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.

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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“.

Save-the-date: EGI Conference 2020!

The EGI Federation flagship event for 2020 will take place in Lyon from 23 to 25 June, as a forum for the EGI Community, and technical, research and industry partners to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences at the national and local level.

The theme of the 2020 edition of the event will be data-centric computing, focusing on the challenges of communities moving to petabyte and exabyte-scale computing. The event represents once again a great opportunity to bring together technology providers, data centres, user communities and project
representatives to tackle together the future challenges of scientific computing.

More information about the event will follow soon.

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New publication: EOSC DIH Business Pilot Success Stories

EOSC-hub announced the release of a new EOSC-hub publication: Business Pilot Success Stories. The publication showcases the latest business success stories of the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (EOSC DIH). The EOSC DIH kick-started in 2018 with six business pilots that were pre-selected during the project’s preparation phase. Over the last 18 months, these pilots have worked to mature their service offering and achieved incredible results.

Sy Holsinger, who coordinates the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub, says: “The success of these initial business pilots demonstrates the tangible value that the EOSC DIH can bring to the private sector industry, especially start-ups and SMEs. We are confident that these success stories are only the beginning and excited to build on the momentum generated to bring new business pilots into the European Open Science Cloud.”

Marcin Plociennik, EOSC DIH Business Pilot Manager, adds: “It has been a great pleasure to work so closely with such highly innovative SMEs that took part in the EOSC DIH, who were committed from day one. Through this experience, and lessons learned, we are well-positioned to support further pilots.”

Read the publication to find out more.
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Webinar: The EOSC-Hub Digital Innovation Hub – Intellectual Property Rights

The webinar will take place on October 30 from 14:30. It will provide an overview of the different intellectual property rights which can be applied to the protection of any intellectual creations, including the basic protection requisites, their length and potential application to real and concrete cases and a balance between the strategies of patenting and “open science” within the framework of a given R&D project.

The webinar is aimed to be very interactive, and questions are encouraged throughout.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at EOSC-Hub DIH pilots, competence centers and thematic services with an interest in the topic and understand whether it is compatible with the EOSC concept.

What do you need to bring?

The event is online and accessible through Zoom platform.

Short description of the project delivering it

The EOSC-Hub DIH is supported by the EOSC-hub project, a project comprising 100 partners in 50+ countries from major European e-Infrastructures and large research infrastructures to deliver a common catalogue of services, software, and research data for research and innovation.

Registration is now open for FitSM courses

Registration is now open for two FitSM Advanced Level Courses that will take place in Amsterdam this November.

FitSM is a lightweight approach to professionally managing services. It brings order and traceability to a complex area and provides simple, practical support in getting started with ITSM.

FitSM trainings and certifications provide crucial help in providing services and improving their management. They provide a common conceptual and process model, set out straightforward and realistic requirements and link them to supporting materials.

The following FitSM trainings are now open for registration:

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A new edition of the EGI Newsletter is out

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