Presenting the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days

From 26 to 28 April, join EOSC Future, the INFRAEOSC-07 projects and ARCHIVER to discover what the EOSC platform has to offer for resource and service providers. Whether you’re still discovering EOSC or you’re a seasoned provider in need of a refresher course, the EOSC Core and Marketplace Provider Days will get you up to speed on the interoperability requirements, onboarding procedure and upcoming developments.

Check out the programme and register for this online event.

On 26 April, a team of technical experts and open science advocates will showcase how providers can interact with the EOSC platform. During a session on the EOSC Core, they will present the set of internal functionalities that allows EOSC to operate and how these functionalities support providers. The session on the EOSC portal, meanwhile, will focus on onboarding requirements and processes.

26 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTEOSC for data and service providers
10.00 – 11.30 CESTEOSC Core
11.45 am – 12.30 CESTFAIRification of data and services
13.30 – 15.00 CESTEOSC portal
15.15 – 16.00 CESTTowards composable services: The EOSC Interoperability Framework

Sessions on 27 and 28 April will provide targeted information for specific provider groups. Current resource and service providers will present what they are making available through EOSC and how they benefit from this. EOSC project representatives will give an overview of specific features for each group as well as upcoming improvements. All prospective and current providers are invited to join a detailed onboarding training session.

27 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTLibraries as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTRepositories as EOSC providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTUniversities as EOSC providers
12.00 – 12.45 CESTHPC centres as EOSC providers
14.00 – 15.30 CESTTraining session: How to onboard your services to the EOSC portal

28 April

9.00 – 9.45 CESTScience clusters and research infrastructures as EOSC providers
10.00 – 10.45 CESTEOSC for commercial providers
11.00 – 11.45 CESTNational infrastructures as EOSC providers

A message to the EGI Community and its scientists

We have all been following the unfolding aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with apprehension and horror, witnessing an escalation of violence and life-threatening actions targeting innocents and civilians every day. The brutality of this aggression is shaking the continuity of international scientific collaborations relying on a long history of trust in the scientific community. 

With the start of the aggression, Ukrainian universities have been the target of military actions, and the computing infrastructure at the National Science Centre of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology is now wholly lost. We have no information about our colleagues working there. The brutality of the invasion is unacceptable and is challenging scientific work and international collaboration that we are mandated to support.

From the inception of EGI, partners from the Russian Federation and Ukraine have been united by their mission of contributing with their national academic and research computing facilities to support cross-country scientific computing and data processing. Together, they actively reinforced the connections between science and technology for scientific excellence and joined forces with many other facilities in the world. 

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the unjustified military aggression against Ukraine as an independent democratic country. At the same time, we trust science to remain an effective instrument of peace, and the EGI federating services have been our contribution to this end. They have been connecting data centres across national borders for more than a decade. In the name of all scientists who believe in peace, the EGI Executive Board has decided to keep this bridge open to Russian Federation-based facilities to let freedom, openness and peace prevail. 

Scientific collaborations and the data centres of the federation will retain the power to restrict access to services that are deployed in the EGI infrastructure to enforce their specific authorization policies.

We call for all scientists – from Russia and any other country – to stand up for peace in Ukraine and support the use of democratic means to preserve it. 

Read about the set-up of the EGI crisis team and other information about our practical response here.

EUHubs4Data’s IoT-SESOD experiment supported by EGI

SECURING YOUR IOT DEVICE WITH FBOMS FROM DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS

The high number of active IoT devices globally is expected to grow from 7.6 billion in 2019 to 24.1 billion in 2030 (more than 3 times!), and their high speed of adoption has raised worries about their security.

At the same time, the current state of IoT cybersecurity is overlooked and can be described with the three following facts:

  • 5 minutes is usually needed to attack a plugged into the internet IoT device 
  • 5,200 cyberattacks IoT devices experience on average per month 
  • 205 days it takes to fix critical security vulnerabilities

For all these reasons, these days businesses have to look for high-quality cybersecurity solutions that can provide deep-level protection.

