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New publication: EGI & Research Infrastructures

We are happy to announce that we published a new collection of use cases highlighting EGI’s work with research infrastructures (RIs).

The new publication highlights the diversity of challenges that research communities encounter in their work and the abundant support that the EGI community offers to tackle these challenges.

EGI is working closely with research communities to co-develop new solutions for their scientific problems.

For example, the European Space Agency connected two of their thematic exploitation platforms to the EGI Federated Cloud to support their computational needs. The MoBrain collaboration partnered with several EGI data centres to use High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services needed to develop webportals for life and brain scientists worldwide. The DARIAH research infrastructure is using EGI Cloud Compute resources to support a new science gateway that makes digital applications available to arts and humanities scholars.

The achievements in the new publication would not be possible without the collaborative work of the EGI Federated data centres, the EGI Federated Cloud providers, and the involved research communities.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and dedication in making this publication happen.

EGI endorses the EOSC declaration

EGI endorses the principles of the EOSC Declaration and advocates the European Open Science Cloud to be the initiative addressing the needs of open access, sharing within and across research communities, ensuring sustained funding to digital research infrastructures.

We advocate the scope of EOSC to be as broad as possible to include FAIR advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, software, knowledge and expertise that enables researchers to collaborate more easily and be more productive.

EGI actions

EGI commits to the following actions that altogether contribute to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud:

Governance and funding
  • Support the definition, implementation and operation of the governing structure benefiting from its long-standing experience with more than 300 data centres in 50 countries.
  • Contribute its best practices and experience to the definition of the EOSC “rules of engagement”, i.e. the policies for the EOSC actors (e.g. end-users, customers and providers) leveraging for the lightweight federation of services capabilities ensuring interoperability among multiple suppliers at worldwide scale.
Data culture and FAIR data
  • Provide and improve implementation guidelines for FAIR services in the area of advanced compute, federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization, and contribute to the definition of the EOSC minimum set of reference standards and interoperation agreements and service accreditation models for EOSC.
  • Develop the skills and certification schemes necessary to become users or operators of digital research infrastructures and EOSC through a network of community-lead competence centres involving multiple research communities, technology experts and service providers.
Research data services and architecture
  • Operate the EOSC Hub, the Service Integration and Management system (SIAM) accountable for ensuring that all EOSC service providers perform to provide a seamless service that is compliant to contractual obligations made with customer organizations. Activities include: communicate and manage alignment of services to defined policies and standards, define and maintain service level agreements, conduct service audits and quality assurance reviews, manage end-to-end service level management performance retaining overall accountability, provide the tools for aggregating demand and supply, make services and research artefacts discoverable and accessible at European level etc.
  • Operate an open hybrid e-infrastructure offering data-driven advanced compute – Cloud Compute and High-Throughput Compute – and data services from publicly funded and commercial organisations and maintain and evolve the related implementation guidelines to make the related services FAIR.
  • Operate a federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization services for the EOSC users and service providers.

The full programme of DI4R 2017 is now online

The full programme of the 2017 edition of the Digital Infrastructures for Research Conference is now available.

Under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”, the conference programme builds around 2 plenaries and 12 breakout sessions addressing 6 key topics:

  • Interoperability
  • Data science and skills
  • Impact evaluation and metrics
  • Security, trust and identity
  • The EOSC & EDI building blocks
  • Business models, sustainability and policies.

Complemented with 35 presentations and 8 lightning talks, the conference’s programme will offer a unique opportunity to network and build collaborations via its demo and poster sessions held throughout the event showcasing innovative solutions, services, initiatives and success stories that support open science and its building blocks.

Attendees will hear from our world-renowned keynote speakers:  Katrin Amunts, Professor for Brain Research at the Cécile and Oscar Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Centre Juelich and Jo van den Brand, Professor of Physics at VU University Amsterdam, researcher at Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics and VIRGO spokesperson.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss in detail and make concrete progress during the breakout sessions. DI4R 2017 is focused on showcasing best practices, policies and processes, data and the necessary services for the support of the research process and advancement of scientific knowledge and open science.

The conference will also mark the start of the first OpenAIRE Datathon, aiming to stimulate developers and data scientists to analyse and adopt the OpenAIRE Information Space.

Fnd out more about the DI4R Associated events.

Follow the DI4R website and Twitter feed for news and updates.

EGI congrats the VIRGO collaboration for the 2017 Nobel Prize

EGI congratulates the Virgo collaboration for their contribution to the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics awarded for the observation of gravitational waves.

The Virgo detector is located in Italy, within the site of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and was designed to discover gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime – predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The first detection was announced by the Virgo collaboration and the LIGO collaboration in February 2016. The discovery opened a new window of looking at the universe.

Virgo is a European collaboration of scientific institutions from six countries: Italy, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

Virgo relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute resources provided by the following data centres:

 

 

Read more information on the VIRGO collaboration and the award.

EGI congrats the VIRGO collaboration for the 2017 Nobel Prize

EGI congratulates the Virgo collaboration for their contribution to the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics awarded for the observation of gravitational waves.

