DI4R 2017 associated event: AEGIS workshop

The AARC Engagement Group for Infrastructures (AEGIS) brings together representatives from research infrastructures and e-infrastructures, operators of AAI services and the AARC team to bridge communication gaps and make the most of common synergies. This workshop will offer an interactive session where researchers and research infrastructures present their use-cases and describe how they do their daily work and which obstacles they face to access resources.

Programme of the workshop:

  • Introduction of the day and how we will work together;
  • Federated Access management: why, how and when;
  • Let’s talk: round tables to  understand who the researchers are, where they are, their main requirements (enhance and extend FIM4R), and main problems they encounter;
  • Let’s talk: round table to understand what AAI services are available and what they mean for the researchers. Inputs to define a roadmap for the next 2 years;
  • Summary of main findings and identify where work should continue (AEGIS, EOSC, GN4, and others).

Registration for the event is now open!

New publication: EGI & Research Infrastructures

We are happy to announce that we published a new collection of use cases highlighting EGI’s work with research infrastructures (RIs).

The new publication highlights the diversity of challenges that research communities encounter in their work and the abundant support that the EGI community offers to tackle these challenges.

EGI is working closely with research communities to co-develop new solutions for their scientific problems.

For example, the European Space Agency connected two of their thematic exploitation platforms to the EGI Federated Cloud to support their computational needs. The MoBrain collaboration partnered with several EGI data centres to use High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services needed to develop webportals for life and brain scientists worldwide. The DARIAH research infrastructure is using EGI Cloud Compute resources to support a new science gateway that makes digital applications available to arts and humanities scholars.

The achievements in the new publication would not be possible without the collaborative work of the EGI Federated data centres, the EGI Federated Cloud providers, and the involved research communities.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and dedication in making this publication happen.

DI4R 2017 associated event: OpenAIRE datathon

The OpenAIRE datathon aims at encouraging developers and data scientists to analyse and improve the OpenAIRE Information Space, currently made of a scholarly communication graph interlinking publications, datasets, software, research organisations, funders, and projects. The graph is the result of harvesting metadata from about 3000 data providers.

The data challenges

The datathon encourages teams of computer scientists, data scientists and experts from other fields to join the challenge of studying the OpenAIRE graph to enhance its discovery and statistical capabilities. Four main OpenAIRE datasets will be made available as Linked Open Data, Scholix exchange format (JSON scholarly graph representation), XML collections and full-text collections.


The buzz-topics leading the challenge are:

  • Enabling multi-disciplinary or discipline-specific discovery and stats functionality
  • Novel techniques to enable measurement of scientific impact, e.g. counters, links, provenance
  • Innovative techniques to measure scientific impact, e.g. measures of quality
  • Enabling reproducibility, e.g. re-use oriented metadata, meaningful interlinking of objects
  • De-duplication of the information space, e.g. disambiguation of authors, disambiguation of organisations.

The three teams proposing the most outstanding solutions will be awarded an Apple iPad Pro and a featuring on the OpenAIRE website.

Important dates

The datathon will last for 3 months, from 30 November to 28 February 2018. Registration is open until the 15 January 2018.

See more information.

Twitter: @oaire_datathon

EGI endorses the EOSC declaration

EGI endorses the principles of the EOSC Declaration and advocates the European Open Science Cloud to be the initiative addressing the needs of open access, sharing within and across research communities, ensuring sustained funding to digital research infrastructures.

We advocate the scope of EOSC to be as broad as possible to include FAIR advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, software, knowledge and expertise that enables researchers to collaborate more easily and be more productive.

EGI actions

EGI commits to the following actions that altogether contribute to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud:

