The EOSC Future project is launching a commercial services survey to gather feedback from researchers on the various commercial digital services and datasets they use in their work. Ultimately, this information will offer valuable insight into which digital services should be prioritised and procured within the European Open Science Cloud. The survey will be available until 16 November 2021

Access – to data, interoperable resources, outputs – is a key pillar of the EOSC Future project. This entails making sure researchers have access to a robust collection of commercial digital services through the European Open Science Cloud. An initial portfolio of IaaS+ services is already available via the OCRE framework catalogue, making selected cloud-based services an integral component of EOSC. Moving forward, it will be important to evaluate the existing portfolio for any outstanding gaps in the provision of commercial services and datasets.

In light of the above, the project is launching a survey, targeting researchers from all disciplines, on the different commercial services and datasets they use in their projects and activities. The goal of the survey is to ensure that EOSC commercial services and datasets are not only accessible but also refined to meet the changing needs of Europe’s research communities.

Rapid, essential feedback

The survey questions are framed around 3 categories of commercial datasets and services: 

  • cloud-based digital services (e.g. compute, AI, developer tools, containers, analytics)
  • commercial datasets 
  • development of new services involving research-focused SMEs.

The survey is estimated to take up to 10 minutes to complete.

Have a say in EOSC’s portfolio of commercial digital services

Based on survey feedback, it will be possible to determine whether these services are already available via EOSC, if they can be improved or, alternatively, could be added to the EOSC commercial services portfolio.

Looking ahead, this input can have implications for the strategic enhancement and uptake of services via EOSC.


The survey will be open until 16 November 2021.

Complete the commercial services survey here: