All posts by Iulia Popescu

Workshop: The PhenoMeNal gateway – a portal to metabolomics data analysis in the cloud

This workshop will provide an introduction to metabolomics data analysis in a cloud computing environment, based on resources developed and provided by the PhenoMeNal project. The participants will become familiar with a range of relevant open-source tools and workflows developed by PhenoMeNal. There will be a large practical component, where participants will learn through hands-on tutorials to use a workflow-based approach and compute infrastructure for data analysis and data submission, under the guidance of expert trainers and teaching assistants.

This course is aimed at researchers in metabolomics and bioinformatics who wish to learn new techniques in metabolomics data analysis using the cloud platform. Participants should have some metabolomics experience and an interest in computational data analysis.

Important details:

Dates: 6 to 8 June 2018

Venue:  Tennis Court Suite, Wellcome Genome Campus – Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 27 April 2018

Registration fee: £50

See all the details of the workshop.

Save the date: DI4R 2018 will be held in Lisbon, 9 to 11 October

The third edition of the annual Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) conference will be held this year at the University of Lisbon campus in Lisbon, Portugal, from 9 to 11 October.

Building on the success of DI4R2016 (Krakow) and DI4R2017 (Brussels), DI4R2018 promises to be the biggest and best yet. Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, the event will bring a packed programme of sessions, posters and networking opportunities to Europe’s researchers, developers and service providers – leading to brainstorming and discussions on how best to serve the user base.

We would like to take the opportunity to proudly announce that this year’s co-chairs will be Volker Guelkow (from DESY) and Sinéad Ryan from (Trinity College).

So make sure to save the date and keep an eye on the DI4R2018 website to stay updated.

Registration open for a new EGI service: ISO 27001 Training

We are happy to announce that registration is open for a new EGI training service: ISO 27001 Training (Foundation level).

The ISO 27001 training teaches the fundamentals of Information Security and how to implement a management system (ISMS) within a given organisation.ISO 27001 is part of the ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards designed to help organisations keep information assets secure. It offers an efficient approach to managing and securing information such as intellectual property, finances, personal data, both internal and data entrusted by third parties.

The training programme is structured in two levels: Foundation and Professional.

The first ISO 27001 Foundation training will take place in Amsterdam, from 19 to 21 September. A formal certification will be offered to all participants of the course that successfully pass the final exam.

Details of the training and registration can be found online.

See more information about the ISO 27001 Training service.

EOSC-hub & OpenAIRE-Advance: national nodes meetup

The EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advanced projects are organising a webinar to bring together the national contact points of EGI(the NGI International Liaisons – NILs) and the representatives of the National Open Access Desks (NOADs).

The online event will take place on April 24th at 15:00 (CET) and is organised by Gergely Sipos, EGI’s Customer and Technical Outreach Manager and part of the EOSC-hub Engagement team, and Najla Rettberg, OpenAIRE Community Manager.

The webinar is open to all members of the NIL and NOAD networks and aims to strengthen national collaborations and synergies between local teams of the two projects. The initiative is part of the ongoing collaboration between EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance to increase the speed, quality and openness of science and to jointly work towards the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Both projects rely on their local networks to support training activities, outreach and dissemination and this objective will benefit from a common understanding of national priorities and strong local collaborations.

The webinar programme is available online and will give ample time for discussion and brainstorming about the next steps.

More information:

Preliminary agenda and connection details

41st CERN School of Computing

The 41st edition of CERN School of Computing (CSC 2018) is organised in collaboration with Tel Aviv University (TAU) and will take place from 1 to 14 October 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Academic programme

The two-week programme consists of more than 50 hours of lectures and hands-on exercises, covering three main themes: base technologies, physics computing, and data technologies. Students who pass the final optional exam will receive a diploma from CSC and TAU.

Applications are open until 13 May.

Find out more about the event and how to apply!

All FitSM Training Levels are available

We are happy to announce that registration is open for all 4 FitSM training levels. The trainings are organised by the EGI Foundation and will take place in April, May and June 2018.

The available courses and dates are the following:

More details on the courses and prices are accessible on the EGI website.

For specific interests and questions, feel free to send an e-mail to training@egi.eu.

Save your spot now!

New issue of the EGI newsletter

A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.

In this issue…

Happy reading and don’t forget to subscribe!

LSGC, MoBrain, NBIS and Terradue service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and the Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) has been extended until January 2019. The Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) is a virtual research community that supports life-science applications on the EGI federation. The SLA extension allows these research groups to use EGI High-Throughput Compute and Online Storage to contribute to the development of the life science research field.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and MoBrain has been renewed until December 2020. The main objective of the MoBrain competence centre is to lower barriers for scientists to access modern e-Science solutions from micro to macro scales. Thanks to the renewed agreement, MoBrain will continue to access the High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services they need for their research.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and NBIS has been extended until December 2018. NBIS is supporting life sciences and bioinformatics. Their communities will continue to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and Terradue has been renewed until January 2020. Terradue, a company specialised in delivering e-Infrastructures for earth sciences, will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute.

Nanjiang Shu, Researcher at NBIS, says: “We appreciate very much the excellent service provided by EGI.”

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreements and says: “We are very proud to renew these SLAs that continue to provide our services and strengthen our collaborations with a variety of research communities.” He also informs about a significant change in the agreement policy: “From now on the agreements with service providers are automatically renewed – as long as the provider does not express the wish to terminate it, at least a month before the end date. This change helps the EGI community to lower the effort needed to negotiate SLA extensions, so we can serve more communities, more efficiently.”

First EOSC-hub week

The first EOSC-hub week will take place in Málaga, Spain, from 16 to 20 April 2018.

The EOSC-hub week will be made of two events: two public days (16-17 April, open to everyone) and an all-hands meeting (18-20 April, open only to EOSC-hub partners).

The public days will take place at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga (FYCMA), while the all-hands meeting will be hosted by the University of Malaga (UMA).

See more information about the event.

Structural biology in the clouds: a 10-year-old success story

The structural biology community published an extensive presentation showcasing the successes of the 10-year-old collaboration with EGI.

The community’s MoBrain collaboration is developing online portals for life scientists worldwide and relies on High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services provided by the EGI Federation. In total, seven EGI data centres have offered around 75 million hours of computing time and more than 50 TB storage capacity to the research collaboration.

The MoBrain portals powered by EGI resources are: HADDOCK, DisVis, AMBER, CS-Rosetta, FANTEN and PowerFit. The web portal HADDOCK, for example, has so far processed more than 198,000 submissions from over 10,000 scientists, which translates into 8 million HTC computing jobs to EGI resources per year.

More usage trends and results of the partnership are available in the presentation.

The collaboration with EGI continues at the present time with a suite of dedicated thematic services within the EOSC-hub project.