eInfraCentral state of play after one year

Last week, I attended the annual meeting of the eInfraCentral project in Brussels. During the day, we reviewed the main achievements of the first year of work: 1) a common template for describing services across e-infrastructures was agreed, 2) a beta version of the portal to browse and discover services was launched, 3) an initial collection of 69 services was collected from the initial set of e-Infrastructure service providers.

During the event, we also discussed about the next steps for the coming months. Many activities are in the pipeline and include the gathering of service descriptions from many other e-infrastructure initiatives, the improvements of the portal (e.g. adding both push/pull programmatic interfaces to update the content), and the organisation of promotional events to raise the awareness of the portal for both users and providers.

With the start of the EOSC-hub project, positioning and collaboration areas were also identified to ensure synergies across the two initiatives. While the eInfraCentral portal can act as the “Trivago” for e-Infrastructure services, the planned EOSC-hub marketplace can the “Booking.com” for a number of affiliated providers.

More was done and more is expected in the upcoming period. If you want to know more, read the second edition of the eInfraCentral newslette and follow the project Twitter feed.

Designing a common European digital service catalogue for research: take part!

The eInfraCentral project (European E-Infrastructure Services Gateway) opened an online survey to gather information about all digital services for research from independent providers with the aim of creating a single entry point to European e-infrastructure services. eInfraCentral‘s mission is to ensure that by 2020 a broader set of users benefits from European infrastructures.

EGI’s contribution to the project is related to requirements efforts and harmonising the classification of services. EGI will also provide advice on the portal specification and is one of the advocates for the common service catalogue in terms of convincing other e-infrastructures to share their service catalogues.

This survey is designed for digital service providers, their users, customers and interested stakeholders to help identifying requirements and needs for the development of a common e-infrastructure service catalogue in Europe.

The survey is open until 31 May 2017.

Take part now!