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Austrian EOSC
Mandated Organisation

  • ACONET Association (legal entity of the Austrian Mandated Organisation)
  • The first General Assembly of the Austrian EOSC Initiative took place on 13 October 2021.
  • The first monitoring session of the Austrian EOSC Initiative took place on 3 December 2021.

The Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation and its operating body the EOSC Support Office Austria were created within the framework of the formation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the EOSC Association AISBL, here referred to as EOSC Association (EOSC-A). The partners are united by their common interest in a coordinated development of the Austrian Open Science Policy and EOSC goals.

The Austrian initiative is committed to the Open Science movement and the Vienna Declaration on the EOSC. The vision is to make scientific processes more open and effective as well as to use both scientific excellence and open innovative and applied research to address current challenges, which are outlined very comprehensively in the policies of the EU Commission and in the framework of the Global Sustainability Goals (UN SDGs).

The internal management structure of the partner community consists of the following bodies:

  • The General Assembly (GA) acts as the representative body and as the final body responsible for decision-making.
  • The Management ensures the optimisation of processes and acts as an intermediary for the coordination between the partners of the initiative. It consists of the Management Board and the EOSC Support Office Secretariat
  • The Steering Committee provides the basic orientation of the initiative. It is composed of one representative of the partners and is convened by the GA.
  • The Synergy Team coordinates the work of the Working Groups (WGs). The WGs develop the content of EOSC topics.
  • The EOSC Café is an Open Forum providing external stimulus.


The initiative aims to make a coordinated, Austrian contribution to the implementation of EOSC. The EOSC Support Office Austria as the operational unit of the initiative supports the implementation of EOSC and its operational goals. These the operational goals are based on the EOSC Association AISBL and will be coordinated with the partners and developed in annual work programs.

Other goals include the development of an EOSC Strategic Agenda Austria, the establishment of WGs and ongoing monitoring activities of the Austrian research landscape and cultural heritage institutions with the purpose of enabling “EOSC Readiness” and as well as to initiate the introduction of success indicators (KPIs).

The Guiding Principles

The major challenges are derived from the ambitious Guiding Principles, which are enumerated in the MoU, and they define the spirit of the Austrian EOSC Initiative. They are defined as follows:

  • Openness: The initiative is committed to an open way of working in the partner network.
  • Culture of dialogue: Dialogue between partners is encouraged to support personal networking and exchange of views.
  • Free access: The partners commit themselves to free access to the results of the joint work in the initiative.
  • Defined ownership of rights: The partners ensure the sustainability of the results through regulated ownership of rights within and outside the network.
  • Identifiable division of roles: The initiative has a regulated relationship of all partners to each other through defined administrative structures and work processes. Roles and responsibilities are clearly recognisable from inside and outside the network.
  • Structured working methods: The working methods of the working groups in the initiative are defined by regulated meetings, clear responsibilities, defined voting modes and communication.
  • Clear information infrastructure: The partners have a common, national information infrastructure in the form of a wiki with terms of use.