#EGI2021: Focus on EOSC

Join us on October 19th for an EOSC-themed day!

During our #EGI2021 first conference day, October 19th, we will focus on a variety of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) projects, services and tools. 

In the morning, you can discover the EOSC Synergy project in ‘Bridging from theory to practice with EOSC-Synergy’, or find out how EGI powers several core EOSC Services in the session ‘EGI-powered Thematic Services in EOSC‘.

Throughout the conference, we showcase a number of demonstrations – and on this day, two of them are EOSC-themed: at 12.45 CEST, Find out how the EOSC Test Suite can help with benchmarking and validation, and at 13.30 CEST, how you can onboard resources on the EOSC Portal. 

The first afternoon sessions focus on ‘Gaia-X Architecture and its Implications for EOSC and the research community‘ or you can learn more about EOSC -related services and projects during these short presentations about EOSC-Performance, EOSC-DIH, EGI-ACE, EOSC-Synergy and ESCAPE.

Finally, join us for a workshop focusing on EOSC Future and EOSC Core.

EOSC Future launches the first of its RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. The RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data description
  • identify, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like: 

  • Is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • What communities can be involved to update it?
  • Are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

Grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.

EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future. The EOSC Future project is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

11 new Research Infrastructures included in ESFRI Roadmap 2021

Selected Research Infrastructures include OPERAS and SoBigData++

ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (RI), confirms their €4.1 billion investment in excellent science contributing to address European challenges and includes 11 new RI’s in its 2021 Roadmap Update.

Following a two-year long evaluation and selection procedure, ESFRI proudly announces the 11 proposals that have been scored high for their science case and maturity for implementation and will be included as new Projects in the ESFRI 2021 Roadmap Update

EGI is happy to be involved in two of the selected RI’s, OPERAS and SoBigData++. Both RI’s will significantly support a key EU priority, Digital Transition:

  • OPERAS – Open Access in the European Research Area through Scholarly Communication, the distributed RI to enable Open Science and upgrade scholarly communication practices in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in line with the European Open Science Cloud. 
  • SoBigData++ – European Integrated Infrastructure for Social Mining and Big Data Analytics, a resource for sharing datasets, methods, research skills and computational resources for supporting the comprehension of social phenomena through the lens of Big Data. 

Read the full press release, with an overview of all 11 selected RI’s, here.


About the ESFRI Roadmap
ESFRI has established a European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (new and major upgrades, pan-European interest) for the next 10-20 years, stimulates the implementation of these facilities, and updates the roadmap as needed. The ESFRI Roadmap arguably contains the best European science facilities based on a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. It combines ESFRI Projects, which are new Research Infrastructures in progress towards implementation, and ESFRI Landmarks successfully implemented Research Infrastructures enabling excellent science. 

 

European Commission enters into a partnership with the EOSC Association

During the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, the European Research and Innovation Days,  the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) reached a major new milestone.

On June 23rd 2021, the European Commission (EC) and the newly formed EOSC Association  signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a co-programmed partnership until 2030.The Partnership has been signed by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education & Youth and Thierry Breton, Commissioner of Internal Market,  on behalf of the European Commission, and on behalf of EOSC by Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association.

As long standing partners, the EGI Federation welcomes the EC commitment to the EOSC vision and mission with the EC-EOSC partnership established today

Tiziana Ferrari, EGI Foundation Director

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative aims to deliver a federated infrastructure for all researchers, innovators, companies and citizens with seamless access to an open-by-default, efficient and cross-disciplinary environment for storing, accessing, reusing data, tools, publications and other scientific outputs for research, innovation and educational purposes. With this partnership, the EC supports an Open Science policy that builds trust in a digitally enabled and more open and robust research process not only for scientists, but also for society at large. 

EGI Director Tiziana Ferrari welcomes the commitment of the European Commission to EOSC: The European Open Science Cloud will support researchers with easier access to more research data and tools. As long standing partners, the EGI Federation welcomes the EC commitment to the EOSC vision and mission with the EC-EOSC partnership established today’

Watch a recording of the signing ceremony (with speech from Prof. Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpxUWEim2hg


Link to the original press release.

As a key player in important  EOSC projects – e.g., EOSC-hub (finished), EGI-ACE and EOSC Future) – EGI supports the implementation of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by:

  • Delivering the computing platform that serves as a federated secure and trustworthy hosting environment for European core research data exploitation across organisations, projects and national boundaries. 
  • Providing key components of the EOSC Core such as the EOSC Marketplace and the EOSC Portal AAI infrastructure, service availability monitoring, usage accounting, the helpdesk, and policies and processes for the provisioning of the EOSC federated ‘web of data and services’ 
  • Coordinating the EOSC service portfolio and the service provider onboarding process
  • Coordinating dedicated user support actions such as the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub and the EOSC Early Adopter Programme

HealthyCloud: Joint Workshop of Strategic Projects for the Health Research & Innovation Cloud

On May 18th 2021, HealthyCloud organises a workshop with the aim of bringing together European projects and initiatives working towards making secure cross-border health data sharing a reality. Key representatives from EOSC-LifeB1MGPHIRI and TEHDAS Joint action will be invited to share lessons learned, expected outcomes and best ways to tackle common challenges.

