New joint paper: EOSC – a tool for enabling open science in Europe

We are happy to announce the release of a new joint position paper called “EOSC – a tool for enabling Open Science in Europe”.

The paper is a collaborative effort from the European e-infrastructures EGI, EUDAT, GEANT, OpenAire and the science clusters ENVRI-FAIR, EOSC-Life, ESCAPE, PANOSC, SSHOC to provide a common statement on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

SRIA defines important action items to ensure rapid progress on the construction of EOSC.

The common statement focuses on the following points that can be integrated into the EOSC roadmap and outlines the commitment on working together to make EOSC a success:

  1. Research-oriented services: our vision is an EOSC which is an inclusive and federated ecosystem based on FAIR data and other open science outputs, integrating many services such as data visualisation, analysis and physical resources to store and re-use data for open science.
  2. Trust based open access: using EOSC services must be easy, with low barriers and transparent access mechanisms. Similarly, contributions to EOSC should not be subjected to overly complex regulation.
  3. Collaboration support: the EOSC user communities, service providers and governance must closely work together to ensure that EOSC is capable of adapting to innovative emerging needs.
  4. Sustainability: the EOSC must have sustainable funding from the relevant authorities, particularly the member states, allowing for long-term service provisioning, data preservation, and concrete support.

Read the full paper to find out more.

Join the RDA Technical Advisory Board

The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is looking for new members. The TAB is responsible for the technical direction of the RDA and provides technical expertise and advice to the Council. Additionally, the board develops and reviews RDA Working and Interest Groups to promote their impact and effectiveness. RDA’s TAB also provides strategic insight into the current and future direction of RDA.

TAB members are expected to engage with the RDA members and feed their ideas and perspectives into RDA’s processes and strategies. They also evaluate proposed Working Groups and Interest Groups and act as liaisons to endorsed groups, facilitate relevant communication and coordination across groups, and work to promote adoption and effectiveness of outputs of RDA groups.

The deadline for nominations is 1 October 2020. The annual TAB election will be held in November 2020. Five of the RDA TAB members’ terms are ending in 2020, of which three are ineligible to re-stand for election, as they have just completed their second three-year term on TAB.

Interested? More information.

More RDA news

RDA is planning a series of global meetings, mark your calendars:

#EGI2020 goes digital & new abstract deadlines

After carefully considering the challenges inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s with a heavy heart that we have decided to turn the EGI Conference 2020 into a virtual event.

The dates remain the same – 2 to 4 November – and we are still excited to see you joining the #EGI2020 and welcome you digitally!

We have also extended the calls for abstracts, the new dates are as follows:

Calls closing on 21 August 23.59 CEST:

  • Call for presentations
  • Call for demonstrations
  • Call for sessions

Calls closing on 31 August 23.59 CEST:

  • Call for use cases
  • Call for new services

The tentative programme and the details of registration will be made available soon. Have a look at the agenda topics on our dedicated Indico eventpage and be sure to prepare and submit your abstract!

EGI Training Infrastructure supporting ENVRI-FAIR event

We are pleased to have our Training Infrastructure service supporting a dedicated ENVRI-FAIR webinar on Monday 13 July: Cloud computing and application development for research infrastructures. The webinar will discuss the basic concepts of cloud computing, including virtualization, containerization, service models, and cloud application development. The speakers will also talk about how clouds can support data management and scientific workflows in the research infrastructures via examples from ENVRIplus and ENVRI-FAIR projects.

EGI will contributing to the webinar by providing access to the cloud resources of the Training Infrastructure. A total of 40 VMs – 1 vCPU core, 2GB RAM and 20G local disk – will be accessed by participants during the webinar.

Register to the webinar to participate!

New and extended EGI Service Level Agreements

We are happy to announce two new EGI SLAs signed with VESPA and ENVRI-FAIR.

VESPA (Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access) is a mature project, integrating 50 providers that distribute open access datasets throughout the world. The VESPA team is supported by the Europlanet-RI-2024 project.

