Peachnote, BioISI and D4Science service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and Peachnote has been extended until September 2018. Peachnote is a music score search engine and analysis platform using Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the EGI Federation.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and D4Science has been extended until January 2019. D4Science is a data infrastructure hosting over 100 Virtual Research Environments that serve research communities worldwide. D4Science will continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and the Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI) has been extended until January 2019. Thanks to the agreement, BioISI will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services.

Peachnote’s founder, Vladimir Viro, announced that they will soon participate in a new a new H2020 project called TROMPA (Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives. “I can say with certainty that the new project became possible thanks to the EGI support of our activities over the past years!”, Vladimir says.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the service agreements and is confident that EGI will continue to tie strong collaborations and serve even more research communities in the future.

DI4R 2018 – Call for Abstracts!

The third Digital Infrastructure for Research Conference (DI4R 2018) is to be held in Lisbon, from 9th to 11th October 2018. This year’s theme is ‘Challenges for Research Communities around Open Science’.

DI4R 2018 is jointly organised by EOSC-hubGÉANT, OpenAIRE, and PRACE. It will be hosted by the Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP) and will take place at the premises of  the ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon.

EGI is one of the main organisers of the event as part of the EOSC-hub project.

DI4R 2018 will showcase the policies, processes, best practices, data and services necessary for the support of the research process to ultimately advance scientific knowledge through open science. Researchers, innovators, data producers, scientific domain experts, librarians, data science practitioners, service providers, project leaders, policy makers and funders, are invited to bring their voice to DI4R 2018.

Following the previous DI4R events, the conference will be an opportunity to report and discuss requirements, existing solutions and success stories that highlight the relevance of open science and its enabling building blocks. By bringing together many different stakeholders, the conference will foster cooperation between infrastructure projects, communities and initiatives.

In the 2018 edition, the Programme Committee is chaired by Sinéad Ryan (Trinity College) and Volker Guelzow (DESY).

Topics of Interest:

We welcome contributions about requirements, solutions, best practices, success stories and ongoing developments in the following topical areas:

Area 1. Cross-Domain challenges / Data exchange across domains: researchers, technologist

Area 2. Open Science and skills

Area 3. Computing and Virtual Research Environments

Area 4. Security, trust and identity

Area 5. Digital Infrastructures for EOSC and/or EDI

Area 6. Business models, sustainability and policies

Area 7. Innovation in Open Science with SMEs and Industry

How to participate:

Online Submission for Abstracts: All open science players are invited to send proposals for contributions on requirements, developments, success stories and gap analyses.

Submission Deadline: Friday, 29th June 2018

Abstract Word Limit: 300 (min) – 500 (max) words

Acceptance Notification to Authors: Monday, 16th July 2018

For further information, please read the DI4R 2018 announcement.


EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance collaboration

Two flagship EC initiatives, OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub, open a new chapter in their collaboration with the signing of their collaboration agreement on Monday, 30 April 2018. The agreement solidifies the projects’ ambition for Europe to become a global leader in digital and open science to ensure that scientists reap the full benefits of open data-driven science. Science requires a joint effort and new tools are needed to harness all the relevant information within the research process, while delivering easy ways to implement open science. Together, we will provide a set of services and resources that will become part of the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud).

Convergent but diverse, a unique effort.

OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub have a strong track record of developing and delivering services that make the life of a researcher easier. These include giving advice on how to create data to make it durable and discoverable, facilitate sharing research outputs, accessing domain specific data storage and data-intensive computing. To make our partnership a reality, our  joint activity plan is the key instrument. It is built around three major pillars of activities:

1. Service Integration – We will collaboratively work to ensure there is a seamless and continuous flow of scientific outputs e.g. publications, data and metadata, software and workflows amongst our services. Starting by the common adoption of data management plans principles, we will support the publishing of research/scientific products (research data, research software, experiments, research objects, etc.) following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). We will also enable researchers using OpenAIRE services to collect and visualise research impact data about the use of data and application services that are federated via EOSC-hub.

2. CommunicationEngagement, Support and Training – Looking into researchers’ needs, we will develop joint communications and a joint training programme to provide them with a complete package of information about services for open science. The collaboration is, for example, already working on a webinar (15 May 2018) on “How to manage your data to make them Open and FAIR” aimed at all researchers. As part of the partnership, we will also work with eInfraCentral to build the future EOSC Portal that will be launched in November 2018.

3. Governance and Strategy – Sharing expertise, we will align the strategic plans of the two projects to ensure a coordinated community engagement, service development, and service positioning and sustainability within the EOSC.

We expect that our collaboration will produce tangible results for researchers but also for a broad range of related communities: Research Infrastructures, decision makers and policy makers at national and European level, research administrators, service and content providers, citizens, Industry/SMEs.

