New and extended service level agreements

We are very pleased to announce the following new and extended service level agreements:

OPERAS

OPERAS is a research infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities in Europe. Its mission is to coordinate resources to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of humanities. To support these activities, OPERAS has signed an agreement with EGI to use Cloud Compute and Online Storage resources from the IN2P3-IRES provider.

OpenRiskNet

OpenRiskNet is operating an open e-Infrastructure providing services for supporting scientific communities requiring risk assessment, including chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, therapeutic agents and nanomaterials.

Through an SLA agreement with EGI, OpenRiskNet is using Cloud Compute and Online Storage from the EGI provider IFCA-LCG2. In the context of the EGI-ACE project, the OpenRiskNet risk assessment infrastructure will be further optimised to better integrate with other services of EGI-ACE, including AAI, HPC, Cloud and Jupyter for making the provided data sources more visible with data from other relevant communities.

NBIS

The National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden is a distributed national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers. NBIS has extended a service level agreement with EGI which allows the infrastructure to use Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the IN2P3-IRES, INFN-CLOUD-BARI and TR-FC1-ULAKBIM providers.

HealthyCloud: Joint Workshop of Strategic Projects for the Health Research & Innovation Cloud

On May 18th 2021, HealthyCloud organises a workshop with the aim of bringing together European projects and initiatives working towards making secure cross-border health data sharing a reality. Key representatives from EOSC-LifeB1MGPHIRI and TEHDAS Joint action will be invited to share lessons learned, expected outcomes and best ways to tackle common challenges.

The purpose of the workshop is to allow these projects to align their activities by identifying potential synergies and promoting coordination, while avoiding overlap between project objectives. In addition, selected stakeholder representatives from the public sectornational and EC policymakersregulators and ethics committeesacademiaindustrypatients and citizens will be invited to join. They will bring into the discussions specific information from the communities they represent and highlight challenges of health data sharing they would like to see addressed within a pan-European Health Research and Innovation Cloud.

The main discussion points and conclusions of this workshop will be presented in the eHealth Summit Portugal (1-2 June 2021, virtual) in the track dedicated to secondary use of real-world data.

The objective of HealthyCloud is to generate a number of guidelines, recommendations and specifications that will enable distributed health research across Europe in the form of a Ready-to-implement Roadmap. This roadmap together with the feedback gathered from a broad range of stakeholders will be the basis to produce the final HealthyCloud Strategic Agenda for the European Health Research and Innovation Cloud (HRIC).

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. 


The HealthyCloud project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement Nº 965345.

EGI Conference 2021: Call for Abstracts extended!


UPDATE: Deadline extended to August 9th!

Mark your calendars! The 2021 edition of EGI Conference will take place from 19 to 21 October 2021. 

This year’s theme will be ‘Beyond the Horizon – Shaping the Digital Future‘.

Do you want to be part of #EGI2021? The Call for Abstracts is now open!

You can submit your abstract from May 19th until July 1st 2021 August 9th. We are accepting submissions in the following formats:

  • Long presentations (25 mins)
  • Short presentations (15 mins)
  • Posters
  • Demonstrations (30 mins)
  • Workshops/Sessions (90 mins)

If you have any questions about your submission or are experiencing technical issues, don’t hesitate to contact us!

News and updates about the programme and registration process will be added on our conference page and distributed via our social channels. Stay tuned …

#EGI2021

Sign up for the Data Week – the registration is open!

Data Week is a three-day event focusing on the hottest topics of the industry! The programme is divided to six different tracks. On top of general topics, we have tracks for Data Spaces, Data Value and AI, Ecosystem and European opportunities. In addition, one track is fully dedicated to EUHubs4Data project

The event’s programme committee carefully evaluated and hand-picked you a collection of sessions, including business drivers of data-agile economy, AI in arts collaborations and Big Data as an enabler of European automotive industry… just to name a few! Leading professionals of the industry will give you the best insight into where the Big Data and Data-Driven AI ecosystem is heading. Join the discussion and shape the future of the European data community! 

Have a look at the agenda and register here! 

Data Week is held for the first time, following the Big Data Value Summit’s tradition, promoting opportunities, knowledge sharing and fostering the data ecosystem development. The event takes place from 25th to the 27th of May online. Registration is free of charge! 

