Skill4EOSC project kicks off

The project will set up a pan-European network of competence centres to speed up the training of European researchers and harmonise the training of new professional figures for scientific data management.


The European project Skills4EOSC (Skills for the European Open Science commons: creating a training ecosystem for Open and FAIR science), coordinated by GARR and funded under the Horizon Europe framework programme, kicked off in Pisa on 21-22 September 2022.


Over the next three years, it will work to provide Open Science Commons and create an EOSC-ready skilled European workforce, connecting existing centres of competence in open science and scientific data management. The aim is to develop methodologies, activities and training resources to unify the current training landscape into a collaborative and reliable ecosystem and to provide dedicated community-specific support to leverage the potential of EOSC for open and data-intensive research.


The project consortium brings together 44 partners, representing the most relevant experiences of national, regional, institutional and thematic competence centres for open science and scientific data management in 18 European countries (Italy, the Netherlands, France, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, and Spain).


The project is structured around six key areas of activity:

  1. Minimum Viable Skillsets (MVS) – Building on previous work, Skills4EOSC will chart a comprehensive map of different career profiles and define for each one a MVS, i.e. a set of minimum requirements for competencies and proficiency levels tailored to a specific Open Science professional profile.


  1. Training-of-Trainers(ToT) – ToT allows for cost-effectively scaling up trainer numbers. Working via a network embracing 18 European countries, we will bring an extra dimension of rigour to this approach.
  1. FAIR-by-design methodology for learning materials – Skills4EOSC will define a methodology to ensure the full compliance of training courses and materials to the FAIR principles, making them reusable for humans and machines. This will be achieved by providing rich contextual information about the organisation, delivery and assessment of training
  2. Harmonised curricula and learning paths – Skills4EOSC will harmonise OS curricula and learning paths targeting researchers at different career stages, data professionals and policymakers and offering discipline-, thematic- and research infrastructure-oriented training. This action will allow for the creation of curricula for specific professional profiles that are recognised across Europe while addressing their different training needs. Based on the MVS defined for each target group, common underlying content will be adapted to cover topics and competencies for specific audiences.
  1. Lifelong learning through professional networks: OS is a quickly evolving domain and professionals need to refresh and update their competencies to work effectively. Skills4EOSC will harness professional and thematic networks of peers as vehicles for lifelong learning and for building and sustaining the EOSC-ready digitally skilled workforce.


  1. Skills4EOSC Competence Centre and support network – the creation of a broad network across Competence Centres are instrumental in aligning and sustaining the key outputs of the project (i.e. curricula, quality assurance and certification frameworks for skills and materials, professional networks, user support networks and ToT programmes) and to set up a user support network for the entire science workflow, ranging from FAIR data management tools, through data-intensive science and high-level techniques, including AI, up to the delivery of scientific results.


The Bulgarian partner in the project Skills4EOSC is the Institute for Information and Communication Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.


Training workshop “Avitohol – environment, libraries, tools and services”, IICT, 20.09.2022

The training workshop “Avitohol – environment, libraries, tools and services” lead by Prof. Emanouil Atanassov, head of department “Scalable Computing and applications with HPC Center” took place on September 20th in Hall105 of IICT-BAS.

Prof. Atanassov presented the software environment of the Avitohol supercomputer together with the latest versions of the libraries, packages and other software products, installed on the system. Special attention was paid to the services provided to users. The presentation was followed by a question and answer discussion.


NI4OS-Europe offers a broad set of generic, thematic services as well as repositories in the European region, with the special focus on the scientific communities of Life Sciences, Climatology, Digital Cultural Heritage and Computational Physics. Generic services are in the areas of Compute resource provisioning (HPC and Cloud), Storage, and Data services provisioning. Repositories provide access to datasets, Software, as well as scientific manuscripts.

The call is addressed to scientists and researchers that work in academic and research institutions in EU member states and associated countries.

Via this call, NI4OS-Europe opens possibilities for scientists to access the advanced services on-boarded to EOSC (thematic, generic and repositories).

The list of services and resources offered by the NI4OS-Europe project can be found at:

Full information about this call and application process is available at:

Important dates

⦁ Opening date: 11th of April 2022.

