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.

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.

7th ENVRI Week

ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures, organised twice a year. ENVRI week hosts ENVRIplus project related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders.

The 7th ENVRI week is taking place in Riga, Latvia, from 5 to 9 November, 2018.

The event will host an open ENVRI community meeting on November 5. All the environmental Research Infrastructures, e-infrastructures as well as other relevant RI networks, projects and clusters are invited to attend the meeting. See more information here.

Find out more about ENVRI week.


ISGC 2019 Submission Deadline Extended

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2019 will take place from 31 March to 5 April 2019 at Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan.

This year, the event’s theme is “Efficient and Safe Processing of FAIR Open Data”. The goal of ISGC 2019 is to create a face-to-face venue where individual communities and national representatives can present and share their contributions to the concepts of Open Data and Open Science.

The call for papers has been extended to 19 November, apply now!

Important dates and information:

• On-line Submission
• Submission Deadline: Monday, 19 November 2018
• Abstract Word Limit: 400 (minimum)~600 (maximum) words

Find out more about the event.

Workshop: Success Patterns of Data-driven Business

BDVA / BDVe is organising a one-day workshop for business champions, entrepreneurs and interested „techies“ of the BDVA PPP to gain practical experiences of how to explore data-driven business opportunities. The workshop will take place on 15 November 2018 and will be co-located to the EBDVF 2018 at Siemens Conference Center (same venue that EBDVF 2018 Day 3). The workshop is free-of-charge for BDVA PPP entrepreneurs, however registration is mandatory.

There is a limited number of free seats left, so register soon.

Please see more information and how to register.


3rd edition of the ASTERICS-OBELICS workshop

The 3rd edition of the ASTERICS-OBELICS workshop will take place at the Postdoc Centre-Eddington, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK from 23 to 26 October 2018.

The workshop will be focused on:

  • an overview of the OBELICS achievements to the Astronomy and astroparticle physics community. In particular, the open software and services repository developed within OBELICS as well as other solutions created within OBELICS in cooperation with industries will be presented.
  • the developments of new software analysis approaches (e.g. Bayesian statistics, AI and Machine Learning) developed within the ASTERICS partner ESFRI and other world-class research infrastructures in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics.
  • an overview of the developments in the implementation of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), with presentations from EOSC-hub, EOSCpilot as well as Astronomy ESFRI projects. The objective of this session will be to identify how astronomy and astroparticle physics community can support EOSC.

See more details on the workshop and how to register. 

10th European Innovation Summit

The 10th European Innovation Summit will take place from 26 to 29 November 2018 in and around the European Parliament in Brussels, and will mark its 10 year anniversary.

The programme will address hot topics currently on the policy agenda, developments in sectors crucial for Europe’s competitiveness as well as a deep dive into emerging technologies. A special session will be dedicated to European elections and how MEPs play the innovation card during campaign.

The summit will also host the EUtop50 founders and tech festival, providing a unique setting in terms of relevant stakeholders and information for start-ups to move their venture to the next level. Find out more on the event’s website.

Topics of the 10th European Innovation Summit:

A. Horizontal topics

  • Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research & Innovation
  • EU-Cohesion programmes  supporting innovation policy implementation in all regions
  • MFF, the Multiannual Financial Framework post 2020

B. Emerging and Breakthrough Technologies

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Quantum Technologies, Next Generation Computing, Internet of Things/5G mobile, Sunthetic Cells/Genome Editing, Augmented/Virtual/Reality

C. Across industry and sectors 

Digital Transformation/Industry 4.0, Climate Change, Clean Energy, Food for all, Healthcare for a better life, Materials/Chemicals for sustainability, Urban Mobility/Carbon free transport, FinTech/Financial services, Education: adapting curricula to reality, Smart Cities, Circular Economy, Security/Cyber security, Space technology and more.

D. European Elections 2019: putting innovation on top of the campaign 

E. Celebrating 10 years of European Innovation Summit

Summit partners have the opportunity to organize their own event as part of the summit programme on a topic of their choice and contribute to the plenary and other conference sessions.

FitSM goes global through APMG

APMG International, a global accreditation body and examination institute, is the newest Certification Partner set to support the leading lightweight IT Service Management standard – FitSM – through a recently signed agreement with the FitSM non-profit license holder ITEMO (IT Education Management Organization).

As many of our readers know, FitSM is an open, lightweight standard for professionally managing services that has been a growing reference framework for many research and e-infrastructures dating back to its inception via the FedSM project funded by the European Commission between 2012-2015. Though there have been more than 1000 certificates issued to date and more than 15 accredited organizations delivering FitSM training commercially, it has been mostly limited to German speaking countries with the main exception of the EGI Foundation.

Through APMG, FitSM can now expand internationally through its global network of accredited, quality training organizations. APMG assesses trainers and training organizations around the globe to establish their suitability to meet the high standards required to become APMG accredited.

Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG International, stated in the recent announcement: “With high-quality training options, the FitSM suite of standards is an exceptional offering to the market, thanks to original funding from the European Commission through the ‘FedSM’ project. The standard can be freely downloaded, which includes open source course materials where candidates can develop their knowledge by learning lightweight IT Service Management, at pace, starting today”.

Robert Kuhlig, Chairman of ITEMO, also complemented these sentiments: “We are delighted to be partnering with APMG who have a proven track record for professional accreditation and examination. It is this rigorous and trusted assessment history that we are engaging to ensure all our training, trainers and course materials meet the very high standards required. Moreover, with a global footprint, APMG can help spread the benefit of FitSM to organizations around the world.”

I personally was involved in the development of FitSM through the FedSM project, first as a client partner needing to implement service management within the EGI Federation, to moving into more of a consultant and trainer role over the course of the years. I cannot express how excited and proud I am to have been a part of this journey and to see FitSM taken to a place it truly deserves. All to think that this was a result of an EC funded project!