Presenting the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days

From 26 to 28 April, join EOSC Future, the INFRAEOSC-07 projects and ARCHIVER to discover what the EOSC platform has to offer for resource and service providers. Whether you’re still discovering EOSC or you’re a seasoned provider in need of a refresher course, the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days will get you up to speed on the interoperability requirements, onboarding procedure and upcoming developments.

Check out the programme and register for this online event.

On 26 April, a team of technical experts and open science advocates will showcase how providers can interact with the EOSC platform. During a session on the EOSC Core, they will present the set of internal functionalities that allows EOSC to operate and how these functionalities support providers. The session on the EOSC portal, meanwhile, will focus on onboarding requirements and processes.

26 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTEOSC for data and service providers
10.00 – 11.30 CESTEOSC Core
11.45 am – 12.30 CESTFAIRification of data and services
13.30 – 15.00 CESTEOSC portal
15.15 – 16.00 CESTTowards composable services: The EOSC Interoperability Framework

Sessions on 27 and 28 April will provide targeted information for specific provider groups. Current resource and service providers will present what they are making available through EOSC and how they benefit from this. EOSC project representatives will give an overview of specific features for each group as well as upcoming improvements. All prospective and current providers are invited to join a detailed onboarding training session.

27 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTLibraries as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTRepositories as EOSC providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTUniversities as EOSC providers
12.00 – 12.45 CESTHPC centres as EOSC providers
14.00 – 15.30 CESTTraining session: How to onboard your services to the EOSC portal

28 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTScience clusters and research infrastructures as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTEOSC for commercial providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTNational infrastructures as EOSC providers

EGI-ACE Workshop: EOSC Compute Platform User Support

On April 5th, we are organising a User Support workshop for the EOSC Compute Platform. Registration is now open!

The EOSC Compute Platform, delivered by the EGI-ACE project, is a system of federated compute and storage facilities, complemented by diverse access, data management and compute enabling services. The EOSC Compute Platform is designed to support a wide range of data processing and analysis use cases, the hosting of scientific services, containers and data spaces. 

The workshop is organised for:

  • Existing and provisional EGI-ACE use cases,
  • The technical support staff (the shepherds) working with them, and
  • Any party who would like to learn about the capabilities and benefits of the EGI-ACE services, and the EOSC Compute Platform to use them for Open Science.

The workshop consists of two parts:

  • In the morning session, overview presentations with short Q&A slots will cover the different areas of services of the EOSC Compute Platform: Compute services; Data services, Higher-level services.
  • The afternoon session will consist of ‘use case support clinics’, where scientific communities (e.g. the EGI-ACE use cases) can work with the EGI-ACE technical experts. Bring your use case and questions to the clinics! The exact topics of the clinics will be selected from this Doodle based on the participants’ interest.

Doodle for the Clinic Sessions

This Doodle collects interests for topics to be featured in the Use case support clinics sessions of the EGI-ACE Compute Platform User Support Workshop. 

When filling out the Doodle please write your name + the use case (or project or institute) you represent. Topics offered in the Doodle are:

  • AI/ML (model development, training, delivery)
  • Containers (Kubernetes, Docker, uDocker, Singularity)
  • Orchestration (EC3/IM, DODAS, Indigo-PaaS)
  • Data management (File Transfer Service, caching, Rucio, DataHub, Publishing, FAIR)
  • Analytics service (Binder/Jupyter)
  • Authentication, authorisation, group/role mgm
  • Resource allocation and access (Cloud/HTC/HPC/GPU)

Connection information

Registered participants will receive the connection information in email closer to the event.

EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services.
EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.

EUH4D Data Forum 2022 is approaching

Building a trusted and fair data-driven federation” is the title of this year’s edition of the Data Forum promoted by the EUHubs4Data project.

Data Forum is an annual event organized by the EUHubs4Data, created to raise awareness, share results and recommendations and collect feedback on strategies and policies around data from the European Commission. The 2022 edition will be held on March 30th in Leuven, Belgium. The event is organized as a part of KU Leuven’s LAILEC (Leuven AI Legal and Ethics) 2022 conference

What does the European legislation need to foster data-driven cross-border experimentation and effective data sharing? Data Forum 2022 examines the creation of a federation of Data-Driven Innovation Hubs from the law and ethics perspective. It outlines the current and upcoming regulatory landscape and its impact on cross-border data-driven innovation and experimentation. Using the EUHubs4Data experiments and assets offering as a reference, it pinpoints the policy and ethical challenges of data sharing and addresses them with tangible examples. The event provides a far-sighted view of the creation of federated ecosystems and data spaces in Europe. 

The half-day event brings together an inspiring set of speakers with a wide variety of expertise. The panellists include EU policymakers, researchers, and representatives from SMEs, startups and DIHs. Giving the spotlight to innovators and research projects building European data markets, Data Forum 2022 provides insight drawing from the concrete experience of actors working in the field. The event welcomes entrepreneurs and SMEs creating data and AI services, DIHs wanting to strengthen their ecosystem, ethics and law scholars analysing the effects of the regulation, policy-makers and experts shaping the environment or anyone curious to see how the future of European innovation is shaped. 

More information about the programme and all the logistics is available on the EUH4Data website.


The EUHUBS4DATA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951771.