The Virgo detector is located in Italy, within the site of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) and was designed to discover gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime – predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The first detection was announced by the Virgo collaboration and the LIGO collaboration in February 2016. The discovery opened a new window of looking at the universe.

Virgo is a European collaboration of scientific institutions from six countries: Italy, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

Virgo relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute resources provided by the following data centres:

 

 

Read more information on the VIRGO collaboration and the award.

Registration for DI4R 2017 is now open

The Digital Infrastructures for Research conference will be held this year in Brussels, Belgium, from 30 November to 1 December 2017. The event will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and is organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe.

Europe’s leading e-infrastructures invite all researchers, developers and service providers for two days of brainstorming and discussions under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”.

The 2017 edition of the DI4R conference will showcase the policies, processes, best practices, data and services that, leveraging today’s initiatives – national, regional, European and international – are the building blocks of the European Open Science Cloud and European Data Infrastructure.

The main goal of DI4R 2017 is to demonstrate how open science, higher education and innovators can benefit from these building blocks, and ultimately to advance integration and cooperation between initiatives. The event is collocated with the EOSCpilot 1st Stakeholder Engagement Event taking place on the 28 and 29 November 2017.

Online registration for the event is now open.

Early-bird rates are available until 30 October.

September issue of the EGI newsletter

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

In this issue…

 

September issue of the EGI newsletter

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

In this issue…

 

DI4R 2017 – Announcement of Call for Abstracts

The Programme Committee (PC) of the second Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R 2017) invites everyone with an interest in Open Science to bring their voice to DI4R 2017.

DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November – 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and is organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe.

The PC welcomes researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses in the form of presentations, lightning talks, interactive sessions, posters and demonstrations.

All abstracts should be submitted via the DI4R Indico webpage.

The following areas are envisaged as relevant for the choice of the topic of the abstracts:

Area 1: Interoperability

Topics related to the interoperability between services from different infrastructures and initiatives at different levels (local, national, international), including architectures, protocols and standards, data & metadata. The topic also includes items related to provisioning of federated services for research in Europe and beyond, enabling interoperability at all levels: human, organisational and policies.

Area 2: Data science and skills

Topics related to the EC’s Open Science Skills Working Group Report, including the research life cycle, setting up research data, data production, management, analysis, open access publishing and other ways to act in and beyond one’s own scholarly and disciplinary community, up to interaction with the general public to enhance the impact of science and research.

Area 3: Impact evaluation and metrics

Topics related to measurement of the progress of the Open Science adoption and its growing and impact assessment.

Area 4: Security, trust and identity

Topics related security, trust and identity, technical solutions for common requirements and processes and services that can help new research infrastructures to build interoperable authentication and authorisation infrastructures.

Area 5: The EOSC & EDI building blocks

Topics on the development and provisioning of services and solutions needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and further the opportunities of Open Science.

Area 6: Business models, sustainability and policies

Topics on the long-term access and provisioning of services require clear governance, engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

More information

DI4R 2017 – Announcement of Call for Participation

The DI4R Programme Committee of the second Digital Infrastructure for Research Conference (DI4R 2017)  invites researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders  to bring their voice to DI4R 2017.

DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November – 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe.

All open science players are invited to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses in the form of presentations, lightning talks, interactive sessions, posters and demonstrations (full text of the Call for Participation).

Abstracts should be submitted via the DI4R webpage.

The DI4R 2017 areas are:

Interoperability

This area will focus on topics related to the interoperability between services from different infrastructures and initiatives at different levels (local, national, international), including:

  • architectures enabling interoperability,
  • protocols for interoperability
  • data and metadata interoperability.

The topic also includes items related to provisioning of federated services for research in Europe and beyond, enabling interoperability at all levels: human, organisational, technological and policies.

Data science and skills

The EC’s Open Science Skills Working Group Report defines Open Science skills as needs for researchers to be able to publish under open access, to manage (open) data, to conduct professional research and engage with citizen science.

These skills follow the research life cycle and cover design and setting up research data, data production, management, analysis, open access publishing and other ways to act in and beyond one’s own scholarly and disciplinary community, up to interaction with the general public to enhance the impact of science and research.

Impact evaluation and metrics

Measuring the progress of the Open Science adoption and its growing impact is vital for decision-making and funding processes. Metrics are also a reward to scientists for making their work understandable, accessible and reusable by the scientific community.

Security, trust and identity

This track will provide the platform to discuss security and trust & identity aspects. It will offer an opportunity for e-infrastructures to present their offer to support researchers needs and to report on best practices and technical aspects that help new research infrastructures to build interoperable authentication and authorisation infrastructures.

The EOSC & EDI building blocks

Proposals submitted for this area should focus on the development and provisioning of services and solutions needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and further the opportunities of Open Science.

Business models, sustainability and policies

Long-term access and provisioning of services require clear governance, engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

Dates and deadlines

  • 11 September 2017
    • Call for Proposals launched
    • Submission system opens
    • Registration opens
  • 13 October 2017
    • Deadline for submission
    • End of early bird registration
  • 13 November 2017
    • End of online registration

More information

Full text of the Call for Participation

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017