Peachnote, BioISI and D4Science service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and Peachnote has been extended until September 2018. Peachnote is a music score search engine and analysis platform using Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the EGI Federation.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and D4Science has been extended until January 2019. D4Science is a data infrastructure hosting over 100 Virtual Research Environments that serve research communities worldwide. D4Science will continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and the Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI) has been extended until January 2019. Thanks to the agreement, BioISI will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services.

Peachnote’s founder, Vladimir Viro, announced that they will soon participate in a new a new H2020 project called TROMPA (Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives. “I can say with certainty that the new project became possible thanks to the EGI support of our activities over the past years!”, Vladimir says.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the service agreements and is confident that EGI will continue to tie strong collaborations and serve even more research communities in the future.

New issue of the EGI newsletter

A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.

In this issue…

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Structural biology in the clouds: a 10-year-old success story

The structural biology community published an extensive presentation showcasing the successes of the 10-year-old collaboration with EGI.

The community’s MoBrain collaboration is developing online portals for life scientists worldwide and relies on High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services provided by the EGI Federation. In total, seven EGI data centres have offered around 75 million hours of computing time and more than 50 TB storage capacity to the research collaboration.

The MoBrain portals powered by EGI resources are: HADDOCK, DisVis, AMBER, CS-Rosetta, FANTEN and PowerFit. The web portal HADDOCK, for example, has so far processed more than 198,000 submissions from over 10,000 scientists, which translates into 8 million HTC computing jobs to EGI resources per year.

More usage trends and results of the partnership are available in the presentation.

The collaboration with EGI continues at the present time with a suite of dedicated thematic services within the EOSC-hub project.

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) started

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) kicked off in January 2018 in Bologna, Italy, with a mission to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in both existing and next-generation highly distributed computed environments in Europe.

XDC is coordinated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is a follow-up of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, which ended in September 2017. The XDC consortium brings together technology providers with experience in software development and large research communities from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as life sciences, clinical research, astrophysics and high energy physics.

Continuing the efforts of INDIGO-DataCloud in the direction of providing web-based and mobile interfaces, XDC will integrate some intelligence on top of data management functionalities to meet the specific needs of scientific communities and implement a more flexible, efficient and scalable computing and storage infrastructure in Europe.

“We are very happy to be part of the XDC project and build on the successes of INDIGO-DataCloud”, says Matthew Viljoen, Operations Manager at the EGI Foundation. “EGI is involved in this project by assisting with dissemination, training and technical exploitation and by contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC may be easily used on eInfrastructures”, he adds.

XDC involves eight partners and is funded with three million euros over 27 months.

For more information about the project, have a look at the eXtreme Data Cloud website.

New publication: EGI-Engage Impact & Results

We are happy to announce that we released a new publication featuring the results and impact of the EGI-Engage project.

EGI-Engage lasted for 30 months, from March 2015 to August 2017, and brought together 43 partners with a mission to expand the capabilities of a backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.

The new publication gives an overview of the EGI-Engage outcomes across Europe and in the world. The project’s impact was felt at a large scale – from diverse scientific disciplines and at all scales of the research landscape, from individual researchers to large research communities and Research Infrastructures.

The Key Exploitable Results (KERs) of the project showcase an impact in different areas such as the advancement of scientific knowledge, the adoption of digital innovation in science and the implementation of European policies.

EGI-Engage also shaped the way to the new EOSC-hub project, aimed at building the Hub: a European-level contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

We would like to thank all of the participants of EGI-Engage and the EGI community for being part of this project and all the resulting achievements.

Eight years of EGI at the forefront of innovation

Today, we are celebrating our 8th anniversary as an organisation that empowers researchers to transform data, software and expertise into knowledge and innovation.

The EGI Foundation was established in Amsterdam in 2010 to coordinate the activities of EGI on behalf of the community and to build an integrated pan-European infrastructure to primarily support European research communities.

EGI was a large infrastructure right from the beginning. What started at 200.000 CPU cores and 100 Petabytes available in 2010 reached about 850,000 cores and 650 Petabytes in 2018. This impressive growth is a response to the demands of new user communities in various scientific fields, from high-energy physics in 2010 to life sciences, astronomy, humanities & environmental sciences, among others, in 2018.

The EGI-Engage project built on the accomplishments of EGI-InSPIRE (ended in 2014) and saw a great evolution of our services and user communities as well as the pioneering of competence centres: distributed teams of experts where research groups and members of the EGI Federation co-developed new digital solutions for scientific challenges.

EGI is now a mature infrastructure with a rich service catalogue that serves a myriad of scientific communities all over the world.

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, says:  “I’d like to thank the EGI Community for all their accomplishments and support during these years! The coordination of the EOSC-hub project, which started in January 2018, is a wide recognition of EGI’s dedication to serve research and innovation and strive for excellence.”

We are only a few steps away from the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud and the building of the Hub: a central point for all European researchers and innovators to discover, access and use a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

A very happy birthday to the EGI community and we look forward to more exciting years ahead!

EGI Marketplace: exposing services to broader audiences

We are happy to announce that the EGI Marketplace is in production.

The marketplace is designed as an electronic market: it’s a platform where services can be advertised and where customers can easily order and access them. In addition, the Marketplace will enhance visibility for resource and service providers, raising awareness of what they can provide as well as helping to promote cross-disciplinary research.

