INFN-CLOUD-CNAF and GSI-LCG2 joining the EGI Federated Cloud

Two sites recently joined the EGI Federated Cloud, widening the support and availability of cloud providers for researchers. Both INFN-CLOUD-CNAF and GSI-LCG2 are joining the Federated Cloud as part of the EGI-ACE project. Access to both providers will be funded via VA and is already made available in the EOSC sphere, as providers of the EGI Cloud Compute. The INFN-CLOUD-CNAF cloud provider additionally brings GPGPU resources to the table, which can benefit many of the AI/ML use cases. We look forward to the impact of both providers!

The EGI Federated Cloud is a IaaS-type cloud, made of academic private clouds and virtualised resources and built around open standards. Its development is driven by requirements of the scientific community. Click here to read more about the service and its providers,

EOSC Future launches the first of its RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. The RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data description
  • identify, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like: 

  • Is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • What communities can be involved to update it?
  • Are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

Grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.

EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future. The EOSC Future project is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

Help build the European Open Science Cloud!

Apply for EOSC Future User Group

EOSC Future is seeking researchers and actors from all scientific fields to closely support the co-design of EOSC.

The EOSC Future project will develop an environment with interoperable research data sets and other research outputs including publications and code, professional data services, and access to resources such as compute and storage and services like data discovery and archive. It will create a so-called ‘system of systems’ that will support European researchers in managing the entire lifecycle of data: from sharing, managing and exploiting their own data to discovering, re-using and recombining the data sets of others. 

In order to reach this goal, EOSC Future would like to engage and onboard a pool of diverse EOSC Users (the so-called EOSC Future User Group) that will provide input and feedback on the solutions developed by the project and promote the achievements for its whole duration (until September 2023).

The User Group will consist of at least 200 selected champions from all scientific areas who will support the project in co-designing and validating future EOSC services and products on the user-level.

The application period is open from 07 July 2021 to 15 September 2021.

This call originally appeared on EOSC Portal: https://eosc-portal.eu/call-researchers-shape-eosc-future-solutions

EUH4D 1st round of experiments is on track

We are pleased to announce that the EUH4D experiments are now on track.

EUH4D experiments are a key asset of the EUHubs4Data project, as they aim to attract the demand side to the federation, showing clear examples of use and application of the federated services, datasets and trainings by SMEs and start-ups all over Europe.

But even more important, the experiments are a tangible proof of how the DIHs in the federation are collaborating on a cross-border basis, to solve real problems proposed by actors external to the consortium.

Around the experiments, the project is developing additional activities aimed to get the most value from them: exploitation of results, assessment of ethics aspects, evaluation of the impact, integration in the data management plan and dissemination and promotion of the carried out activities.

A dedicated section has already been set-up on the EUH4D webpage, where relevant information about each individual experiment can be found, as well as the resources from the federation each experiment is using.

Do not hesitate to contact the project if you want to know more about the experiments!

11 new Research Infrastructures included in ESFRI Roadmap 2021

Selected Research Infrastructures include OPERAS and SoBigData++

ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (RI), confirms their €4.1 billion investment in excellent science contributing to address European challenges and includes 11 new RI’s in its 2021 Roadmap Update.

Following a two-year long evaluation and selection procedure, ESFRI proudly announces the 11 proposals that have been scored high for their science case and maturity for implementation and will be included as new Projects in the ESFRI 2021 Roadmap Update

EGI is happy to be involved in two of the selected RI’s, OPERAS and SoBigData++. Both RI’s will significantly support a key EU priority, Digital Transition:

  • OPERAS – Open Access in the European Research Area through Scholarly Communication, the distributed RI to enable Open Science and upgrade scholarly communication practices in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in line with the European Open Science Cloud. 
  • SoBigData++ – European Integrated Infrastructure for Social Mining and Big Data Analytics, a resource for sharing datasets, methods, research skills and computational resources for supporting the comprehension of social phenomena through the lens of Big Data. 

Read the full press release, with an overview of all 11 selected RI’s, here.


About the ESFRI Roadmap
ESFRI has established a European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (new and major upgrades, pan-European interest) for the next 10-20 years, stimulates the implementation of these facilities, and updates the roadmap as needed. The ESFRI Roadmap arguably contains the best European science facilities based on a thorough evaluation and selection procedure. It combines ESFRI Projects, which are new Research Infrastructures in progress towards implementation, and ESFRI Landmarks successfully implemented Research Infrastructures enabling excellent science. 

 

The June issue of the EGI Newsletter is now out!

In this issue:

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MoU signed between EGI and the Black Sea University Network

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between EGI and the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN), an initiative established in 1998 to develop a collaborative platform between the universities in the Black Sea Region of South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. The BSUN network includes more than 120 universities across the 12 member states of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Serbia.

The MoU will initially build the foundations to define a framework for long-term collaboration in order to establish interoperable and sustained e-Infrastructure services to support education and international scientific research activities. It will do this by using EGI’s expertise in federated authentication and authorization infrastructure, security and policies in order to facilitate the sharing of resources for education and research.  This work will also pave the way for involvement in European and Global initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC).

Existing EGI initiatives, networks and NGIs within the BSUN member states will be involved in this work in order to benefit from local expertise. This will lead to stronger collaboration in the regions of South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

European Commission enters into a partnership with the EOSC Association

During the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, the European Research and Innovation Days,  the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) reached a major new milestone.