Governance and funding
  • Support the definition, implementation and operation of the governing structure benefiting from its long-standing experience with more than 300 data centres in 50 countries.
  • Contribute its best practices and experience to the definition of the EOSC “rules of engagement”, i.e. the policies for the EOSC actors (e.g. end-users, customers and providers) leveraging for the lightweight federation of services capabilities ensuring interoperability among multiple suppliers at worldwide scale.
Data culture and FAIR data
  • Provide and improve implementation guidelines for FAIR services in the area of advanced compute, federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization, and contribute to the definition of the EOSC minimum set of reference standards and interoperation agreements and service accreditation models for EOSC.
  • Develop the skills and certification schemes necessary to become users or operators of digital research infrastructures and EOSC through a network of community-lead competence centres involving multiple research communities, technology experts and service providers.
Research data services and architecture
  • Operate the EOSC Hub, the Service Integration and Management system (SIAM) accountable for ensuring that all EOSC service providers perform to provide a seamless service that is compliant to contractual obligations made with customer organizations. Activities include: communicate and manage alignment of services to defined policies and standards, define and maintain service level agreements, conduct service audits and quality assurance reviews, manage end-to-end service level management performance retaining overall accountability, provide the tools for aggregating demand and supply, make services and research artefacts discoverable and accessible at European level etc.
  • Operate an open hybrid e-infrastructure offering data-driven advanced compute – Cloud Compute and High-Throughput Compute – and data services from publicly funded and commercial organisations and maintain and evolve the related implementation guidelines to make the related services FAIR.
  • Operate a federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization services for the EOSC users and service providers.

The full programme of DI4R 2017 is now online

The full programme of the 2017 edition of the Digital Infrastructures for Research Conference is now available.

Under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”, the conference programme builds around 2 plenaries and 12 breakout sessions addressing 6 key topics:

  • Interoperability
  • Data science and skills
  • Impact evaluation and metrics
  • Security, trust and identity
  • The EOSC & EDI building blocks
  • Business models, sustainability and policies.

Complemented with 35 presentations and 8 lightning talks, the conference’s programme will offer a unique opportunity to network and build collaborations via its demo and poster sessions held throughout the event showcasing innovative solutions, services, initiatives and success stories that support open science and its building blocks.

Attendees will hear from our world-renowned keynote speakers:  Katrin Amunts, Professor for Brain Research at the Cécile and Oscar Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Centre Juelich and Jo van den Brand, Professor of Physics at VU University Amsterdam, researcher at Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics and VIRGO spokesperson.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss in detail and make concrete progress during the breakout sessions. DI4R 2017 is focused on showcasing best practices, policies and processes, data and the necessary services for the support of the research process and advancement of scientific knowledge and open science.

The conference will also mark the start of the first OpenAIRE Datathon, aiming to stimulate developers and data scientists to analyse and adopt the OpenAIRE Information Space.

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ICT Proposers’ Day 2017

ICT Proposers’ Day 2017 will take place from 9 to 10 November in Budapest, Hungary. This networking event focuses on European ICT research & innovation and the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020. An opening ceremony will be organised by the Hungarian Ministry of National Development and will take place on 8 November.

The event will centre on the 2018 calls for proposals of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme in the field of Information & Communication Technologies and Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). It will offer the opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.

See more information.

European Big Data Value Forum 2017

The European Big Data Value Forum 2017 is jointly organised by the Big Data Value Association and the European Commission and will be held in Versailles, France, from 21 to 23 November. The keynotes and presentations will range from industrial applications of big data technologies, innovative business cases of the data economy and insights on EU policy-making and R&D&I funding in this area.

The program of the event, venue and the sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website.

Call for Papers: Supercomputing Asia 2018

Supercomputing Asia (SCA) is an annual supercomputing conference with a key objective of promoting a vibrant and relevant HPC ecosystem in Asian countries. The event will be held from 26 to 29 March 2018 in Singapore, at the Resorts World Convention Centre.

The technical programme of SCA18 consists of four tracks:

  • Application, algorithms & libraries
  • Programming system software
  • Architecture, network/communications & management
  • Data, storage & visualisation

Important dates:

  • Abstract submissions due: 16 December 2017 (extended)
  • Paper submissions due: 23 December 2017 ((extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: 5 February 2017

See more information on the event.

EGI congrats the VIRGO collaboration for the 2017 Nobel Prize

EGI congratulates the Virgo collaboration for their contribution to the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics awarded for the observation of gravitational waves.

The Virgo detector is located in Italy, within the site of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and was designed to discover gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime – predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The first detection was announced by the Virgo collaboration and the LIGO collaboration in February 2016. The discovery opened a new window of looking at the universe.

Virgo is a European collaboration of scientific institutions from six countries: Italy, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

Virgo relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute resources provided by the following data centres:



Read more information on the VIRGO collaboration and the award.