Register now for the EOSC-hub Webinar: Early Adopter Programme

The EOSC-hub project is organizing a webinar to introduce the Early Adopter Programme and answer questions from those interested in applying.

The Early Adopter Programme was set up for research communities who require combined use of multiple services and resources. The EOSC-hub project and its partners will mobilise providers and experts to support these communities through this programme.

Gergely Sipos and Debora Testi, from the EOSC-hub Engagement Team, will lead a webinar to explain how the programme works and how to apply. The webinar will be held on 29 May at 10:00 CEST. Please follow this link to register to the event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8611082997369537549

Interested parties can apply to the Early Adopter Programme by filling an online webform by 15 June 2019.

More information:

The Early Adopter Programme

Webinar registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8611082997369537549

Special issue of EGI newsletter: celebrating 15 years of operations

Issue 34 of the EGI newsletter is now available online and in PDF format.

This new issue, launched during the EGI Conference 2019, celebrates 15 Years of EGI Operations and achievements.

 

We would also like to take this special issue as an opportunity to thank the 117 writers that have contributed to our first 34 issues. Go to the last page of the PDF to see the full list. Many thanks to all!

 

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The programme of the EGI Conference 2019 is now online

The EGI Conference 2019 will take place in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019, as a forum for the EGI Community to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences: national, local and at the level of the data centre.

The programme is now online and is focused on a mix of topical sessions, workshops and space for debate on topics related to the EGI Federation. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation.

The EGI Conference will also host:

Registration to the event is open until 19 April.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Amsterdam!

A new paper on the EGI Applications on Demand service was published

A new paper describing the EGI Applications on Demand (AoD) service was published in the journal Future Generation Computer Systems.

Applications on Demand is designed for individual researchers, small research teams and early-phase research infrastructures to support them in their scientific data analysis activities.

The service is available through the EGI Marketplace and allows a user-friendly access to a growing number of scientific applications, tools and application hosting frameworks.

Since the debut of the service in April 2017, the EGI team has received 57 service access requests from users located in 15 countries. These requests came from researchers working in computer sciences, biological and chemical sciences, social aciences, agronomy and health sciences. For example, scientist Simone Ronsisvalle at the University of Catania, used the AoD service to support her research on opioid analgesics. A scientific journal manuscript on this topic is now in preparation.

Read the full paper on the EGI Applications on Demand service.

Find out more about AoD.

EOSC-synergy – Expanding Capabilities, Building Capacities

The proposal for the EOSC-synergy project, submitted to the Horizon 2020 EINFRA-EOSC-5(b) call, has been favourably evaluated. The project will be coordinated by IBERGRID, the Iberian scientific and technological cooperation framework signed by Spain and Portugal on distributed computing.

The consortium additionally includes the main research infrastructure and data providers in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, experts in policy development and FAIR data repositories in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the EGI Foundation.

Research groups in the areas of Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Astrophysics. Earth Observation are represented by research centers from Portugal, France and Spain, and by a leading industrial partner, INDRA. The project will also act as a bridge of EOSC towards South America, establishing a  link with the Brazilian Cloud and Astrophysics experiments.

EOSC-synergy will contribute to the European Open Science Cloud landscape by expanding the capabilities and building the capabilities of EOSC. In practice this will mean more compute and storage available to researchers, and more datasets and tools to expand avenues of research.

In the upcoming 3 years, EOSC-synergy will be the H2020 instrument to promote the implementation and adoption of EOSC services by scientific users in the countries involved in the consortium.

The ultimate goal is to build EOSC as a coordinated effort, as an open environment for scientific data and related processing that promotes convergence of infrastructures and scientific thematic services provided at national or European level.

Isabel Campos, EOSC-synergy project coordinator and CSIC researcher at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA) in Santander, says:

EOSC-synergy understands the EOSC challenge as an opportunity to remove the obstacles that currently prevent an effective sharing and reuse of scientific data, enabling exploitation of the full data potential and harnessing the capacity of regional investments. In doing so, we will help bridging the “digital gap” between EC countries with different readiness levels”.

Jorge Gomes, EOSC-synergy project deputy coordinator and researcher at the Laboratory of Instrumentation and Particles (LIP) in Lisbon, adds:

A fundamental goal of EOSC-synergy is the  support to the development of professional capabilities related to EOSC. Therefore, one of the project activities is providing an online training platform in the EOSC Portal to facilitate access to high quality training materials, supporting massive open online courses and self-learning capabilities”.

 

About the EOSC and the INFRAEOSC-05(b) call:

As part of the Digital Agenda, in October 2017 the European Commission made public the EOSC Declaration, inviting Member States, Scientific Communities and Industry to participate in the construction of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The EOSC is thus the instrument of Europe to support the paradigm of Open Science.