CERN thematic school on security of research computing infrastructures

The deadline is approaching to apply to the CERN thematic school 2022 on “Security of research computing infrastructures”.

The background

The CERN School of Computing promotes advanced learning and knowledge exchange in scientific computing among young scientists and engineers. 

This year’s thematic school, to take place on June 19-25, has security of research computing infrastructure as the main theme. This thematic school is addressed to people working in academia and research institutes, who need to ensure security and resilience of computing resources they manage as part of their job, and who want to be prepared to detect and handle possible security incidents.

Why security matters

Security is vital to ensure smooth operations of infrastructures. To provide and deliver a secure and stable infrastructure, giving scientists and researchers the protection and confidence they require to safely and effectively carry out their research, EGI runs the EGI Computer Security and Incident Response Team (EGI-CSIRT). EGI-CSIRT provides operational security for the EGI Infrastructure; it is a Certified member of TF-CSIRT Trusted Introducer Service and maintains links to security teams in peer infrastructures, National Grid Infrastructures (NGIs) and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). In addition to core activities of coordinating the response to the computer and network security incidents and mitigating threats to the infrastructure, the CSIRT team, in collaboration with NGI partners, provides services for security monitoring, security training, and best practice dissemination. The EGI CSIRT team collaborates with CERN to this year’ summer school on “Security of research computing infrastructures”, fostering security within EGI and beyond.

Info on registration and important dates

This school is organised by CERN in collaboration with the University of Split, and depending on the pandemic, it might take place in person. The full programme, available on CERN’s website, covers all aspects of security management, from the basics to protection and prevention of security threats, detection and response.

The deadline for submitting applications to the thematic summer school is Sunday, March 13.

Other important dates are: 

Tuesday, April 5 – invitations sent to the selected participants

Sunday, May 8 – registration fee payment deadline

Sunday, June 19 to Saturday June 25 – the school

Save the date: EGI2022

Mark your calendars! EGI Conference is taking place from September 20th until September 22nd in Prague, Czech Republic

After two successful virtual editions, we are excited to announce the date of the next edition of the EGI Conference. Despite the ongoing pandemic, we are hopeful that we will be able to see you all in real life again and are very grateful to CESNET for offering to host EGI2022 in beautiful Prague.

More details will be announced soon, but make sure to block the dates already in your calendars!

After a long period of travel restrictions,  EGI Foundation looks forward to the conference in Prague to meet our partners, project collaborators and user communities in person again. We are delighted to work with CESNET to make it a unique event, hosted in a unique and fascinating city, which has been the home already of many memorable EGI Community meetings.

Tiziana Ferrari
EGI Foundation Director

Make sure you keep an eye on our channels to stay up to date!

Look for #EGI2022 on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date about programme and registration updates!

PS: Of course, we are taking into account the possibility that we will have to organise another virtual event instead of a live meeting – but let’s keep our fingers crossed for now!

Collaboration with South Africa

South African site now integrated into the EGI Federated Cloud

EGI Federated cloud team is delighted to announce the integration of a South African site in the EGI cloud. The newest integration is ILIFU-UCT, an Openstack infrastructure hosted at the University of Cape Town and run by the Inter-University Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) and associated with several South African universities. The ILIFU-UCT cluster consists of over 4000 processing cores and more than 10 PB (raw) storage. Along with regional support of astronomy and bioinformatics communities, it will provide resources to international EGI communities as part of collaboration within the EGI-ACE project.

About the EGI Federated Cloud

The EGI Federated Cloud is an IaaS-type cloud consisting of academic, private clouds and virtualised resources built around open standards. The requirements of the scientific community drive its development.

About ILIFU-UCT

More information about Ilifu, a big data infrastructure for data-intensive research, can be found here.

 

South African – EU Dialogue workshop – new opportunities for collaboration

European Union is working on improving the collaboration between Sout Africa and EU in research area. On of the main outcome of the SA-EU Dialogue so far is a SA Open Science Cloud (SAOSC) Framework that will lead to the establishment of a SAOSC focused on research, development, and innovation. The Framework should be aligned with the envisaged Open Science Policy (currently under development) led by the DSI; cognisant of the Data and Cloud Policy of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT).
The SAOSC Framework will include a set of policy-based recommendations for the implementation of the South African Open Science Cloud (SAOSC) as part of an Open Science enabling environment. Guidelines and principles on critical aspects such as governance and management, resourcing, policies, monitoring and evaluation, and technologies enabling Open Science will be addressed in this dialogue.

 

Workshop

The successful development of the Framework will require broad-based consultations and inputs from stakeholders across the entire National System of Innovation, government departments and the private sector. To facilitate this broad-based consultation, a town-hall stakeholder (including international participants) workshop is planned for 3 February 2022.

The workshop format is envisaged as a one day hybrid workshop comprising an introductory plenary of dignitaries; the DSI context; an EOSC keynote address; and overview presentations on four thematic area by a leading authority in that area.

Simultaneous breakaways will follow, co-ordinated by a facilitator to allow for specialised discussions in each area, with a mix of SA and international presenters, and with a moderator/rapporteur to report back to the final plenary. The breakaway sessions will be structured by a high-level speaker who will be invited to share the current thinking in the international discussion on each thematic area; allowing local lead services to respond to start the debate.

More information about the workshop.

 

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