eInfraCentral’s presence at key events in Europe
e-IRG Workshop, 3-4 October 2017, Tallinn, Estonia
The eInfraCentral project team took part in a workshop organised by the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) from 3 to 4 October in Tallinn, Estonia. The primary objective of the meeting was to contribute towards the main directions taken in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Beside topics such as governance, funding, services and data-related aspects, special attention was given to national perspectives in the EOSC development. The eInfraCentral team (Jorge Sanchez from JNP and George Papastefanatos from the University of Athens) presented the Service Catalogue and the eInfra Portal in a session titled EOSC Services for users, and gathered feedback from workshop participants.
The Eastern Partnership E-infrastructures Conference (EaPEC) 2017, Minsk, Belarus
Annabel Grant from GÉANT (a partner in the eInfraCentral project) presented eInfraCentral to an audience of students, researchers, research and education networkers and policy makers from the Eastern Partnership region and beyond. The Eastern Partnership E-infrastructures Conference, EaPEC 2017, was organised by the Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project and hosted in Minsk by the Belarusian research and education networking organisation UIIP-BASNET. In a session on e-infrastructures for Open Science, Annabel gave an overview of how eInfraCentral fits into the wider push towards a European Open Science Cloud, and outlined the project and its goal to create a joined-up e-infrastructures service catalogue as a step towards a ‘market place’ of services to benefit users across Europe.
The eInfraCentral team engages with EOSCpilot, Brussels, Belgium
The EOSCpilot project convened the first EOSC Stakeholder Forum on 28-29 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The main goal of EOSCpilot is to draw up a set of recommendations for the future architecture of the European Open Science Cloud. Dr Jorge-A. Sanchez-P. from the eInfraCentral team was invited to the panel for the session "Principles of Engagement in the EOSC”.
The purpose of the panel discussion was to contribute to the ongoing task in EOSCpilot to investigate and analyse the organisational Principles of Engagement for scientific users and service providers in the EOSC. The challenge is that there are legal, financial, ethical and other organisations aspects that could hinder both the provision and usage of services in the EOSC. The EOSCpilot aims to set Principles which are small and generic enough to allow for participation form all players. In light of this topic, Jorge Sanchez presented the eInfraCentral approach to the common catalogue of services and shared with the audience the lessons learned in overcoming this challenge. The interactions with the audience during this session highlighted the necessity to think how to bring together in a seamless manner the new initiatives such as eInfraCentral catalogue of services and service catalogues, registries and software applications already developed for the needs of various research communities.
An official launch of the eInfraCentral portal at DI4R, Brussels, Belgium
The Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 (DI4R) conference took place from 30 November to 1 December in Brussels. More than 400 participants joined this conference organised by Europe's leading e-infrastructures – EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe. Under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”, the conference showcased the policies, processes, best practices, data and services that are the building blocks of the European Open Science Cloud and European Data Infrastructure.