The second meeting of the eInfraCentral Advisory Board was held on 8 October 2018 in Lisbon. The Board includes five leading experts whose main role is to provide insight and challenge conventional thinking on crucial aspects of the project. Together they bring e-infrastructure expertise, research as well as policymaking experience to eInfraCentral.

The Advisory Board members met with the consortium partners which presented progress in the project since the last meeting. The Board congratulated the eInfraCentral consortium on the work so far, especially given the intensity of the project in the fast-moving context of the European Open Science Cloud and in the efforts put in building the Catalogue of Services for EOSC. The main discussion topic during the meeting was the Rules of Engagement of Service Providers. Engaging with and involving Service Providers is the crucial element in building a successful Service Catalogue. The definition and principles of the rules of engagement, application of these rules as well as incentives for service providers were discussed with the Advisory Board and a list of actions was agreed on.

The key word in defining the Rules of Participation is inclusiveness and eInfraCentral team keeps this concept close in their work. Building the all-inclusive Catalogue of Services for EOSC increases visibility of various service providers and helps the researchers, innovators, data science practitioners and other users find, compare, select and ultimately access e-Infrastructure services.

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