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

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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!

Register now to the EGI Conference and the INDIGO Summit

The EGI Conference 2017 will take place in Catania, Italy (9-12 May) in partnership with the INDIGO Summit, organised by the INDIGO DataCloud project. The events are hosted by INFN Catania, part of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics.

The EGI Conference 2017 will be the EGI Community’s main event of 2017 and will be the last meeting organised in the context of the EGI-Engage project. The INDIGO Summit 2017 will be the flagship event of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, with a focus on user engagement and the INDIGO service catalogue.

The online registration for the events will close on April 28. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

The EGI Conference and INDIGO Summit 2017 will take place at the Le Ciminiere congress centre in Catania.

Participants will also be able to register on site, during the events.

Register now!

δημιουργία υπολογιστικού συστήματος υψηλών επιδόσεων (High Performance Computer – HPC)

Το Εθνικό Δίκτυο Έρευνας και Τεχνολογίας (ΕΔΕΤ) πρωτοστατεί στον χώρο των υπερυπολογιστικών υποδομών, με τη δημιουργία του πρώτου εθνικού υπολογιστικού συστήματος υψηλών επιδόσεων (High Performance Computer – HPC) για την υποστήριξη επιστημονικών εφαρμογών μεγάλης κλίμακας. Την προμήθεια και εγκατάσταση του νέου συστήματος ανέλαβε η COSMOS Business Systems Α.Ε.Β.Ε. σε συνεργασία με την ΙΒΜ, έπειτα από ανοικτό διεθνή διαγωνισμό που διενήργησε η ΕΔΕΤ Α.Ε. Η νέα υποδομή αναμένεται να παίξει σημαντικό ρόλο στην ανάπτυξη και προαγωγή της επιστημονικής έρευνας στη χώρα και στη Νοτιανατολική Ευρώπη.

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Going beyond grid to enable life science data analysis

Life sciences are rapidly transitioning towards the new era of Big Data, where data, algorithms and knowledge are becoming increasingly available for all. Ever since 2007, when sequencers began giving flurries of data, life sciences have been steadily moving towards this ‘Forth Paradigm’, i.e. the analysis of massive data sets. EGI has been a key factor to this transition, and is yet to play a critical role in the shape of research within the context of life sciences.

However, it is evident that, beside the development of new applications and the improvement of the existing ones, the life sciences and ICT communities need to capitalize on their synergies to strengthen the border disciplines. To this end, we will host a thorough discussion of the expected trends, applications and needs of the communities at the upcoming EGI Community forum in Helsinki. This will take place in the form of a dedicated workshop and networking session, aptly named “Going beyond grid to enable life science data analysis”. Going beyond the traditional concept of a workshop and showcasing the role of e-infrastructures and networking platforms, our aim is to promote a discussion and set up a brainstorming environment between the two communities towards concrete collaborations and sustainable synergies.

The workshop will include invited speakers both from key life science infrastructures (such as ELIXIR, BioMedBridges and LifeWatch among others), but also from high profile research groups (such as EBI, CNRS and CSC among others). This will provide participants with a clear overview of the current state-of-the-art in life sciences’ infrastructures, and help identify future paths and outline critical collaborations.

This discussion phase will expand from the workshop to a dedicated networking session. The aim is to provide clear proposals for possible collaborations and suggestions for future EGI actions.


Workshop URL: https://indico.egi.eu/indico/sessionDisplay.py?sessionId=10&confId=1994#20140520

Networking UL: https://indico.egi.eu/indico/contributionDisplay.py?contribId=4&confId=1994