What do researchers and research support providers really need? What are the key factors towards the realization of the European Open Science Cloud? This session will illustrate three main paths for key players in order to achieve the best settings for successful academic networks. The first example will show a complex digital ecosystem which offers an infrastructures for research data management. This ecosystem was developed in a joint effort by different partner institutions, located in five countries and representing diverse scientific communities. The second presentation will focus on the demands for solid research data management fulfilled in a genuine cooperative frame. These result from a national survey which was conducted at all Austrian Universities and shows the current status of the "Use Case Austria". For the first time, the status quo of domestic data management across all disciplines is presented. The third presentation provides insights into an existing network of Catalan research institutions and focuses on soft skills required for the implementation of the above mentioned settings. These are: research data management policies and the related key performance indicators.