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EGI Use Cases: published today!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that we published a new compilation of our best use cases.

Our new publication showcases the diversity of the EGI-supported science as well as the magnitude of the usage of our services. From physics and astronomy to biological, health and social sciences, the EGI e-infrastructure is committed to supporting research and innovation activities.

The scientists relying on EGI services work in large international organisations, in research infrastructures, projects, university labs, or as individual researchers and their stories are highlighted in this publication.

For example, Mario Rizzi Massimo Rizzi and his colleagues at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research used our High-Throughput Compute service to study and analyse the development of the epilepsy disease. The resources he used amount to a total of 200,000 HTC jobs and helped the team to complete their research calculations in less than 48 hours.

Scientist Athena Vakali and her colleagues at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece used Cloud Compute to work on a new model of detecting social media trends.

The Belle II experiment is an example of a large international collaboration that is looking into the imbalance of matter and antimatter in our Universe and relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute and Storage services to analyse and share their data.

The research stories in our new publication would not have been possible without the resources provided by the EGI Federated data centres and the EGI Federated Cloud providers.

We would like to thank all researchers that helped us preparing this publication for their collaboration and support.

New reports on European Open Science Cloud and Open Access Publishing

The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) adopted new reports on the European Open Science Cloud governance and on Open Access Publishing in Europe.

The report on EOSC includes recommendations on governance and financial schemes, while the report on Open Science Publishing gives recommendations on how to implement open access publishing in Europe by 2020.

Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager at the EGI Foundation, is a member of the OSPP group and chaired the sub-group who worked on the first report.

Highlights on EOSC governance:

  • The EOSC should rely on a multi-stakeholder governance that integrates both the national and European levels of authority.
  • European countries and the European Commission should ensure long-term funding of the services that are needed to enable the integration of and access to the resources that can be federated in the EOSC.
  • Different and innovative funding schemes should be investigated to support users to consume services from EOSC-certified providers that are approved based on a commonly-agreed European certification scheme.
  • Raise awareness and communicate the benefits of the EOSC among decision makers, research and education bodies, private sector, industrial and citizen organisations.
  • Develop open science and data skills among all the stakeholders.

Highlights on open science publishing:

  • Stakeholder communities, member states and the European Commission should jointly assess and identify how the open access (OA) mandate should be achieved by 2020.
  • Progress towards full OA must take into account how fast the publishing system is changing, and how scholarly communications are growing in variety.
  • Publishing options should be made clear and easily accessible.
  • Starting 2020, the European Commission must move toward a broader definition of OA that incorporates the full range of emerging formats and applications of scientific research output.

Read the full reports.

EGI joins the Board of Directors of the Big Data Value Association

We are proud to announce that Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, has joined the board of directors of the Big Data Value Association for a two-year mandate.

The BDVA Association is the partner of the European Commission in the Big Data contractual Public Private Partnership (PPP), which has a goal to boost big data value research and innovation in Europe. The board of directors is an integral part of the BDVA governance, proposing changes and updates to policy and monitoring progress of objectives.

By being part of the board of directors of BDVA, the EGI Foundation will be able to actively participate in defining the European Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, but will also strengthen the collaborations between big data initiatives and activities in the EGI community and the European agenda.

“I’m really thrilled and looking forward to working more with the Big Data Value Association,” says Yannick Legré. “Being part of the board of directors will allow us to better promote EGI’s solution and dramatically strengthen our relationships with SMEs and Industries.”

“EGI is already heavily involved in the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud,” adds Legré. “Working closer with the BDVA will allow EGI to bring their perspective to the EOSC strategy and implementation.”

EGI is also a member of a number of BDVA task forces focusing on the areas of i-Space and applications. EGI is also involved in the Governance Taskforce, where we contribute more to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Big Data Value PPP.

EISCAT_3D gets go ahead for construction

The construction of EISCAT_3D, a new international research radar for space weather research, has been given a greenlight and will proceed later in June.

EISCAT_3D will be the world’s leading facility of its kind, offering a critically important window to the upper atmosphere and the near-Earth space in the European Arctic.

The EISCAT_3D team has been working closely with the EGI-Engage and the ENVRIplus projects to setup and develop the EISCAT_3D user portal. This portal will play a central role in the EISCAT_3D architecture in a number of ways: it will provide services for researchers to discover, access and analyse (visualise, mine, etc.) data generated by the EISCAT_3D facilities.

The first version of the EISCAT_3D portal was released in 2016 by the EGI-Engage EISCAT_3D Competence Centre and was tested by the broader EISCAT community. Based on this feedback the Competence Centre is now working on an improved portal version, which will be published in August 2017. The Competence Centre integrates contributions from CNRS (France), University of Barcelona (Spain), CSC (Finland), UMEA (Sweden), the EISCAT Scientific Association and the EGI Foundation.

The EISCAT_3D will facility will be distributed across three sites in Northern Scandinavia – in Skibotn, Norway, near Kiruna in Sweden, and near Kaaresuvanto in Finland. Each site will consist of about 10.000 antennas fed by a powerful 5 MW transmitter at Skibotn and a receiver at each of the three sites. The EISCAT_3D project will start in September 2017 with site preparations to begin in summer 2018. The radar is expected to be operational in 2021.