Firmware is a core part of any connected device and plays a critical role in controlling main device functions. Firmware security and its continuous maintenance make an IoT device HIGHLY secure to use.

“An ability to see all the components integrated into the firmware (FBoM) is a time-efficient way to determine necessary actions in case vulnerabilities are found in one of the components.”

In the EUHubs4Data IoT-SESOD project, Binare is aiming to take off the label “black box” from IoT devices by generating complete and accurate (I)IoT firmware SBoMs and their always-up-to-date vulnerability (CVE) mappings.

The EUHubs4Data IoT-SESOD experiment results have uncovered the critical need to perform binary IoT firmware analysis & identify the software components in IoT device firmware: 7.9 M vulnerabilities & 3652 distinct CVEs identified in 14.000 firmware files, 2733 distinct software components & 178 device types from 215 vendors.

Thanks to EGI support and mentoring during EUHubs4Data, Binare was able to benefit from the first-class support of researchers and High-Performance Computing (HPC) specialists. Overall, over a 9 month IoT-SESOD project period, EGI and its infrastructure partners offered Binare access to a whopping 2.1 million CPU-hours and 4.2 million GB-RAM-hours of computing power.

Binare is a deep firmware-level security platform for vulnerable IoT devices. Binare’s automated cybersecurity solution not only identifies vulnerable software components in firmware like an X-ray machine but also takes care of new emerging cyber threats by continuous monitoring of the components.

Binare’s component analysis tool is a must-have for critical infrastructures such as healthcare, energy and transportation where decisions have to be made very fast in response to new vulnerabilities and cyber threats. These days the speed with which new vulnerabilities emerge is quite high and if you don’t keep up to this speed, it becomes a huge risk that can turn into a reality within seconds! Binare’s unique technology guarantees high-level firmware protection of IoT devices: scanning & fixing SINGLE insecure firmware is always a better option than fixing (or securing, recalling, etc.) MILLIONS of vulnerable, exploited or otherwise impacted devices post-deployment/post-OTA due to that single firmware that is found vulnerable.

Find out more about Binare and the experiments:

EOSC Synergy Workshop: National Policies relevant to EOSC deployment

EOSC Synergy, together with EOSC Pillar, EOSC Nordic, ExPaNDS , NI4OS-Europe, EOSC Future and FAIRsFAIR, invites you to the in-person workshop ‘National Policies relevant to EOSC deployment – Status, gaps, and steps towards harmonisation’, to be organised in Strasbourg, France on May 4th, 2022. During the workshop, we will present the findings of the regional EOSC projects on national open science, funding, and access provisioning policies. 

The exact programme and speakers will be announced shortly, but we can already share the overarching themes and sessions this workshop will consist of:

Open Science/EOSC National Policies

This session focuses on the presentation of findings from the EOSC regional projects on the status of national Open Science Cloud and EOSC policies in the regions concerned, Countries in different regions have different approaches and are progressing at different pace. The workshop will discuss differences and gaps, with the view that these make the implementation more complicated, it will aim to increase understanding of the different policies/approaches and suggest recommendations and steps that can be taken to support a successful EOSC implementation and uptake.

Funding policies

This session focuses on the presentation of findings from the EOSC regional projects with respect to funding policies in the regions concerned. It will include presentations of successful business models and viable funding schemes at the institutional, national, or regional and international level. It will address the shortage of coherent and stable funding policies, discuss differences and gaps, and it will suggest recommendations and steps that can be taken to foster better alignment of funding policies nationally and internationally.

Access Provisioning Policies

This session focuses on the presentation of findings from the EOSC regional projects with respect to access provisioning policies in the regions concerned. Specific aspects to be considered will be related to EuroHPC and cross-border resources provisioning, cross-border collaboration, and conditions for transnational access; however, access will also be considered in terms of sustainability, from the user point of view and the availability of skills and capacity building. The findings and recommendations will look at the applicable scope (national/cross-border) and the profile of service policies (how, where they are provided, to which users and under which conditions) for access.

