“eInfraCentral will play a foundational role,” says Michelle Williams, Service Product Manager, GÉANT
What is GÉANT’s role in eInfraCentral?
As one of the partners in the eInfraCentral project, GÉANT and its partners are working with eInfraCentral to ensure that information and access to e-infrastructure services across Europe is as open as possible and that users are able to make effective, informed choices
How do you see future provision of e-services and the role of eInfraCentral here?
As the breadth and depth of e-infrastructures expands then eInfraCentral will play a foundational role in enabling the discovery and exploration of these services and enhancing easy access, to the greater benefit of European Research and Education.
What is the role of GÉANT in the European e-infrastructures arena?
GÉANT and its members empower the world’s researchers, educators and students. By providing the highest performance networks and access to state-of-the-art cloud and AAI services, we connect and support research communities, foster innovation and enable knowledge-sharing so that all of society can benefit from open research and inclusive education.
GÉANT ensures equal network access for all scientists across Europe to the research infrastructures and the e-infrastructure resources available to them. GÉANT is fundamental to European e-infrastructures, delivering the pan-European GÉANT network for scientific excellence, research, education and innovation. Through its connectivity, collaboration and identity services, GÉANT, together with its NREN partners, provides users with highly reliable, unconstrained access to communication, computing, analysis, storage, applications and other resources, whenever and wherever needed.
“The eInfraCentral’s Service Description Template meets the needs of the demanding context and market,” says Donatella Castelli, Senior Researcher at CNR-ISTI and coordinator of BlueBRIDGE
What is the role of eInfraCentral in BlueBRIDGE?
The BlueBRIDGE project (Building research environments fostering Innovation, Decision making, Governance and Education for Blue Growth) is a Horizon 2020 funded project delivering tailored data management services to different communities and stakeholders. It builds on existing data and computing infrastructures in order to inject new capacity and offer innovative solutions for increasing the scientific understanding of the marine environment, its living resources, and its economy with the aim of providing a better ground for informed advice to competent authorities and involved stakeholders. BlueBRIDGE has recently released its catalogue describing resources ranging from datasets to services and virtual research environments (VREs). The catalogue has emerged as a key service for BlueBRIDGE a necessary means to promote the uptake and sustainability of its outcomes. For service resources, this catalogue uses the eInfraCentral Service Description Template.
Why did you choose to use the eInfraCentral Service Description Template for building your catalogue?
A large part of the potential market of the BlueBRIDGE services is composed of operational organisations and SMEs. They pay a lot of attention to the quality of the services and to the conditions of usage. The eInfraCentral Service Description format is largely suitable for meeting the needs of this demanding context and market. Among the many benefits, the choice to go with the eInfraCentral template also facilitates the publishing of BlueBRIDGE services in the eInfraCentral catalogue and portal, which is of great importance for reaching additional market sectors. The BlueBRIDGE catalogue also displays its service descriptions in alignment with standards protocols, making them suitable for catalogue content alignment that eInfraCentral plans to support in the near future, such as harvesting service descriptions from existing infrastructure catalogues.
What are the main outcomes of your project and what’s next?
The BlueBRIDGE as a project ended in February 2018. Its outcomes include 66 VREs and a variety of services that can be exploited also by third-party users in a controlled way. Both the VREs and services have been developed to respond to the demand of a variety of stakeholders including researchers, scientists serving public authorities, SMEs, educators and students and, to some extent, also citizens. The next update of the eInfraCentral Portal will include the services resulting from the BlueBRIDGE activity, giving further visibility to them. Of course, the services will be described according to the guidelines and template created by eInfraCentral.