Counting down to #EGI2021!

Did you register yet?

We’re in the final stretch towards #EGI2021. Now that the programme is almost complete, we’re ready to take you through the highlights – make sure to reserve your spot and be part of (hopefully the last virtual edition of) our annual conference!

About the Programme

The full programme is available on the EGI2021 Indico page.

We’re very proud to announce our 4 keynote speakers:

Throughout the conference, you’ll be able to follow presentations and workshops across the following tracks:

  • Delivering services and solutions: Use cases and proven solutions related to services for distributed computing and data analytics. Services and policies for federating data and computing infrastructures.
  • Innovating services together: Ideas, concepts, prototypes for joint innovation activities.
  • Collaboration across boundaries: Ideas to enhance collaborations and establish new partnerships in a distributed ecosystem. We are eager to listen to success stories on how scientific excellence has been enabled through the federation of national, regional and international e-infrastructures and in particular the EGI Federation.
  • Envisioning the future: Specific strategies in compute ecosystems, support for open science or other policy topics.

On Tuesday, October 19th, we have a special EOSC programme: throughout the day and across all tracks, you’ll be able to follow a dedicated EOSC-themed parcours.

The following sessions are organised as colocated evets – you can indicate when registering if you want to attend:

We have some surprises for you in stock – we won’t all reveal beforehand but let’s say you won’t only be able to stretch your mind

So what are you waiting for? We’re looking forward to seeing you again!

EOSC Future launches the first of its RDA Open Calls

As part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is launching a call for proposals to improve the technical data frameworks for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). These proposals should focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks in keeping with RDA’s outputs and recommendations. Applicants can submit their proposal until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST via the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

EOSC Future wants to develop a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) whose technical specificities align with the real-life needs of the EU’s diverse research communities. While many trusted frameworks for FAIR data interoperability already exist, they need to be optimised and documented further to be (re)implemented in EOSC. The RDA Open Calls look to engage the scientific community to improve and document existing frameworks while leveraging existing RDA recommendations for:

  • data management
  • data collection
  • data description
  • identify, store, and preserve
  • disseminate, link, and find
  • policy, legal compliance, and capacity

The first RDA Open Call, Optimising (RDA) Open Science Frameworks and Guidelines in the context of EOSC, specifically targets small projects to show implementation and uptake of RDA recommendations. It aims to support and encourage applicants that adopt existing recommendations and outputs to promote examples and lessons learnt within the broader EOSC community. Successful applicants should consider implementation scenarios and documentation needs to answer questions like: 

  • Is the guidance up to date and ready to operationalise?
  • What communities can be involved to update it?
  • Are they aligned to new emerging standards, global or European?

Who can apply? 

The Research Data Alliance welcomes applications from persons or groups committed to FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and the principles that RDA holds dear. The call is open to a wide variety of applicants, including junior or senior researchers, mid-career data professionals, and data scientists. Applicants can be part of a European research group, organisation or SME. Note that this call is not open to members of the EOSC Future consortium.

Further criteria and conditions are detailed on the EOSC Future Grants Platform.

Deadline

The call is open for applications until 29 October 2021, 16.00 CEST.

What does the grant include?

Grants of max. €12 500 will be awarded over the lifetime of the EOSC Future project. Further calls with a similar focus may be opened in 2022 and 2023.

EGI Foundation is a partner in EOSC Future. The EOSC Future project is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020 – Grant Agreement Number 101017536

European Commission enters into a partnership with the EOSC Association

During the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, the European Research and Innovation Days,  the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) reached a major new milestone.

On June 23rd 2021, the European Commission (EC) and the newly formed EOSC Association  signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a co-programmed partnership until 2030.The Partnership has been signed by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education & Youth and Thierry Breton, Commissioner of Internal Market,  on behalf of the European Commission, and on behalf of EOSC by Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association.

As long standing partners, the EGI Federation welcomes the EC commitment to the EOSC vision and mission with the EC-EOSC partnership established today

Tiziana Ferrari, EGI Foundation Director

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative aims to deliver a federated infrastructure for all researchers, innovators, companies and citizens with seamless access to an open-by-default, efficient and cross-disciplinary environment for storing, accessing, reusing data, tools, publications and other scientific outputs for research, innovation and educational purposes. With this partnership, the EC supports an Open Science policy that builds trust in a digitally enabled and more open and robust research process not only for scientists, but also for society at large. 

EGI Director Tiziana Ferrari welcomes the commitment of the European Commission to EOSC: The European Open Science Cloud will support researchers with easier access to more research data and tools. As long standing partners, the EGI Federation welcomes the EC commitment to the EOSC vision and mission with the EC-EOSC partnership established today’

Watch a recording of the signing ceremony (with speech from Prof. Karel Luyben, President of the EOSC Association):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpxUWEim2hg


Link to the original press release.

As a key player in important  EOSC projects – e.g., EOSC-hub (finished), EGI-ACE and EOSC Future) – EGI supports the implementation of European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by:

  • Delivering the computing platform that serves as a federated secure and trustworthy hosting environment for European core research data exploitation across organisations, projects and national boundaries. 
  • Providing key components of the EOSC Core such as the EOSC Marketplace and the EOSC Portal AAI infrastructure, service availability monitoring, usage accounting, the helpdesk, and policies and processes for the provisioning of the EOSC federated ‘web of data and services’ 
  • Coordinating the EOSC service portfolio and the service provider onboarding process
  • Coordinating dedicated user support actions such as the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub and the EOSC Early Adopter Programme

EOSC Future: Call for Evaluators

Apply now and become an EOSC Future expert evaluator!

