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Workshop: E-infrastructure cooperation for open science

The workshop “National and European e-infrastructure cooperation for open science” will take place on September 8, in Athens, Greece, as part of the Open Science Fair.

The workshop is co-organised by EGI, GEANT and OpenAIRE and comes in the context of coordinating EOSC-related activities across European e-infrastructures.

The event is an opportunity for national service providers and research collaborations to brainstorm and discuss topics such as community engagement, technical service provision, trainings and open scholarships.

The Open Science Fair is a 3-day event targeted at funders and policy makers, researchers, RIs and innovators to work together and design a roadmap of implementing open science in Europe.

Register now to the Open Science Fair and attend the workshop.

See the full agenda of the workshop.

See the full agenda of the Open Science Fair event.

Second International Open Research Cloud Congress

The Second International Open Research Cloud Congress will take place in Amsterdam, from 27 to 29 of September and will continue an open dialogue between research communities, policy agencies and industry about the need for international cooperation of private and public clouds supporting scientific research.

The inaugural International Open Research Cloud Congress, held on 11 to 12 of May 2017 in Boston, kicked off the drafting of an open research cloud declaration that describes the conventions that the community is prepared to adopt and support for enabling international scientific research computing on clouds. This second edition will continue the effort to reach the consensus of delivering a final declaration.

See the details of the event.

EGI Use Cases: published today!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that we published a new compilation of our best use cases.

Our new publication showcases the diversity of the EGI-supported science as well as the magnitude of the usage of our services. From physics and astronomy to biological, health and social sciences, the EGI e-infrastructure is committed to supporting research and innovation activities.

The scientists relying on EGI services work in large international organisations, in research infrastructures, projects, university labs, or as individual researchers and their stories are highlighted in this publication.

For example, Mario Rizzi Massimo Rizzi and his colleagues at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research used our High-Throughput Compute service to study and analyse the development of the epilepsy disease. The resources he used amount to a total of 200,000 HTC jobs and helped the team to complete their research calculations in less than 48 hours.

Scientist Athena Vakali and her colleagues at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece used Cloud Compute to work on a new model of detecting social media trends.

The Belle II experiment is an example of a large international collaboration that is looking into the imbalance of matter and antimatter in our Universe and relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute and Storage services to analyse and share their data.

The research stories in our new publication would not have been possible without the resources provided by the EGI Federated data centres and the EGI Federated Cloud providers.

We would like to thank all researchers that helped us preparing this publication for their collaboration and support.

New reports on European Open Science Cloud and Open Access Publishing

The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) adopted new reports on the European Open Science Cloud governance and on Open Access Publishing in Europe.

The report on EOSC includes recommendations on governance and financial schemes, while the report on Open Science Publishing gives recommendations on how to implement open access publishing in Europe by 2020.

Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager at the EGI Foundation, is a member of the OSPP group and chaired the sub-group who worked on the first report.

Highlights on EOSC governance:

  • The EOSC should rely on a multi-stakeholder governance that integrates both the national and European levels of authority.
  • European countries and the European Commission should ensure long-term funding of the services that are needed to enable the integration of and access to the resources that can be federated in the EOSC.
  • Different and innovative funding schemes should be investigated to support users to consume services from EOSC-certified providers that are approved based on a commonly-agreed European certification scheme.
  • Raise awareness and communicate the benefits of the EOSC among decision makers, research and education bodies, private sector, industrial and citizen organisations.
  • Develop open science and data skills among all the stakeholders.

Highlights on open science publishing:

  • Stakeholder communities, member states and the European Commission should jointly assess and identify how the open access (OA) mandate should be achieved by 2020.
  • Progress towards full OA must take into account how fast the publishing system is changing, and how scholarly communications are growing in variety.
  • Publishing options should be made clear and easily accessible.
  • Starting 2020, the European Commission must move toward a broader definition of OA that incorporates the full range of emerging formats and applications of scientific research output.

Read the full reports.

EGI joins the Board of Directors of the Big Data Value Association

We are proud to announce that Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, has joined the board of directors of the Big Data Value Association for a two-year mandate.

The BDVA Association is the partner of the European Commission in the Big Data contractual Public Private Partnership (PPP), which has a goal to boost big data value research and innovation in Europe. The board of directors is an integral part of the BDVA governance, proposing changes and updates to policy and monitoring progress of objectives.

By being part of the board of directors of BDVA, the EGI Foundation will be able to actively participate in defining the European Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, but will also strengthen the collaborations between big data initiatives and activities in the EGI community and the European agenda.

“I’m really thrilled and looking forward to working more with the Big Data Value Association,” says Yannick Legré. “Being part of the board of directors will allow us to better promote EGI’s solution and dramatically strengthen our relationships with SMEs and Industries.”

“EGI is already heavily involved in the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud,” adds Legré. “Working closer with the BDVA will allow EGI to bring their perspective to the EOSC strategy and implementation.”

EGI is also a member of a number of BDVA task forces focusing on the areas of i-Space and applications. EGI is also involved in the Governance Taskforce, where we contribute more to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Big Data Value PPP.

AARC builds teams and plans for the 2nd project

Plans and priorities for work in the second AARC project took shape during a kick off meeting held on 6-8 June in the German health resort town Bad Herrenalb. This Black Forest retreat provided a comfortable setting for participants to get to know each other, discuss expectations and refine plans for the next 6 months, with a new focus on community engagement.

Work package leaders from the first AARC project presented overviews of the main achievements between 2015-2017:

  • Christos Kanellopoulos (GÉANT – formerly GRNET) reported on the AARC blueprint architecture (see also related infoshare). This will be the starting point for all future work. The architecture team is now led by Nicolas Liampotis (GRNET).
  • David Groep (Nikhef) encouraged participants to look at the policy side, namely Sirtfi (the security incident framework), Snctfi (the policy framework for the proxy component identified in the AARC blueprint architecture), the guidelines to handle personal information for accounting and sustainability guidelines.
  • Paul van Dijk (SURFnet) gave an overview of the 18 pilots that had been successfully carried out. Some were aimed at libraries while others ease the adoption of federated access for research- and e-infrastructures. Some are now production services.
  • Laura Durnford (GÉANT) reported on the training and outreach materials. The main results can be found at two specific sections: the library toolkit and the toolkit for infrastructures. Laura also reminded participants that the AARC video is a good introduction to AARC and its scope.

Read the full blog post on the AARC website.

EGI and GÉANT join forces to support science and innovation

As part of a long-term and ongoing policy to collaborate closely with all our e-infrastructure partners, the EGI Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GÉANT to further develop joint efforts aimed at providing European scientists and international collaborations with sustainable services for their research efforts.

GÉANT and EGI will continue to work together across a number of areas including:

  • Joint service portfolio management and procurement
  • Interoperability and better integration of GÉANT and EGI services in the areas of network, AAI and security to benefit user communities and improve the experience and uptake of services by researchers
  • Exchange information related to long-term strategies, sustainability and business models
  • Establish and share communications, user engagement practices and training expertise to better engage with users across research communities

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, says that “GÉANT is a solid partner of EGI and together we want to support more open science, continuously improve our services offer to the wider research community and stimulate open innovation in Europe and beyond.”

Steve Cotter, Chief Executive Officer of GÉANT adds, “An integrated e-infrastructure experience for research, education and industry is vital for Europe. GÉANT is committed to helping deliver this, and we see this as a natural next step with our strong partner EGI.”

Webinar: EGI Applications-On-Demand Service

This 1-hour webinar will take place Tuesday, 13 June 2017, from 14:00 to 15:00 (CEST) and will provide you with an overview of the EGI Applications on Demand (AoD) service. The service was specifically designed for individual researchers, small research teams and early-phase research infrastructures who do not have access to dedicated computational and storage resources, online applications and science gateways to perform scientific data analysis.

The service is available via a lightweight registration and offers access to a growing number of scientific applications and application hosting frameworks (such as science gateways, VREs) that are configured to use the dedicated pool of cloud computing and HTC clusters from EGI.

The AoD service operates as an open and extensible hub for EGI-related providers and e-user support teams who can use the service to share and make available applications, services and/or compute-storage capacity at the European level.

The target audience of the webinar is:

  • NGIs and national user support teams: they can use the service to serve national users or to promote and make available their national applications and gateways/VREs to foreign users.
  • Representatives of research infrastructures or scientific communities/projects: they can use the service to serve their long-tail users with generic or domain specific applications, before/without committing to long-term resource allocation through EGI.
  • Researchers and small research teams: they can learn about the applications and tools available for them in this service.

The webinar doesn’t require registration.

Webinar details:

Tue 13 June 2017, 14:00 – 15:00 (CEST)
Organiser: The EGI Foundation
Webinar agenda and connection information
Documentation
Support: support@egi.eu

Wise e-infrastructures endorse WISE recommendations

The WISE Community (Wise Information Security for E-infrastructure) is proud to announce that the governing principles and approach of the SCI Framework were endorsed by key e-infrastructures for research from Europe and the rest of the world.

SCI (Security for Collaborating Infrastructures) is a framework of best practices and policy standards for security with the goal of facilitating collaboration during and after security incidents. SCI’s governing principles cover incident containment, forensics, data protection and risk management and analysis of preventive measures.

The SCI framework is the first output of the WISE Community, set up in 2015 as a forum for security experts to discuss and share information on risk management, operational security and threat intelligence in the context of e-Infrastructures. SCI’s updated version 2 was officially endorsed during the TNC 2017 event by representatives of EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, GridPP, PRACE, SURF, WLCG and the USA’s XSEDE e-infrastructure.

With this endorsement, the e-infrastructures subscribe to the governing principles and approach of SCI as a medium of building trust and exchanging information in the event of security incidents.

Hannah Short, chair of the WISE Steering Committee, said:

We are thrilled that SCI will be our first official WISE output. This endorsement shows us that we are on the right track for making information security for collaborating e-infrastructures a little wiser!

Representatives of the endorsing e-infrastructures and projects also added their view on the SCI framework:

Tiziana Ferrari, technical director of the EGI Foundation:

We know from our experience of working with 350 federated data centres that collaboration and sharing of expertise is the key to improve security. We are endorsing SCI to provide a more secure environment for EGI users and researchers in general.

Ian Bird, WLCG project leader:

The SCI framework has played a key role in defining the collaborative security environment that we rely on in the WLCG. The expansion of this framework by WISE is an evolution that we welcome as we follow the increasing interdependence of infrastructures worldwide.

New issue of the EGI newsletter

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

In this issue…