ENVRI-FAIR: a new cluster project of environmental RIs

ENVRI-FAIR, a new cluster project of environmental RIs, started on January 1st 2019. The project supports the collaboration of environmental and Earth system research infrastructures and is the connection of ENVRIs to the European Open Science Cloud.

ENVRI-FAIR is a four-year project running from January 2019 until December 2022.

The overarching goal is for all participating RIs to build a set of FAIR data services which enhances the productivity of researchers, supports innovation, enables data- and knowledge-based decisions and connects the ENVRI cluster to the European Open Science Cloud.

The complete set of thematic data services and tools provided by the ENVRI cluster is exposed via EOSC-hub, a project coordinated by the EGI Foundation.

See more information on the ENVRI-FAIR project.


ENVRI community at the EGU General Assembly 2019

The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET.

ENVRI community booth

The ENVRI Research Infrastructures will again join their forces and increase their visibility by organising a third joint ENVRI community booth. The booth will serve as a meeting point for the community, but also place where the scientists attending the EGU can learn more about the Environmental and Earth system Research Infrastructures and the services they are providing. The Research Infrastructures will present themselves and their services through the talks organised around challenges and other related topics.

Meet the ENVRI community at the booths 2 and 3, right next to the entrance to EGU venue.

The ENVRI community-related sessions and Townhall meetings are available online. Abstract submission is open. Make sure you follow the ENVRI booth hashtags: #ENVRIsolutions #ENVRIcomm.

The PaNOSC project is officially launched

Large-scale research infrastructures produce a huge amount of scientific data on a daily basis. For their storage and future (re)use, data need to managed according to the FAIR principles, i.e., be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable. The adaptation and development of both policies and technologies are key to making FAIR data a reality and to serving the broad set of stakeholders who will benefit from a coherent ecosystem of data services.

Under the headline “European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)”, projects covering a wide range of scientific disciplines from physics, astronomy, and life sciences, to social sciences and humanities, have been funded by the European Commission to build and develop the EOSC, which includes a comprehensive catalogue of services for the storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data.

The project PaNOSC, Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud is one of five cluster projects funded under the European H2020 programme. PaNOSC started on the 1st of December 2018, and will be officially launched on January 15th, 2019 at the kick-off meeting, which will take place at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France). The project, which will run until December 2022, is coordinated by the ESRF.

By bringing together six strategic European research infrastructures (ESRF, CERIC-ERIC, ELI-DC, European Spallation Source, European XFEL and Institut Laue-Langevin) and the e-infrastructures EGI and GEANT, PaNOSC will contribute to the construction and development of the EOSC, an ecosystem allowing universal and cross-disciplinary open access to data through a single access point, for researchers in all scientific fields.

The project will work closely with the national photon and neutron sources in Europe in order to develop common policies, strategies, and solutions in the area of FAIR data policy, data management and data services.

The services developed for data preservation and open access, as well as for data storage, analysis and simulation, will allow users to access data from the catalogues of the existing research facilities in a seamless and easy fashion, for immediate sharing and re-use. Connection to the EOSC Service Catalogue will be an essential step to make the catalogue an entry point to all the available tools and services developed for users in the frame of EOSC-related projects.

The mission of PaNOSC is, therefore, to contribute to the realization of a data commons for Neutron and Photon science, providing services and tools for the many scientists from existing and future disciplines using data from photon and neutron sources. To achieve this aim, the exchange of know-how and experiences will be crucial to driving a change in culture by embracing Open Science among the scientific communities that the project will target.

For such a paradigm shift to take place, actions fostering communication with other EOSC projects from the other clusters, participation in scientific and science policy events, and the development of materials for e-learning for scientists and IT staff, will be carried out throughout the project.

Call for papers: 4th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security

The 4th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security will take place in Heraklion, Greece, from 2 to 4 May 2019.

The conference looks to address the issues surrounding internet of things (IoT) devices, the services they may offer, including efficient, effective and secure analysis of the data IoT produces using machine learning and other advanced techniques.

Big Data (BD) has core values of volume, velocity, variety and veracity. After collecting much data from IoT, BD can be jointly used with machine learning, AI, statistical and other advanced techniques, models and methods, which can create values for people and organisations adopting it.

