Open Call: RDA Working Groups

In the context of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA)  has launched a one-million-euro grant fund targeting, among other stakeholders, scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The overarching goal of the RDA Open Calls mechanism is to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in line with RDA’s outputs and recommendations.

As part of the latest iteration of calls for proposals, the open call for ‘RDA working groups’ aims to recruit domain and discipline-specific expert groups familiar with the European data infrastructure landscape and associated RDA activities

Successful applicants will play a critical role in:

  • enabling solutions supporting technical developments around EOSC
  • addressing social barriers to EOSC
  • increasing adoption and community participation in EOSC
  • complementing existing RDA working groups and structures in support of EOSC.

Applications should explicitly focus on one of the following or a related topic of interest:

  • EOSC services (e.g. PIDs and PID policies, AAI and security coordination, service management, resource registry, monitoring and accounting)
  • EOSC Exchange (e.g. data transfer, research data or research software as a service)
  • EOSC Interoperability Framework (e.g. research description, policies, AAI, PIDs, metrics, metadata)
  • training and competence/skill development for EOSC
  • feasibility of EOSC services
  • cross-disciplinary approaches to benefit EOSC
  • alignment with EOSC Task Forces and the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

Where relevant or possible, applications should consider a discipline-specific approach to the above-mentioned topics.

What does the grant include?

Up to 10 grants of max. €15 000 will be issued during the lifetime of the EOSC Future project.

Please note that RDA working groups will last for 12-18 months.

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or applicants outside of EU Member States and Associated Countries.

Further criteria and conditions can be found on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 21 March 2022, 16.00 CET.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

Discover LETHE

Tackling dementia with data-driven risk factor prediction

In LETHE a broad approach to prevention of Dementia is built at the intersection of clinical and technological disciplines. The project is developing a data-driven risk factor prediction model for older individuals at risk of cognitive decline, novel digital biomarkers and a digitally enabled intervention.

During 2021, the LETHE clinical partners (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Karolinska Institutet, Medical University of Vienna, University of Perugia) have been working closely together to harmonize data from the Finnish randomized controlled dementia prevention trial FINGER and large observational study cohorts in Austria, Italy, and Sweden.

These cohorts cover the full spectrum from at-risk persons from the general population to memory clinic patients with subjective cognitive complaints, mild impairment, and dementia.
The aim of this data harmonization process is to provide a pooled dataset which allows data-driven identification of risk factors for cognitive decline. Altogether, the team has been able to create >100 new harmonized variables that are shared by two or more datasets and can thus be used for joint analyses. These variables are related to cognitive and functional performance, to clinical characteristics such as medication use, to biomarkers, to sociodemographic factors, and to lifestyle.

This work provides a solid basis for the initial LETHE prediction modelling which will be conducted as part of the ongoing project activities.


EGI Foundation is a partner in LETHE, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 101017405. As project partner, EGI Foundation is leading to design LETHE system architecture and to build data collection and big data framework including set-up of the LETHE big data infrastructure, set-up the authentication scheme for the LETHE project and registration of the LETHE infrastructure and services in EOSC.

Open Call: RDA Communities of Practice

Collecting experience from the field to support the development of EOSC

In the context of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA)  has launched a one-million-euro grant fund targeting, among other stakeholders, scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The overarching goal of the RDA Open Calls mechanism is to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), in line with RDA’s outputs and recommendations.

Recently announced, the RDA open call forRDA communities of practice’ will select experts and skilled communicators in various research fields to serve as the coordination focal point between their professional communities and the broader EOSC community.

These dedicated communities – or COPs – will play a fundamental role in:

  • providing discipline or domain-specific knowledge and skills within EOSC
  • engaging users and providers in EOSC
  • bolstering alignment across national, regional and discipline-specific lines.

Successful applications should provide a detailed set-up of an RDA community of practice, elaborating on the following outcomes:  

  • consolidation of new research communities around EOSC
  • disciplinary developments in support of existing EOSC science clusters
  • cross-disciplinary approaches to benefit EOSC
  • global approaches, including open research commons initiatives.

Proposals should demonstrate not only how specific domain needs will be streamlined to support the development of EOSC but also how their respective communities will benefit from EOSC core and associated services.

