The main objective of the e-Infrastructure initiative is to support the creation of a political, technological and administrative framework for an easy and cost-effective shared use of distributed electronic resources across Europe. Particular attention is directed towards grid computing, storage, and networking.
The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group was founded to define and recommend best practices for the pan-European electronic infrastructure efforts. It consists of official government delegates from all the EU countries. The e-IRG produces white papers, roadmaps and recommendations, and analyses the future foundations of the European Knowledge Society.
Important issues within the e-IRG are currently:
- e-Infrastructures in European Commission's Horizon 2020 Programme
- a policy for resource sharing
- a registry/repository for European resources
- coordination of new national and EU funding programs
- better links and synergies between Europe and other regions (e.g. USA, Japan) engaged in similar activities
- Collaboration with broader Research Infrastructures through ESFRI.
You can meet e-IRG delegates or e-IRGSP4 representatives at the following events during the coming months.
- Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016 - DI4R 2016, Krakow, Poland, 28-30 September 2016
- Improving Data Sharing and Re-Use in and for Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 October 2016
- 3rd Conference on Research Infrastructures - ICRI 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, 3-5 October 2016
Calendar on more e-infrastructure events, read more »
The European Commission - DG CONNECT, Unit "Cloud and Software" - is consulting all interested stakeholders on the future research and innovation challenges in the area of Cloud Computing to be addressed in the forthcoming H2020 LEIT ICT Work Programme 2018-2020.
All interested stakeholders from industry, research centres, academia, SMEs and users are invited to contribute. The consultation will run from 5 September until 10 October 2016.
The reports listed below are intended to trigger the discussions. Respondents are invited to comment on any aspects of these reports or to put forward new ideas/suggestions for research and innovation topics in the area:
- Policy context: European Cloud Initiative Communication
- Report from the industry workshop – 4 February 2016
- Challenges for trustworthy (multi-)Cloud-based services in the Digital Single Market
- New Approaches for Infrastructure Services
- Inter-cloud Challenges, Expectations and Issues Cluster Position Paper
- Beyond Cloud Computing: Towards Complete Computing - HolaCloud report
You can submit your contribution to the consultation to the European Commission in free format using word, pdf or power point slides.
The WP 2018-2020 Call for Proposals is expected to be published by the end of 2017. Hence, new projects are likely to be launched before the end of 2018. These projects are likely to run for 2 or 3 years. Therefore, the Work Programme is expected to focus on infrastructures, services, technologies and innovation ripe for commercial deployment beyond 2021 i.e. in 5/6 years' time.
A Post-Consultation Workshop will be held in Brussels at the Avenue de Beaulieu 25, on 7 November 2016 in order to discuss and validate the views expressed by the respondents during the consultation.
One of the goals of this Workshop is to bring together existing and new stakeholders with the aim of focusing the Work Programme as to maximise its impact on European competitiveness and economic growth.
The workshop is open to the public, participation will be free of charge and granted on a first come - first served basis. However, places are limited due to the venue capacity.
Advance registration for the workshop is mandatory. Details will follow.
More information and the reports are available at the website of the European Commission.