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Save the date: DI4R 2018 will be held in Lisbon, 9 to 11 October

The third edition of the annual Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) conference will be held this year at the University of Lisbon campus in Lisbon, Portugal, from 9 to 11 October.

Building on the success of DI4R2016 (Krakow) and DI4R2017 (Brussels), DI4R2018 promises to be the biggest and best yet. Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, the event will bring a packed programme of sessions, posters and networking opportunities to Europe’s researchers, developers and service providers – leading to brainstorming and discussions on how best to serve the user base.

We would like to take the opportunity to proudly announce that this year’s co-chairs will be Volker Guelkow (from DESY) and Sinéad Ryan from (Trinity College).

So make sure to save the date and keep an eye on the DI4R2018 website to stay updated.

Registration open for a new EGI service: ISO 27001 Training

We are happy to announce that registration is open for a new EGI training service: ISO 27001 Training (Foundation level).

The ISO 27001 training teaches the fundamentals of Information Security and how to implement a management system (ISMS) within a given organisation.ISO 27001 is part of the ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards designed to help organisations keep information assets secure. It offers an efficient approach to managing and securing information such as intellectual property, finances, personal data, both internal and data entrusted by third parties.

The training programme is structured in two levels: Foundation and Professional.

The first ISO 27001 Foundation training will take place in Amsterdam, from 19 to 21 September. A formal certification will be offered to all participants of the course that successfully pass the final exam.

Details of the training and registration can be found online.

See more information about the ISO 27001 Training service.

EOSC-hub & OpenAIRE-Advance: national nodes meetup

The EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advanced projects are organising a webinar to bring together the national contact points of EGI(the NGI International Liaisons – NILs) and the representatives of the National Open Access Desks (NOADs).

The online event will take place on April 24th at 15:00 (CET) and is organised by Gergely Sipos, EGI’s Customer and Technical Outreach Manager and part of the EOSC-hub Engagement team, and Najla Rettberg, OpenAIRE Community Manager.

The webinar is open to all members of the NIL and NOAD networks and aims to strengthen national collaborations and synergies between local teams of the two projects. The initiative is part of the ongoing collaboration between EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance to increase the speed, quality and openness of science and to jointly work towards the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Both projects rely on their local networks to support training activities, outreach and dissemination and this objective will benefit from a common understanding of national priorities and strong local collaborations.

The webinar programme is available online and will give ample time for discussion and brainstorming about the next steps.

More information:

Preliminary agenda and connection details

All FitSM Training Levels are available

We are happy to announce that registration is open for all 4 FitSM training levels. The trainings are organised by the EGI Foundation and will take place in April, May and June 2018.

The available courses and dates are the following:

More details on the courses and prices are accessible on the EGI website.

For specific interests and questions, feel free to send an e-mail to training@egi.eu.

Save your spot now!

New issue of the EGI newsletter

A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.

In this issue…

Happy reading and don’t forget to subscribe!

LSGC, MoBrain, NBIS and Terradue service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and the Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) has been extended until January 2019. The Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) is a virtual research community that supports life-science applications on the EGI federation. The SLA extension allows these research groups to use EGI High-Throughput Compute and Online Storage to contribute to the development of the life science research field.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and MoBrain has been renewed until December 2020. The main objective of the MoBrain competence centre is to lower barriers for scientists to access modern e-Science solutions from micro to macro scales. Thanks to the renewed agreement, MoBrain will continue to access the High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services they need for their research.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and NBIS has been extended until December 2018. NBIS is supporting life sciences and bioinformatics. Their communities will continue to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and Terradue has been renewed until January 2020. Terradue, a company specialised in delivering e-Infrastructures for earth sciences, will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute.

Nanjiang Shu, Researcher at NBIS, says: “We appreciate very much the excellent service provided by EGI.”

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreements and says: “We are very proud to renew these SLAs that continue to provide our services and strengthen our collaborations with a variety of research communities.” He also informs about a significant change in the agreement policy: “From now on the agreements with service providers are automatically renewed – as long as the provider does not express the wish to terminate it, at least a month before the end date. This change helps the EGI community to lower the effort needed to negotiate SLA extensions, so we can serve more communities, more efficiently.”

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!

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) started

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) kicked off in January 2018 in Bologna, Italy, with a mission to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in both existing and next-generation highly distributed computed environments in Europe.

XDC is coordinated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is a follow-up of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, which ended in September 2017. The XDC consortium brings together technology providers with experience in software development and large research communities from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as life sciences, clinical research, astrophysics and high energy physics.

Continuing the efforts of INDIGO-DataCloud in the direction of providing web-based and mobile interfaces, XDC will integrate some intelligence on top of data management functionalities to meet the specific needs of scientific communities and implement a more flexible, efficient and scalable computing and storage infrastructure in Europe.

“We are very happy to be part of the XDC project and build on the successes of INDIGO-DataCloud”, says Matthew Viljoen, Operations Manager at the EGI Foundation. “EGI is involved in this project by assisting with dissemination, training and technical exploitation and by contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC may be easily used on eInfrastructures”, he adds.

XDC involves eight partners and is funded with three million euros over 27 months.

For more information about the project, have a look at the eXtreme Data Cloud website.

New publication: EGI-Engage Impact & Results

We are happy to announce that we released a new publication featuring the results and impact of the EGI-Engage project.

EGI-Engage lasted for 30 months, from March 2015 to August 2017, and brought together 43 partners with a mission to expand the capabilities of a backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.

The new publication gives an overview of the EGI-Engage outcomes across Europe and in the world. The project’s impact was felt at a large scale – from diverse scientific disciplines and at all scales of the research landscape, from individual researchers to large research communities and Research Infrastructures.

The Key Exploitable Results (KERs) of the project showcase an impact in different areas such as the advancement of scientific knowledge, the adoption of digital innovation in science and the implementation of European policies.

EGI-Engage also shaped the way to the new EOSC-hub project, aimed at building the Hub: a European-level contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

We would like to thank all of the participants of EGI-Engage and the EGI community for being part of this project and all the resulting achievements.

Eight years of EGI at the forefront of innovation

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!