DI4R 2018 programme is now online

We’re pleased to announce that the programme for this year’s DI4R conference is now online, and promises that DI4R 2018 will be the biggest and best yet! With a packed programme of sessions, posters and networking opportunities, the three-day event will cater for everybody with an interest in European e-infrastructures and services, and how they can best support Europe’s user base.

Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, the event is to be held in Lisbon from 9-11 October.

The DI4R 2018 Programme Committee is chaired by Sinéad Ryan (Trinity College) and Volker Gülzow (DESY). The co-chairs invite everyone with an interest in e-infrastructure applications to research to register and be part of the DI4R conversation.

“No Computing – No Science!,” says Gülzow. “DI4R discusses new technologies but more important is getting people together across disciplines and talk to each other during workshops or over coffee. So take the opportunity and join us for a great event at DI4R 2018 in Lisbon.”

Ryan adds: “Digital infrastructures underpin research – enabling simulation, visualisation, storage and analysis and helping collaboration and innovation in an era of big data and large-scale computation. The event in Lisbon promises a lively and informative conference and a great opportunity to hear about new ideas that are allowing science to flourish.”

So if you have yet to register, do so now – please note Early Bird Registration ends on 17 August.

The programme is now online.

Early Bird Registration is available.

EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

We are pleased to announce that the EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), highlighting a wider collaboration of activities between the two parties, with long-term and visible benefits to everyone involved.

The main goals of the MoU are to:

  • Provide end-user support, at both technical and service level, and consultancy to integrate the Geohazards TEP and Hydrology TEP platforms with the EGI infrastructure.
  • Identify cloud providers within the EGI Federated Cloud to support Terradue activities.
  • Establish a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the EGI Foundation and Terradue (to specify the services to be provided for supporting Terradue activities.
  • Create Operational Level Agreements (OLAs) between the EGI Foundation and the selected cloud providers to support Terradue activities.
  • Establish a collaboration framework to guarantee a long-term sustainability and update of the agreed SLA/OLAs.

Six EGI service providers will be supporting the objectives of this MoU:

Yannick Legré, Managing Director at the EGI Foundation, says: “I am thrilled to have signed this MoU with Terradue – this is another proof of our long-term commitment to support the work of European scientists while at the same time creating strong partnerships with businesses and help them grow.”

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, adds that ”the MoU is reinforcing our enduring collaboration with Terradue and our mission to offer excellent computing services for research and innovation.”

Hervé Caumont, Platform Operations manager at Terradue, commented: “We are consolidating our multi-year partnership with the EGI Foundation, it provides a direct benefit for our Platform users, who are running massive processing campaigns of EO satellite data”.

The description of work and more details can be found in the MoU document.

EGI will participate in the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School and Research Data Science Advanced Workshops will run for their third and second year respectively at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will take place on 6-17 August and will be followed by the advanced workshops on 20-24 August 2018.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School provides training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques and more.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, and Gergely Sipos, Customer and Technical Outreach Manager at the EGI Foundation, will participate in the summer school and give a tutorial on how the EGI Jupyter Notebook can be used to perform data analysis in the EGI Federated Cloud.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School is open to participants in any research discipline and registration is free of charge.

Please see all the details of the events.

 

EGI Newsletter: Summer Issue

We have published a new issue of the Inspired Newsletter, now available online and in PDF format.

In this issue:

Happy reading and don’t forget to subscribe!

EGI at the 2nd edition of the EOSC Summit

The second edition of the EOSC Summit will take place on 11 June 2018, in Brussels, Belgium.

The event will follow up on achievements and progress of the European Open Science Cloud. It will allow participants to share information on relevant activities and commitments and to reflect on the steps ahead for ensuring an effective implementation of the EOSC. It will also serve as an opportunity to launch a stakeholder consultation on the draft ‘Rules of Participation of EOSC’ and on the draft ‘FAIR Data Action Plan’, two key inputs for the future EOSC governance.

Tiziana Ferrari, Yannick Legre and Sergio Andreozzi will be present at the summit on behalf of the EGI Foundation and the EOSC-hub project.

Tiziana Ferrari, as Project Coordinator of EOSC-hub, will deliver two presentations. In the session “Progress towards the EOSC: services, architecture, access, rules, data”, Tiziana will present the EOSC-project, current developments and the service catalogue. Tiziana will also give a talk during the workshop “Rules of participation”, where she will discuss the EGI Operations activities.

Have a look at the full programme and tweet using the hashtag #EOSC.

EU Competitiveness Council endorsed the implementation roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud was endorsed by EU research ministers on 29 May in Brussels. During the event, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, put an emphasis on the following aspects for the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud:

  • The Cloud should be a wide, pan-European federation of existing and emerging excellent infrastructures, which respects the governance and funding mechanisms of its components
  • Membership in this federation would be voluntary
  • The governance structure would include member state ministries, stakeholders and scientists.

The EOSC-hub project plays a crucial role in this ambition, as it is set to create the integration and service management structure of the EOSC – the hub – where researchers and innovators can discover, access, and use a variety of advanced data-driven resources.

In the meeting, Carlos Moedas also presented the integrated advice of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). Established in 2016, the platform is made of stakeholders who advise the Commission on how to further develop and implement an Open Science policy in Europe.

Overall, this political endorsement will accelerate the implementation of the EOSC. The next important events are:

  • EOSC Summit: the scientific and policy stakeholders of the EOSC will gather in Brussels on 11 June to discuss the rules of participation in the EOSC and the drafting of pan-European principles for FAIR data.
  • DI4R 2018: the third edition of DI4R will be held in Lisbon, from 9 to 11 October and will showcase the policies, best practices and services necessary for the support of research.
  • Launch of the EOSC governance structure: on 23 November, the incoming Austrian Presidency of the Council plans to gather research and innovation ministers to sign off the governance structure, which will steer the work of several projects under Horizon 2020, and to launch the first version of the EOSC Portal.

