EU Competitiveness Council endorsed the implementation roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud was endorsed by EU research ministers on 29 May in Brussels. During the event, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, put an emphasis on the following aspects for the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud:

  • The Cloud should be a wide, pan-European federation of existing and emerging excellent infrastructures, which respects the governance and funding mechanisms of its components
  • Membership in this federation would be voluntary
  • The governance structure would include member state ministries, stakeholders and scientists.

The EOSC-hub project plays a crucial role in this ambition, as it is set to create the integration and service management structure of the EOSC – the hub – where researchers and innovators can discover, access, and use a variety of advanced data-driven resources.

In the meeting, Carlos Moedas also presented the integrated advice of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). Established in 2016, the platform is made of stakeholders who advise the Commission on how to further develop and implement an Open Science policy in Europe.

Overall, this political endorsement will accelerate the implementation of the EOSC. The next important events are:

  • EOSC Summit: the scientific and policy stakeholders of the EOSC will gather in Brussels on 11 June to discuss the rules of participation in the EOSC and the drafting of pan-European principles for FAIR data.
  • DI4R 2018: the third edition of DI4R will be held in Lisbon, from 9 to 11 October and will showcase the policies, best practices and services necessary for the support of research.
  • Launch of the EOSC governance structure: on 23 November, the incoming Austrian Presidency of the Council plans to gather research and innovation ministers to sign off the governance structure, which will steer the work of several projects under Horizon 2020, and to launch the first version of the EOSC Portal.

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.

New publication: EGI-Engage Impact & Results

We are happy to announce that we released a new publication featuring the results and impact of the EGI-Engage project.

EGI-Engage lasted for 30 months, from March 2015 to August 2017, and brought together 43 partners with a mission to expand the capabilities of a backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.

The new publication gives an overview of the EGI-Engage outcomes across Europe and in the world. The project’s impact was felt at a large scale – from diverse scientific disciplines and at all scales of the research landscape, from individual researchers to large research communities and Research Infrastructures.

The Key Exploitable Results (KERs) of the project showcase an impact in different areas such as the advancement of scientific knowledge, the adoption of digital innovation in science and the implementation of European policies.

EGI-Engage also shaped the way to the new EOSC-hub project, aimed at building the Hub: a European-level contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

We would like to thank all of the participants of EGI-Engage and the EGI community for being part of this project and all the resulting achievements.

New publication: EGI & Research Infrastructures

We are happy to announce that we published a new collection of use cases highlighting EGI’s work with research infrastructures (RIs).

The new publication highlights the diversity of challenges that research communities encounter in their work and the abundant support that the EGI community offers to tackle these challenges.

EGI is working closely with research communities to co-develop new solutions for their scientific problems.

For example, the European Space Agency connected two of their thematic exploitation platforms to the EGI Federated Cloud to support their computational needs. The MoBrain collaboration partnered with several EGI data centres to use High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services needed to develop webportals for life and brain scientists worldwide. The DARIAH research infrastructure is using EGI Cloud Compute resources to support a new science gateway that makes digital applications available to arts and humanities scholars.

The achievements in the new publication would not be possible without the collaborative work of the EGI Federated data centres, the EGI Federated Cloud providers, and the involved research communities.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and dedication in making this publication happen.

EGI Use Cases: published today!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that we published a new compilation of our best use cases.

Our new publication showcases the diversity of the EGI-supported science as well as the magnitude of the usage of our services. From physics and astronomy to biological, health and social sciences, the EGI e-infrastructure is committed to supporting research and innovation activities.

The scientists relying on EGI services work in large international organisations, in research infrastructures, projects, university labs, or as individual researchers and their stories are highlighted in this publication.

For example, Mario Rizzi Massimo Rizzi and his colleagues at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research used our High-Throughput Compute service to study and analyse the development of the epilepsy disease. The resources he used amount to a total of 200,000 HTC jobs and helped the team to complete their research calculations in less than 48 hours.

Scientist Athena Vakali and her colleagues at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece used Cloud Compute to work on a new model of detecting social media trends.

The Belle II experiment is an example of a large international collaboration that is looking into the imbalance of matter and antimatter in our Universe and relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute and Storage services to analyse and share their data.

The research stories in our new publication would not have been possible without the resources provided by the EGI Federated data centres and the EGI Federated Cloud providers.

We would like to thank all researchers that helped us preparing this publication for their collaboration and support.