EUH4D 1st round of experiments is on track

We are pleased to announce that the EUH4D experiments are now on track.

EUH4D experiments are a key asset of the EUHubs4Data project, as they aim to attract the demand side to the federation, showing clear examples of use and application of the federated services, datasets and trainings by SMEs and start-ups all over Europe.

But even more important, the experiments are a tangible proof of how the DIHs in the federation are collaborating on a cross-border basis, to solve real problems proposed by actors external to the consortium.

Around the experiments, the project is developing additional activities aimed to get the most value from them: exploitation of results, assessment of ethics aspects, evaluation of the impact, integration in the data management plan and dissemination and promotion of the carried out activities.

A dedicated section has already been set-up on the EUH4D webpage, where relevant information about each individual experiment can be found, as well as the resources from the federation each experiment is using.

Do not hesitate to contact the project if you want to know more about the experiments!

The June issue of the EGI Newsletter is now out!

In this issue:

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MoU signed between EGI and the Black Sea University Network

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EGI and the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN), an initiative established in 1998 to develop a collaborative platform between the universities in the Black Sea Region of South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. The BSUN network includes more than 120 universities across the 12 member states of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Serbia.

The MoU will initially build the foundations to define a framework for long-term collaboration in order to establish interoperable and sustained e-Infrastructure services to support education and international scientific research activities. It will do this by using EGI’s expertise in federated authentication and authorization infrastructure, security and policies in order to facilitate the sharing of resources for education and research.  This work will also pave the way for involvement in European and Global initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC).

Existing EGI initiatives, networks and NGIs within the BSUN member states will be involved in this work in order to benefit from local expertise. This will lead to stronger collaboration in the regions of South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

GOSC: Introduction & Launch of Case Studies and Working Groups

Register for the virtual part of the GOSC introduction event on 28 June, 10:00-12:00 UTC!

With the aim of encouraging cooperation, and ultimately alignment and interoperability, among these and similar endeavours, the Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) initiative will go forward as an integral part of the ISC CODATA Decadal Program ‘Making Data Work for Cross Domain Grand Challenges’.

The vision for a global coordinating activity emerged from a number of discussions, including those at the 2019 CODATA Conference in Beijing, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has granted seed funding for CNIC to help launch the initiative. A CODATA GOSC Steering Group was established to help develop the foundations for the initiative and to ensure that it is fully international. Further information on the objectives, origins and linkages of the initiative is provided at the CODATA website.

The mission of GOSC will be to help connect various institutional, national, and regional initiatives, laying the foundations for cross-continental, federated, Open Science and FAIR infrastructure, and virtual research environments. GOSC will pursue its mission through thematic Working Groups addressing a number of challenges shared by Open Science Clouds (including governance and sustainability, policy and legal issues, technical alignment, and semantic interoperability). GOSC will also develop Case Studies of domain and cross-domain research supported by different Open Science infrastructures.

Register now!

New and extended service level agreements

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

OPERAS

OPERAS is a research infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities in Europe. Its mission is to coordinate resources to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of humanities. To support these activities, OPERAS has signed an agreement with EGI to use Cloud Compute and Online Storage resources from the IN2P3-IRES provider.

OpenRiskNet

OpenRiskNet is operating an open e-Infrastructure providing services for supporting scientific communities requiring risk assessment, including chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, therapeutic agents and nanomaterials.

Through an SLA agreement with EGI, OpenRiskNet is using Cloud Compute and Online Storage from the EGI provider IFCA-LCG2. In the context of the EGI-ACE project, the OpenRiskNet risk assessment infrastructure will be further optimised to better integrate with other services of EGI-ACE, including AAI, HPC, Cloud and Jupyter for making the provided data sources more visible with data from other relevant communities.

NBIS

The National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden is a distributed national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers. NBIS has extended a service level agreement with EGI which allows the infrastructure to use Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the IN2P3-IRES, INFN-CLOUD-BARI and TR-FC1-ULAKBIM providers.

Sign up for the Data Week – the registration is open!