Call open until June 2023

As a part of the EOSC Future project, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is looking for external expert evaluators who are familiar with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), other international open science/data initiatives or research commons. This call is seeking experts to evaluate a series of diverse grants to be awarded over the course of the EOSC Future project. Though the call will remain open for submissions until June 2023,  experts will be called on to evaluate grant applications as soon as October 2021.

Submit your application now at  eoscfuture-grants.eu/call-rda-external-evaluators.

Over the next two and a half years, the EOSC Future project will develop an environment with professional data services, open research products and infrastructure. It looks to create a so-called ‘system of systems’ that will support European researchers in managing the entire lifecycle of data: from sharing, managing and exploiting their own data to discovering, re-using and recombining the data sets of others. The project will engage, train and support (potential) EOSC users and will encourage providers to sign up by offering easy onboarding, ticket management and analytics.

To enable the co-creation of EOSC, via early adoption, technical and domain solution development and interoperability, RDA will be running a rich set of regular open calls. The RDA Open Calls mechanism is backed by a €1 000 000 grant earmarked for engaging with multiple stakeholders, including targeted scientific communities, technical experts and early career researchers. The calls will be complemented by a broad range of support activities, such as events, use cases, info packages, best practices, a Scientific Ambassador Network and dedicated RDA groups. These activities will enable a continual innovation workflow and engagement with science projects to support the implementation of an EOSC environment.  

In keeping with its principles of transparent and community-driven action, RDA is looking for external expert evaluators to support the decision-making process for awarding the RDA Open Calls grants. These evaluators will operate remotely via the EOSC Future Grants Platform and will be responsible for evaluating applications for RDA Open Calls, both for general and discipline- or domain-specific grants. While the call for external expert evaluators is open for the entire duration of the EOSC Future project, evaluators will be needed as soon as October 2021. Evaluators will be routinely selected from the pool of applicants based on their availability and the expertise required. Aside from a few exceptional cases, drafting an individual evaluation report will be compensated with a €150 fee (equivalent to 0.3 working days). 

Experts can submit their applications via the dedicated EOSC Future Grants Platform, which will manage the grants application process for all calls under EOSC Future’s €1.6 million grant fund. This includes the €1 000 000 in grants under the RDA Open Calls as well as another €600 000 awarded through various DIH Calls.


EGI is a partner in the EOSC Future project. EOSC Future is co-funded by the European Union Horizon Programme call INFRAEOSC-03-2020

HADDOCK Portal for COVID-19

HADDOCK (High Ambiguity Driven protein-protein DOCKing) is an integrative platform developed at Utrecht University for the modelling of biomolecular complexes. HADDOCK distinguishes itself from other docking methods in the fact that it can use a large variety of experimental and bioinformatics data to drive the docking process. HADDOCK can deal with a large class of modelling problems including protein-protein, protein-nucleic acids, protein-peptide and protein-ligand complexes.

Since 2008 HADDOCK has been offered as a web portal, freely accessible to non-profit users as part of the WeNMR services and supported by the EGI Federation to scale up the computing resources available to the its users. HADDOCK is also a thematic service in the European Open Science Cloud marketplace. This strategy has maximized the impact and valorisation of this software tool. Besides the application software, the service also provides automated pre- and post-processing, compute, temporary storage and job scheduling and monitoring for running the application, so that researchers do not need to worry about application porting and compute infrastructure. The portal is heavily used with >15500 registered users from >110 countries (see statistics).

In the context of COVID-19 related research the WeNMR portal has seen an increase of registrations over the last weeks with many users indicating they intend to use it for COVID-19 projects. HADDOCK is also a core software in the BioExcel Center of Excellence and BioExcel has also committed to support COVID-19 researchers. As such the HADDOCK WeNMR team in Utrecht is already involved in several collaborations. For this purpose, together with EGI/EOSC experts, the team is looking both into expanding the processing capacity of the HADDOCK portals and providing customized solutions to support researchers. These might take the form of dedicated virtual clusters with a HADDOCK frontend running on EGI federated cloud resources, and customized virtual machines (VMs) with ready to run local HADDOCK installation for experienced users wanting to use the software at the command line.

Read more about the EGI Covid-19 initiatives.

Απόσυρση της υποδομής HellasGRID

Λόγω παλαιότητας πρόκειται να αποσύρουμε τους κόμβους και τις υπηρεσίες του HellasGRID.  Ξεκινώντας από τον HG-03-AUTH κι στη συνεχίζοντας με του υπόλοιπους κόμβους του HellasGRID μέχρι το τέλος του 2018 θα κλείσει όλη η υποδομή του Hellasgrid με εξαίρεση του κόμβους που θέλουν να συνεχίσουν να λειτουργούν τα ιδρύματα με δικές τους δυνάμεις – υποδομές (HG-02-IASA & GR*).   Στη συνέχεια θα αρχίσει κι διαδικασία απόσυρσης κεντρικών υπηρεσιών του Hellasgrid  (CA,  VOMS, PROXY κλπ).  Για την κάλυψη των αναγκών σας σε υπολογιστική ισχύ προτείνετε να κάνετε αίτημα στα https://hpc.grnet.gr/access/ & https://okeanos.grnet.gr/home/