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eInfrastructures Open Workshop (Internet and Grids)

The new foundation for knowledge-based societies
15th April, 2004

Video of the eInfrastructures Workshop
Photo of the eInfrastructures Reflection Group

eInfrastructure Reflection Group (eIRG) Meeting

16th April, 2004

Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

Following the previous events which took place in Athens on 12 June, 2003, and Roma on 9 December, 2003 under the aegis of the Presidency of the EU,

the Irish Office of Science and Techology (OST) under the aegis of the Irish Presidency of the European Union and in co-operation with the European Commission

is planning further initiatives to progress the discussions on Grid-empowered infrastructure to create new enhanced facilities for performing research and for fostering innovation in Europe.

In this context a new event is scheduled for the 15th and 16th April, 2004, in Dublin, on the initiative of the Irish EU Presidency and in co-operation with the European Commission, with the main objectives to:

  • Create more awareness on the eInfrastructure initiative and involve other important actors currently missing from earlier initiatives.
  • Discuss next steps and actions in the context of a policy and administrative framework in Europe that would cross technological, administrative and national domains.
  • Intensively discuss policies at the funding, sharing and user levels.
  • Discuss a concrete policy proposal relating to grid authentication and a way forward for grid authorization policies.
  • Discuss better links and synergies between Europe and other regions (e.g. US, Japan) that are engaging in similar activities.
  • In these ways facilitate and support the next meeting of the eInfrastructure Reflection Group.

One of the primary goals of the meeting, at which key players in the construction of the EU eInfrastructure will be present, is to review the perspectives and the technical and political issues related to the usage of the eInfrastructure for Science and Society at the national, European and international level.

(Old link of the Irish website)

Background

A clear objective of the EU 6th Framework Programme is the realisation of a Grid-empowered infrastructure to create new enhanced facilities for performing research and for fostering innovation in Europe. This initiative runs in parallel with similar ICT development programmes in the US and the Asian Pacific. The establishment of such an infrastructure constitutes the foundation on which the social and political objectives of the European Research Area (ERA) will be built, and is expected to have a major future impact on industry and society. The whole concept of integratednetworking and Grid infrastructures in Europe with full policy and administrativesupport was termed recently as the the EU eInfrastructure concept.

The eInfrastructure can effectively only be realised upon the integration of four distinct elements:

 

  • The pan-European networking infrastructure for research (G√ČANT and NRENs)
  • The distributed computing, storage and data resources provided by national facilities all over Europe
  • A new generation of Grid-based middle-ware services which allow any authorised user efficiently to share resources for collaborative research work
  • A framework of administrative and policy mechanisms to break down barriers related to deployment and use of new technologies

Following the events which took place under the aegis of previous Presidencies of the EU addressing these very issues, the current Presidency in collaboration with the European Commission is planning further initiatives to progress discussions on these topics at the European level. In particular, it will consolidate the work on the definition high-level committee of representatives from national Grid authorities in Europe (similar to the GEANT policy committee) aimed at monitoring and supporting on a policy advisory level the creation and use of the eInfrastructure in Europe, as well as strengthening relations with the US CyberInfrastructure and other similar initiatives around the world.

In this context a new event is scheduled for the 15th and 16th April, 2004, in Dublin, on the initiative of the Irish EU Presidency and in co-operation with the European Commission, with the main objectives to:

  • Create more awareness on the eInfrastructure initiative and involve other important actors currently missing from earlier initiatives.
  • Discuss next steps and actions in the context of a policy and administrative framework in Europe that would cross technological, administrative and national domains.
  • Intensively discuss policies at the funding, sharing and user levels.
  • Discuss a concrete policy proposal relating to grid authentication and a way forward for grid authorization policies.
  • Discuss better links and synergies between Europe and other regions (e.g. US, Japan) that are engaging in similar activities.
  • In these ways facilitate and support the next meeting of the eInfrastructure Reflection Group.

One of the primary goals of the meeting, at which key players in the construction of the EU eInfrastructure will be present, is to review the perspectives and the technical and political issues related to the usage of the eInfrastructure for Science and Society at the national, European and international level.

It is the noted here that the scope of the above initiative is seen as extending beyond the time horizon of the current Presidency. It is, therefore, considered important relevant effort to take place in the context of the next EU Presidencies in order for Europe not to miss the new opportunities that are arising.