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ExPaNDS is a federation of 10 European national Photon and Neutron research infrastructures (ALBA Synchrotron, DESY Synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Helmoltz Zentrum Berlin, Helmoltz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, MAX IV, Paul Scherrer Institute, SOLEIL Synchrotron, UKRI STFC) and the e-infrastructure EGI. Together with PaNOSC, the project will support and develop data policies and services for the photon and neutron (PaN) research community in delivering world-leading science.

The goal of the project is to set-up a distributed platform for data analysis, as a service for users from research institutes, universities, industry, etc., thus enabling EOSC services, and providing coherent FAIR data services to the scientific users of PaN sources.

This goal will be pursued in tight collaboration with PaNOSC, and its achievement will partly be based on the work carried out and on the deliverables submitted in the frame of PaNOSC. Together, both projects will maintain and develop a common data policy, metadata standards and search API, a data analysis portal,  a catalogue of data and analysis software for PaN data, and will cooperate with the EOSC governance bodies to further improve the EOSC.

PaNOSC work packages will closely collaborate with the ExPaNDS work packages as follows:

  • WP1 (management) with WP1 in ExPaNDS
  • WP2 (data policy) with WP2 in ExPanDS
  • WP3 (metadata and data catalogues) with WP3 in ExPaNDS
  • WP4 (data analysis as a service) with WP4 in ExPaNDS
  • WP5 (simulation) with WP4 in ExPaNDS
  • WP6 (connecting to EOSC) with WP1 + WP4 in ExPaNDS
  • WP7 (sustainability) with WP1 in ExPaNDS
  • WP8 (training) with WP5 in ExPaNDS
  • WP9 (communication) with WP6 in ExPaNDS

ExPaNDS, like PaNOSC, will make the majority of PaN RIs’ data ‘open’ following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) according to the user’s needs, and will harmonise efforts to migrate facility’s data analysis workflows to EOSC platforms enabling them to be shared in a uniform way.

In addition, ExPaNDS and PaNOSC have been working together for the development and promotion of the training material for the e-learning platform, for students and researchers interested in photon and neutron science.

ExPaNDS and PaNOSC will hold their first combined annual meeting the 9-11 November 2020 @ ELI Beamlines in Dolní Břežany (Czech Republic). The meeting will consolidate the sharing and exchanging of the benefits of ExPaNDS and PaNOSC for the photon and neutron user community.

Both projects will collaborate and share outcomes with the INFRAEOSC-04 clusters and the INFRAESC-5b projects for whom connecting to the EOSC is also a key.

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