Save the Date! EUHubs4Data Data Forum is coming up!

On the 30th of March 2021, the EUHubs4Data project is organising an online interactive workshop (the Data Forum) focusing on discussing the remaining barrier for cross-border data sharing and experimentation and how to address them. 

The workshop will gather experts from public authorities, private organisations and projects with strategic experience in developing solutions for enhancing cross-border data sharing. In particular, the event will focus on policy, technical, business and legal and ethical challenges and how to address them. 

Stay tuned! More information on the agenda and the speakers will be available soon.

If you are interested in the EUHubs4Data project do not hesitate to visit its website

EGI-ACE public launch event

EGI-ACE empowers researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research across borders through free at point of use services. Building on the distributed computing integration in EOSC-hub, it delivers the EOSC Compute Platform and contributes to the EOSC Data Commons through a federation of Cloud compute and storage facilities, PaaS services and data spaces with analytics tools and federated access services.

The public launch of EGI-ACE will take place digitally, on February 5 2021. The event is open for any user and compute provider who is interested how to use/benefit from the EOSC Compute Platform. Registration to the event is free and compulsory.

Please see all the details of the event.

PaN ESCAPE Data Management Workshop

The PaNOSC and ExPaNDS projects, in collaboration with the H2020 ESCAPE project are delighted to invite you to the – PaN ESCAPE Data Management Workshop on 12th January 2021.

Find out more on the event and register here.

Workshop details:
  • Title: ExPaNDS & PaNOSC – ESCAPE Data Management Workshop
  • Date: 12th January 2021
  • Time: 08:30 GMT/09:30 CET to 11:45 GMT/12:45 CET
Agenda:             
  • Project Introduction & overview ExPaNDS & PaNOSC – Patrick Fuhrmann (DESY)
  • Project Introduction & overview ESCAPE – Xavier Espinal (CERN)
  • Prominent PaN use cases:
    •  Ian Johnson (STFC)
    •  Marco De Simone (CERIC ERIC)
    •  Jean-Francois Perrin (ESRF)
  • ESCAPE data lake use cases – Xavier Espinal (CERN)
    • The MAGIC telescope experiment – Agustin Bruzzese (PIC)
    • SKA Experiment – James Collinson (SKA)
    • Quality of Service (QoS) in Storage – Paul Millar (DESY)
  • Q&A Session

Please note that this workshop will be recorded and the recording will be published on the PaNOSC and ExPaNDS websites after the event.

EUHubs4Data first Open Call for SMEs and Start ups!

The EUHubs4Data project vision is to establish a European federation of Big Data Digital Innovation Hubs which will be based on the premise “global catalogue, local offer” and which will ensure to SMEs and start-ups access to a global catalogue of data sources and federated data driven services

This vision will start to become a reality right now! The EUHubs4Data project has just launched the first open call aimed at supporting SMEs and start-ups in their data-driven innovation journey. This call will finance cross-border experiments from SMEs and start-ups leveraging the EUHubs4Data data and service catalogues, which are available at https://euhubs4data.eu/datasets and https://euhubs4data.eu/services.

These catalogues compile exciting data sources and services which are made available by the Digital Innovation Hubs participating in the project. Each experiment leveraging these catalogues will receive hands-on support and coaching from at least two Digital Innovation Hubs and will benefit from 60.000 euro of grants.

To participate in the open calls, applicants are invited to submit their proposal in English through the F6S platform (https://www.f6s.com/EUHubs4Data) by the 29th of January 2021 at noon (Brussels time).  SMEs and teams of individuals can submit more than one proposal if they wish so, but only one proposal per SME or team will be funded. The maximum duration of each experiment is of 9 months. 

If you are interested to hear more, you can still register to one of the two information sessions which have been organised for potential applicants:

  • First information session – 18/12/2020 – 12h (Brussels time). Registration here.
  • Second information session – 12/01/2021 – 12h (Brussels time). Registration here.

