Save the dates: Photon and Neutron EOSC Symposium & the PaNOSC & ExPaNDS Annual meeting

November has a lot in store for you! Next to the EGI annual conference from 2-4 November, the Photon and Neutron parties are organising interesting events too!

So what dates should be saved?

9 November: Photon and Neutro EOSC Symposium. This first joint symposium of the two projects is a great opportunity to get acquainted with a broad range of topics related to FAIR open data and open science at PaN sources, and to actively contribute to the construction of the EOSC. The symposium will start at 13:00 CET and will run until 17:15 CET.

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November will be dedicated to the internal all-hands meetings, where the PaNOSC and ExPaNDS WPs will present their achievements and roadmaps. These two days will be morning sessions only, from 9:00 to 12:00 CET.

For more information, timetables and registration please visit the PaNOSC website.

Registration for #EGI2020 is now open!

It’s happening, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, our virtual conference is now opening registrations! We cannot wait to meet and exchange ideas with you over the course of three days, vote on favorite demonstrations, and even have a virtual drink with you.

Curious to learn more about the sessions? Please consult the timetable on the event’s Indico page. As submitted abstracts are still being reviewed, please allow some time for us to update the high-level programme with all the complete information on speakers and topics. Important to know, is that we would like to ask you to register for the conference, and consult the timetable to find the assigned Zoom rooms. This will make it easy for you to attend any session you feel like, we hope! (We’re all figuring out virtual events, right?)

EGI 101

With the conference being a virtual one, one perk we’ve indicated is that it allows anyone with an internet connection to join us! Therefore, we’ve decided to add an introduction to the EGI Federation, our rich community, services and all other important elements during an introduction session just before kicking off the conference. So, have you always been curious? Or are you just hearing about EGI and looking for more insights? Then the EGI 101 session is a must-attend.

Europe.. and beyond!

While many activities take place in Europe, and while we’re very much involved in the European Open Science Cloud, we must let you know that we aim to collaborate with science world wide. You’ll hear more about it during certain keynotes, or during the 4 Global Open Science Cloud workshop on the second and third day of the conference. Note, these sessions are a bit longer: 90 mins instead of 75. What can we say, there is just so much to present and discuss!

The Netherlands

We were looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam, and had hoped to meet at the Royal Tropical Institute but there is not much we can do. Or is there? Come and join us for a drink and some Amsterdam during the network cocktail on Monday evening! More Netherlands? Register for the co-located workshop of the EOSC Synergy project on the 5th of November to learn more about the Dutch data landscape.

We can write pages about the upcoming conference, but we won’t. Keep an eye on our website, the dedicated Indico event page, your mailbox and our social channels to learn more about keynote speakers, more about programme elements, social sessions and any other thing we can’t wait to tell you about!

EGI Webinar Programme returns!

After more than 10 webinars pre-summer, we’re back with at least 5 for you this autumn! Unfortunately, it seems that we’re still prohibited from meeting face-to-face, so why not make use of the tools we have. Nothing will stop us from sharing knowledge, right?

So what do we have in store? Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this! Keep an eye on our webinar page to stay up-to-date.

  • 15 October: CernVM-FS for Containers
  • 23 October: DIRAC services for EGI users
  • 11 November: Providing bioinformatics services with Chipster platform
  • 20 November: Chipster – a user-friendly bioinformatics software for analyzing high-throughput data
  • 27 November: How to use Accelerated Computing in EGI Federated Cloud

Special requests or input/feedback for our webinar programme? Or would you like to host a webinar on a topic you feel is interesting for the EGI community? Please don’t hesitate to reach out! Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Contact: support@egi.eu

New joint paper: EOSC – a tool for enabling open science in Europe

We are happy to announce the release of a new joint position paper called “EOSC – a tool for enabling Open Science in Europe”.