Programme: 

Programme details and speakers will be announced shortly

Registration: 

As this is the first in-person workshop organised in a very long time, we expect high interest. As places are limited, make sure to register in time. An option for remote participation is available, to be indicated at registration. 

https://indico.egi.eu/event/5825/

Please note that on May 3rd, an EOSC Policy event organised by EOSC Future in collaboration with the European Commission, the EOSC Association, the EOSC Steering Board and the University of Strasbourg, will take place in Strasbourg as well. This event will be invitation only.


EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Synergy, a project that receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857647.

EGI stands with Ukraine and its people

EGI Stands with Ukraine and its People

The EGI Foundation Director, Tiziana Ferrari, releases the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that we are following the news of what is happening in Ukraine. Ukraine is a long-standing partner of EGI via the Ukrainian National Grid. We stand with the country and its people at this critical moment. My thoughts go to our colleagues, their families and all the innocents involved in this tragedy. 

The EGI Community is shocked by the violence and loss of life as a result of the recent events unfolding in Ukraine, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms the military aggression against this independent democratic country. In EGI, both Russian and Ukrainian research institutes have peacefully collaborated for a common goal: science and its positive impact on our planet and every human being. 

We hope that peace is immediately restored. Let the peaceful populations of Russia, Ukraine and Europe work together to write a new page of history where integrity, sovereignty and independence are respected! We at EGI promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries. We will do as much as we can to ensure those strong links with our Ukrainian colleagues and friends stay untouched, and we will continue to embrace science as a tool for innovation, prosperity and peace.”

EGI supports the Stick to Science initiative

EGI supports the initiative Stick to Science, an online campaign for an open and inclusive European Research Area. 

The European research community has set up the Stick to Science initiative calling for open and barrier-free collaboration among Europe’s research and innovation (R&I) actors, who all share the same values. Stick to Science is an active response to the delayed progression of association agreements with Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) in the framework of Horizon Europe, the new research funding programme of the European Commission. 

The associated countries contribute both scientifically and financially to the European R&I landscape. Associated countries are relevant to the EU research programmes as they contribute financially to them and contribute to critical areas of knowledge and research. To make an example, Switzerland is a pioneer in quantum research and provides decisive building blocks for the European development of quantum technologies. Without Switzerland’s inclusion, certain EU projects could experience delays of several years in innovation without Swiss technology and collaboration.

Stick to Science is supported by renowned scientists and was initiated by the Presidents of ETH Zurich, EPFL, ETH Board, Universities UK, Wellcome and the Royal Society.

EGI-ACE and HealthyCloud presented at the PHIRI Scientific Stakeholders’ Dialogues

Gergely Sipos, Head of Services, Solutions, Support, has represented EGI and the EGI-ACE project today at Scientific Stakeholders’ Dialogues organised by PHIRI project. This event aimed to connect, interact or exchange with relevant national and international stakeholders. It hosted active discussions around three themes at the core of the project: FAIR catalogues describing (population) health data, building a federated infrastructure; and crisis preparedness and rapid policy response. The event was also attended by Salvador Capella-Gutierrez from BSC (Barcelona Supercomputer Center), our partner in HealthyCloud project.

Both Gergely and Salvador participated in the panel session focusing on health data analysis in a federated architecture discussing the obstacles and achievements of federated infrastructures, and topics of how to upgrade the infrastructures such as PHIRI in a way that they are sustainable and technologically evolving

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EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services. EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.

 

The HealthyCloud project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement Nº 965345. In HealthyCloud, EGI leads the task on the analysis of the existing computation infrastructures with special view on health research, and will propose a reference architecture for computational services to serve the Health Research and Innovation Cloud ecosystem. 