All information on the first open call as well as all supporting material is available https://euhubs4data.eu/1st-open-call/. In case of questions on the open call, please contact opencall@euhubs4data.eu


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Horizon Cloud Summit 2020

The Horizon Cloud Summit 2020 will take place online from 25 to 26 November, aiming at gathering researchers and innovators, cloud stakeholders, as well as cloud initiatives and projects to be on top of the relevant technology and market developments. The main objectives are to:

  • Discuss and shape the strategic Agenda for Research, Innovation and Deployment of Cloud Computing in Europe as a crucial step to guide future public and private investments, by identifying the main research, innovation and deployment opportunities and challenges.
  • Share information on the latest advancements in the European Cloud Computing landscape, including relevant research initiatives, regulations, innovation, market opportunities, emerging use cases, as well as markets and business models.
  • Increase collaboration among Cloud stakeholders and foster the creation of synergies across the European Cloud Computing ecosystem, that will ensure its growth.

Registration is open and free!

Biggest attendance in 10 years of EGI events

We counted a total of 768 registrations at our EGI Conference 2020, a number we haven’t seen before! Of course, this is due to it being virtual for the first time, but we were still surprised! To have double the participants than we normally does give quite an indication of the attractiveness of our programme, at least that is what we like to think!

The 3-day virtual conference had a packed programme, with topics ranging from technical developments to the Global Open Science Cloud. Serving a variety of participants, coming from all over the world with a total of 53 countries represented. Not only did we have a diverse crowd in terms of geo location, but we also saw a great representation of different job roles ranging from researchers to sysadmins. See a few of our key metrics in the image below.

The succes of our conference would never have been the same if it wasn’t for our EGI Foundation colleagues who we called our ‘Zoom Heroes’ making sure no technical issues remained unsolved, the programme committee who did a marvelous job on making sure we would have an incredible programme, and of course the enthusiastic speakers, presenters and participants!

We hope that we will be able to physically meet each other at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, and if not, we’re at least a little more experienced in organising a virtual conference!

Did you attend the conference? Could we please ask 5 minutes of your time to fill in the feedback survey for us to become even better in the following events?

Global Open Science Cloud Workshop

The Global Open Science Cloud workshop will take place from 3 to 4 November 2020, co-located with the EGI Conference.

Jointly organised by EGI, Computer Network Information Center (Chinese Academy of Science) and CODATA, the workshop will discuss how to bring Open Science at the Global Level. It will be a unique opportunity to bring together senior representatives of international research communities, policy makers, digital infrastructure representatives and funding agencies, focusing on the coordinated support to international research communities.

More details are at: Register now

EOSC Synergy Dutch Data Landscape Workshop @ EGI Conference 2020

A few weeks ago, the EOSC Synergy project published landscape analysis reports. In co-location with the EGI Conference 2020, they will zoom in to one of the national results, namely that of the Netherlands, where our conference was initially planned for this fall. Unfortunately the conference had to be turned into a virtual one, and so our workshop saw a similar fate. Luckily, we have internet connectivity on our side.

On Thursday 5 november, just one day after the conference programme, there will be an EOSC Synergy Dutch Data Landscape Workshop in a joint effort with EGI and DANS. The aim of this workshop is to present the findings of the landscape reports, zooming in on the Dutch report in particular, to validate these results, and to discuss how researchers can be best provided with the data services and digital infrastructure that meet their demands.

Got your attention? Register to the workshop through the EGI Conference 2020 registration form and visit the dedicated Indico workshop page for the programme and further details.

Counting down to the EGI Conference 2020!

In just a few days we’ll finally be meeting each other (virtually, sadly…) to exchange knowledge and updates, present and attend demonstrations, and we’ll even be given the opportunity for an attempt to socialise! How to ensure you’re well prepared? If you’re registered, you’ll be receiving our conference pack this Friday, so make sure you’ve checked this box! What else?

  • Did you know we have invited an impressive list of speakers to our event? Check out the ‘Featured Speakers‘ page on the Indico website to get familiarised with the speakers, their expertise and presentations before the conference starts.
  • We have a very wide variety of sessions to offer you! Check out the full programme to view what session will be held when and who is contributing to it.
  • Co-located events? Sure, we got that too! Make sure to register for the EOSC Synergy Dutch Data Landscape Workshop on 5 November (one day after the conference). Registration is done through our conference registration form. Additionally, we have a FitSM training spread over 2 days on 5-6 November.
  • What was that about socialising? In an attempt to do this (though we are aware nothing beats a physical cocktail) we are organising a networking session at the end of the last day, where Amsterdam will come to you and a quiz is waiting for you! You don’t want to miss this! PS: We have great prizes waiting for you!