Within the European Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (2014-2020), the European Commission initiated ORD Pilot, a project on research data, which in 2017 was extended to cover all projects. Under the Horizon Europe framework programme, it will be mandatory to publish open data and to produce a data management plan.

On 27 March 2018, I-CERCA and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) signed a framework cooperation agreement.

On 4 May 2018, the Board of Trustees of I-CERCA agreed to instruct the director to implement an open data initiative for CERCA centres to facilitate and rationalise their data infrastructures, based on European FAIR criteria, and to produce a data management plan suitable for each institution and project.

In November 2018 a Code of Conduct for CERCA centres was approved, point 2 of which referred to “Open Access to Research Data”, stating that each centre must have an open science strategy and operate in line with the European FAIR principles, implement data management plans where appropriate, and curate and store research data for a recommended period of 10 years.

In May 2019 a CERCA work group on data research management was set up. The work group was subsequently presented to the CERCA Conference and meets on a regular basis.

On 6 June 2019, I-CERCA organised a workshop on open data and data management.

In late 2019 and early 2020 the work done at the preparatory meetings for the National Pact for the Knowledge Society included drafting the document Implementation of a Catalan Open Science Strategy. Aims and Measures.

On June 3, 2020, the Board of Trustees of I-CERCA approved the Action Plan to carry out this strategy. The purpose of this plan is to ensure coordination with other agents in the system, such as universities, CSUC, BSC, etc., together with other cross-cutting initiatives that may take place in Catalonia, such as the National Pact for the Knowledge Society, once approved and in force.