The EUHubs4Data project has launched its 2nd open call!

Following the success of the 1st open call for experiments, the EUHubs4Data project has launched its 2nd open call this December!

The open call aim at selecting and financing innovative experiments carried out by SMEs and entrepreneurs, leveraging the EUHubs4Data datasets and data driven services catalogue. These experiments can focus on different sectors of economic and societal value for Europe (i.e. Healthcare, Manufacturing, AgriFood, Climate, Mobility, Energy) and will help the applicants in testing their service offering and the sustainability of their business ideas.

Two information sessions were scheduled for potential applicants to be able to ask questions on the process and the benefits of the calls, on 15 Dec 2021 and 18 Jan 2022.

Find out all you need to know on the EUH4D 2nd open call.

EGI DIH: Hello world!

The EGI Digital Innovation Hub (EGI DIH) was officially approved by the EGI Council in November 2021

EGI has been collaborating with private entities since its foundation in 2011 with specific engagement programmes to promote its services among the industrial sector. Now, the EGI Digital Innovation Hub (EGI DIH) has been created to centralise and consolidate these years of collaboration. 

The EGI DIH is a virtual space where companies and technical service providers meet to test solutions before investing, offering different services on advanced computing to help companies in digitalization and improving productivity. The main focus is on the coordination and development of both human and technical support for business-oriented pilots and collaborations. 

The objectives of the EGI DIH are well aligned with the EGI strategy. The EGI DIH aims to help and support companies in the adoption/ testing/ validation of advanced computing technologies to become more competitive, provide an open and innovative environment for experimentation, training and networking; increase the innovation among the EGI Federation members, and facilitate the relationship between EGI community and business sectors for a wider economic and societal impact. 

The initial definition of the EGI DIH services follows the guidelines of the European commission, and covers four types of services:

  • Test before invest: offering technical facilities to support companies and SMEs to test before investing or to validate services or solutions. 
  • Skills and training: providing knowledge on the technical offer through webinars or consultancy services
  • Support to find investment: facilitating the access to funding opportunities and investment mechanisms to sustainable support the innovation.
  • Networking and community building: bringing SMEs and communities together with the EGI community and facilitate the interaction and open new market opportunities

For those companies interested in joining the EGI DIH, a partnership scheme with three levels of engagement has been defined: Community partners, only active for networking; Content level, where partners will get access to the EGI DIH services (accessing and offering); and the Federated level, where partners will get access to the EGI Federation (accessing and offering core services of the EGI portfolio). 

The official approval of the EGI DIH took place at the EGI Council in November 2021. EGI Foundation is currently working on setting up the mechanism for operational activities and involving EGI members at different levels. Stay tuned!

New and renewed members of the EGI Foundation Executive Board

We’re happy to announce that the EGI Foundation Executive Board is welcoming two new members: Tommaso Boccali and Mariusz Sterzel.

Mariusz Sterze is currently a Manager of the Quantum Computing Laboratory and Polish representative in EuroHPC Governing Board. Mariusz holds a Ph.D in quantum chemistry and his main area of interest has been users’ support for various scientific communities.

Tommaso Boccali is a Senior Researcher at INFN and currently working in Pisa. With time, he has moved interests from pure physics research, to the design, construction and operations of large computing systems. Tommaso has a PhD in particle physics from Scuola Normale Superiore, and spent the last 20 years working mostly on high-energy physics experiments at CERN. Tommaso was in the EOSC Architecture WG, and in the newly formed Technical Interoperability WG. For many years he has been part of Science Europe WGs.

I am excited to be part of the EGI Executive Board since I have crossed paths with EGI many times in my research activity, and I have always appreciated its professionality and vision. To be a direct part of the decision, strategy and planning processes is a great honor for me!”, Tommaso says about the new role.

The EGI Foundation Executive Board is also renewing the membership of existing members Miroslav Ruda and Patrick Fuhrmann.

Austria joins the EGI Council

We are delighted to announce that the EGI Council is welcoming a new member: ACONET, Association for the Promotion of an Austrian National Research and Education Network (NREN). 

The ACOnet science network – ACOnet is the acronym for the Austrian NREN – is a national backbone network for non-profit research, education and culture institutions in Austria, started operations in 1990. There are currently around 200 participating organisations all over Austria, from universities, technical colleges, regional school networks, research institutions, and libraries – to museums, hospitals, ministries, magistrates and much more.

ACONET will join the EGI Council as of 1 January 2022, we are very pleased to have them on board!

EOSC Future – commercial services survey

The EOSC Future project is launching a commercial services survey to gather feedback from researchers on the various commercial digital services and datasets they use in their work. Ultimately, this information will offer valuable insight into which digital services should be prioritised and procured within the European Open Science Cloud. The survey will be available until 16 November 2021.

Access – to data, interoperable resources, outputs – is a key pillar of the EOSC Future project. This entails making sure researchers have access to a robust collection of commercial digital services through the European Open Science Cloud. An initial portfolio of IaaS+ services is already available via the OCRE framework catalogue, making selected cloud-based services an integral component of EOSC. Moving forward, it will be important to evaluate the existing portfolio for any outstanding gaps in the provision of commercial services and datasets.

In light of the above, the project is launching a survey, targeting researchers from all disciplines, on the different commercial services and datasets they use in their projects and activities. The goal of the survey is to ensure that EOSC commercial services and datasets are not only accessible but also refined to meet the changing needs of Europe’s research communities.

Read the full news and fill in the survey!

The 1st round of the EUH4D Federation expansion was a success

Full article available on the EUH4D website.

The European Commision and in particular the EUHubs4Data Federation aims to equal regional access to digitalisation measures by all firms. For achieving this, the EUH4D project has a goal of expanding the federation of data driven innovation hubs to additional regions after the 1-year set-up and implementation phase. As a result of an open call, 18 most promising located Digital Innovation Hubs joined the federation, complementing the existing 12 EUH4D partner-DIHs. 

