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.
* The term e-Infrastructure refers to this new research environment in which all researchers - whether working in the context of their home institutions or in national or multinational scientific initiatives - have shared access to unique or distributed scientific facilities (including data, instruments, computing and communications), regardless of their type and location in the world.

 

You can meet e-IRG delegates or e-IRGSP4 representatives at the following events during the coming months.

Calendar on more e-infrastructure events, read more »

Following the recent publication of the e-IRG document "Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators", also known as the KPI document, the support project of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) is organising a Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 9th Plenary Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on April 7, 2017 from 11h00 to 12h30.

Storage, preservation and curation, computing and transport of data are of utmost importance for today's scientific undertakings. This is the case for Big Data but also for the long tail of science. In order to provide the most appropriate data infrastructure, an evaluation of the existing components is necessary for the benefit of the data producers, owners and users. The assessment should be conducted under the assumption that user satisfaction is one of the key aspects for the operational and innovative aspects of data infrastructures. This aspect follows the concept of the e-Infrastructure Commons, where the user community is an integral part that is strongly engaged in the governance of the resources.

Existing and new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) can provide the means to evaluate and assess qualitatively and quantitatively the data infrastructure, which is composed of various components and services from the underlying e-Infrastructures for research. The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has proposed a framework document that is foreseen to be used by EU-funded projects to develop an interface to provide indicator values for the evaluation and assessment of e-Infrastructures.

The session is organised by the e-IRG support project e-IRGSP5 and intended to present the KPI document and to discuss its approach with various stakeholders. The targeted audience are data practitioners and also data policy experienced RDA members.

More information is available at https://www.rd-alliance.org/data-infrastructure-assessment-rda-9th-plenary-bof-meeting

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