Counting down to #EGI2021!

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We’re in the final stretch towards #EGI2021. Now that the programme is almost complete, we’re ready to take you through the highlights – make sure to reserve your spot and be part of (hopefully the last virtual edition of) our annual conference!

About the Programme

The full programme is available on the EGI2021 Indico page.

We’re very proud to announce our 4 keynote speakers:

Throughout the conference, you’ll be able to follow presentations and workshops across the following tracks:

  • Delivering services and solutions: Use cases and proven solutions related to services for distributed computing and data analytics. Services and policies for federating data and computing infrastructures.
  • Innovating services together: Ideas, concepts, prototypes for joint innovation activities.
  • Collaboration across boundaries: Ideas to enhance collaborations and establish new partnerships in a distributed ecosystem. We are eager to listen to success stories on how scientific excellence has been enabled through the federation of national, regional and international e-infrastructures and in particular the EGI Federation.
  • Envisioning the future: Specific strategies in compute ecosystems, support for open science or other policy topics.

On Tuesday, October 19th, we have a special EOSC programme: throughout the day and across all tracks, you’ll be able to follow a dedicated EOSC-themed parcours.

The following sessions are organised as colocated evets – you can indicate when registering if you want to attend:

We have some surprises for you in stock – we won’t all reveal beforehand but let’s say you won’t only be able to stretch your mind

So what are you waiting for? We’re looking forward to seeing you again!

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.

Webinar: Coming together to map the national landscape analysis on EOSC

The launch of the projects EOSC-Pillar, EOSC Synergy, EOSC Nordic, and NI4OS-Europe – marks an important milestone for the development of the European Open Science Cloud as it further connects national initiatives, policies, infrastructures, services, and people to the EOSC. The projects make for a stronger voice in Europe and this webinar will be the first of many mutual synergies and engaged activities that will be carried out over the coming months.


Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:00 – 12:00.

Who should attend​​
  • EOSC Member State representatives
  • Those working on EOSC-related initiatives
  • Research infrastructures, scientific communities, repository managers, universities, researchers, and industry interested in learning what these regional projects and the EOSC can do for them
Key takeaways
  • Discover new opportunities with these new funded regional projects
  • Get to know the regional projects and what they will contribute to the EOSC
  • See the innovative services they plan to bring include in the EOSC
  • Understand the national support that the EOSC has through these projects
  • See how each projects will approach landscaping within their respective regions
  • Get in touch with the people behind the projects

Webinar information and registration.


ExPaNDS kick-off meeting

The ExPaNDS project will be officially launched on 11-12 September at the DESY accelerator centre in Hamburg, Germany.

The event aims to start the project and the work within the different work packages, and to identify relationships and cooperation opportunities with other projects (such as PaNOSC, EOSC Synergy, EOSC Pillar, EOSC Nordic, NI4OS) and their WPs. The meeting will start with the organisation of the action plan in each WP, in order to take the first steps towards their implementation.

The timetable of the event is available.

The EOSC Photon and Neutron Data Service ExPaNDS’s ambition is to coordinate activities to enable national Photon and Neutron Research Infrastructures to make the majority of their data ‘open’ following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) according to the user’s needs, and to harmonise their efforts to migrate their data analysis workflows to EOSC platforms enabling them to be shared in a uniform way.

Visit the event website.

Have your say on an EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC technical architecture

EOSC-hub has produced a deliverable which proposes an open and participatory approach to the definition of the EOSC Technical Architecture.

Your feedback is very welcome – participate in the survey now!

The document proposes the definition of a reference Technical Architecture for EOSC that facilitates access to services, lower barriers to integrate and composes services and promotes the usage of services between adjacent communities. This is achieved identifying key technical functions, named building blocks, for each of the EOSC service category (Federation, Access Enabling, Common and Thematic) and defining related technical specifications that include an high-level architecture, endorsed EOSC standards and APIs and interoperability guidelines. In this way, EOSC ‘compliant’ services will offer well-established and documented interfaces for usage and integration, based on well-known standard or APIs, facilitating:

  • their exploitation from user communities willing to create new scientific services that could rely on well-established and documented interfaces for the integration. An example of exploitation of EOSC services is when a community creates a new scientific workflow reusing EOSC federation and common services, like AAI, accounting, Cloud orchestrator and/or data management solutions.
  • the combined usage of EOSC services. Indeed the adoption of well-known standards and interfaces will very-likely reduce the cost to integrate services. For example, two accounting infrastructures can be made easily interoperable if they use the same standard usage record format, in such case accounting data extracted from them can be merged and presented in a unique view. Another example is about data processing and data management services implementing compliant interfaces that enable a jointly usage by a thematic services.