Background information:

OpenAIRE-Advance kick-off

EOSC-hub project launch

The EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund is up and running – apply now!

Today, we are launching the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund. The Fund was established by the EGI Council with the goal to stimulate targeted actions that bring benefits within the EGI Community in the short to medium term.

Project proposals should align with the vision, mission and strategy of the EGI Federation and create changes in the production environment or validate concepts that justify further investments.

The Strategic and Innovation Fund can be accessed by the EGI Council participants, affiliate participants and represented organisations.

The Fund accepts four types of project proposals that relate to the level of maturity of the proposed solution: Proof of Concept, Prototype, Major Innovation, and Patch (see description of projects).

Do you want to improve the EGI services and help us make more users happy? Check the priority topics for investment for 2018 and apply by June 15th!

See more information about the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund.

Save the date: DI4R 2018 will be held in Lisbon, 9 to 11 October

The third edition of the annual Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) conference will be held this year at the University of Lisbon campus in Lisbon, Portugal, from 9 to 11 October.

Building on the success of DI4R2016 (Krakow) and DI4R2017 (Brussels), DI4R2018 promises to be the biggest and best yet. Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, the event will bring a packed programme of sessions, posters and networking opportunities to Europe’s researchers, developers and service providers – leading to brainstorming and discussions on how best to serve the user base.

We would like to take the opportunity to proudly announce that this year’s co-chairs will be Volker Guelkow (from DESY) and Sinéad Ryan from (Trinity College).

So make sure to save the date and keep an eye on the DI4R2018 website to stay updated.

Registration open for a new EGI service: ISO 27001 Training

We are happy to announce that registration is open for a new EGI training service: ISO 27001 Training (Foundation level).

The ISO 27001 training teaches the fundamentals of Information Security and how to implement a management system (ISMS) within a given organisation.ISO 27001 is part of the ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards designed to help organisations keep information assets secure. It offers an efficient approach to managing and securing information such as intellectual property, finances, personal data, both internal and data entrusted by third parties.

The training programme is structured in two levels: Foundation and Professional.

The first ISO 27001 Foundation training will take place in Amsterdam, from 19 to 21 September. A formal certification will be offered to all participants of the course that successfully pass the final exam.

Details of the training and registration can be found online.

See more information about the ISO 27001 Training service.

EOSC-hub & OpenAIRE-Advance: national nodes meetup

The EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advanced projects are organising a webinar to bring together the national contact points of EGI(the NGI International Liaisons – NILs) and the representatives of the National Open Access Desks (NOADs).

The online event will take place on April 24th at 15:00 (CET) and is organised by Gergely Sipos, EGI’s Customer and Technical Outreach Manager and part of the EOSC-hub Engagement team, and Najla Rettberg, OpenAIRE Community Manager.

The webinar is open to all members of the NIL and NOAD networks and aims to strengthen national collaborations and synergies between local teams of the two projects. The initiative is part of the ongoing collaboration between EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance to increase the speed, quality and openness of science and to jointly work towards the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Both projects rely on their local networks to support training activities, outreach and dissemination and this objective will benefit from a common understanding of national priorities and strong local collaborations.

The webinar programme is available online and will give ample time for discussion and brainstorming about the next steps.

More information:

Preliminary agenda and connection details

All FitSM Training Levels are available

We are happy to announce that registration is open for all 4 FitSM training levels. The trainings are organised by the EGI Foundation and will take place in April, May and June 2018.

The available courses and dates are the following:

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

Save your spot now!

New issue of the EGI newsletter

A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.

In this issue…

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LSGC, MoBrain, NBIS and Terradue service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and the Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) has been extended until January 2019. The Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) is a virtual research community that supports life-science applications on the EGI federation. The SLA extension allows these research groups to use EGI High-Throughput Compute and Online Storage to contribute to the development of the life science research field.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and MoBrain has been renewed until December 2020. The main objective of the MoBrain competence centre is to lower barriers for scientists to access modern e-Science solutions from micro to macro scales. Thanks to the renewed agreement, MoBrain will continue to access the High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services they need for their research.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and NBIS has been extended until December 2018. NBIS is supporting life sciences and bioinformatics. Their communities will continue to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and Terradue has been renewed until January 2020. Terradue, a company specialised in delivering e-Infrastructures for earth sciences, will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute.

Nanjiang Shu, Researcher at NBIS, says: “We appreciate very much the excellent service provided by EGI.”

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreements and says: “We are very proud to renew these SLAs that continue to provide our services and strengthen our collaborations with a variety of research communities.” He also informs about a significant change in the agreement policy: “From now on the agreements with service providers are automatically renewed – as long as the provider does not express the wish to terminate it, at least a month before the end date. This change helps the EGI community to lower the effort needed to negotiate SLA extensions, so we can serve more communities, more efficiently.”