EGI and GÉANT join forces to support science and innovation

As part of a long-term and ongoing policy to collaborate closely with all our e-infrastructure partners, the EGI Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GÉANT to further develop joint efforts aimed at providing European scientists and international collaborations with sustainable services for their research efforts.

GÉANT and EGI will continue to work together across a number of areas including:

  • Joint service portfolio management and procurement
  • Interoperability and better integration of GÉANT and EGI services in the areas of network, AAI and security to benefit user communities and improve the experience and uptake of services by researchers
  • Exchange information related to long-term strategies, sustainability and business models
  • Establish and share communications, user engagement practices and training expertise to better engage with users across research communities

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, says that “GÉANT is a solid partner of EGI and together we want to support more open science, continuously improve our services offer to the wider research community and stimulate open innovation in Europe and beyond.”

Steve Cotter, Chief Executive Officer of GÉANT adds, “An integrated e-infrastructure experience for research, education and industry is vital for Europe. GÉANT is committed to helping deliver this, and we see this as a natural next step with our strong partner EGI.”

Wise e-infrastructures endorse WISE recommendations

The WISE Community (Wise Information Security for E-infrastructure) is proud to announce that the governing principles and approach of the SCI Framework were endorsed by key e-infrastructures for research from Europe and the rest of the world.

SCI (Security for Collaborating Infrastructures) is a framework of best practices and policy standards for security with the goal of facilitating collaboration during and after security incidents. SCI’s governing principles cover incident containment, forensics, data protection and risk management and analysis of preventive measures.

The SCI framework is the first output of the WISE Community, set up in 2015 as a forum for security experts to discuss and share information on risk management, operational security and threat intelligence in the context of e-Infrastructures. SCI’s updated version 2 was officially endorsed during the TNC 2017 event by representatives of EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, GridPP, PRACE, SURF, WLCG and the USA’s XSEDE e-infrastructure.

With this endorsement, the e-infrastructures subscribe to the governing principles and approach of SCI as a medium of building trust and exchanging information in the event of security incidents.

Hannah Short, chair of the WISE Steering Committee, said:

We are thrilled that SCI will be our first official WISE output. This endorsement shows us that we are on the right track for making information security for collaborating e-infrastructures a little wiser!

Representatives of the endorsing e-infrastructures and projects also added their view on the SCI framework:

Tiziana Ferrari, technical director of the EGI Foundation:

We know from our experience of working with 350 federated data centres that collaboration and sharing of expertise is the key to improve security. We are endorsing SCI to provide a more secure environment for EGI users and researchers in general.

Ian Bird, WLCG project leader:

The SCI framework has played a key role in defining the collaborative security environment that we rely on in the WLCG. The expansion of this framework by WISE is an evolution that we welcome as we follow the increasing interdependence of infrastructures worldwide.

New issue of the EGI newsletter

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

In this issue…

EGI Webinar: How to engage SMEs for national e-infrastructures

EGI is pleased to announce the webinar “How to engage SMEs for national e-infrastructures” to be held on Wednesday 31 May 15:00-16:00 CEST. This 1-hour webinar will provide attendants with an outline of the EGI framework for private sector engagement including the services offered, participation mechanisms, strategies and success stories that could be used by all national e-infrastructure providers.

EGI has a long-standing commitment to sharing the benefits of e-infrastructure technology and services with industry, especially SMEs, which are considered one of the key drivers for economic growth, innovation, and employment. The European Commission has made them one of the focuses in the Horizon 2020 with the aim of putting SMEs in the lead for the delivery of innovation to the market. EGI supports this policy objective through an established Business Engagement Programme for developing relationships with the private sector and bringing them into the EGI ecosystem to create mutual value.

Companies can identify their own business opportunities, advertise their services, and/or conduct R&D activities in collaboration with the public research sector using the capabilities that EGI makes available for them.

One of the objectives of EGI-Engage, an EC-funded project that supports the expansion of EGI as the largest multidisciplinary public computing, storage and data infrastructure, was to create a model for SME engagement that would not only be put in practice, but could be adopted and adapted for a wider number of national e-infrastructure providers/resource centres as well.

This will be the key focus of the webinar.

Webinar details:

Date & time: Wed 31 May 2017,  15:00 – 16:00 (CEST)

Organiser: The EGI Foundation

Webinar link (WebEx)

Password: Business

Global call-in numbers

More information:

Designing a common European digital service catalogue for research: take part!

The eInfraCentral project (European E-Infrastructure Services Gateway) opened an online survey to gather information about all digital services for research from independent providers with the aim of creating a single entry point to European e-infrastructure services. eInfraCentral‘s mission is to ensure that by 2020 a broader set of users benefits from European infrastructures.

EGI’s contribution to the project is related to requirements efforts and harmonising the classification of services. EGI will also provide advice on the portal specification and is one of the advocates for the common service catalogue in terms of convincing other e-infrastructures to share their service catalogues.

This survey is designed for digital service providers, their users, customers and interested stakeholders to help identifying requirements and needs for the development of a common e-infrastructure service catalogue in Europe.

The survey is open until 31 May 2017.

Take part now!

All FitSM Training Levels are now available

We are happy to announce that registration is open for all 4 FitSM training, certification levels and expert courses. The trainings are organised by the EGI Foundation and will take place throughout June 2017, at the EGI Foundation headquarters in Amsterdam.

The available courses and dates are the following:

6-9 June 2017
19-23 June 2017

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.

We are looking forward to greeting you in Amsterdam!