January edition of the EGI Newsletter

A new edition of the EGI Newsletter is now available online and in PDF format.

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EGI appoints new Council Chair

We are happy to announce that Arjen van Rijn, the Institute Manager of Nikhef and a long-time member of the EGI community, was elected to be the next EGI Council Chair.

Arjen was involved in preparing the Amsterdam bid to host the headquarters of the EGI Foundation. He was also a key member of the team that defined the statutes of the foundation and supported its legal establishment. Arjen has since represented the Netherlands in the EGI Council and has served two terms as a member of the EGI Executive Board (2010-2014).

Our new Council Chair is also an active member of the e-IRG community (since July 2012) where he focuses on the development of national e-infrastructure organisations as strong building blocks of an European backbone of digital capacities.

We believe that Arjen’s lifelong commitment to the mission of the EGI Federation and his vision for the role of the EGI Foundation make him the ideal person to lead the EGI community through the challenges ahead.

“EGI federates hundreds of data centers, operating as a remarkably smooth whole, to serve pan-European research,” says Arjen. “The future of this federation is our collective responsibility as EGI Council. We all have a role to play here: in our local context, in our national context and in the future European Open Science Cloud. For my part, I will do everything I can to contribute to the best possible future for EGI.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Matthew Dovey, head of e-infrastructure at Jisc, for his leadership and contributions as EGI Council Chair for the last four years. “I have been honoured to serve as EGI chair over the last four years where we have built strong collaborations including DI4R and EOSC-hub,”says Matthew. “I wish Arjen success in leading the community through the new opportunities opened by EOSC”.

EGI Conference 2019: call for abstracts

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 the 15th anniversary of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation. The programme will be a mix of topical sessions, workshops and space for debate on topics related to the EGI Federation.

The Programme Committee has opened a Call for Abstracts and invites the EGI Community to submit abstracts for presentations and posters. Site managers and members of the distributed operations and technical teams are strongly encouraged to send contributions. The deadline for contributions is 8 March.

Registration for the EGI Conference will open soon.

The topics of the conference are:

  • Compute, storage and data management
  • Workflow, orchestration, data analytics
  • Federated AAI infrastructure
  • Community developments
  • Techs and Ops: the Federation at work

In parallel, the EGI Conference will have topical sessions and workshops dedicated, for example, to the evolution of the Cloud Infrastructure and the Operations Board.

The EGI Foundation is also organizing a Design your e-Infrastructure Workshop on 9 May 2019. This workshop is intended for research communities and research infrastructures who wish to become active users of EGI services. The workshop is free but the number of places is limited and registration is required.

New service level agreement: EGI and GEO DAB

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource provider CESNET-MetaCloud and GEO DAB. The SLA is valid until December 2019.

GEO DAB is a key component of GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems), one of the thematic services supported by the EOSC-hub project. GEO DAB connects GEOSS user’s requests to the resources shared by GEOSS providers and aims to simplify the discovery and use of disparate data.

The service is developed by the Florence Division of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (IIA) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

The agreement with CESNET will allow GEO DAB to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities. In total, the CESNET provider has pledged 128 virtual CPU cores, 260 GB of RAM and 100 GB of storage.

Małgorzata Krakowian, Quality and Risk Manager at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “We are delighted to support GEO DAB in its mission to support science and data discovery by offering access to EGI cloud and storage services”.

Paolo Mazzetti, Head of the Division of Florence of the CNR-IIA says: “The possibility to deploy our DAB solution on the EGI infrastructure opens up great potentialities for the delivery of advanced EO data discovery and access services especially in the perspective of the rising EuroGEOSS initiative”.

The PaNOSC project is officially launched

Large-scale research infrastructures produce a huge amount of scientific data on a daily basis. For their storage and future (re)use, data need to managed according to the FAIR principles, i.e., be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable. The adaptation and development of both policies and technologies are key to making FAIR data a reality and to serving the broad set of stakeholders who will benefit from a coherent ecosystem of data services.

Under the headline “European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)”, projects covering a wide range of scientific disciplines from physics, astronomy, and life sciences, to social sciences and humanities, have been funded by the European Commission to build and develop the EOSC, which includes a comprehensive catalogue of services for the storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data.

The project PaNOSC, Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud is one of five cluster projects funded under the European H2020 programme. PaNOSC started on the 1st of December 2018, and will be officially launched on January 15th, 2019 at the kick-off meeting, which will take place at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France). The project, which will run until December 2022, is coordinated by the ESRF.

By bringing together six strategic European research infrastructures (ESRF, CERIC-ERIC, ELI-DC, European Spallation Source, European XFEL and Institut Laue-Langevin) and the e-infrastructures EGI and GEANT, PaNOSC will contribute to the construction and development of the EOSC, an ecosystem allowing universal and cross-disciplinary open access to data through a single access point, for researchers in all scientific fields.

The project will work closely with the national photon and neutron sources in Europe in order to develop common policies, strategies, and solutions in the area of FAIR data policy, data management and data services.

The services developed for data preservation and open access, as well as for data storage, analysis and simulation, will allow users to access data from the catalogues of the existing research facilities in a seamless and easy fashion, for immediate sharing and re-use. Connection to the EOSC Service Catalogue will be an essential step to make the catalogue an entry point to all the available tools and services developed for users in the frame of EOSC-related projects.

The mission of PaNOSC is, therefore, to contribute to the realization of a data commons for Neutron and Photon science, providing services and tools for the many scientists from existing and future disciplines using data from photon and neutron sources. To achieve this aim, the exchange of know-how and experiences will be crucial to driving a change in culture by embracing Open Science among the scientific communities that the project will target.

