Friday, 3 September 2021

Agreements on Croatian Open Science Cloud Initiative Awarded to Institutions

ZAGREB, 3 Sept 2021 - Agreements on the initiative for the Croatian Open Science Cloud (HR - OOZ) were awarded to a score of research institutions, universities and faculties at a ceremony held in the Science and Education Ministry on Friday

The agreements regulate resources and services necessary for the collection, processing, storage, dissemination and availability of research data.

This initiative is the result of years-long joint efforts of many stakeholders from the science and tertiary education in the open science movement, and the initiative was launched with the support of the Ministry of Science and the Croatian Science Foundation.

It creates preconditions for developing the Croatian open science cloud that will enable coordinated development of the country's e-infrastructure.

The initiative will bring together relevant stakeholders in creating required preconditions for the implementation, realisation, and promotion of open science.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister Radovan Fuchs said that open science constituted the future of successful science and research.

The Croatian Open Science Cloud will make it possible for research data, services and resources, created in Croatia, to be included in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

The head of the University Computing Centre (SRCE), Ivan Marić, said that this institution made an active contribution to the EOSC through its participation in many European projects, while building a new generation of e-infrastructure for advanced science and education.

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Croatian Companies Increased Their Use of Cloud in 2019

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Bernard Ivezic writes on the 4th of December, the use of the cloud in doing business in Croatia has increased significantly this year. According to the first results of CBS research entitled "The application of information and communication technologies in enterprises in 2019" the cloud is now used by 37 percent of Croatian companies.

In 2018, that figure stood at 31 percent, as it did in the previous year. The Croatian economy is, according to Eurostat, one of the top ten in the European Union in terms of cloud usage. Compared to last year, the largest increase in the use of cloud technologies in business in Croatia was recorded in office software in the cloud, where it jumped by five percentage points to 59 percent. The same leap was observed in database hosting. Now, as many as 52 percent of Croatian companies have their databases on the cloud.

Furthermore, accounting is rapidly moving to the cloud. This year, 48 percent of Croatian companies use cloud accounting services. The year before, its use in this field was down by four percentage points. The use of email in the cloud, which jumped three percentage points, to 85 percent is similarly increasing. Cloud storage has grown two percentage points, up to 67 percent, and is still rather weak, even though tourism, which would be a logical driver of demand, is increasing the use of CRM in the cloud.

In the past year, cloud usage has increased by only one percentage point and now cloud is used by 18 percent of Croatian companies when it comes to CRM. Another interesting thing is the continued growth of internet sales. Croatian companies have been claiming more than half of their sales through the Internet for several years. This year, that percentage has jumped two percentage points to 56 percent. Furthermore, in 2019, the CBS also analysed for the first time the willingness of the Croatian economy to resist cybercrime.

The most used prevention measure is software updates, which is regularly done up by 97 percent of large Croatian companies, 93 percent of medium-sized and 82 percent of small Croatian companies. Compared to last year, the number of Croatian companies with Internet access between 10 and 100 Mbps climbed from 63 to 65 percent, and the number of companies with access greater than 100 Mbps increased from 9 to 12 percent.

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