Peachnote, BioISI and D4Science 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 Peachnote has been extended until September 2018. Peachnote is a music score search engine and analysis platform using Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the EGI Federation.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and D4Science has been extended until January 2019. D4Science is a data infrastructure hosting over 100 Virtual Research Environments that serve research communities worldwide. D4Science will continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and the Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI) has been extended until January 2019. Thanks to the agreement, BioISI will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services.

Peachnote’s founder, Vladimir Viro, announced that they will soon participate in a new a new H2020 project called TROMPA (Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives. “I can say with certainty that the new project became possible thanks to the EGI support of our activities over the past years!”, Vladimir says.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the service agreements and is confident that EGI will continue to tie strong collaborations and serve even more research communities in the future.

DI4R 2018 – Call for Abstracts!

The third Digital Infrastructure for Research Conference (DI4R 2018) is to be held in Lisbon, from 9th to 11th October 2018. This year’s theme is ‘Challenges for Research Communities around Open Science’.

DI4R 2018 is jointly organised by EOSC-hubGÉANT, OpenAIRE, and PRACE. It will be hosted by the Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP) and will take place at the premises of  the ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon.

EGI is one of the main organisers of the event as part of the EOSC-hub project.

DI4R 2018 will showcase the policies, processes, best practices, data and services necessary for the support of the research process to ultimately advance scientific knowledge through open science. Researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders, are invited to bring their voice to DI4R 2018.

Following the previous DI4R events, the conference will be an opportunity to report and discuss requirements, existing solutions and success stories that highlight the relevance of open science and its enabling building blocks. By bringing together many different stakeholders, the conference will foster cooperation between infrastructure projects, communities and initiatives.

In the 2018 edition, the Programme Committee is chaired by Sinéad Ryan (Trinity College) and Volker Guelzow (DESY).

Topics of Interest:

We welcome contributions about requirements, solutions, best practices, success stories and ongoing developments in the following topical areas:

Area 1. Cross-Domain challenges / Data exchange across domains: researchers, technologist

Area 2. Open Science and skills

Area 3. Computing and Virtual Research Environments

Area 4. Security, trust and identity

Area 5. Digital Infrastructures for EOSC and/or EDI

Area 6. Business models, sustainability and policies

Area 7. Innovation in Open Science with SMEs and Industry

How to participate:

Online Submission for Abstracts: All open science players are invited to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses.

Submission Deadline: Friday, 29th June 2018

Abstract Word Limit: 300 (min) – 500 (max) words

Acceptance Notification to Authors: Monday, 16th July 2018

For further information, please read the DI4R 2018 announcement.

 

EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance collaboration

Two flagship EC initiatives, OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub, open a new chapter in their collaboration with the signing of their collaboration agreement on Monday, 30 April 2018. The agreement solidifies the projects’ ambition for Europe to become a global leader in digital and open science to ensure that scientists reap the full benefits of open data-driven science. Science requires a joint effort and new tools are needed to harness all the relevant information within the research process, while delivering easy ways to implement open science. Together, we will provide a set of services and resources that will become part of the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud).

Convergent but diverse, a unique effort.

OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub have a strong track record of developing and delivering services that make the life of a researcher easier. These include giving advice on how to create data to make it durable and discoverable, facilitate sharing research outputs, accessing domain specific data storage and data-intensive computing. To make our partnership a reality, our  joint activity plan is the key instrument. It is built around three major pillars of activities:

1. Service Integration – We will collaboratively work to ensure there is a seamless and continuous flow of scientific outputs e.g. publications, data and metadata, software and workflows amongst our services. Starting by the common adoption of data management plans principles, we will support the publishing of research/scientific products (research data, research software, experiments, research objects, etc.) following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). We will also enable researchers using OpenAIRE services to collect and visualise research impact data about the use of data and application services that are federated via EOSC-hub.

2. CommunicationEngagement, Support and Training – Looking into researchers’ needs, we will develop joint communications and a joint training programme to provide them with a complete package of information about services for open science. The collaboration is, for example, already working on a webinar (15 May 2018) on “How to manage your data to make them Open and FAIR” aimed at all researchers. As part of the partnership, we will also work with eInfraCentral to build the future EOSC Portal that will be launched in November 2018.

3. Governance and Strategy – Sharing expertise, we will align the strategic plans of the two projects to ensure a coordinated community engagement, service development, and service positioning and sustainability within the EOSC.

We expect that our collaboration will produce tangible results for researchers but also for a broad range of related communities: Research Infrastructures, decision makers and policy makers at national and European level, research administrators, service and content providers, citizens, Industry/SMEs.

Background information:

OpenAIRE-Advance kick-off

EOSC-hub project launch

The EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund is up and running – apply now!

Today, we are launching the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund. The Fund was established by the EGI Council with the goal to stimulate targeted actions that bring benefits within the EGI Community in the short to medium term.

Project proposals should align with the vision, mission and strategy of the EGI Federation and create changes in the production environment or validate concepts that justify further investments.

The Strategic and Innovation Fund can be accessed by the EGI Council participants, affiliate participants and represented organisations.

The Fund accepts four types of project proposals that relate to the level of maturity of the proposed solution: Proof of Concept, Prototype, Major Innovation, and Patch (see description of projects).

Do you want to improve the EGI services and help us make more users happy? Check the priority topics for investment for 2018 and apply by June 15th!

See more information about the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund.