New year, new job? Join the EGI Foundation team!

Our EGI Foundation team is growing! We hope you can join us on our journey to serve research and innovation in Europe and worldwide! What better way to start 2021?

The following job positions are now open for applications:

Send your application now to jobs@egi.eu by January 17 (this Sunday!) latest.

Happy holidays and all the best for 2021!

As the year is coming to an end, we are taking some time to reflect. 2020 has been one for the books, that is for sure. Many of the activities had to be done differently. No physical events and meetings, less-to-no travels, and instead a high increase in screentime. All in all, we have managed to book many successes and continue our work with great progress, for which we are very greatful.

“2020 was a year of tremendous success.” says Tiziana Ferrari, Director EGI Foundation. “We feel honoured for the trust received from 5 new incoming members: IS-ENES/CMCC, the EISCAT Scientific Association, EMSO ERIC, SeaDataNet/MARIS and SZTAKI. Furthermore, on the demand side 32 new research communities started their production activities on the EGI Federation.” Tiziana continues with an exciting outlook on 2021. “Co-design, research and innovation were boosted by 7 new H2020 research projects and 12 additional EU funded projects will start in 2021, including our project EGI-ACE (“EGI Advanced Computing for EOSC”) that will lay the foundation of the EOSC compute platform.”

“In a year of great challenges for humanity, we are grateful for the dedication of the whole EGI Community and the commitment of our scientific collaborations.” Tiziana mentions gratefully. “Knowing that the EGI Federation is an instrument to enable science and tackle today’s societal issues, makes us even more enthusiastic and motivated  than ever. We look to 2021 with excitement for all the opportunities it will bring, but also with hope for a safer and peaceful time for all of us.”

The EGI Foundation staff wishes all of you and your loved ones the best for the upcoming festivities, hoping 2021 will be a year of prosperity and peace for all of you.

EUHubs4Data first Open Call for SMEs and Start ups!

The EUHubs4Data project vision is to establish a European federation of Big Data Digital Innovation Hubs which will be based on the premise “global catalogue, local offer” and which will ensure to SMEs and start-ups access to a global catalogue of data sources and federated data driven services

This vision will start to become a reality right now! The EUHubs4Data project has just launched the first open call aimed at supporting SMEs and start-ups in their data-driven innovation journey. This call will finance cross-border experiments from SMEs and start-ups leveraging the EUHubs4Data data and service catalogues, which are available at https://euhubs4data.eu/datasets and https://euhubs4data.eu/services.

These catalogues compile exciting data sources and services which are made available by the Digital Innovation Hubs participating in the project. Each experiment leveraging these catalogues will receive hands-on support and coaching from at least two Digital Innovation Hubs and will benefit from 60.000 euro of grants.

To participate in the open calls, applicants are invited to submit their proposal in English through the F6S platform (https://www.f6s.com/EUHubs4Data) by the 29th of January 2021 at noon (Brussels time).  SMEs and teams of individuals can submit more than one proposal if they wish so, but only one proposal per SME or team will be funded. The maximum duration of each experiment is of 9 months. 

If you are interested to hear more, you can still register to one of the two information sessions which have been organised for potential applicants:

  • First information session – 18/12/2020 – 12h (Brussels time). Registration here.
  • Second information session – 12/01/2021 – 12h (Brussels time). Registration here.

All information on the first open call as well as all supporting material is available https://euhubs4data.eu/1st-open-call/. In case of questions on the open call, please contact opencall@euhubs4data.eu


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EGI Federation Annual Report 2019 now online

We are proud to present you the 2019 EGI Federation annual report, which you can easily access by a simple click on the button below. We took our time to revamp the design and making sure we collected and presented the most important highlights as comprehensive as possible.

In the report you can find inspiring and motivating words from the EGI Council chair and the Foundation director, an update of the outputs of services, the impact of our work, business and security activities, and much more.

Without further ado, we present to you the annual report 2019.

New participants joining the EGI Federation in 2021

Exciting news! We are happy to announce that from the start of next year EISCAT and EMSO – two major research infrastructures on the ESFRI roadmap – will be joining the EGI Federation. Both international research infrastructures will support the EGI Federation’s vision to provide all researchers with seamless access to services, resources and expertise to collaborate and conduct world-class research and innovation. Last but not least, we are proud to announce that the German NGI, represented by the Gauß-Allianz will become a full member.

EMSO ERIC

What is EMSO? The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory is the consortium of European research infrastructures that aims to explore the the water column, seafloor and sub-seafloor of seas, to gain a better understanding of phenomena happening within and below them, and to explain the critical role that these phenomena play in the broader Earth systems. EMSO provides high-quality data and knowledge to study environmental processes that involve complex interactions among the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere.

EMSO consists of a system of regional facilities placed at key sites around Europe, from North East to the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, to the Black Sea. Observatories are platforms equipped with multiple sensors, placed along the water column and on the seafloor. They constantly measure different biogeochemical and physical parameters, that address natural hazards, climate change and marine ecosystems.

“We are very proud of this milestone” says Tiziana Ferrari – EGI.eu Director. “By joining the EGI Federation, EMSO will receive expert support to portal applications and platforms to the EGI Federated Cloud, and with EMSO requirements the EGI Federation will grow its research cloud services thanks to co-design activities dedicated to the technical needs of marine science”.

“Working with EGI is an excellent opportunity for EMSO ERIC to provide a quality leap to our community of users and perfectly complement our current capabilities. EGI’s resources will sustain marine environmental services, such as climate change, natural hazards, and biodiversity, with enormous impact and added value that affect all of our distributed infrastructures. We look forward to working with EGI as we move into full operation.” – Juanjo Dañobeitia, Director General EMSO ERIC

EISCAT

The European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) exists to provide scientists with access to incoherent scatter radar facilities of the highest technical standard. The association operates four radar antenna sites to enable research on the ionosphere and the upper atmosphere. EISCAT 3D is the new research radar of the collaboration and is a ESFRI Landmark since 2018, consisting of 10,000 antenna elements that are expected to start their observations in 2023 and remain in operation for at least 30 years. EISCAT 3D will require a large amount of computing and storage resources and the ability to federate data and run applications across multiple sites in Europe, China, Japan and South Korea. 

By becoming a member, EISCAT will receive dedicated support and development effort to customize the DIRAC interware to its specific needs, and integrate additional services like EGI Check-in and EGI notebooks.

“The EISCAT membership follows a long term collaboration that started with the EGI-Engage project and continued thanks to the support of the EC Horizon Europe programme with EOSC-hub. The success of the EGI-EISCAT collaboration demonstrates the importance of co-design and technical support to enable scientific collaborations with complex digital needs ” says Tiziana Ferrari. 

“At EISCAT we look forward to working within the EGI Federation to provide our user community with more seamless access to data and processing resources.  Secure user and operator authentication in a multinational environment will be especially important to the EISCAT_3D science when that system comes fully online.” – Craig Heinselman, Director EISCAT

Within the EGI Council EMSO ERIC and EISCAT will join other international scientific collaborations, namely CERN (High Energy Physics), IS-ENES (Climate Modelling) and SeaDataNet AISBL (Marine Science).

Biggest attendance in 10 years of EGI events

We counted a total of 768 registrations at our EGI Conference 2020, a number we haven’t seen before! Of course, this is due to it being virtual for the first time, but we were still surprised! To have double the participants than we normally does give quite an indication of the attractiveness of our programme, at least that is what we like to think!

The 3-day virtual conference had a packed programme, with topics ranging from technical developments to the Global Open Science Cloud. Serving a variety of participants, coming from all over the world with a total of 53 countries represented. Not only did we have a diverse crowd in terms of geo location, but we also saw a great representation of different job roles ranging from researchers to sysadmins. See a few of our key metrics in the image below.

The succes of our conference would never have been the same if it wasn’t for our EGI Foundation colleagues who we called our ‘Zoom Heroes’ making sure no technical issues remained unsolved, the programme committee who did a marvelous job on making sure we would have an incredible programme, and of course the enthusiastic speakers, presenters and participants!

We hope that we will be able to physically meet each other at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, and if not, we’re at least a little more experienced in organising a virtual conference!

Did you attend the conference? Could we please ask 5 minutes of your time to fill in the feedback survey for us to become even better in the following events?

EOSC Synergy Dutch Data Landscape Workshop @ EGI Conference 2020

A few weeks ago, the EOSC Synergy project published landscape analysis reports. In co-location with the EGI Conference 2020, they will zoom in to one of the national results, namely that of the Netherlands, where our conference was initially planned for this fall. Unfortunately the conference had to be turned into a virtual one, and so our workshop saw a similar fate. Luckily, we have internet connectivity on our side.

On Thursday 5 november, just one day after the conference programme, there will be an EOSC Synergy Dutch Data Landscape Workshop in a joint effort with EGI and DANS. The aim of this workshop is to present the findings of the landscape reports, zooming in on the Dutch report in particular, to validate these results, and to discuss how researchers can be best provided with the data services and digital infrastructure that meet their demands.

Got your attention? Register to the workshop through the EGI Conference 2020 registration form and visit the dedicated Indico workshop page for the programme and further details.

Counting down to the EGI Conference 2020!

In just a few days we’ll finally be meeting each other (virtually, sadly…) to exchange knowledge and updates, present and attend demonstrations, and we’ll even be given the opportunity for an attempt to socialise! How to ensure you’re well prepared? If you’re registered, you’ll be receiving our conference pack this Friday, so make sure you’ve checked this box! What else?

  • Did you know we have invited an impressive list of speakers to our event? Check out the ‘Featured Speakers‘ page on the Indico website to get familiarised with the speakers, their expertise and presentations before the conference starts.
  • We have a very wide variety of sessions to offer you! Check out the full programme to view what session will be held when and who is contributing to it.
  • Co-located events? Sure, we got that too! Make sure to register for the EOSC Synergy Dutch Data Landscape Workshop on 5 November (one day after the conference). Registration is done through our conference registration form. Additionally, we have a FitSM training spread over 2 days on 5-6 November.
  • What was that about socialising? In an attempt to do this (though we are aware nothing beats a physical cocktail) we are organising a networking session at the end of the last day, where Amsterdam will come to you and a quiz is waiting for you! You don’t want to miss this! PS: We have great prizes waiting for you!

Save the dates: Photon and Neutron EOSC Symposium & the PaNOSC & ExPaNDS Annual meeting

November has a lot in store for you! Next to the EGI annual conference from 2-4 November, the Photon and Neutron parties are organising interesting events too!

So what dates should be saved?

9 November: Photon and Neutro EOSC Symposium. This first joint symposium of the two projects is a great opportunity to get acquainted with a broad range of topics related to FAIR open data and open science at PaN sources, and to actively contribute to the construction of the EOSC. The symposium will start at 13:00 CET and will run until 17:15 CET.

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November will be dedicated to the internal all-hands meetings, where the PaNOSC and ExPaNDS WPs will present their achievements and roadmaps. These two days will be morning sessions only, from 9:00 to 12:00 CET.

For more information, timetables and registration please visit the PaNOSC website.