IoTBDS is organized in 7 major tracks:

1 – Big Data Research

2 – Emerging Services and Analytics

3 – Internet of Things (IoT) Fundamentals

4 – Internet of Things (IoT) Applications

5 – Big Data for Multi-discipline Services

6 – Security, Privacy and Trust

7 – IoT Technologies

Upcoming deadlines:

Regular Paper Submission Extension: January 4, 2019
Regular Paper Authors Notification: February 7, 2019
Regular Paper Camera Ready and Registration: February 21, 2019

See more details on the conference.

EGI signs agreement with CLARIN ERIC

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource provider CESGA and CLARIN ERIC, valid until December 2020.

CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to researchers and students from all disciplines, especially in the humanities and social sciences, through single sign-on access.

The agreement will allow CLARIN to access and use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage resources needed for the RI’s activities. In total, the CESGA provider has pledged 12 virtual CPU cores, 24GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

Giuseppe la Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “We are really proud to have signed an agreement with CLARIN ERIC and offer them the opportunity to access cloud computing and storage resources to support science developments. EGI’s efforts are once again visible as we continue to deliver open solutions for research communities all over the world”.

Willem Elbers, on behalf of CLARIN ERIC says: “The agreement signed with CESGA provides us with the opportunity to evaluate a new resource provider and will bring us more experience with the EGI ecosystem. The resources provided under this agreement will enable us to test-drive a redundant setup of the Virtual Language Observatory with the goal of increasing the reliability of the service provided to the CLARIN community and offered within the EOSC-hub marketplace.”

Webinar: The EGI Marketplace – a streamlined approach to accessing advanced computing services

The webinar “The EGI Marketplace: A streamlined approach to accessing advanced computing services” will take place on 6 December at 12:00 pm and targets the Earth Observation community, with a focus on the NextGEOSS project partners.

The EGI Marketplace is an online platform for accessing and ordering advanced computing services to make research and innovation happen.

During the webinar, our colleagues Diego Scardaci and Björn Backeberg will introduce the marketplace and will provide an overview of the EGI service catalogue. The webinar will also feature a live demo on how to order services via the Marketplace and explain back-end processes.

NextGEOSS has a number of pilots using EGI Cloud Compute resources. NextGEOSS core services are hosted in the EGI cloud, for example the CKAN cluster and the user management portal. Hervé Caumont from Terradue will give a presentation about Terradue’s experience using the EGI cloud as part of the NextGEOSS project using one of the pilots as an example use case.

Webinar agenda:

12:00 – Welcome Bente Lilja Bye, host, NextGEOSS
12:05 – NextGEOSS Cloud Computing needs managed by Terradue: key benefits of the new EGI Marketplace, Hervé Caumont (Terradue)
12:10 – Overview of the EGI Service Catalogue, Diego Scardaci (EGI Foundation)
12:20 – How to order a service through the EGI Marketplace and what happens in the back-end, Bjorn Backeberg (EGI Foundation)

More information and how to register.

The European Ocean Observing System Conference: a summary

This blog article is published on behalf of our colleague Björn Backeberg, who represented the EOSC-hub project at the EOOS conference in Brussels. EOSC-hub is coordinated by the EGI Foundation.

The European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) Conference took place in Brussels, from 21 to 23 November 2018. During the conference, I had the opportunity to present the poster “The European Open Science Cloud to Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems” on behalf of the EOSC-hub project and as one of the themes of the event – “From standalone to integrated ocean and coastal observing platforms”.

The conference was successful in bringing together ocean observing communities, public authorities, industries such as fisheries, energy, transport, and the wider society.

One of the key aims of the meeting was to address the fragmentation of the ocean observing community and to promote better coordination between them. EOOS is a key role-player in this regard and recently published its strategy and implementation plan, where they envision a sustainable ocean measurements by making the observing system a public utility.

Here are a few home-take messages of the event:

  • Data collection is at the foundation of the whole marine knowledge value chain. Ocean science & observation can serve communities as long as the data is made publicly available and published.
  • Global challenges are huge – this pushes us to rely more on our ocean resources than ever before.
  • A lot of open questions remain but we now have the infrastructure, know-how and instruments to build on what exists and improve dialogue.
  • Focus on “NOST” – Network what we have, Open access, Smart equipment, Transfer knowledge.
  • The meeting concluded with a call to action to move towards a more integrated, transparent and coordinated approach in implementing the European Ocean Observing System.