On June 23rd 2021, the European Commission (EC) and the newly formed EOSC Association  signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a co-programmed partnership until 2030.The Partnership has been signed by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education & Youth and Thierry Breton, Commissioner of Internal Market,  on behalf of the European Commission, and on behalf of EOSC by Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association.

As long standing partners, the EGI Federation welcomes the EC commitment to the EOSC vision and mission with the EC-EOSC partnership established today

Tiziana Ferrari, EGI Foundation Director

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative aims to deliver a federated infrastructure for all researchers, innovators, companies and citizens with seamless access to an open-by-default, efficient and cross-disciplinary environment for storing, accessing, reusing data, tools, publications and other scientific outputs for research, innovation and educational purposes. With this partnership, the EC supports an Open Science policy that builds trust in a digitally enabled and more open and robust research process not only for scientists, but also for society at large. 

EGI Director Tiziana Ferrari welcomes the commitment of the European Commission to EOSC: The European Open Science Cloud will support researchers with easier access to more research data and tools. As long standing partners, the EGI Federation welcomes the EC commitment to the EOSC vision and mission with the EC-EOSC partnership established today’

Watch a recording of the signing ceremony (with speech from Prof. Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpxUWEim2hg


Link to the original press release.

As a key player in important  EOSC projects – e.g., EOSC-hub (finished), EGI-ACE and EOSC Future) – EGI supports the implementation of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by:

  • Delivering the computing platform that serves as a federated secure and trustworthy hosting environment for European core research data exploitation across organisations, projects and national boundaries. 
  • Providing key components of the EOSC Core such as the EOSC Marketplace and the EOSC Portal AAI infrastructure, service availability monitoring, usage accounting, the helpdesk, and policies and processes for the provisioning of the EOSC federated ‘web of data and services’ 
  • Coordinating the EOSC service portfolio and the service provider onboarding process
  • Coordinating dedicated user support actions such as the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub and the EOSC Early Adopter Programme

EOSC Future: Call for Evaluators

Apply now and become an EOSC Future expert evaluator!

Call open until June 2023

As a part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is looking for external expert evaluators who are familiar with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), other international open science/data initiatives or research commons. This call is seeking experts to evaluate a series of diverse grants to be awarded over the course of the EOSC Future project. Though the call will remain open for submissions until June 2023,  experts will be called on to evaluate grant applications as soon as October 2021.

Submit your application now at  eoscfuture-grants.eu/call-rda-external-evaluators.

Over the next two and a half years, the EOSC Future project will develop an environment with professional data services, open research products and infrastructure. It looks to create a so-called ‘system of systems’ that will support European researchers in managing the entire lifecycle of data: from sharing, managing and exploiting their own data to discovering, re-using and recombining the data sets of others. The project will engage, train and support (potential) EOSC users and will encourage providers to sign up by offering easy onboarding, ticket management and analytics.

To enable the co-creation of EOSC, via early adoption, technical and domain solution development and interoperability, RDA will be running a rich set of regular open calls. The RDA Open Calls mechanism is backed by a €1 000 000 grant earmarked for engaging with multiple stakeholders, including targeted scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The calls will be complemented by a broad range of support activities, such as events, use cases, info packages, best practices, a Scientific Ambassador Network and dedicated RDA groups. These activities will enable a continual innovation workflow and engagement with science projects to support the implementation of an EOSC environment.  

In keeping with its principles of transparent and community-driven action, RDA is looking for external expert evaluators to support the decision-making process for awarding the RDA Open Calls grants. These evaluators will operate remotely via the EOSC Future Grants Platform and will be responsible for evaluating applications for RDA Open Calls, both for general and discipline- or domain-specific grants. While the call for external expert evaluators is open for the entire duration of the EOSC Future project, evaluators will be needed as soon as October 2021. Evaluators will be routinely selected from the pool of applicants based on their availability and the expertise required. Aside from a few exceptional cases, drafting an individual evaluation report will be compensated with a €150 fee (equivalent to 0.3 working days). 

Experts can submit their applications via the dedicated EOSC Future Grants Platform, which will manage the grants application process for all calls under EOSC Future’s €1.6 million grant fund. This includes the €1 000 000 in grants under the RDA Open Calls as well as another €600 000 awarded through various DIH Calls.


EGI is a partner in the EOSC Future project. EOSC Future is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020

EGI supporting COVID-19 research publication

Since the start of the global pandemic, EGI has offered support to COVID-19 research. Numerous EGI services have played an essential role in these processes, and additionally, in collaboration with the Open Science Grid, a call for projects has openend to encourage researchers to take advantage of a wide offering.

Within a year’s time, we have seen quite some impact already which have been translated in use cases. Here you can read how services as Online Storage and Cloud compute supported Draško Tomić and his research team from the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Croatia, who have investigaed possible new drug combinations. Computing resources offered by the EGI provider RECAS-BARI were used to replicate an improved bioinformatic pipeline for theidentification of genetic variants, in the study of pig genes involvement in the coronavirus infections. And the HADDOCK WeNMR platform has used EGI HTC resources in screening over 2000 chemical compounds against three COVID-19 related targets in up to 8 days as part of its research.

Read our publication that goes into detail on how we support COVID-19 research.