Through the agreement, VESPA will have access to EGI Cloud Compute and Online Services provided by  IN2P3-IRES (France) and CESNET-MCC (Czech Republic). The VESPA team is coordinating an EOSC Early Adopter use case – VESPA Cloud – in the context of the EOSC-hub project. 

The ENVRI-FAIR project goal is to build a set of FAIR data services for all participating research infrastructures. The SLA signed with EGI allows the project to access Notebooks, Cloud Compute, Online Storage services offered by INFN-CATANIA-STACK and CESGA providers.

More in the SLA news…

  • ExTras SLA was extended until June 2021. INFN-CATANIA-STACK and CYFRONET-CLOUD are supporting the project.
  • D4Science SLA has been extended with additional resources provided by IFCA-LCG2 to support the agINFRA+ Virtual Research Environments to Support Agriculture and Food Research Communities EOSC-hub EAP use case.
  • Additional pledged resources were offered to WeNMR to support COVID-19 research activities.

EGI Conference 2020: Call for Abstracts extended!

The following calls of the EGI Conference 2020 have been extended to 15 of July, 23.59 CEST:

  • Call for presentations
  • Call for demonstrations
  • Call for sessions

With this year’s theme “Federated infrastructures for connected communities” we aim to bring together science, computing, and (international) collaboration through a diverse and interactive programme.

Submit your abstract now!

New EGI publication: Joining the EGI Federation

We are happy to announce the release of the “Joining the EGI Federation brochure” explaining the values offered to organisations when becoming formal participants. This status gives more opportunity to innovate IT solutions with European research infrastructures, contribute to the implementation of the largest distributed infrastructure for scientific computing in the world, and to get support and solutions for their advanced digital needs.

The EGI Federation in the last 14 years made possible some of the most exciting scientific discoveries. This is thanks to its participants from 22 European countries.

Check out the brochure and get in touch to discuss how you can become an EGI Participant!

For any questions and expressions of interest, please send us an email to director@egi.eu

June edition of the EGI Newsletter

The edition #37 of the EGI Newsletter is now available.

Among the highlights of this issue are:

New booklet highlighting the EOSC Early Adopter Programme

We are proud to introduce a new booklet: the EOSC Early Adopter Programme!

The EOSC Early Adopter Programme (EAP) is an initiative launched by the EGI-led project EOSC-hub – aiming at research communities interested in exploring the latest state-of-art technologies and services offered by the European Open Science Cloud.

The ultimate goal of the programme has been to gain insight into researchers’ needs and, with their participation, drive the future developments of EOSC.

This publication highlights the use cases of the EAP – 13 in total – and their achievements while adopting EOSC services and resources.

Featured EGI services are: Cloud Compute, High-Throughput Compute, Cloud Container Compute, Notebooks, Check-in, Online Storage… and more.

Featured EGI Federation providers are: CESGA, RECAS-BARI, INFN, GRNET, CESNET, IFCA, UPV, CYFRONET, STFC, PSNC, LNEC… and more.

Read our publication and join us in celebrating how EGI services are being used in practice to advance science and innovation via the European Open Science Cloud.

EGI opens a call for COVID-19 research projects

As the coronavirus, and its related consequences, spread across the globe, EGI and Open Science Grid (OSG) in the USA are joining forces to commit specialised technical support, simulation tools, and compute and storage resources to accelerate progress on COVID-19 research. 

The EGI Federation brings together hundreds of research data centres at research institutes and national and international laboratories in Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific region, Canada and Latin America, who collaborate to support advanced data-driven research projects. The EGI Federation includes the largest research cloud federation in Europe, with over 20 research cloud providers connected from across the whole continent. 

The OSG facilitates access to distributed high throughput computing for US based researchers and their international collaborators. Researchers can submit batch jobs from their home institutions, or receive accounts on OSG supported submit points, to run simulations or analyze data across more than 100 clusters, HPC centers, and commercial cloud providers.

By joining their efforts EGI and OSG are opening their infrastructures to respond together to computational and data intensive COVID-19 research projects.

Please see all the details of the call and how to apply.