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 endorses the principles of the EOSC Declaration and advocates the European Open Science Cloud to be the initiative addressing the needs of open access, sharing within and across research communities, ensuring sustained funding to digital research infrastructures.
We advocate the scope of EOSC to be as broad as possible to include FAIR advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, software, knowledge and expertise that enables researchers to collaborate more easily and be more productive.
EGI commits to the following actions that altogether contribute to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud:
Governance and funding
- Support the definition, implementation and operation of the governing structure benefiting from its long-standing experience with more than 300 data centres in 50 countries.
- Contribute its best practices and experience to the definition of the EOSC “rules of engagement”, i.e. the policies for the EOSC actors (e.g. end-users, customers and providers) leveraging for the lightweight federation of services capabilities ensuring interoperability among multiple suppliers at worldwide scale.
Data culture and FAIR data
- Provide and improve implementation guidelines for FAIR services in the area of advanced compute, federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization, and contribute to the definition of the EOSC minimum set of reference standards and interoperation agreements and service accreditation models for EOSC.
- Develop the skills and certification schemes necessary to become users or operators of digital research infrastructures and EOSC through a network of community-lead competence centres involving multiple research communities, technology experts and service providers.
Research data services and architecture
- Operate the EOSC Hub, the Service Integration and Management system (SIAM) accountable for ensuring that all EOSC service providers perform to provide a seamless service that is compliant to contractual obligations made with customer organizations. Activities include: communicate and manage alignment of services to defined policies and standards, define and maintain service level agreements, conduct service audits and quality assurance reviews, manage end-to-end service level management performance retaining overall accountability, provide the tools for aggregating demand and supply, make services and research artefacts discoverable and accessible at European level etc.
- Operate an open hybrid e-infrastructure offering data-driven advanced compute – Cloud Compute and High-Throughput Compute – and data services from publicly funded and commercial organisations and maintain and evolve the related implementation guidelines to make the related services FAIR.
- Operate a federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization services for the EOSC users and service providers.
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