September issue of the EGI newsletter

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

In this issue…

 

September issue of the EGI newsletter

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

In this issue…

 

Call for papers: International Symposium on Grids and Clouds

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2018 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 16-23 March 2018, with co-located events and workshops. The main theme of ISGC 2018 is “Understanding open data: challenges and opportunities in the deep learning era”.

The global move towards an open science and its open data policy is bringing its first results in opening access to fast growing base of scientific data. This leads to a new set of challenges for the e-infrastructures expected to be the open science foundations. They must deal with new demands in traditional areas of their expertise: increase storage and computing capacity, simultaneous access to different pools of scientific data and strong access control for sensitive data.

The goal of ISGC 2018 is to bring together individual communities and national representatives to present and share their contributions and better understand open data and its challenges.

See the full programme of the event and submit your abstract.

DI4R 2017 – Announcement of Call for Abstracts

The Programme Committee (PC) of the second Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R 2017) invites everyone with an interest in Open Science to bring their voice to DI4R 2017.

DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November – 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and is organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe.

The PC welcomes researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses in the form of presentations, lightning talks, interactive sessions, posters and demonstrations.

All abstracts should be submitted via the DI4R Indico webpage.

The following areas are envisaged as relevant for the choice of the topic of the abstracts:

Area 1: Interoperability

Topics related to the interoperability between services from different infrastructures and initiatives at different levels (local, national, international), including architectures, protocols and standards, data & metadata. The topic also includes items related to provisioning of federated services for research in Europe and beyond, enabling interoperability at all levels: human, organisational and policies.

Area 2: Data science and skills

Topics related to the EC’s Open Science Skills Working Group Report, including the research life cycle, setting up research data, data production, management, analysis, open access publishing and other ways to act in and beyond one’s own scholarly and disciplinary community, up to interaction with the general public to enhance the impact of science and research.

Area 3: Impact evaluation and metrics

Topics related to measurement of the progress of the Open Science adoption and its growing and impact assessment.

Area 4: Security, trust and identity

Topics related security, trust and identity, technical solutions for common requirements and processes and services that can help new research infrastructures to build interoperable authentication and authorisation infrastructures.

Area 5: The EOSC & EDI building blocks

Topics on the development and provisioning of services and solutions needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and further the opportunities of Open Science.

Area 6: Business models, sustainability and policies

Topics on the long-term access and provisioning of services require clear governance, engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

More information

DI4R 2017 – Announcement of Call for Participation

The DI4R Programme Committee of the second Digital Infrastructure for Research Conference (DI4R 2017)  invites researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders  to bring their voice to DI4R 2017.

DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November – 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe.

All open science players are invited to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses in the form of presentations, lightning talks, interactive sessions, posters and demonstrations (full text of the Call for Participation).

Abstracts should be submitted via the DI4R webpage.

The DI4R 2017 areas are:

Interoperability

This area will focus on topics related to the interoperability between services from different infrastructures and initiatives at different levels (local, national, international), including:

  • architectures enabling interoperability,
  • protocols for interoperability
  • data and metadata interoperability.

The topic also includes items related to provisioning of federated services for research in Europe and beyond, enabling interoperability at all levels: human, organisational, technological and policies.

Data science and skills

The EC’s Open Science Skills Working Group Report defines Open Science skills as needs for researchers to be able to publish under open access, to manage (open) data, to conduct professional research and engage with citizen science.

These skills follow the research life cycle and cover design and setting up research data, data production, management, analysis, open access publishing and other ways to act in and beyond one’s own scholarly and disciplinary community, up to interaction with the general public to enhance the impact of science and research.

Impact evaluation and metrics

Measuring the progress of the Open Science adoption and its growing impact is vital for decision-making and funding processes. Metrics are also a reward to scientists for making their work understandable, accessible and reusable by the scientific community.

Security, trust and identity

This track will provide the platform to discuss security and trust & identity aspects. It will offer an opportunity for e-infrastructures to present their offer to support researchers needs and to report on best practices and technical aspects that help new research infrastructures to build interoperable authentication and authorisation infrastructures.

The EOSC & EDI building blocks

Proposals submitted for this area should focus on the development and provisioning of services and solutions needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and further the opportunities of Open Science.

Business models, sustainability and policies

Long-term access and provisioning of services require clear governance, engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

Dates and deadlines

  • 11 September 2017
    • Call for Proposals launched
    • Submission system opens
    • Registration opens
  • 13 October 2017
    • Deadline for submission
    • End of early bird registration
  • 13 November 2017
    • End of online registration

More information

Full text of the Call for Participation

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017

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.