The ARGO Service Monitoring has a pilot integration with the EOSC Portal

We are thrilled to announce that the ARGO Service Monitoring has now a pilot integration with the EOSC Portal.

ARGO is a service developed by GRNET, SRCE and CNRS (EGI providers) that measures the availability and reliability of IT services and can quickly detect issues and notify the service providers accordingly.

Thanks to this integration, it is now possible to check the validity of the services onboarded in the portal and identify “dead” services. Through a public dashboard –  portal operators, customers and providers can now check the health status of a service and get information about its stability (availability and reliability) in a given period of time. 

Kostas Koumantaros, Software Engineer from GRNET and member of the team says: “We are proud to have completed this pilot integration and work to have a tighter integration of the EOSC Portal with monitoring is progressing and through the dashboard we are confident we will be offering more information on health status of EOSC Portal services soon”.

The Argo Team continues to work on new features such as the one-stop-shop and customer-defined thresholds that would give ARGO even more capabilities in the near future.  

The platform that presents the availability and reliability of the services published in the EOSC Portal is available online.

CERN School of Computing 2020: Kraków, Poland

The 43rd CERN School of Computing (CSC 2020) will take place from August 23rd to September 5th in the beautiful city of Kraków, Poland.

This year’s school is organised in collaboration with AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH), together with Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN).

Academic programme

The two-week programme consists of more than 50 hours of lectures and hands-on exercises, covering three main themes: physics computing, software engineering, and data technologies. Students who pass the final optional exam will receive a diploma from CSC, as well as 6 ECTS credits from AGH and IFJ.

Other activities

However, it’s not all study; the social and sport programme is also a vital part of the School. There are ample opportunities to explore and experience some of the great cultural, historical and natural attractions of Kraków and its region.

Important dates

  • March – registration opens
  • Sunday 5 April (midnight UTC +2/CEST) – deadline for applications
  • Tuesday 5 May – you will be informed of outcome of selections
  • Sunday 14 June – latest date for School fees payment if you are accepted
  • Sunday 23 August – student arrivals at Novotel Kraków City West, Kraków-Poland
  • Saturday 5 September – departure

Who can apply?

The School is aimed at postgraduate (ie. minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent) engineers and scientists, working at CERN or at other research institutes, with experience in particle physics, in computing or in related fields.

COVID-19 update: For the moment the CERN School is working on the assumption that it will not be affected by the coronavirus crisis, and will take place as planned. Therefore, if interested, please apply within the deadline (April 5th).

Register now to the EOSC-hub week 2020!

We are thrilled to announce that the registration for the EOSC-hub week 2020 is now open. The event will take place at the beautiful location of the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 18 to 20 May 2020.

The EOSC-hub week 2020 will bring together key players in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and this year will be colocated with the EOSC Executive Board Consultation Day.

The first day, Monday 18 May 2020, will host the EOSC Executive Board Consultation Day, an event organised by the EOSC Executive Board to present the latest developments of the EOSC and to gather feedback and input from the EOSC stakeholders on all the latest released documents.

The registration to the EOSC-hub week 2020 is now open.

The draft programme of the event is also available – watch this space for any updates!

See more details of the event and how to register.

EOSC-hub is an EC-funded project coordinated by the EGI Foundation that brings together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

New service agreement: EGI and the OpenBioMaps+ community

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI service provider IFCA-LCG2 and the OpenBioMaps+ research community, represented by the University of Debrecen.

The SLA is valid until December 2020.

The OpenBioMaps+ community offers a platform of online tools for researchers and conservationists to manage biodiversity data. The purpose of the platform is to establish a connection between research and nature conservation.

The community will now use Cloud Compute services from the EGI provider IFCA-LCG2 to help them support this mission.

Bán Miklós from the University of Debrecen says: “We are very happy for this collaboration with EGI and we look forward to starting the work.”

The full agreement is available online.

February edition of the EGI Newsletter

The edition #36 of the EGI Newsletter is now available.

Among the highlights of this issue:

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ICTeSSH 2020: registration is open!

The International Conference on Information-communication technologies enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities (ICTeSSH) is a three day annual conference where stakeholders come together for an open discussion to talk about the changing research ecosystem in SSH fields in the digital age due to the extremely fast development of ICT.

The ICTeSSH 2020 conference will be held in Amsterdam from June 29 to July 1.

The conference aims to bring together leading SSH researchers, computer scientists, informaticians, publishers, librarians, vendors of research ICT tools, SSH decision makers and others, to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of ICT enhanced Social Sciences and Humanities.

In addition, the conference aims to discuss promising new ideas and identify new potential collaborators.

Early-bird registration is open until the end of March.

All details about the conference are available online.

 

Thematic CERN School of Computing 2020

The 8th Thematic CERN School of Computing (tCSC 2020) will be held in Split, Croatia from Sunday 7 June afternoon to Friday 12 June evening.

The theme of the School is “Efficient Scientific Software for Heterogeneous Architectures” – see the academic programme for more details.

The school is aimed at postgraduate (i.e. minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent) students, engineers and scientists with a few years’ experience in particle physics, in computing, or in related fields. They welcome applications from all countries and nationalities.

Important Dates
  • Thursday 27 February 2020 – deadline for application.
  • Monday 2 March – you will be informed about the outcome of the selection by email.
  • Sunday 5 April – latest date for school fees payment if you are accepted.
  • Sunday 7 June morning – student arrivals at MEDILS.
  • Saturday 13 June morning – departure.

SLAs extended: Open Universe and OBSEA

We are glad to announce that we have extended service level agreements with Open Universe and OBSEA.

Open Universe is an Italian science initiative with the objective of stimulating an increase in the utilisation of space science data (e.g. astrophysics, planetary science, etc.), extending the potential of scientific discovery to new participants all over the world. A wide range of communities will benefit from Open Universe: professional scientists, citizen scientists, teachers and students.

OBSEA is an underwater cabled observatory deployed in 2009. This seafloor observatory is located 4 km off the Catalan Vilanova i la Geltru coast in a fishing protected area. It is connected to the coast by an energy and communications mixed cable. The main advantages of a cabled observatory are that it provides an uninterrupted power supply to the scientific instruments and offers a high bandwidth communication link. This way, real time data is available and problems encountered in battery powered systems are avoided.

The service level agreements have been extended until May 2021.

Giuseppe La Rocca, who oversees the agreement processes, says: “I’m very happy about the extension of these agreements, it’s great to see EGI fostering long-term collaborations and our services supporting so many scientific communities“.