In this context the European Commission launched the INFRAEOSC-05(b) call aimed at providing the support to integrate EOSC-relevant national initiatives across Europe. The results of the call were announced on 21 February and EOSC-synergy will be one out of four projects funded under INFRAEOSC-05(b)

Registration for the EGI Conference 2019 is now open

The EGI Conference 2019 will take place in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019, as a forum for the EGI Community to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences: national, local and at the level of the data centre. The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation.

The registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

The Programme Committee of the EGI Conference 2019 is also inviting the community to submit contributions reporting on state of the art, future trends, requirements and experiences. Site managers and members of operations & technical teams are especially welcome to contribute. (Full description of conference topics).

The Call for Abstracts is open online until 8 March.

The EGI Conference will also host:

Key dates:

End of online registration: 19 April (please note: on site registration will not be possible)

Last day to submit abstracts: 8 March 2019

Keep an eye on our channels for more information.

 

 

New job position at the EGI Foundation: Senior Operations Officer

EGI is hiring! We are looking for a Senior Operations Officer – if you want to be our new colleague, send your application now to jobs@egi.eu.

Job description

Summary:

The Senior Operations Officer is part of the EGI Foundation operations team reporting to the Operations Manager. They are responsible within the operations team for ensuring the EGI Federation delivers quality and trusted services that meet the technical and security requirements of its users, while ensuring its technical infrastructure is always current and deploys state of the art technology.

A Senior Operations Officer is expected to have significant experience and technical depth of activity of EGI’s operations activity.

Job Purpose & Responsibilities:

  • To supervise the status of the EGI Federation global operational services and individual National Grid Initiative (NGI) operational services, identifying issues and contributing to the definition of future service development plans in collaboration with Operations
    Centre Managers.
  • To contribute to the implementation and continual improvement of the EGI Service Management System by contributing as activity member, process manager or in other roles as applicable.
  • To participate (and where appropriate, lead) in working groups and tasks forces in the operations area.
  • To liaise with EGI technology suppliers following technology issues affecting the EGI Federation, supporting its users and system administrators, and its technical evolution.
  • To collaborate with partner digital research infrastructures at European and international level, to effectively support the provisioning distributing computing to international user communities…

See the full job description.

The deadline for applications ends on 28 February.

Apply now and be part of our team!

The EGI Federation reaches 1,000,000 cores

We are thrilled to announce that the EGI Federation reached 1,000,000 million cores of High-Throughput Compute capacity, meeting a milestone that marks over 15 years of exponential growth.

This is thanks to the collaborative work of the EGI data sites that put together their services and resources for the benefit of science and innovation. Now they are offering more than 1,000,000 cores to support research at all scales, from individuals to small research groups and large collaborations.

Alessandro Paolini, Operations Officer at the EGI Foundation, says: “I’ve been monitoring the numbers for a long time and I’ve been looking forward to this day! Then in January 2019 it was really nice to see this number coming up. 1 million cores stand for EGI’s greatness in delivering excellent services for research and I think this is an outstanding breakthrough.”

Have a look at our use cases to see the magnitude of EGI’s support for research, business and development.

January edition of the EGI Newsletter

A new edition of the EGI Newsletter is now available online and in PDF format.

Among the highlights of this issue:

 

 

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EGI appoints new Council Chair

We are happy to announce that Arjen van Rijn, the Institute Manager of Nikhef and a long-time member of the EGI community, was elected to be the next EGI Council Chair.

Arjen was involved in preparing the Amsterdam bid to host the headquarters of the EGI Foundation. He was also a key member of the team that defined the statutes of the foundation and supported its legal establishment. Arjen has since represented the Netherlands in the EGI Council and has served two terms as a member of the EGI Executive Board (2010-2014).

Our new Council Chair is also an active member of the e-IRG community (since July 2012) where he focuses on the development of national e-infrastructure organisations as strong building blocks of an European backbone of digital capacities.

We believe that Arjen’s lifelong commitment to the mission of the EGI Federation and his vision for the role of the EGI Foundation make him the ideal person to lead the EGI community through the challenges ahead.

“EGI federates hundreds of data centers, operating as a remarkably smooth whole, to serve pan-European research,” says Arjen. “The future of this federation is our collective responsibility as EGI Council. We all have a role to play here: in our local context, in our national context and in the future European Open Science Cloud. For my part, I will do everything I can to contribute to the best possible future for EGI.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matthew Dovey, head of e-infrastructure at Jisc, for his leadership and contributions as EGI Council Chair for the last four years. “I have been honoured to serve as EGI chair over the last four years where we have built strong collaborations including DI4R and EOSC-hub,”says Matthew. “I wish Arjen success in leading the community through the new opportunities opened by EOSC”.