Applications for the EOSC Early Adopter Programme are open!

EOSC offers a broad spectrum of services and technologies for the research data management lifecycle, and scientific outputs like data, publications and software of pan-European relevance. The combined use of these technologies and resources can allow scientific communities to address complex scientific challenges.

The EOSC-hub project invites researchers and research communities that require the combined use of multiple services and resources to apply to the programme EOSC Early Adopter Programme. Deadline for application is 15 June 2019.

The services and resources in scope for the programme are those currently provided byEOSC-hub and its partners, namely OCRE, OpenAIRE and GÉANT.

What is in store?

The projects selected will receive for a period of 6 to 12 months:

  • Technical support from service providers to guarantee integration;
  • Access to resources such as data, applications, software, and other services from EOSC-hub providers and partners depending on the research community needs;
  • Resources up to 150 CPU cores, 300 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage for data analysis and 10 TB for long term archiving. (If the project requires more capacity, contact the EOSC-hub team for advice at: early-adopter@mailman.eosc-hub.eu);
  • Financial support to cover travel costs to attend face-to-face meetings and other events

EOSC-hub support will not cover consumable costs or staff salaries.

How to apply

Interested parties are requested to fill an online application form on the EOSC-hub website.

More information: EOSC Early Adopter Programme

UNIV-LILLE joins the EGI Federated Cloud

The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Lille (UNIV-LILLE) has joined the group of EGI Federated Cloud resource providers.

The computing centre was founded in 2000 and comprises three platforms: a HPC/HTC cluster, an OpenStack cloud, and storage for scientific data. The computing resources are provided to the University of Lille academic community and count about 370 active users working on chemistry, mechanics, bioinformatics, humanities and social sciences, computer science research, and many others.

UNIV-LILLE cloud is integrated in France Grilles, the national e-Infrastructure for research in France.

Now, the UNIV-LILLE OpenStack cloud will add 48 physical cores and 576 GB memory to the total capacity of the EGI Federated Cloud. The integration started in October 2018 and was led by Cyrille Toulet, system and network administrator, who summarized his experience and lessons learned in a talk presented at the EGI Conference 2019.

“We are happy to welcome the University of Lille to the FedCloud,” says Enol Fernández, Chair of the EGI Federated Cloud task force. “Cyrille’s integration work has also highlighted some gaps in the documentation and we are grateful for the feedback.”

New SLA signed with Open Universe

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource provider CESGA and Open Universe. The SLA is valid until May 2020.

Open Universe is an Italian science initiative with the objective of stimulating an increase in the utilisation of space science data (e.g. astrophysics, planetary science, etc.), extending the potential of scientific discovery to new participants all over the world.

A wide range of communities will benefit from Open Universe: professional scientists, citizen scientists, teachers and students. The agreement with CESGA will allow Open Universe to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities. In total, the CESGA provider has pledged 1 VM with 24 virtual CPU cores, 50 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage.

Małgorzata Krakowian, Quality and Risk Manager at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “We are always happy to bring new research communities on board and support them with our computing services, we hope Open Universe will serve as many scientists as possible worldwide.”

The EGI Foundation is looking for its new Director!

After leading the EGI Foundation for over five years, our Managing Director Yannick Legré has announced his intention to leave by the end of this year. Yannick has made the EGI Federation into the smoothly operating e-infrastructure it is today, serving thousands of researchers in Europe and worldwide. He has turned the Amsterdam-based EGI Foundation into a stable organisation, employing over 20 people.
“There is a time for everything. There has been a time for building EGI and a time for structuring it. Now it’s time to step back and allow a new director to move EGI forward into the challenging future of the European Open Science Cloud and the consolidation it will require”, says Yannick.

The EGI Foundation is now looking for its new Director.

The primary objectives of the Director are to further develop and implement the future EGI Foundation strategy, in collaboration with the EGI Council and to prepare the grounds for a long-term sustainability of the EGI Federation. The context for the future strategy will be provided by the development of the European Open Science Cloud, in which a consolidation with other e-infrastructure providers is foreseen in order to better serve existing and new research communities in Europe.

See all the details of the role and apply by 27 June, by sending a cover letter and your CV to search-committee@egi.eu.

Full job description.

Register now for the EOSC-hub Webinar: Early Adopter Programme

The EOSC-hub project is organizing a webinar to introduce the Early Adopter Programme and answer questions from those interested in applying.

The Early Adopter Programme was set up for research communities who require combined use of multiple services and resources. The EOSC-hub project and its partners will mobilise providers and experts to support these communities through this programme.

Gergely Sipos and Debora Testi, from the EOSC-hub Engagement Team, will lead a webinar to explain how the programme works and how to apply. The webinar will be held on 29 May at 10:00 CEST. Please follow this link to register to the event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8611082997369537549

Interested parties can apply to the Early Adopter Programme by filling an online webform by 15 June 2019.