What does the grant include?

This call will award up to 5 grants, each totalling a maximum of €7 500, over the course of the EOSC Future project.

Who can apply?

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or projects based outside of an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 21 March 2022, 16.00 CET.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

StairwAI 1st Open Call

Looking for Low-Tech SMEs to improve their products, services, or value chains with AI!

RECEIVE UP TO 60.000 EUROS

Apply before 15th March 2022 at 13:00 CET (Brussels Time) 

StairwAI, is a European Union-funded project which aims to facilitate the engagement of low-tech companies in the AI4EU platform (a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for Artificial Intelligence (AI) knowledge, technology, tools, services, and experts) and the implementation of AI.

The project has now launched its first open call or funding opportunity for low-tech small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) that do not have immediate access or knowledge on AI techniques to improve their products, services, or value chains with the support of AI Experts and High Computing Cloud Providers.

Selected companies will make part of a 6-month program and will receive 60.000 Euros.

EGI Foundation is a partner in the StairWAI project, leading technical requirements, service layer design and integration with the platform definition and description. Additionally, EGI Foundation participates to build the Vertical Matchmaking and hardware marketplace and to Open Call Management. More about the projects EGI Foundation is involved in can be found on our project page.

FiTSM Updates 2021

EGI Foundation delivers more than 1000 FiTSM Certifications!

The EGI Foundation has been delivering FitSM and ISO27k training commercially since 2015. FitSM is a free and lightweight standards family aimed at facilitating service management in IT service provision,

After a total of 85 training courses, the EGI Foundation reached the milestone of 1000 certifications delivered in November 2021. We are very proud of this achievement and the positive feedback we have gotten from the participants and looking forward to continuing to offer value to our community and to improve professional service delivery across Europe.

The main goals of FitSM are:
Create a clear, pragmatic, lightweight and achievable standard that allows for effective IT service management (ITSM).
Offer a version of ITSM that can cope with federated environments, which often lack the hierarchy and level of control seen in other situations.
Provide a baseline level of ITSM that can act to support ‘management interoperability’ in federated environments where disparate or competing organisations must cooperate to manage services.

EGI Trainer Network

In order to meet current demand while supporting the scaling of FitSM training, EGI is establishing a trainer network programme that is enabled by our partnership with certification authority APMG International. The two models available are for “associated trainers” who have already been accredited by APMG with their own quality management system, who can establish an agreement with EGI to provide training courses. The other is called an “affiliate” where the organisation isn’t a formally accredited training organisation or having its own quality management system can re-use EGI’s established framework, delivering courses on its behalf with the sole required that the individual trainer has been certified with the relevant credentials. This latter model is foreseen to be the most attractive for the EGI federation members who are interested in providing local training.  If you are interested in becoming a certified FiTSM trainer, let us know and we will invite you to a dedicated webinar planned in the first half of 2022.

FitSM-1 Version 3.0 Edition 2021 – Now in Pre-Release

The first major update released by the FitSM Working Group as part of the non-profit IT Education Management Organisation (ITEMO) who hosts the FitSM licence and charged with maintaining the standard went into pre-release early this year. You can download it here. Though no structural changes have been implemented, the majority of changes were general language improvements across all processes, as well as alignment with ISO/IEC 20000 updated version, v2018. Many of the changes resulted from direct feedback during training courses. Work will continue into 2022 to now align with the training material and exam questions to start to certify individuals with V3.0.

Organisational Certification

Until now, FitSM has been delivering “personal” certifications only. The FitSM Working Group, as part of ITEMO, has developed a scheme in partnership with certification authority APMG International, to pilot an “organisation level” certification. Following a standard evaluation of maturity against FitSM-1 requirements will lead to 2 potential levels: 

  • FitSM Essentials: entry level certification verifying that the initial key processes have reached full maturity with varying capability levels for other processes.
  • FitSM Plus: highest level certification demonstrating that all FitSM-1 requirements have reached full maturity with only minor exceptions.

This tiered approach to both training and certification offers a degree of flexibility for individuals and organisations as they progress along the standardisation pathway.

 


If you want to know more about FiTSM versioning or about organisational certification, please contact FiTSM directly via mail or on the FitSM website.
 

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Register now for the EOSC Future Open Days!

The EOSC Future project is hosting its first series of open days on 23-25 November 2021. During this virtual event, participants will have a unique opportunity to ask questions about the inner workings of the EOSC Future project, recent developments as well as priorities going forward.

The EOSC Future Open Days will bring together various stakeholders active in the EOSC community to discuss topics that are high on the agenda for EOSC Future, not to mention EOSC in general. These topics include:

  • the EOSC Portal
  • how EOSC Future supports scientific communities
  • EOSC Future engagement opportunities
  • the Digital Innovation Hub Business Pilots
  • the EOSC Observatory
  • the EOSC Future Working Groups
  • the EOSC Future Knowledge Hub. 

The event agenda, available below, is built around thematic sessions, so participants can choose the sessions that are most relevant or of interest to them. The goal of these sessions is not only to be informative but also to gage the interest and potential contribution of the EOSC community.

Interactive Q&A sessions will elaborate on these thematic topics and session discussions.

Agenda

Tuesday, 23 November

09.00-10.00 CET: The EOSC Portal – for researchers

This session will answer the following questions: How does the EOSC Portal work from a user perspective? What novelties can be expected within EOSC Future?

10.30-11.30 CET: Building an EOSC to support leading-edge research

This session will answer the question: How will science benefit from EOSC?

12.00-13.00 CET: Help create an EOSC that works

This session will discuss engagement opportunities within EOSC Future. During the session, the new EOSC branding competition will also be launched.

Wednesday, 24 November

09.00-10.00 CET: The EOSC Portal – for providers

This session will respond to a series of questions: How does the EOSC Portal work from a service provider perspective? What novelties can be expected within EOSC Future?

10.30-11.30 CET: EOSC Future DIH Business Pilots

This session will answer the questions: What is the EOSC Future Digital Innovation Hub and what are the plans for the business pilots?

12.00-13.00 CET: The EOSC Observatory

This session will answer the question: How will EOSC Future support the EOSC Partnership in monitoring EOSC readiness?

Thursday, 25 November

09.00-10.00 CET: EOSC Future Working Groups

This session will answer a series of prompts: What are the EOSC Future Working Groups doing? In which thematic areas? How is this work different from that of the EOSC Association Task Forces (and how will they collaborate)?

10.30-11.30 CET: The EOSC Future Knowledge Hub

This session will answer the following questions: What is the EOSC Future Knowledge Hub? What are the training plans for EOSC Future?

EGI is a partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

EOSC Future launches 2 RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a series of calls for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

RDA Open Call for EOSC Maintenance Facilities

This new call focuses on maintenance solutions based on RDA recommendations and outputs. Applicants can submit their proposal until 15 March 2022, 16.00 CET via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a world-class virtual space that meets the data resource and management needs of Europe’s research communities. Achieving this interoperable framework depends on organising and curating data outputs in a streamlined and sustainable way. 

The RDA Open Call for Maintenance Facilities in the context of EOSC aims to provide long-term maintenance solutions that draw on RDA standards, tools and outputs. More specifically, it is tailored to applicants that have an understanding of RDA mechanisms and, thus, can support the generation of a maintenance facility that underscores the broader EOSC community.

Applicants should consider the following components of a full-fledged maintenance facility:   

  • design and scope, including storage and curation solutions
  • future technical and resource requirements
  • necessary technical documentation
  • durable standards and outcomes
  • added value for EOSC and future EOSC communities
  • link to RDA recommendations and outputs.

Proposals should also demonstrate technical capacities in a diverse range of outputs, e.g., code, software, standards, or guidelines that can be maintained over time.

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation, or SME. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or projects based outside of an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 15 March 2022, 16.00 CET.

What does the grant include?

A grant of max. €40 000 will be awarded to support work in this area over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Activities are expected to start in early 2022 and cover a duration of 8-12 months.


 RDA Open Call for Domain Ambassadors

 Launched on 11 November, this new call will support a network of experts in integrating their disciplinary know-how and community achievements within EOSC. Applicants can submit their proposal until 15 February 2022, 16.00 CET via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities are receptive and responsive to the needs and realities of various domain-specific research communities in the EU. 

To this end, the RDA Open Call for Domain Ambassadors in the context of EOSC invites researchers and research groups to serve as experts and skilled communicators on EOSC within their respective communities. One of 2 new RDA Open Calls, this call targets applicants with:

  • expertise in research infrastructures in a particular scientific domain
  • an understanding of the European data infrastructure landscape
  • strong communication skills
  • prior involvement in RDA activities and commitment to RDA outputs.

Successful proposals will include a detailed plan for raising awareness and access to EOSC within their research communities, identifying:

  • community-related, domain-specific outreach activities
  • benefits of EOSC in a disciplinary context
  • solutions to potential engagement barriers.

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data and other principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants from different domains, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals and data scientists. Note: This call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium or applicants outside of EU Member States and Associated Countries.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 15 February 2022, 16.00 CET.

What does the grant include?

Up to 10 grants of max. €7 500 will be issued over the course of the EOSC Future project. Two additional calls, with a similar focus, may be launched in 2022.

EOSC DIH Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

The EOSC DIH helps private businesses benefit from digital technologies, services and personnel offered by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Through its Business Pilot programme, the EOSC DIH has released an Expression of Interest, as part of the EOSC Future project, to boost the competitiveness of start-ups, SMEs and other businesses developing solutions in key areas with the help of EOSC services and expertise. Applications are open until 3rd December 2021, 17.00 CET

According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, businesses are strategically placed to use research infrastructure resources and services to enhance growth and foster innovation. The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), an international, multi-player cooperation, provides an interface for supporting this commercial innovation. 

As part of the EOSC Future project, the EOSC DIH has launched an Expression of Interest (EoI) for Business Pilots. The goal is to onboard businesses developing innovative solutions – with EOSC technologies and services – and support them in developing their products and services. For instance:

  • data analytics to improve healthcare
  • services for safer and cleaner transport
  • machine learning and AI optimisation
  • applications to reduce the cost of public services.

The selected business pilots will receive support in, among other areas:

  • accessing e-infrastructure resources and additional technical services
  • prototyping, scaling up, design, performance verification and testing
  • building partnerships with other SMEs and industry stakeholders, innovation clusters and accelerators
  • business coaching and training for increased market uptake
  • boosting visibility at a European and international level.

This support will also be reserved for industry applicants wishing to become service and content providers for the EOSC community.

Who can apply

Start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs and large enterprises are invited to submit an application for this EoI, provided that they fulfil the following criteria:

  • run one of the following use cases: pilots/proofs of concepts, service/product design, PaaS/SaaS integration, performance verification and/or testing
  • develop solutions using different EOSC DIH services: technical access (e.g. HTC, HPC, Cloud computing) or training and support (e.g. technical consultancy or business coaching).

EGI Foundation is partner in EOSC Future, a project co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020, Grant Agreement number 101017536

Project: AI4PublicPolicy

EGI is partner in AI4PublicPolicy, a project focused on Automated, Transparent Citizen-Centric Public Policy Making based on Trusted Artificial Intelligence

Started in March 2021, the AI4PublicPolicy project will explore new forms of innovation, through a joint effort of policy makers and Cloud/AI experts to unveil AI’s potential for automated, transparent and citizen-centric development of public policies. The project receives funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme for a 36-month period, under the topic ‘Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations’.

AI4PublicPolicy will deliver, validate, demonstrate and promote a novel open cloud platform, i.e., the AI4PublicPolicy Platform. This will become an open Virtualized Policy Management Environment (VPME) that will provide fully-fledged policy development and management functionalities based on AI technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and chatbots.

The AI4PublicPolicy VPME will be integrated with European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with the dual objective to facilitate access to the Cloud and High Performance Computer (HPC) resources of EOSC/EGI that are required to enable the project’s AI tools, and to boost the sustainability and wider use of the project’s developments. 

A primary project goal is to leverage citizens’ participation and feedback for the development and optimization of citizen-centric policies. This citizen-oriented feedback will be derived through five different user-driven pilots organised by the project’s participating public authorities, i.e., the City of Athens IT Company (DAEM), Comune di Genova (CFG), Lefkosia Municipality (NIC), Lisboa E-Nova – Agência Municipal de Energia e Ambiente (LIS), and Burgas Municipality (BURGAS).