The purpose of the workshop is to allow these projects to align their activities by identifying potential synergies and promoting coordination, while avoiding overlap between project objectives. In addition, selected stakeholder representatives from the public sectornational and EC policymakersregulators and ethics committeesacademiaindustrypatients and citizens will be invited to join. They will bring into the discussions specific information from the communities they represent and highlight challenges of health data sharing they would like to see addressed within a pan-European Health Research and Innovation Cloud.

The main discussion points and conclusions of this workshop will be presented in the eHealth Summit Portugal (1-2 June 2021, virtual) in the track dedicated to secondary use of real-world data.

The objective of HealthyCloud is to generate a number of guidelines, recommendations and specifications that will enable distributed health research across Europe in the form of a Ready-to-implement Roadmap. This roadmap together with the feedback gathered from a broad range of stakeholders will be the basis to produce the final HealthyCloud Strategic Agenda for the European Health Research and Innovation Cloud (HRIC).

In HealthyCloud, EGI leads the task on the analysis of the existing computation infrastructures with special view on health research, and will propose a reference architecture for computational services to serve the Health Research and Innovation Cloud ecosystem. 


The HealthyCloud project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement Nº 965345.

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

 

New challenges in data science: Big Data and Deep Learning on Data Clouds

The summer course New challenges in data science: Big Data and Deep Learning on Data Clouds will take place in Santander, from 18  to 22 June, in the context of the DEEP Hybrid-DataCloud and eXtreme-DataCloud projects.

The course is targeted at specialists and students of different academic levels (master, graduate students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral students and senior scientists) interested in current research trends regarding compute intensive data analytics techniques over massive amounts of data. A special special emphasis is put on deep learning, high-performance computing and hybrid cloud platforms.

The first half of the course is devoted to the study and analysis of different use cases (in Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Bioinformatics and Biodiversity). Over these sessions, an in-depth analysis and consolidation of technical requirements will be performed, with the objective of understanding the present and future challenges in these scientific areas over the next years.

The last part of the course will consist on the description of a practical deployment and implementation of the tools required to perform the aforementioned massive data processing on top of a cloud computing environment. The integration of existing HPC systems (like supercomputers) in cloud environments will also be tackled.

The discussion will be framed in the context of the European Open Science Cloud, with a focus on researchers requirements and the different computing platforms present at both the national and European level.

See all the details of the course.

 

EU Competitiveness Council endorsed the implementation roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud was endorsed by EU research ministers on 29 May in Brussels. During the event, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, put an emphasis on the following aspects for the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud:

  • The Cloud should be a wide, pan-European federation of existing and emerging excellent infrastructures, which respects the governance and funding mechanisms of its components
  • Membership in this federation would be voluntary
  • The governance structure would include member state ministries, stakeholders and scientists.

The EOSC-hub project plays a crucial role in this ambition, as it is set to create the integration and service management structure of the EOSC – the hub – where researchers and innovators can discover, access, and use a variety of advanced data-driven resources.

In the meeting, Carlos Moedas also presented the integrated advice of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). Established in 2016, the platform is made of stakeholders who advise the Commission on how to further develop and implement an Open Science policy in Europe.

Overall, this political endorsement will accelerate the implementation of the EOSC. The next important events are:

  • EOSC Summit: the scientific and policy stakeholders of the EOSC will gather in Brussels on 11 June to discuss the rules of participation in the EOSC and the drafting of pan-European principles for FAIR data.
  • DI4R 2018: the third edition of DI4R will be held in Lisbon, from 9 to 11 October and will showcase the policies, best practices and services necessary for the support of research.
  • Launch of the EOSC governance structure: on 23 November, the incoming Austrian Presidency of the Council plans to gather research and innovation ministers to sign off the governance structure, which will steer the work of several projects under Horizon 2020, and to launch the first version of the EOSC Portal.

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 first EOSC-hub week: 16-20 April in Málaga, Spain

We are very happy to announce that the first EOSC-hub week will take place in Málaga, Spain, from 16 to 20 April 2018.

The EOSC-hub week will be made of two events: two public days (16-17 April, open to everyone) and an all-hands meeting (18-20 April, open only to EOSC-hub partners).

The public days will take place at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga (FYCMA), while the all-hands meeting will be hosted by the University of Malaga (UMA).

The public days, sponsored by the EGI Foundation, the EUDAT CDI and the XDC project, welcomes the participation of service providers, representatives of the research communities and policy makers engaged in the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud.

The first day will kick-off with a keynote presentation by Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Head of the eInfrastructure Unit of the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). The programme of this day features four main tracks dedicated to users, service providers, policy and technology.

The second day is structured around specific e-infrastructures workshops, such as “EGI in the EOSC ERA: Status, Impact and Future steps”, “EOSC AAI”, etc.

The all-hands meeting is exclusively open to EOSC-hub partners.

A welcome coffee will be served starting 12:30 pm on the first day of the event.

The draft programme of the event and instructions for registration are now available online.

Please find more information on the EOSC-hub website.

We look forward to greeting you in Málaga!