 Follow the event’s webpage and  social media channels to stay updated!  

The Data Week 2021 is co-organised by DAIRO/BDVA and the EUHubs4Data project in collaboration with key members of the Portuguese R&I ecosystem (DECSIS,  valuedate.io and Ubiwhere).  

Register now for our upcoming webinars!

EGI Webinar Programme Spring 2021

Learn more about EGI, about our tools and services, projects and collaborations and about the impact we have on science and innovation!

Join us for one (or all!) of our dedicated webinars, where we discuss in detail a range of tools, services and projects. We’re happy to announce the start of our 2021 programme with the following 5 webinars:

Managing Singularity and Docker containers, Kubernetes clusters in the EGI Cloud

28 April, 2 PM CEST  

In this webinar we will introduce the different runtimes available for executing containers in EGI infrastructure and will show how to manage Kubernetes clusters to get your containers under control executed on EGI cloud providers.

Presenter:
Enol Fernandez (EGI Foundation)

Providing controlled access to distributed resources and services with EGI Check-in: the user and provider perspectives

5 May, 2 PM CEST

This webinar will help new services to integrate with Check-in, the EGI Authentication & Authorisation Infrastructure enabling secure access to relying parties. The target group of the training are developers and administrators of services that want to connect to Check-in for user authentication and authorisation.

Presenters: 
Nicolas Liampotis (GRNET)
Valeria Ardizzone (EGI  Foundation)

Access and analyze data from the EGI DataHub with Jupyter notebooks and MATLAB

12 May, 10 AM CEST

Good, clean data is hard to come by! The EGI provides scientists and researchers access to a large collection of public datasets from data centers globally. These data can be accessed using the EGI Jupyter Notebook service. MATLAB users can now analyze this data using the familiar MATLAB desktop, via a web browser, on the EGI’s resources.

Presenters:
Enol Fernandez (EGI Foundation)
Shubo Chakrabarti (MathWorks)

Monitoring services with ARGO

19 May, 1.30 PM CEST

ARGO is a lightweight service for Service Level Monitoring designed for medium and large sized Research Infrastructures. In this webinar we are going to show the process we follow to monitor a new service with ARGO. In addition, the real time computations and the results via the alerts, API and UI will be shown.

Presenter:
Emir Imamagic (SRCE)

Deploying virtual infrastructures with Infrastructure Manager (IM)

26 May, 2 PM CEST

In this webinar we will focus on the usage of the Infrastructure Manager Dashboard, an easy to use web interface designed to enable not-advanced users to deploy a set of predefined and well tested customizable virtual infrastructures on top of a wide range of cloud providers, with a single set of mouse clicks.

Presenter:
 Miguel Caballer (UPVLC)

The webinars are free, but registration is required!

Visit our dedicated webpage for updates.

Every webinar is recorded and added to the EGI Community Webinar Programme playlist on our YouTube channel.

Policy Cloud webinar series: Data Driven Policymaking Week

Data Driven Policymaking Week wants to unite policymakers, public administrators, decision makers, and social science researchers around the four pilot use cases at the heart of the Policy Cloud project. 

Spread across Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, these pilot use cases:

  • serve as demonstrators for data-driven policy management 
  • model and showcase best-practice methodologies for engaging communities

During the week of 26-29 April 2021, four webinars are being hosted by the Policy Cloud consortium technology partners and experts from the Policy Cloud Impact Creation Board. Each webinar focuses on one of the pilot use cases.

The purpose of the webinars is to introduce the pilot use cases and present the technology solutions being developed to address each one’s policymaking challenges. 

Each session describes:

  • Pilot’s use case
  • Technology solutions
  • EU policy context 
  • Round Table Discussion

EGI Foundation is a partner in the Policy Cloud project. Policy Cloud has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 870675

SoBigData JupyterHub is online!

The SoBigData project announced a new service for interactive analysis based on the EGI Notebooks Service 

We are glad to announce that SoBigData launched a new service empowering scientists to develop algorithms and methods with JupyterHub and SoBigData libraries, deploy methods in a cloud-based environment and execute experiments interactively. 