The paper is a collaborative effort from the European e-infrastructures EGI, EUDAT, GEANT, OpenAire and the science clusters ENVRI-FAIR, EOSC-Life, ESCAPE, PANOSC, SSHOC to provide a common statement on the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

SRIA defines important action items to ensure rapid progress on the construction of EOSC.

The common statement focuses on the following points that can be integrated into the EOSC roadmap and outlines the commitment on working together to make EOSC a success:

  1. Research-oriented services: our vision is an EOSC which is an inclusive and federated ecosystem based on FAIR data and other open science outputs, integrating many services such as data visualisation, analysis and physical resources to store and re-use data for open science.
  2. Trust based open access: using EOSC services must be easy, with low barriers and transparent access mechanisms. Similarly, contributions to EOSC should not be subjected to overly complex regulation.
  3. Collaboration support: the EOSC user communities, service providers and governance must closely work together to ensure that EOSC is capable of adapting to innovative emerging needs.
  4. Sustainability: the EOSC must have sustainable funding from the relevant authorities, particularly the member states, allowing for long-term service provisioning, data preservation, and concrete support.

Read the full paper to find out more.

Join the RDA Technical Advisory Board

The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is looking for new members. The TAB is responsible for the technical direction of the RDA and provides technical expertise and advice to the Council. Additionally, the board develops and reviews RDA Working and Interest Groups to promote their impact and effectiveness. RDA’s TAB also provides strategic insight into the current and future direction of RDA.

TAB members are expected to engage with the RDA members and feed their ideas and perspectives into RDA’s processes and strategies. They also evaluate proposed Working Groups and Interest Groups and act as liaisons to endorsed groups, facilitate relevant communication and coordination across groups, and work to promote adoption and effectiveness of outputs of RDA groups.

The deadline for nominations is 1 October 2020. The annual TAB election will be held in November 2020. Five of the RDA TAB members’ terms are ending in 2020, of which three are ineligible to re-stand for election, as they have just completed their second three-year term on TAB.

Interested? More information.

More RDA news

RDA is planning a series of global meetings, mark your calendars:

Join the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB)

The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is looking for new members. The TAB is responsible for the technical direction of the RDA and provides technical expertise and advice to the Council. Additionally, the board develops and reviews RDA Working and Interest Groups to promote their impact and effectiveness. RDA’s TAB also provides strategic insight into the current and future direction of RDA.

TAB members are expected to engage with the RDA members and feed their ideas and perspectives into RDA’s processes and strategies. They also evaluate proposed Working Groups and Interest Groups and act as liaisons to endorsed groups, facilitate relevant communication and coordination across groups, and work to promote adoption and effectiveness of outputs of RDA groups.

The deadline for nominations is 1 October 2020. The annual TAB election will be held in November 2020. Five of the RDA TAB members’ terms are ending in 2020, of which three are ineligible to re-stand for election, as they have just completed their second three-year term on TAB.

Interested? More information: https://www.rd-alliance.org/call-tab-nominations-2020

More RDA news

RDA is planning a series of global meetings, mark your calendars:

  • RDA 16th Virtual Plenary Meeting – 9 – 12 November 2020
    The programme will be published on the RDA website on 26th September. Call for Posters still open, submission deadline 11 October.

Submit your abstract for #EGI2020 – new deadline!

Hope you enjoyed your holidays! Or perhaps you still are! Just to give you a bit more time, we decided to extend the call for abstracts deadline til the 11th of September.

Strike us with your lightning talk on scientific computing in your thematic field! Next to the existing calls, we have openend the call for lightning talks. Tell us all about your success stories, use cases, results or new ideas concerning scientific computing in natural sciences, health and medicine, engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

What are you waiting for? Submit your proposal now: https://bit.ly/ec-cfa1

DIGITbrain: giving SMEs access to digital twins

EU Research and Innovation Programme, Horizon 2020, funds DIGITbrain Project for the next 3,5 years with more than 8 million euros. The new innovation project, which started on 1st July 2020, aims to enable small and medium-sized European manufacturing companies to benefit from AI-based Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS).

