Counting down to #EGI2021!

Did you register yet?

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!

GOSC: Introduction & Launch of Case Studies and Working Groups

Register for the virtual part of the GOSC introduction event on 28 June, 10:00-12:00 UTC!

With the aim of encouraging cooperation, and ultimately alignment and interoperability, among these and similar endeavours, the Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) initiative will go forward as an integral part of the ISC CODATA Decadal Program ‘Making Data Work for Cross Domain Grand Challenges’.

The vision for a global coordinating activity emerged from a number of discussions, including those at the 2019 CODATA Conference in Beijing, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has granted seed funding for CNIC to help launch the initiative. A CODATA GOSC Steering Group was established to help develop the foundations for the initiative and to ensure that it is fully international. Further information on the objectives, origins and linkages of the initiative is provided at the CODATA website.

The mission of GOSC will be to help connect various institutional, national, and regional initiatives, laying the foundations for cross-continental, federated, Open Science and FAIR infrastructure, and virtual research environments. GOSC will pursue its mission through thematic Working Groups addressing a number of challenges shared by Open Science Clouds (including governance and sustainability, policy and legal issues, technical alignment, and semantic interoperability). GOSC will also develop Case Studies of domain and cross-domain research supported by different Open Science infrastructures.

Register now!

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.

EGI Conference 2021: Call for Abstracts extended!


UPDATE: Deadline extended to August 9th!

Mark your calendars! The 2021 edition of EGI Conference will take place from 19 to 21 October 2021. 

This year’s theme will be ‘Beyond the Horizon – Shaping the Digital Future‘.

Do you want to be part of #EGI2021? The Call for Abstracts is now open!

You can submit your abstract from May 19th until July 1st 2021 August 9th. We are accepting submissions in the following formats:

  • Long presentations (25 mins)
  • Short presentations (15 mins)
  • Posters
  • Demonstrations (30 mins)
  • Workshops/Sessions (90 mins)

If you have any questions about your submission or are experiencing technical issues, don’t hesitate to contact us!

News and updates about the programme and registration process will be added on our conference page and distributed via our social channels. Stay tuned …

#EGI2021

Sign up for the Data Week – the registration is open!

Data Week is a three-day event focusing on the hottest topics of the industry! The programme is divided to six different tracks. On top of general topics, we have tracks for Data Spaces, Data Value and AI, Ecosystem and European opportunities. In addition, one track is fully dedicated to EUHubs4Data project

The event’s programme committee carefully evaluated and hand-picked you a collection of sessions, including business drivers of data-agile economy, AI in arts collaborations and Big Data as an enabler of European automotive industry… just to name a few! Leading professionals of the industry will give you the best insight into where the Big Data and Data-Driven AI ecosystem is heading. Join the discussion and shape the future of the European data community! 

Have a look at the agenda and register here! 

Data Week is held for the first time, following the Big Data Value Summit’s tradition, promoting opportunities, knowledge sharing and fostering the data ecosystem development. The event takes place from 25th to the 27th of May online. Registration is free of charge! 

 Follow the event’s webpage and  social media channels to stay updated!  

The Data Week 2021 is co-organised by DAIRO/BDVA and the EUHubs4Data project in collaboration with key members of the Portuguese R&I ecosystem (DECSIS,  valuedate.io and Ubiwhere).  

DIRAC Users Workshop

Another edition of the DIRAC Users Workshop will be organised on 10 – 11 May 2021. In the context of the ongoing coronavirus situation it will be a virtual event, but a perfect opportunity to catch up with the recent developments, to interact (online) with the DIRAC developers, service administrators and users, and last but not the least, to see what is coming up in DIRAC.
For other details (including registration – no fee!) please check here the website.

Policy Cloud webinar series: Data Driven Policymaking Week

Data Driven Policymaking Week wants to unite policymakers, public administrators, decision makers, and social science researchers around the four pilot use cases at the heart of the Policy Cloud project. 

Spread across Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, these pilot use cases:

  • serve as demonstrators for data-driven policy management 
  • model and showcase best-practice methodologies for engaging communities

During the week of 26-29 April 2021, four webinars are being hosted by the Policy Cloud consortium technology partners and experts from the Policy Cloud Impact Creation Board. Each webinar focuses on one of the pilot use cases.

The purpose of the webinars is to introduce the pilot use cases and present the technology solutions being developed to address each one’s policymaking challenges. 

Each session describes:

  • Pilot’s use case
  • Technology solutions
  • EU policy context 
  • Round Table Discussion

EGI Foundation is a partner in the Policy Cloud project. Policy Cloud has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870675

ExPaNDS workshop on EOSC

ExPaNDS is organising a workshop on the 6th and 7th April 2021: How is ExPaNDS delivering its data services to PaNOSC and EOSC.

Topics will range from metadata harvesting by B2FIND and OpenAIRE to publication of the data analysis pipelines in the PaN software catalogue.

A provisional agenda is available here.

The workshop is open to all and will spread over 2 days:

Topic:             PaN facilities data catalogues and EOSC

Who:               Primarily data catalogue developers and librarians

When:             6th April 10:30 to 12:30 CET

Topic:             PaN data analysis pipelines and EOSC

Who:               Primarily data analysis pipelines developers and users

When:             7th April 10:30 to 12:30 CET

Register in advance for this meeting!

DIGITbrain’s first open call webinar

The DIGITbrain project will conduct two open calls, which you can apply for, if you belong to one of the following groups and / or if you are a SME or mid-cap, located in the EU, a Horizon 2020 associated country or the UK. In every Open Call DIGITbrain will add 7 new highly innovative cross-border experiments, bringing together manufacturing end-users, technology / resource providers, research organizations and  Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), each implementing an individual use case-based software solution.
Experiments can cover all segments of the entire manufacturing sector, e.g. discrete manufacturing, continuous production, or construction and will be able to receive up to 100K Euros each.

This webinar will give an overview on the DIGITbrain open call process.

Find out more.

The Data Governance Act and Data-Driven Policymaking: Impact and Practical Implementations

The proposed regulation on European data governance will foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU, 

Policy CloudCyberwatchingDUET, and URBANITE invite big data and cloud solutions providers and policymakers from industrial, commercial and public realities to an expert briefing on the perceived scope of the Data Governance Act, the implications for cybersecurity and GDPR, and the practical ramifications for public and business administrations.

Agenda
  1. Introduction to the DGA and the Policy Cloud Legal and Ethical Framework for Data-Driven Policymaking, Alberto Bettiol (ICTLC International & Policy Cloud)
  2. The DGA and the Cybersecurity Implications for Policymakers and Public Administrations, Paolo Balboni (ICTLC International & Cyberwatching) 
  3. Practical Implications of the DGA for Data-Sharing in Digital Urban Twins, Pavel Kogut (DUET)  
  4. Round Table discussion, Alberto Bettiol, Martim Taborda Barata, Pavel Kogut, Sergio Campos Cordobes, Paolo Balboni
Who should attend
  • Policymakers 
  • Public administrators
  • Big data, cloud and solutions providers

Registration and more information.