Started in 2015, SoBigData “proposes to create the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem as a research infrastructure (RI) providing an integrated ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining on the various dimensions of social life”. The new integrated service will increase the ability of scientists to develop social mining algorithms and methods in an easy and interactive way. 

The service is based on the  EGI Notebooks Service and operated by the EGI Foundation, who represents the EGI Federation in SoBigData++ project. The EGI contribution to the new services includes:

  • Implementation of extensions to integrate the SoBigData workspace in the EGI Notebooks service
  • Integration of the  SoBigData Authentication/Authorization system in the EGI Notebooks service
  • Installation of the SoBigData libraries in the Notebooks environment

Users can access the service through their institutional credentials thanks to the integration of the SoBigData portal with the European Open Science Cloud Portal authentication and authorization infrastructure based on EGI Check-in service.

Users can already access the service.

See more information.

Renaming of GitHub organisation

The EGI-Foundation GitHub organisation has just been renamed to EGI-Federation to better reflect that this organisation is meant to host repositories that are made or supported by the members of the EGI Federation and support the Federation’s activities. 

While this change should be transparent for existing repositories forks, users are advised to update their remotes configuration in their local copies by following the GitHub documentation on changing remotes.

Having a central organisation managed collaboratively is a way to help gather information about the existing repositories, giving them more visibility and making them easily discoverable while sharing knowledge and best practices on repositories management.

Examples of repositories that are available via the EGI-Federation organisation:

Every EGI Federation participant is welcome to propose repositories to be included or ask for creation of new repositories. Contact us at operations@egi.eu to get started!

The EGI-ACE call for use cases is now open!

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.

The project has now opened a call for use cases! With this call, the project offers access to infrastructure and platform services, dedicated user support and training. The services are sponsored by the European Commission and various national funding agencies and are free to access to the selected use cases.

Who should apply

The call targets international researchers, research projects, communities and infrastructures, as well as national research groups.

Offering

The project offers compute and storage resources, compute platform services, data management services and related user support and training.

Timeline

The call will be open throughout 2021 and 2022. There are cut-off dates with 2-monthly frequency, each followed by the evaluation of the applications that were submitted up to that date. Next cut-off date is 15th of April. The evaluation and notification are within 1 month after the cut-off date.

How to apply

Submissions can be made either online using the below application form, or via email (egi-ace-call@mailman.egi.eu) using this template.

Online form to submit your use case.

Need more information?

Visit our open call dedicated webpage or contact us at egi-ace-call@mailman.egi.eu!

The EGI Federated Cloud grows exponentially

A record in utilisation was scored in 2020 by the EGI Federated Cloud thanks to the deep-Hybrid DataCloud and EOSC Synergy projects

The EGI Federated Cloud is a distributed cloud compute platform for advanced scientific computing that brings together tens of major research cloud providers across Europe. The purpose of this federated infrastructure is to boost research data exploitation and usage of cloud services to increase research productivity and time to discoveries. By federating multiple providers, it brings cloud computing, data processing and analytics tools next to the data, making national advanced compute facilities accessible to research communities across organizations and national borders, and simplifying data utilization by making it available with relevant application tools.

The advent of cloud-based services from the deep-Hybrid Data Cloud project for artificial intelligence (machine learning and deep learning), parallel post-processing of very large data, and analysis of massive online data streams is further enhancing the capabilities of the EGI Federated Cloud.

With deep-Hybrid Data Cloud the EGI Federated Cloud doubled the compute power delivered to researchers, beating the unprecedented threshold of more than 40 Million CPU hours/year. The diagram below plots the usage yearly trend over 2014-2021 and the steep increase recorded from February 2020 until now.

Besides providing ML and AI services, the EGI Federated Cloud brings to researchers a rich portfolio of data, simulation and data analytics tools that address the specific needs of scientific projects. The EGI Federated Cloud data spaces are a joint effort of NGIs – the EGI national nodes, major national and European research data providers, and the EOSC Synergy thematic services.

The EGI Federated Cloud data spaces are a collaborative effort of the EGI Federation and major research infrastructures for environmental research (e.g. LifeWatch, GBIF, EMSO, OPENCoastS, MELOA, SeaDataNet and NextGeoss) is demonstrating how cross-border access to research data and digital tools can accelerate science and evidence-based policy making.