DIGITbrain – Providing easy access to Digital Twins for SMEs

Call for experiments opens February 28th

The DIGITbrain project, the EU wants to make Digital Twin technology available for SMEs and small businesses across Europe. With a Digital Twin, companies can rationalise the manufacturing process, make predictions regarding expected machine failures and can predict maintenance needs.

The project will support more than 20 highly innovative cross-border experiments, bringing together technology providers and manufacturing end-users, and facilitating cost-effective distributed and localised production, based on on-demand manufacturing machine capacity.

In total, the project will realise 3 waves of experiments:

EGI is the main Cloud provider in DIGITbrain and in the first year its cloud resources have been integrated with the software stack implemented by the project through MICADOscale and CloudBroker-Platform.

For 2022, EGI is working to provide the storage infrastructure for the DIGITbrain model repository, with the technology based on Onedata, operated by EGI Council partner Cyfronet.

The second call for experiments opens on February 28th, 2022! Check the DIGITbrain open call page for more information, requirements and updates.


EGI is a partner in DIGITbrain, an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. The DIGITbrain project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 952071.

Inauguration of the enhanced ELKH Cloud infrastructure

EGI Foundation team has attended today, 15th of February 2022, the inauguration of the enhanced ELKH Cloud infrastructure. ELKH is the cloud computing system of the Eotvos Lorand Research Network, one of the largest general-purpose research infrastructures in Hungary, a joint effort of SZTAKI (Institute for Computer Science and Control) and Wigner Research Center. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences initiated the development of such infrastructure in 2016, and building on its success it was further extended in 2021. ELKH Cloud is a joint effort of Hungarian scientific communities, who contribute to its development and operations, and also receive custom-tailored professional support.

ELKH Cloud services will soon be available through the EOSC Compute Platform

With the support of the European Commission project EGI-ACE, the EGI participants are integrating ELKH Cloud in the EGI Cloud Federation and the European Open Science Cloud compute platform operated by EGI. With sigle sign-on Hungarian researchers will be able to use ELKH Cloud to process data and reuse scientific applications and notebooks from other scientific collaborations, and at the same time to share their own data, notebooks and workflows.

Learn more about ELKH

Watch the video To learn more about the EGI-ACE project and ELKH Cloud see this video.

Check the presentation

Check these slides to understand how the ELKH Cloud infrastructure is being integrated in the EGI Federation to make:

  1. Single sign-on to access computing, data and scientific applications from worldwide scientific collaborations thanks to the EGI Check-in service
  2. Access and share data federated data in the EGI DataHub service
  3. Access and share scientific applications in the EGI Virtual Machine repository AppDD

These capabilities enable Hungarian researchers to exploit open science resources share by their colleagues from other organizaitons, and to share their own scientific outputs. With these efforts, Hungarian researchers will be able to contribute to the European Open Science Cloud and become active users.

These efforts are supported by the EGI-ACE project.

 


EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services. EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.

Logo Design Contest for the European Open Science Cloud

Submission is open until 25 February 2022

Young designers!

The EOSC Association is looking for creative graphic design students or recent graduates, under 30, in the EU and associated countries that have a unique approach to the topic. Their creative proposals should feature a logo for the EOSC Association and a co-branded logo for related EOSC projects that can be used in various media. The young designers will compete for:

● a cash prize of €5.000,-

● the chance to present their logo at the 2022 EOSC Symposium in Prague, November 2022 (accommodation and travel costs will be covered).

A jury of established designers and EOSC experts will review and select the shortlisted designs, which will then be put to a vote within the EOSC community.

EOSC

The development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) kicked off in 2018. Now, taking stock of the digital transformation of research in Europe and the role EOSC can play, the EOSC Association is looking for a new logo that showcases EOSC’s ambitious vision of cutting-edge, pan-European research through an integrated web of data and related services for researchers.

Deadline

Design submissions will be accepted until 25 February 2022, 23.59 CET.

Content rules, info and submission portal

Please find all information here: https://eosc.eu/eosc-logo-competition-application