More information:

The Early Adopter Programme

Webinar registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8611082997369537549

Special issue of EGI newsletter: celebrating 15 years of operations

Issue 34 of the EGI newsletter is now available online and in PDF format.

This new issue, launched during the EGI Conference 2019, celebrates 15 Years of EGI Operations and achievements.

 

We would also like to take this special issue as an opportunity to thank the 117 writers that have contributed to our first 34 issues. Go to the last page of the PDF to see the full list. Many thanks to all!

 

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The programme of the EGI Conference 2019 is now online

The EGI Conference 2019 will take place in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019, as a forum for the EGI Community to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences: national, local and at the level of the data centre.

The programme is now online and is focused on a mix of topical sessions, workshops and space for debate on topics related to the EGI Federation. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation.

The EGI Conference will also host:

Registration to the event is open until 19 April.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Amsterdam!

A new paper on the EGI Applications on Demand service was published

A new paper describing the EGI Applications on Demand (AoD) service was published in the journal Future Generation Computer Systems.

Applications on Demand is designed for individual researchers, small research teams and early-phase research infrastructures to support them in their scientific data analysis activities.

The service is available through the EGI Marketplace and allows a user-friendly access to a growing number of scientific applications, tools and application hosting frameworks.

Since the debut of the service in April 2017, the EGI team has received 57 service access requests from users located in 15 countries. These requests came from researchers working in computer sciences, biological and chemical sciences, social aciences, agronomy and health sciences. For example, scientist Simone Ronsisvalle at the University of Catania, used the AoD service to support her research on opioid analgesics. A scientific journal manuscript on this topic is now in preparation.

Read the full paper on the EGI Applications on Demand service.

Find out more about AoD.

EOSC-synergy – Expanding Capabilities, Building Capacities

The proposal for the EOSC-synergy project, submitted to the Horizon 2020 EINFRA-EOSC-5(b) call, has been favourably evaluated. The project will be coordinated by IBERGRID, the Iberian scientific and technological cooperation framework signed by Spain and Portugal on distributed computing.

The consortium additionally includes the main research infrastructure and data providers in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, experts in policy development and FAIR data repositories in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the EGI Foundation.

Research groups in the areas of Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Astrophysics. Earth Observation are represented by research centers from Portugal, France and Spain, and by a leading industrial partner, INDRA. The project will also act as a bridge of EOSC towards South America, establishing a  link with the Brazilian Cloud and Astrophysics experiments.

EOSC-synergy will contribute to the European Open Science Cloud landscape by expanding the capabilities and building the capabilities of EOSC. In practice this will mean more compute and storage available to researchers, and more datasets and tools to expand avenues of research.

In the upcoming 3 years, EOSC-synergy will be the H2020 instrument to promote the implementation and adoption of EOSC services by scientific users in the countries involved in the consortium.

The ultimate goal is to build EOSC as a coordinated effort, as an open environment for scientific data and related processing that promotes convergence of infrastructures and scientific thematic services provided at national or European level.

Isabel Campos, EOSC-synergy project coordinator and CSIC researcher at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA) in Santander, says:

EOSC-synergy understands the EOSC challenge as an opportunity to remove the obstacles that currently prevent an effective sharing and reuse of scientific data, enabling exploitation of the full data potential and harnessing the capacity of regional investments. In doing so, we will help bridging the “digital gap” between EC countries with different readiness levels”.

Jorge Gomes, EOSC-synergy project deputy coordinator and researcher at the Laboratory of Instrumentation and Particles (LIP) in Lisbon, adds:

A fundamental goal of EOSC-synergy is the  support to the development of professional capabilities related to EOSC. Therefore, one of the project activities is providing an online training platform in the EOSC Portal to facilitate access to high quality training materials, supporting massive open online courses and self-learning capabilities”.

 

About the EOSC and the INFRAEOSC-05(b) call:

As part of the Digital Agenda, in October 2017 the European Commission made public the EOSC Declaration, inviting Member States, Scientific Communities and Industry to participate in the construction of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The EOSC is thus the instrument of Europe to support the paradigm of Open Science.

In this context the European Commission launched the INFRAEOSC-05(b) call aimed at providing the support to integrate EOSC-relevant national initiatives across Europe. The results of the call were announced on 21 February and EOSC-synergy will be one out of four projects funded under INFRAEOSC-05(b)

Registration for the EGI Conference 2019 is now open

The EGI Conference 2019 will take place in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019, as a forum for the EGI Community to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences: national, local and at the level of the data centre. The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation.

The registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

The Programme Committee of the EGI Conference 2019 is also inviting the community to submit contributions reporting on state of the art, future trends, requirements and experiences. Site managers and members of operations & technical teams are especially welcome to contribute. (Full description of conference topics).

The Call for Abstracts is open online until 8 March.

The EGI Conference will also host:

Key dates:

End of online registration: 19 April (please note: on site registration will not be possible)

Last day to submit abstracts: 8 March 2019

Keep an eye on our channels for more information.