EOSC-hub has a dedicated Marine Research Competence Centre that is developing a platform where scientists and users can easily access a large volume of reference marine observations. By mobilising European research and e-Infrastructure to provide cross-disciplinary services during all phases of the research data lifecycle, the project aims to accelerate a transition to Open Science and Open Innovation.

Key elements in this process are:

  • Simplifying access
  • Remove fragmentation and improve interoperability
  • Facilitate open access
  • Increase innovation

Find out more about the competence centre.

Have a look at the EOSC-hub poster for EOOS.


EOSC in practice: WeNMR demonstrator

The WeNMR suite for structural biology was the focus of one of the demonstrators presented during the EOSC launch event in Vienna, on 23 November.

The EOSC launch event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal. The EOSC Portal provides access to data, services and resources. It is a source of up-to-date information about the EOSC initiative, including best practices, governance and user stories.

The team behind WeNMR develops data analytic tools for life scientists by integrating structural biology software, compute and data. Their online services are used by thousands of researchers studying molecular forces and biomolecular interactions to guide drug design, treatments and diagnostics. To give an example, HADDOCK has over 11500 registered users worldwide and in 2017-2018 was acknowledged in 350 papers.

The WeNMR tools rely on EGI’s High-Throughput Compute service and are now available now through the EOSC Portal.

Inauguration of the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is officially launched today, 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The inauguration marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders led by the European Commission.

The event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal. The EOSC Portal provides access to data, services and resources. It is a source of up-to-date information about the EOSC initiative, including best practices, governance and user stories.

All service providers, research communities and other entities with a stake in EOSC are invited to visit the EOSC Portal and explore how they can benefit from its functionalities.

The launch event features live demonstrations to showcase how researchers can interact with and benefit from the functionalities of the portal. The demonstrators, presented live and at the demo booth, cover a wide range of disciplines and user scenarios to show the many different user journeys through the portal. The scientific demonstrations are complemented with the presentation of the newly appointed EOSC Executive Board.

EGI is one of the main contributors to the EOSC Portal and provides the compute backbone for:
– the WeNMR portals available now through the Portal and demonstrated during the launch rely on EGI’s High-Throughput Compute service.
– a number of demonstrators and services provided through the EOSC Portal (e.g. PROMINENCE, sustainable development goals) rely on the EGI Federated Cloud.

Information for editors:

More about the EOSC Portal:

website: www.eosc-portal.eu
twitter handle: @eoscportal
youtube channel
EOSC Portal booklet

The EOSC Portal is the first step towards the EOSC implementation, putting into practice the European Commission’s vision for Open Science. It brings convergence to a fragmented research ecosystem and fosters FAIR rules of participation. The portal is a universal entry point to the services, data and resources that researchers need to perform their science in a collaborative, open and cost-efficient way for the benefit of society and the public.

The EOSC Portal is jointly developed and maintained by the eInfraCentral (731049), EOSC-hub (777536), EOSCpilot (739563) and OpenAIRE-Advance (246686) projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with contribution of the European Commission.

Press contacts:

Jelena Angelis – Project Manager, eInfraCentral – angelis@efiscentre.eu
Sara Coelho – Communications Manager, EOSC-hub – sara.coelho@egi.eu
Kalliroi Mavrantoni – Communications Officer, OpenAIRE-Advance – kallmav@uoa.gr


EGI is awarded a Silver i-Space label by the European Big Data Value Association

We are pleased to announce that the EGI Federation received a Silver i-Space label at the European Big Data Value Forum in Vienna.

The Big Data Value Association granted this label to all i-Spaces that help drive forward Big Data adoption across all domains within European industry.

BDVA i-Spaces serve as European hubs for Big Data research and innovation activities.

Every year, existing hubs can obtain one of the three BDVA i-Space labels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. These grades are aligned with the maturity and impact of the candidates in five main domains: excellence of infrastructure, quality of services, projects and sectors, impact to ecosystem and business model.

For NGIs in the EGI Federation this prize means:

  • Being part of a certificated BDV-iSpace Label as quality billboard
  • Increased visibility in EU Big-Data community, especially SMEs and innovative actors
  • Possibility to connect and benchmark to other iSpace practices
  • Access to European funding instruments to enable innovation and federation of existing i-Spaces
  • Big-Data community recognition.

See more information on BDVA i-Space labels.