The new DIHs significantly expand the EUH4D service offering, internationally, domain-specifically and, of course, technologically. All these different enhancements will already come into play in the next two open-calls for experiments published by EUHubs4Data, enabling a variety of SMEs to conduct data-driven AI experiments around their services and products for which there are only a few funding opportunities so far. But it is precisely these riskier experiments that are needed to develop novel AI solutions in Europe and test them for market maturity. The open call for DIHs was launched in April this year, and was combined with the annual i-Space label call, published by the BDVA, to ensure the maturity and capabilities of the applying DIHs. After the expansion, the Federation has increased from 18 to 30 covered European regions located in 20 different countries. The selected DIHs are incorporated into the Federation in two stages: the first 9 hubs already in 2021 and the remaining 9 in 2022. 

The first of the two-remaining open calls for experiments will be launched in December this year and will allow existing and new DIHs in the federation to tender their services across Europe. By working with the small-sizes companies and other DIHs, the project is fostering the emergence of a vibrant innovation data-driven ecosystem within the EU.

 Among many other important aspects, the Federation is also working on a technical interoperability solution for allow data sharing. EUHubs4Data is actively contributing to the data driven digitization of Europe and the establishing of European common Data Spaces. 

More information on the EUHubs4Data project

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Blue-Cloud strengthening interoperability with EOSC via the EGI Check-in service

Blue-Cloud is the thematic entry point for marine research in the growing European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

This prominent role is underpinned by ensuring interoperability between the Blue-Cloud technical framework and key elements of the EOSC ecosystem, such as the EOSC Portal. The service platform features a range of services and resources that can be used for undertaking world-class science in EOSC by involving leading operational marine research infrastructures and e-infrastructures.

D4Science in the EGI Federation

The technical framework consists of two main components, the Data Discovery and Access Service (DDAS) and the Virtual Research Environment (VRE), which are being fine tuned in collaboration with the marine research community in Europe and beyond.

The VRE is hosted on the D4Science infrastructure, and its core services are used for building and running Virtual Labs.

The D4Science platform has always been well-embedded in the international research community, allowing for seamless access via a range of digital identities. Recently, the VRE has been made accessible via the popular EGI federation of identities – see EGI Check-in – one of the main logins for the wider EOSC ecosystem, and as a consequence Blue-Cloud users can use their Blue-Cloud credentials to access any other EOSC service which recognises the EGI federation of identities.  

This marked another step towards making the Blue-Cloud services easier to reach and useful for the marine research community.

EUH4D celebrates one year of activities!

The EUHubs4Data project officially started in September 2020 and is now celebrating its first year of activities! 

Among other achievements, during this first year the project has published the first version of its federated catalogue of datasets and services, launched two open calls to select new DIHs and the experiments for its data driven innovation programme, co-organised two main events and developed many collaboration opportunities to boost the European data ecosystem forward!


Since its launch, the project has been following its mission of establishing a European Federation of data-driven Innovation Hubs that allows SMEs and start-ups to have access to a federated catalogue of data-driven services, and to contribute to the creation of a common European data space.

Read the full article on the EUHubs4Data website.

EGI Conference 2021: registration is open and preliminary programme is available

Registration for the EGI Conference 2021 is now open and the programme is online!

#EGI2021 is taking place from October 19th until 21st with the theme: “Beyond the Horizon: Shaping the Digital Future”.

At this edition of EGI Conference, we invite the community to work together in shaping the digital future with advanced computing services. Together, we will showcase new services and tools, investigate technical innovations, explore business opportunities and strategic and policy-related initiatives.

The programme will highlight workshops, demonstrations and presentations across four tracks, with one track being fully dedicated to the European Open Science Cloud.

This year also marks 50 years of both the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) and the Computing Centre at the University of Zagreb (SRCE), which will have dedicated celebratory keynotes on 19 October.

Following the conference, a co-located workshop on the Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) will take place on 22 October – you can choose to participate while filling in the event’s registration form! Another complimentary element is the “EGI 101” session which will take place the day before the conference. This session presents all you need to know about EGI, from the community to the federation, in a nutshell!

Last but not least – we will have morning yoga sessions to help you start the conference days in the most zen mood! Will you join us? Then have a look at the programme and register now to attend!

New service level agreements

We are pleased to announce the following new service level agreements:

EISCAT

EISCAT_3D will be the world’s leading facility for research of the upper atmosphere and the near Earth space or the geospace environment. EISCAT_3D is included on the ESFRI roadmap and will be a world-leading international research infrastructure to study the Earth’s atmosphere and to investigate how it is coupled to space. To support its mission, the EGI Federation is pledging the following services: Cloud Compute, Workload Manager, Online Storage, Notebooks and Check-in from providers TR-FC1-ULAKBIM (Turkey) and CESNET-MCC (Czech Republic).

Binareé Oy

Binareé Oy is a recent spin-off from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), doing research and development in embedded device and IoT security, Binaré offers both professional services and an automated analysis platform to meet various needs for IoT security. EGI is supporting the SME through the EUHubs4Data project, offering Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the INFN-Cloud Bari provider.

Cos4Cloud

Cos4Cloud is a European Horizon 2020 project to boost citizen science technologies. Cos4Cloud is now using EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the IFCA-LCG2 provider.

C-SCALE

C-SCALE project aims at enhancing the EOSC Portal with pan-European federated data and computing infrastructure services for Copernicus. EGI is supporting one of the project’s use cases – Aquamonitor – with Online Storage, Cloud Compute and High-Throughput Compute services from NCG-INGRID-PT (Portugal) and INFN-CLOUD-BARI (Italy) providers.