EPOS Chronology


EPOS timeline


Conception phase (2002-2008)

This phase has matured since the mid-80s of the last century through several projects and initiatives to integrate and distribute digital data.


  • December 2008: EPOS has been included in the European roadmap for research infrastructures by ESFRI;



Preparatory phase (2010-2014)


  • October 2010: the FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) of the European Commission has funded EPOS PP project in the research Area INFRA-2010 2.2.2 and INFRA-2010 2.2.4;


  • November 1st, 2010:  EPOS and EPOS PP project starting date


  • May 26, 2014: EPOS was considered one of the three priority projects mature enough to be under implementation in 2015-2016 in the ESFRI roadmap.


  • October 31st, 2014:  the EPOS Preparatory Phase project ending day.


The Implementation Phase (2014-2019)


EPOS Implementation Phase builds on the achievements of the successful EPOS preparatory Phase project  it will be coherent and synergetic with the establishment of the EPOS-ERIC agreed by the EPOS Governmental Representatives. It will implement the legal and governance framework, the financial framework for all its components, and a successful transition from the preparatory phase to the operational phase.



  • November 1st, 2014: the EPOS Implementation Phase starting date.


  • April 2015: H2020 INFRADEV1-2015 call (sub-call INFRADEV3-2015), EPOS obtains funds to develop its implementation with the EPOS Implementation Phase (IP) project dedicated to realize the key elements of the EPOS implementation.


  • October 1, 2015:  EPOS IP project starting date; through the design of the EPOS IP proposal the EPOS Implementation phase effectively started.



Validation and operational phase 


The service to the user community will start in the construction phase. From experiences in the cited projects this is the best way to test the facility and improve its "modus operandi". The testing will be performed through the adherence to user protocols proposed jointly by the Council and the Commission. Also, an external and international commission appointed by the Council will review testing. As soon as the testing phase is completed the RI activities will be re-organized within operational and developmental branches. Finally, the Commission acts as advisory board for the users' requirements.


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