The proposal in the deliverable is put forward for further discussion, and feedback is welcome. We propose this document to initiate a community activity to populate the EOSC technical architecture identifying key technical functions/building blocks per service category and, for each of those, defining a technical specification that includes an high-level architecture, suggested EOSC standards, APIs and interoperability guidelines. A consultation on the proposals has been launched to collect feedback from stakeholders. Fill in the survey and send us your feedback! The survey is open until the end of September.

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2020

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2020 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 8 to 13 March 2020. The main theme of ISGC 2020 is “Challenges in High Performance Data Analytics: Combining Approaches in HPC, HTC, Big Data and AI”.

The goal of ISGC 2020 is to create a face-to-face venue where individual communities and national representatives can present and share their contributions to the global puzzle and contribute thus to the solution of global challenges.

The call for papers is open until Monday 7 October 2019.

The programme is now online.

Find out all the details about the event.

BDVA: Continued Engagement of EGI for Big Data

I attended the BDV PPP Summit in Riga, Latvia on 26-28 June 2019, which focused on driving European innovation in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to foster cross-sector collaboration and shape strategies for European leadership in the areas.

EGI has a history of engaging BDVA, having been a formal member as of 2015, and officially became a silver level iSpace in November 2018, which are recognised trusted data incubators with a mission to accelerate the uptake of data-driven innovation in commercial and non-profit sectors. Our goal is to obtain gold level status in 2020.

During the Summit, I had the opportunity to present both the EGI Federation as well as the EOSC-hub project and the services and success stories of supporting start-ups and SMEs through the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (EOSC DIH) that we coordinate. Based on this role and experience, EGI has become one of the lead partners in efforts to set up a dedicated Digital Innovation Hub for Big Data in collaboration with BDVA and other iSpace organisations.

In addition, I attended a hands-on workshop delivered by Sonja Zillner from Siemens, who has iterated on the business model canvas that allows for more strategic focus on business solutions being built with a data-driven focus.

Co-located with the event was the BDVA General Assembly where the EGI Managing Director, Yannick Legré, was re-elected to the Board of Directors as well as will continue his additional role as Treasurer for another two years.

The event provided high visibility for EGI, who has become a well-known entity in the community, leading to invitations to join working groups dedicated to Artificial Intelligence applications, a new area for us.

In fact, EGI has recently been asked to be a sponsor at the next major event, the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2019, taking place 14-16 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, with a prominent exhibition booth as a Diamond sponsor.

BDVA presents exciting opportunities for EGI and we look forward to the continued onboarding of new partnerships and collaborations.

European HTCondor Workshop 2019

The European HTCondor Workshop 2019 will be held in Italy, form 24 to 27 September, hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Lombardy, Italy.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

The workshop will be the fifth edition in Europe after the successful events at CERN in December 2014ALBA in February 2016DESY in June 2017 and RAL in September 2018.

The workshops are opportunities for novice and experienced users of HTCondor to learn, get help and have exchanges between them and with the HTCondor developers and experts. It is primarily addressed at users from EMEA, but open to everyone. The workshop consists of presentations, tutorials and “office hours” for consultancy. The HTCondor CE (Compute Element) will be covered prominently as well.

Registration is open until 4 September.

See all the details of the event.

Training: Introduction to EGI Notebooks

The EGI Foundation team will deliver a training on the EGI Notebooks service in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 27, co-located with the Eastern Partnership E-Infrastructure Conference.

This tutorial will introduce Jupyter and the open access EGI Notebooks service. The tutorial will go through the main features of the EGI Notebooks and show how to use it with Binder to implement Open Science. Participants will experience the system through hands-on exercises and can continue using these services after the training through the European Open Science Cloud. The tutorial will be relevant for researchers, and for programmers and IT-service providers who support research and education.

More information and how to register.

Upcoming EOSC-hub webinars

EOSC-hub will hold two webinars this July 2019:

The first webinar is entitled  “An EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC Service Management System” and will be held on 23 July from 11am to 12:30pm. The webinar will introduce participants to the Service Management System developed by EOSC-hub for the European Open Science Cloud,  with a particular focus on the Service Portfolio Management as a key and highly strategic process. The structure of the EOSC service portfolios will be also presented. This management system is based on the FitSM standard for IT Service Management.

Who should attend: technical architects from research infrastructures and projects, current and interested service providers and research infrastructure managers.

More information and registration.

The second webinar is entitled “An EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC Technical Architecture” and will be held on 24 July from 11am to 12:30pm. This webinar focus on describing the reference technical architecture for the European Open Science Cloud proposed by EOSC-hub. The proposed architecture is based on the concepts of service composability and interoperability.

Who should attend: service providers, users, members of other EOSC implementation projects including EOSC cluster projects, members of EOSC working groups, European and national e-infrastructures, European and national research infrastructures.

More information and registration.