Data Week is a three-day event focusing on the hottest topics of the industry! The programme is divided to six different tracks. On top of general topics, we have tracks for Data Spaces, Data Value and AI, Ecosystem and European opportunities. In addition, one track is fully dedicated to EUHubs4Data project

The event’s programme committee carefully evaluated and hand-picked you a collection of sessions, including business drivers of data-agile economy, AI in arts collaborations and Big Data as an enabler of European automotive industry… just to name a few! Leading professionals of the industry will give you the best insight into where the Big Data and Data-Driven AI ecosystem is heading. Join the discussion and shape the future of the European data community! 

Have a look at the agenda and register here! 

Data Week is held for the first time, following the Big Data Value Summit’s tradition, promoting opportunities, knowledge sharing and fostering the data ecosystem development. The event takes place from 25th to the 27th of May online. Registration is free of charge! 

 Follow the event’s webpage and  social media channels to stay updated!  

The Data Week 2021 is co-organised by DAIRO/BDVA and the EUHubs4Data project in collaboration with key members of the Portuguese R&I ecosystem (DECSIS,  valuedate.io and Ubiwhere).  

DIRAC Users Workshop

Another edition of the DIRAC Users Workshop will be organised on 10 – 11 May 2021. In the context of the ongoing coronavirus situation it will be a virtual event, but a perfect opportunity to catch up with the recent developments, to interact (online) with the DIRAC developers, service administrators and users, and last but not the least, to see what is coming up in DIRAC.
For other details (including registration – no fee!) please check here the website.

SoBigData JupyterHub is online!

The SoBigData project announced a new service for interactive analysis based on the EGI Notebooks Service 

We are glad to announce that SoBigData launched a new service empowering scientists to develop algorithms and methods with JupyterHub and SoBigData libraries, deploy methods in a cloud-based environment and execute experiments interactively. 

Started in 2015, SoBigData “proposes to create the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem as a research infrastructure (RI) providing an integrated ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining on the various dimensions of social life”. The new integrated service will increase the ability of scientists to develop social mining algorithms and methods in an easy and interactive way. 

The service is based on the  EGI Notebooks Service and operated by the EGI Foundation, who represents the EGI Federation in SoBigData++ project. The EGI contribution to the new services includes:

  • Implementation of extensions to integrate the SoBigData workspace in the EGI Notebooks service
  • Integration of the  SoBigData Authentication/Authorization system in the EGI Notebooks service
  • Installation of the SoBigData libraries in the Notebooks environment

Users can access the service through their institutional credentials thanks to the integration of the SoBigData portal with the European Open Science Cloud Portal authentication and authorization infrastructure based on EGI Check-in service.

Users can already access the service.

See more information.

The EGI-ACE call for use cases is now open!

EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services.

The project has now opened a call for use cases! With this call, the project offers access to infrastructure and platform services, dedicated user support and training. The services are sponsored by the European Commission and various national funding agencies and are free to access to the selected use cases.

Who should apply

The call targets international researchers, research projects, communities and infrastructures, as well as national research groups.

Offering

The project offers compute and storage resources, compute platform services, data management services and related user support and training.

Timeline

The call will be open throughout 2021 and 2022. There are cut-off dates with 2-monthly frequency, each followed by the evaluation of the applications that were submitted up to that date. Next cut-off date is 15th of April. The evaluation and notification are within 1 month after the cut-off date.

How to apply

Submissions can be made either online using the below application form, or via email (egi-ace-call@mailman.egi.eu) using this template.

Online form to submit your use case.

Need more information?

Visit our open call dedicated webpage or contact us at egi-ace-call@mailman.egi.eu!

ExPaNDS workshop on EOSC

ExPaNDS is organising a workshop on the 6th and 7th April 2021: How is ExPaNDS delivering its data services to PaNOSC and EOSC.

Topics will range from metadata harvesting by B2FIND and OpenAIRE to publication of the data analysis pipelines in the PaN software catalogue.

A provisional agenda is available here.

The workshop is open to all and will spread over 2 days:

Topic:             PaN facilities data catalogues and EOSC

Who:               Primarily data catalogue developers and librarians

When:             6th April 10:30 to 12:30 CET

Topic:             PaN data analysis pipelines and EOSC

Who:               Primarily data analysis pipelines developers and users

When:             7th April 10:30 to 12:30 CET

Register in advance for this meeting!