOSC, through the Data Management Center (DMSC) in Copenhagen, ESS leads WP3 (Data Catalog Services), leveraging it’s expertise in NeXus data formats and development of a new data catalog system in collaboration with Swedish synchrotron MAX IV and the Swiss Light Source (SLS) at PSI. ESS also leads WP8 on Staff and User Training, also thanks to its strong collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. Moreover, ESS has significant experience with virtual experiment simulations of use in WP5 (Virtual Neutron and X-ray Laboratory) and WP8. 

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