AI4PublicPolicy targets the deployment and validation of its cloud platform (VPME) and AI tools in the scope of relevant policy making environments with the participation of policy makers of the public authorities of the consortium and based on real datasets.

To engage stakeholders and the required resources in the validation and evaluation activities, the pilot themes are organised as follows:

  • Pilot #1: Policies for Infrastructures Maintenance and Repair; Policies for Parking Space Management and Urban Mobility (DAEM in Greece).
  • Pilot #2: Policies for Citizens and Business Services Optimization (CFG in Italy).
  • Pilot #3: Policies for Holistic Urban Mobility and Accessibility (NIC in Cyprus).
  • Pilot #4: Energy Management and Optimization Policies (LIS in Portugal).
  • Pilot #5: Data-Driven Water Infrastructure Planning and Maintenance Policies (BURGAS in Bulgaria).

Want regular updates? Go to the project website, or follow AI4PublicPolicy on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and subscribe to the YouTube channel!

In the project,  EGI Foundation is leading the task which provide technologies to allocate cloud and HPC resources based on the policy under-development, which will be dynamically updated during runtime based on emerging situations (e.g. through a local event that triggers the generation of additional datasets) and the task which will integrate information, content and demonstrators about the project’s outcomes to the on-line portal of the market platform. The task will integrate all the exploitable assets of the project in the market platform.

AI4PublicPolicy has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101004480.

Key facts
Starting date: 1/3/2021
Duration: 36 months
EC funding: € 3.999.988,25
16 partners
9 EU countries

Bonne anniversaire, IN2P3!

This year, IN2P3, a longstanding member of the EGI Federation, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

EGI had the pleasure of attending the celebration live in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, France. You can check the full programme here.

Over 250 participants attended the morning session with overviews of the IN2P3 history, a networking lunch and an afternoon series of visits to discover  ‘l’Institut de Physique des 2 Infinis’, the ‘Laboratoire des Matériaux Avancés’ and the data centre ‘Centre de Calcul de l’IN2P3’ (CC-IN2P3). 

In the morning, we heard from speakers such as the community of Villeurbanne, who are celebrating their city being named ‘culture capital’ in 2022 (‘capitale française de la culture’), and from IN2P3 partners such as CERN and Université de Lyon.

We witnessed a wonderful talk by Magda Ericson, pioneering researcher in experimental physics at CNRS, who gave a fascinating insight into how it was to be one of the few female researchers in her field back in the day.

Anne Ealet, director at IP2i – the Institute of Physics of the 2 Infinities (‘Les 2 infinis’), a joint research initiative of which IN2P3 is part, took us deep into the fascinating world of subatomic physics, and we also learned more about the long-standing collaboration of IN2P3 with CERN (the IN2P3 data centre processes, amongst others, LHC data).

Director of the IN2P3 Centre de Calcul (CC-IN2P3) Pierre-Etienne Macchi shared some fascinating insights in the 50-year history of the ‘Centre de Calcul’ (data centre) attached to IN2P3 – we’re very happy to welcome him for a keynote at our annual EGI Conference on October 19th!

Pierre -Etienne Macchi, CC-IN2P3 Director, will give a keynote at #EGI2021 on October 19th

In the afternoon, we were very lucky to receive a private tour of the CC-IN2P3 data centre. CC-IN2P3 designs and operates a mass storage system and mass data resources. It has two computer rooms (each with a surface area of 850m2) with several thousand servers and libraries enabling the storage of nearly 340 petabytes of data on magnetic tapes. Amongst other activities, it is one of the data centres that processes data generated by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. As a provider for the EGI High-Throughput Compute resources catalogue, several projects and collaborations are using CC-IN2P3 centre to process data and compute resources, such as the VIRGO experiment on gravitational waves, the BELLE II detector in Japan and several astrophysics projects such as the future LSST telescope, and CTA.

CC-IN2P3 also provides network capacity for several local actors, such as the universities and higher education centres in the region, and act as a node for regional internet capacity network Lyonex.  Over the last decade, CC-IN2P3 has faced a major increase in capacity needed, and therefore they are expanding their existing data centre with new and ultra modern servers – including a industrial standard cooling and capacity system.