The marketplace provides all the necessary functionalities for bringing together offering and demand to make research happen. Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support and Outreach Officer at the EGI Foundation, is confident that “the Marketplace will offer a unique opportunity for providers to showcase their services and for customers to find and order them in only a few clicks”.

All services are provided by the EGI Federation and partner institutions.

Marketplace workflow

  • Authentication: Managed through the EGI Check-in service, which allows customers to use the credentials of their home organization or social credentials (google, facebook, etc.).
  • Discover and order services: The customer browses the Marketplace, finds what is needed and configure and selects the services s/he needs to order.
  • Check-Out: The service orders are submitted with information complemented with the customer profile. The order then follows the appropriate service order management, according to the EGI Integrated Management System (IMS) processes and procedures.

The EGI Marketplace was developed using PrestaShop technology and is also the main web interface to access the Applications on Demand service (AoDs). From now on, users of the EGI Applications on Demand service can use the EGI Marketplace to submit a service-order for one of the available applications and applications hosting frameworks”, says Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert of the EGI Foundation.

The marketplace was developed for the EGI Community by CYFRONET, the EGI Foundation and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Have a look at the EGI Marketplace website.

 

 

EOSC-hub: integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud

The EC-funded project EOSC-hub project started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

The consortium of 100 partners from more than 50 countries will develop the vision of the Hub as the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud. The EOSC-hub project mobilises providers from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and other major European research infrastructures to deliver a common catalogue of research data, services and software for research.

For researchers, this will mean a broader access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

EOSC-hub will significantly reduce the fragmentation of the IT facilities and digital tools in Europe. By bringing together a broad range of services from general and domain-specific research digital infrastructures under a common integration and operation layer, the EOSC-hub will foster new modes of working for collaborative research to deliver trusted services.

EOSC-hub will liaise closely with OpenAIRE Advance, a project set up to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe.

Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI Foundation and Project Coordinator, says: “I am thrilled to work for a project that is expected to lower access barriers, tackling issues such as federated identity, harmonization of service access policies, and coordinated service provisioning in Europe and beyond. With the Hub, sharing, using and reusing research data will be easier for research collaborations at all scales.”

Per Öster, Director of Research Infrastructures and Policy at CSC-IT Center for Science and Project Director, says: “Data is now in focus everywhere in research. The vision of the European Open Science Cloud, a capability to share and work with data for all research is very strong. By this project we take the first steps toward federated support of services to realise this vision.”

Giacinto Donvito, Technical Director of INDIGO-DataCloud and Technical Coordinator, says: “In EOSC-hub, we are integrating technological requirements and use cases coming from tens of Scientific Communities to facilitate how science is made, speed up adoption of innovative technologies and improve competitiveness of Europe in the exploitation of distributed data, compute and storage resources.”

More information

The project will bring together hundreds of experts working in a number of intertwined tasks covering strategy, business development, technical coordination and service management, to give a few examples.

Tiziana Ferrari, as EOSC-hub Project Coordinator, will be responsible for the overall project management including administrative and financial management within and across work packages. The Project Management Board, under the coordination of Per Öster, Project Director, will supervise the project strategy and implementation. Giacinto Donvito will lead the Technology Committee, a body created to evolve the project’s technical roadmap and supervise the contribution to open source community projects.

The EOSC-hub project (full title: Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud) will run for 36 months, through to December 2020 with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 777536.

Contact points

Email: info@eosc-hub.eu
EOSC-hub website: www.eosc-hub.eu (under construction)
Twitter: @eosc_eu

 

EGI highlights at DI4R 2017

The Digital Infrastructures for Research conference is just around the corner, taking place from 30 November to 1 December 2017 in Brussels.

Europe’s leading e-infrastructures, EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe, invite all researchers, developers and service providers for two days of brainstorming and discussions under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”.

EGI is proud to participate with use cases and presentations in the following sessions and demos:

  • National initiatives: this session, chaired by Tiziana Ferrari, will showcase how how national digital service providers supporting research and open science, are strategically getting organized nationally to increase cross-coordination, strategy making and sustainability.
  • Special focus on Earth Observation: the session includes talks featuring EGI’s support for the Earth Observation field, such as our collaborations with Terradue and NextGEOSS.
  • Building ENVRI-as-a-Service to the EOSC: chaired by Yin Chen, the session will focus on ways of connecting ENVRIs to the European Open Science Cloud.
  • How to make EOSC services FAIR? Gergely Sipos and Diego Scardaci explore ways to develop FAIR services (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), such as the EGI Marketplace.
  • The future EOSC-hub Marketplace: This demonstration will introduce the EGI Marketplace and how it will be used in the EOSC-hub project and become the landing page for users of the European Open Science Cloud.

The full programme of the conference is available online. You can follow @DI4R_eu on Twitter and share your updates live at the conference by using the hashtag #DI4R2017.

We look forward to greeting you in Brussels!

9th European Innovation Summit

The 9th European Innovation Summit will take place from 27 November  to 1 December 2017 at European Parliament in Brussels and in the context of the first ever European Innovation Week.

2017 is an important year for the future of innovation in Europe and preparations for the next multi-annual financial framework have started. The summit is an opportunity to reflect on how innovation can be done more intelligently by making better use of available knowledge and resources. The debates should focus on concrete solutions addressing major challenges.
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.

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, will speak at the opening ceremony of the event and will communicate EGI’s role in stimulating innovation practices in Europe.

Have a look at the full programme.