The global manufacturing industry is a challenging environment, since today’s customers have new requirements regarding the personalisation and the interoperability of new products and technologies. At the same time, legislations, regulations, and norms are becoming stricter; the environment calls for more protection and less pollution and the aging of the workforce jeopardises the collective know-how. Keeping pace with competitors often requires considerable investments in the latest digital technologies and advanced equipment, which is particularly challenging for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who often can’t afford such investments or can’t tell if they will turn out worthwhile.

DIGITbrain is an EU innovation program (coordinated by PNO Consultants) to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. A Digital Twin is the virtual representation of a product, system or process that simulates its physical attributes in the real-world in real time. By collecting data from its physical counterpart, manufacturers are enabled to streamline the manufacturing process and make predictions with regard to machine failures or maintenance needs.

Compared to the digital twin concept, which is increasingly used by manufacturing companies today, the DIGITbrain concept will go one step further by developing the ‘Digital Product Brain’ which will store data throughout the entire life cycle of a production line or a machine. By collecting all this data, it will be possible to customise and set-up machines / production assets for very specific manufacturing tasks whenever needed (see figure below). This will enable a new manufacturing model, called Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS), which will allow for on-demand production of much more specialised products, even in smaller quantities and still in an economically profitable way.

Twenty highly innovative industrial solutions will be demonstrated by over 20 application experiments illustrating how the Digital Brain and its lower level services can be utilised to empower SMEs with MaaS. The Digital Marketplace provides the necessary graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in view of configuring and monitoring the Digital Brain for an industrial-product instance and will handle the access rights to the Digital Brain’s instances.

How is EGI involved?

EGI will offer technical advice and consultancy to identify the best solutions to get industrial applications up and running on an integrated HPC and cloud platform, with dedicated support mechanisms tailored to users’ needs. This includes serving as a matchmaker for users and the appropriate service provider(s) across the EGI Federation and beyond.

This will be carried out primarily in support of the experiments in work package (WP) 2 by identifying the providers offering the technical solutions that best fit the specific objectives of each application, including organisations able to enter into formal business agreements within or outside of the project context for developing longer-term relationships. EGI will also contribute to the dissemination of project results (WP8) and to the DIGITBrain commercial exploitation and sustainability plan (WP9).

Media Contact:

Andrea Hanninger

Andrea.hanninger@cloudsme.eu

#EGI2020 goes digital & new abstract deadlines

After carefully considering the challenges inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s with a heavy heart that we have decided to turn the EGI Conference 2020 into a virtual event.

The dates remain the same – 2 to 4 November – and we are still excited to see you joining the #EGI2020 and welcome you digitally!

We have also extended the calls for abstracts, the new dates are as follows:

Calls closing on 21 August 23.59 CEST:

  • Call for presentations
  • Call for demonstrations
  • Call for sessions

Calls closing on 31 August 23.59 CEST:

  • Call for use cases
  • Call for new services

The tentative programme and the details of registration will be made available soon. Have a look at the agenda topics on our dedicated Indico eventpage and be sure to prepare and submit your abstract!

EGI Training Infrastructure supporting ENVRI-FAIR event

We are pleased to have our Training Infrastructure service supporting a dedicated ENVRI-FAIR webinar on Monday 13 July: Cloud computing and application development for research infrastructures. The webinar will discuss the basic concepts of cloud computing, including virtualization, containerization, service models, and cloud application development. The speakers will also talk about how clouds can support data management and scientific workflows in the research infrastructures via examples from ENVRIplus and ENVRI-FAIR projects.

EGI will contributing to the webinar by providing access to the cloud resources of the Training Infrastructure. A total of 40 VMs – 1 vCPU core, 2GB RAM and 20G local disk – will be accessed by participants during the webinar.

Register to the webinar to participate!