For such a paradigm shift to take place, actions fostering communication with other EOSC projects from the other clusters, participation in scientific and science policy events, and the development of materials for e-learning for scientists and IT staff, will be carried out throughout the project.

EGI signs agreement with CLARIN ERIC

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource provider CESGA and CLARIN ERIC, valid until December 2020.

CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to researchers and students from all disciplines, especially in the humanities and social sciences, through single sign-on access.

The agreement will allow CLARIN to access and use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage resources needed for the RI’s activities. In total, the CESGA provider has pledged 12 virtual CPU cores, 24GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

Giuseppe la Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “We are really proud to have signed an agreement with CLARIN ERIC and offer them the opportunity to access cloud computing and storage resources to support science developments. EGI’s efforts are once again visible as we continue to deliver open solutions for research communities all over the world”.

Willem Elbers, on behalf of CLARIN ERIC says: “The agreement signed with CESGA provides us with the opportunity to evaluate a new resource provider and will bring us more experience with the EGI ecosystem. The resources provided under this agreement will enable us to test-drive a redundant setup of the Virtual Language Observatory with the goal of increasing the reliability of the service provided to the CLARIN community and offered within the EOSC-hub marketplace.”

Inauguration of the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is officially launched today, 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The inauguration marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders led by the European Commission.

The event demonstrates the importance of EOSC for the advancement of research in Europe and introduces the new EOSC Portal. The EOSC Portal provides access to data, services and resources. It is a source of up-to-date information about the EOSC initiative, including best practices, governance and user stories.

All service providers, research communities and other entities with a stake in EOSC are invited to visit the EOSC Portal and explore how they can benefit from its functionalities.

The launch event features live demonstrations to showcase how researchers can interact with and benefit from the functionalities of the portal. The demonstrators, presented live and at the demo booth, cover a wide range of disciplines and user scenarios to show the many different user journeys through the portal. The scientific demonstrations are complemented with the presentation of the newly appointed EOSC Executive Board.

EGI is one of the main contributors to the EOSC Portal and provides the compute backbone for:
– the WeNMR portals available now through the Portal and demonstrated during the launch rely on EGI’s High-Throughput Compute service.
– a number of demonstrators and services provided through the EOSC Portal (e.g. PROMINENCE, sustainable development goals) rely on the EGI Federated Cloud.

Information for editors:

More about the EOSC Portal:

website: www.eosc-portal.eu
twitter handle: @eoscportal
youtube channel
EOSC Portal booklet

The EOSC Portal is the first step towards the EOSC implementation, putting into practice the European Commission’s vision for Open Science. It brings convergence to a fragmented research ecosystem and fosters FAIR rules of participation. The portal is a universal entry point to the services, data and resources that researchers need to perform their science in a collaborative, open and cost-efficient way for the benefit of society and the public.

The EOSC Portal is jointly developed and maintained by the eInfraCentral (731049), EOSC-hub (777536), EOSCpilot (739563) and OpenAIRE-Advance (246686) projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with contribution of the European Commission.

Press contacts:

Jelena Angelis – Project Manager, eInfraCentral – angelis@efiscentre.eu
Sara Coelho – Communications Manager, EOSC-hub – sara.coelho@egi.eu
Kalliroi Mavrantoni – Communications Officer, OpenAIRE-Advance – kallmav@uoa.gr


EGI is awarded a Silver i-Space label by the European Big Data Value Association

We are pleased to announce that the EGI Federation received a Silver i-Space label at the European Big Data Value Forum in Vienna.

The Big Data Value Association granted this label to all i-Spaces that help drive forward Big Data adoption across all domains within European industry.

BDVA i-Spaces serve as European hubs for Big Data research and innovation activities.

Every year, existing hubs can obtain one of the three BDVA i-Space labels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. These grades are aligned with the maturity and impact of the candidates in five main domains: excellence of infrastructure, quality of services, projects and sectors, impact to ecosystem and business model.

For NGIs in the EGI Federation this prize means:

  • Being part of a certificated BDV-iSpace Label as quality billboard
  • Increased visibility in EU Big-Data community, especially SMEs and innovative actors
  • Possibility to connect and benchmark to other iSpace practices
  • Access to European funding instruments to enable innovation and federation of existing i-Spaces
  • Big-Data community recognition.

See more information on BDVA i-Space labels.

EGI and Peachnote extend service level agreement

We are pleased to announce an extension of an agreement (service level agreement) between EGI data centres and Peachnote.com, a music score search engine and analysis platform. The SLA is now valid until September 2019.

Peachnote lets you discover new sides of music, find great performances and improve your score reading. The system is the first of its kind and is visited by thousands of users every day from all over the world. The agreement will allow Peachnote.com to continue to access Cloud Compute resources delivered by CESNET-MetaCloud (Czech Republic). Peachnote.com will use these cloud resources to give visitors of their website access to a massive amount of music data.

EGI Conference 2019 – save the date!

EGI Conference 2019 – Shaping the future of advanced computing

The EGI Federation flagship event for 2019 will take place in Science Park Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019 and is the opportunity for research communities, IT-service providers, technology providers, members and partners of EGI to get together, present and co-design services for advanced computing in Europe.

The conference will focus on the technical and operational evolution of the EGI Federation and its services, with a programme structured around workshops, interactive and hands-on sessions.

The event provides a perfect opportunity for existing and emerging user communities of EGI Federation services to present and discuss use cases, usage experiences and to get expert support from EGI service providers.

More information about the event and call for participation to follow soon.