OCRE - Open Clouds for Research Environments
The European Commission H2020 funded OCRE project is piloting a digital single market for Cloud and digital Earth Observation (EO) services for the European research community. OCRE is currently working to launch its digital EO services procurement and is experimenting with running a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) which better suits EO market (see the latest status of this work at: https://www.ocre-project.eu/webinar, slides and recordings available). Once launched, the OCRE EO Dynamic Procurement is expected to the European research community with easy access to the EO services they will need. Until recently, bureaucratic barriers and lack of awareness, and lack of access to funding have hindered the European research community from fully taking advantage of commercial Cloud and EO services. OCRE's surveys in 2019 have shown that opportunities exist in bridging the gap between the research sector demand side and the commercial Cloud and EO supply side; commercial cloud and EO services are needed by researchers while EO companies are challenged by the amount of time and resources needed to respond to public procurement. The European Open Science Cloud can address this in the future but is looking to OCRE to develop business models that will enable it to offer commercial services to researchers. To-date, OCRE has concluded its OCRE IaaS+ Tender which saw almost 500 framework agreements being signed with some of Europe and the world's largest cloud service providers allowing more than 10,000 research institutions from Europe to easily procure the Cloud resources they need. Following this, OCRE aims to replicate its success for digital EO services. €9.5 million has also been allotted by the European Commission for adoption funding and simulate one way to provide services free at the point of use. Are you an EO company and would like to be informed once we open our dynamic EO procurement? Register at https://www.ocre-project.eu/join!