⦁ Closing Date: 11th of May 2022. extended to 25th of May 2022

⦁ Clarification provided by applicants if needed: 13th of May 2022.

⦁ Participation decision: July 2022.

⦁ Generic service allocation Start Date of awarded proposals: July 2022.

⦁ Allocation end date of award: January 2023 for computational services and March 2023 for some data services.

⦁ Final report from successful projects: February 2023.


For any queries related to applications, please contact:
For any questions from the Bulgarian applicants related to this call, especially how to fill in the Application Form, please contact:

Presentation of the HPC center at IICT, 21 September 2021

The HPC center at IICT has been presented by its Director, Prof. Emanouil Atanassov, at the opening of the international Workshop on Numerical and Symbolic Scientific Computing, September 20-23, 2021, Sofia, Bulgaria (, organized by the IICT, IMI, JINR-Dubna, Russia, and UMB. Prof. Atanassov presented the status and perspective of the HPC Centre and outlined his role in the National Centre for HPC and DC (object of the National Roadmap on RIs in Bulgaria) and in the European projects EuroCC and NI4OS-Europe.

Обучение за потребители за достъп и използване на ресурсите на суперкомпютъра Авитохол

На 12 май 2021 година ще се проведе онлайн обучение за достъп и използване на ресурсите на суперкомпютъра Авитохол. Целта на обучението е да бъдат подпомогнати новите потребители (учени, студенти, докторанти), желаещи да ползват изчислителни ресурси на суперкомпютъра Авитохол при реализация на техните активности. Обучението ще се проведе дистанционно, използвайки платформата Zoom, като информацията за мероприятието ще бъде изпратена на посочените имейли на регистрираните участници.

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Towards the realization of national Open Science Cloud ecosystems in the Southeastern Europe (SEE)

A National Open Science Cloud Initiative (NOSCI) is envisaged as a coalition of national organizations that have a prominent role and interest in the Europe Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The main aim of NOSCI will be the promotion of synergies at national level, and the optimization/articulation of their participation to European and global challenges in this field of Open Science, including the EOSC. National initiatives are envisaged to play a prominent role in Member States and Associated Countries and facilitate EOSC governance.

NI4OS-Europe with a commitment to support EOSC governance and a vision to ensure inclusiveness on the European level, has taken the first steps towards the establishment of 15 National Open Science Cloud Initiatives in South East Europe.

NI4OS-Europe recent efforts are focused on the definition of an establishment plan and the kickoff of the NOSCIs. All NI4OS-Europe partners are working intensively towards forming NOSCIs in the area within 2021, aiming at making 2021 a milestone for Open Science in SEE. Activities unfold in two directions: First, NI4OS-Europe produced diverse material to support actively the establishment of the NOSCIs in the SEE. Specifically, Deliverable 2.2 includes a comprehensive guide, the “Blueprint”, which can be further customized by any Member State and Associate Country and can be used as a valuable tool to advance national OSC, support the establishment of different types of national initiatives at different levels of maturity, monitor their progress and facilitate the governance of EOSC. Moreover, two supportive documents of the Blueprint have been produced to facilitate the procedure: “Workflows for setting up a NOSCI – Checklist” and “Indicators for the NOSCIs establishment – Checklist”.

In parallel, NI4OS-Europe is working on building and mobilising OS actors and networks in the region, The main activities include meetings with local stakeholders and national policymakers, information exchange about Open Science Cloud initiatives, policies and Open Science governance in each partner’s country and production of easy-to-ese tools to facilitate the process. Training and support material were also produced to accompany a NOSCIs dedicated webinar for NI4OS-Europe partners.

NOSCIs are living Open Science ecosystems that liaise with the EOSC Governance and are integral parts of the EOSC Association. NOSCIs are especially important because they recognize socio-economic diversity and Open Science maturity of countries, while their modelling can be adjusted per use case scenario. They can be proven exceptionally useful in preparing all national stakeholders for the new phase of the EOSC, where the EOSC Association plays a central role, by spreading awareness and communicating EOSC developments.

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