This news blog provides news about the e-IRG and related e-Infrastructure topics.

e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons

The next e-IRG Workshop will be organized in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 9 March 2016. The title of the workshop is "Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons".
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ESFRI to organize Roadmap 2016 launch event

On March 10th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) will present the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a one-day conference in Amsterdam. The venue will be the Trippenhuis Building, the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Belval e-IRG Workshop videos now available

The most recent edition of the e-IRG Workshop was organized 24-25 November 2015 at the new Belval campus in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. The theme of the meeting was "The Building Blocks of the e-Infrastructure Commons". For those of you who want to refresh their minds on the topics presented by the different speakers at the workshop and want to relive the sparkling panel discussion, the...
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eScience and open access are really taking off now globally, according to Tony Hey

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we had the opportunity to talk with Tony Hey from the eScience Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle about eScience and the fourth paradigm for scientific discovery.
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42nd Delegates Meeting in Luxembourg focused on e-IRG/ESFRI collaboration and new e-IRG roadmap on future e-Infrastructures development

Twice a year the e-IRG delegates meet to discuss e-Infrastructure policy developments. The 42nd Delegates Meeting was held in Luxembourg on September 17, 2015. At this meeting, the "hot topics" included the relation between e-Infrastructures and Research infrastructures. e-Infrastructures are represented by e-IRG and the Research Infrastructures by ESFRI, hence the collaboration between e-IRG...
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Preparing for exascale requires some hard thinking about energy consumption, scalability, complexity and reliability

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we had the opportunity to talk with Dieter Kranzlmüller, Professor in Computer Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Leibniz Supercomputer Center. Dieter Kranzlmüller presented an introduction into exascale computing at the eScience...
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Digital humanities' project CLARIAH is digitizing datasets from various sources to get new science out of them

At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we had the opportunity to talk with José van Dijck, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). José van Dijck is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is very interested in digital humanities as a new branch of the humanities that has become interested...
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Future direction of global research and e-infrastructures landscape in e-IRG/ESFRI organized network session at ICT2015 in Lisbon

Around 35 persons filled the small room to its maximum capacity during the networking session on "Policy Aspects of Research- and e-Infrastructures of Global Scale" that was jointly organised by e-IRG and ESFRI during the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon on 22 October 2015. The session consisted of six short five minutes presentations followed by an interactive part.
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Turkey to prepare itself for European Open Science Cloud

During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, we had the opportunity to talk with Mehmet Mirat Satoglu from ULAKBIM, the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center. Mehmet Mirat Satoglu is a new member to the e-IRG Delegates Meeting. He is the Director of TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. TUBITAK supports services...
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e-IRG Workshop will discuss the building blocks of the e-Infrastructure Commons

The next e-IRG Workshop will be organized in Luxembourg, 24-25 November, 2015. The title of the workshop is "The Building Blocks of the e-Infrastructure Commons".
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Experts advocate Open Science to European Parliament

Finnish Member of the European Parliament Henna Virkkunen and Scottish Member of the European Parliament Catherine Stihler hosted a meeting on open innovation, open scholarship and open infrastructures.
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Fall 2015 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available

The Fall edition of the e-IRG newsletter is now available for download.
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Information Day on Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-17

The European Commission is organising an Information and Networking day to present the e-Infrastructure part of the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Work Programme 2016-17 on November 30, 2015.
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Joint e-IRG/ESFRI session on Policy Aspects of Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures of Global Scale at ICT2015

During ICT2015 in Lisbon, Portugal, e-IRG and ESFRI are organising a session on "Policy Aspects of Research- en e-Infrastructures of Global Scale" on October 22, 2015 in Room 11 in the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, from 9h50 to 10h35. The session is jointly organised by e-IRG and ESFRI. The session will be composed of short presentations followed by an interactive part.
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European Commission to launch Digital4Science Platform

The European Commission has launched the Digital4Science platform set-up to stimulate conversations on Excellence in Science and its activities around Open Science, e-infrastructures, Future & Emerging Technologies and the FET flagships.
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European Commission asks infrastructure operators to participate in the on-line consultation on the Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures

The European Commission has published a "European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures" in June of this year. Now, the Commission has opened an on-line survey for infrastructure providers and stakeholders to participate in a survey regarding this Charter. The online survey closes on October 11th 2015.
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Delegates meeting in June - focus on the next EC work programme and on the collaboration with ESFRI

The 41th e-IRG Delegates meeting took place in Riga on June 2nd 2015. In the same week a number of e-Infrastructure related events took place in the Latvian capital, including the e-IRG workshop, the Baltic HPC and Cloud Computing Conference and the WIRE Conference. The focus of this closed delegates meeting was on the next workprogramme of the European Commission's H2020 and the collaboration...
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ETP4HPC, EXDCI and SESAME Net - new HPC initiatives in Europe's Horizon 2020

In the Horizon 2020 session at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, Chair Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos from the European Commission introduced four speakers: Jean-François Lavignon from Bull, Sergi Girona from PRACE, François Bodin from IRISA, and Karen Padmore from HPC Wales. But first, Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos started out by sketching the key HPC developments in the European Union. In 2012, a report...
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European Commission's Work Programme 2016-2017 is focusing on funding e-Infrastructure services

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, we talked with Augusto Burgueno-Arjona from the European Commission, European e-Infrastructure Programme, about e-Infrastructures. e-Infrastructures refer to research and innovation infrastructures and to ICT infrastructures, so basically networking, computing and data infrastructures. The European Commission funds the research projects which covers:...
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European Supercomputer Programme in next Horizon 2020 period programme to also focus on HPC access for SMEs

At ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, we had the opportunity to talk with Augusto Burgueno-Arjona from the European Commission, Department of e-Infrastructures, including European Supercomputer Service Programme, who also delivered the welcome address at the Conference stating that "HPC is high in the European political agenda as it is recognised as an essential technology to respond to the...
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Moving up to an Open Science Commons

At the e-IRG Workshop, held in Riga, Latvia, on June 3, 2015, we had the opportunity to interview Sergio Andreozzi, Strategy and Policy Manager in the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI), on the topic of the Open Science Commons.
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Open Science perspective highlighted at e-IRG workshop in Riga

Ilmars Slaidins gave a short summary of the Open Science perspective presented at the e-IRG workshop, held June 3, 2015 in Riga.
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An introduction presentation on the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group

The e-IRGSP4 project has created a 15-minute video introduction to e-IRG. e-IRG is a European advisory group on e-Infrastructures on a European scale. The video is on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/127725381 . You can also download a PDF version from the e-IRG website:  http://e-irg.eu/documents/10920/283008/General+e-IRG+Presentation.pdf (25 Mbyte).
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e-IRG contributes to European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures

The European Commission has published a "European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures".  e-IRG was one of the contributors to this charter.  Research Infrastructures include e-Infrastructures such as PRACE (supercomputers), GEANT (Networking), EGI (Cloud federation), IDGF (Crowd computing) and many others. The Charter sets the basis for a common understanding of what an...
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First e-IRG newsletter in 2015 available

The new edition of the first e-IRG newsletter in 2015 is now available for download. Highlights include summaries of the e-IRG Delegates Meetings in Milan, Rome and Riga, and the e-IRG Workshop in Rome; an overview of the new e-IRG Guidelines Document; summaries of the OpenAIRE 2020 kick-off meeting, the EC Workshop "From platform operators to service providers", the Cloudscape VII Conference,...
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New edition of e-IRG newsletter available

The new edition of the e-IRG newsletter is now available for download. Highlights include summaries of the e-IRG Workshops in Vilnius and Athens, and the joint e-IRG-ESFRI workshop; an overview of the update process for the ESFRI Roadmap 2016; summaries of the European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters Workshop, the Third EUDAT Conference, and the Research Data Alliance...
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New e-IRG web presence

As you may have noticed, the e-IRG has a new web presence. Over the years the web site has grown considerably, but the design stayed the same. With the new design we  tried to organise the information in a more logical way. The most important change, however, is that we adapted the lay-out of the web site, using responsive design techniques, in such a way it can also be easily accessed...
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Sverker Holmgren re-elected as e-IRG Chair

Sverker Holmgren from the Division of Scientific Computing at Uppsala University in Sweden, has been re-elected as e-IRG Chair for a new period of two years. Congratulations to Sverker Holmgren for a successful new term at the head of the e-IRG organisation.
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Enzo Valente talks about e-IRG White Paper 2014 and Cultural Heritage

On November 13, 2014, e-IRG Delegate Enzo Valente offered a presentation on the e-IRG White Paper and Cultural Heritage at the Conference on Research Infrastructure and e-Infrastructure for Cultural Heritage in Rome, Italy. The slides are available at http://www.otebac.it/internationalconference/getFile.php?id=36. More information about the conference can be found at ...
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Programme Rome workshop online

The Programme of the next e-IRG work shop in Rome, November 10 & 11, is now online .
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The e-IRG newsletter of October 2013 published

In the e-IRG Newsletter, issued on October 2013, you can read about:  Report of the Workshop in Dublin on the 22th-23th of May 2013 e-IRG White Paper 2013 e-IRG Task Force Report on Legal Issues EUDAT Conference on Rome on the 28th-30th of October 2013 Service Management Standards for EGI Survey on Research Data Management by SIM4RDN-project ...
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e-IRG White Paper 2013 published

The e-IRG Roadmap 2012 outlined a vision for the future of e-Infrastructures in Europe. Now, the e-IRG has published its 2013 White Paper, which takes the discussion one step further and proposes specific next steps. To meet the challenges of implementing the 2020 Strategy, Europe needs an “e-Infrastructure Commons” for knowledge, science and innovation. It should be open and accessible, and...
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e-IRG Task Force Report on Legal Issues published

The report investigates the legal barriers of using e-Infrastructures in Europe. Between December 2012 and May 2013 a Task Force of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) considered the legal and regulatory issues likely to arise from the increasing use of state-funded e-Infrastructures by non-state funded researchers and organisations. Such use, on a national and international...
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Open e-IRG Workshop in Vilnius on 4-5 November 2013

The e-IRG Workshop under the Lithuanian EU Presidency of the European Union willtake place in Vilnius, Lithuania from Monday 4 November (morning) till Tuesday 5 November (until noon) at the o ld Vilnius University campus, Universiteto 3.
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e-IRG Amsterdam Workshop Summary Published

  Around 100 participants attended the e-IRG workshop organized in Amsterdam on 3-4 December 2012 during the Cyprus EU Presidency. Data, in all its forms and contexts was the main focus of the workshop, a topic which is evident in the renewed e-IRG strategy. The workshop was organised with both plenaries and parallel tracks in the areas of trust, foundations, content, services and...
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The 1st issue of the e-IRG Newsletter of 2013 published

In the 1st issue of the e-IRG Newsletter of 2013 you can read about  Report of the Workshop in Amsterdam on 3-4 December 2012  e-IRG Roadmap 2012  Best Technology Innovation Award  How GÉANT paves data highway for nuclear fusion energy research  The scientific impact of publicly-funded Infrastructures  The  observatory for Research...
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e-IRG Roadmap 2012 published

The e-IRG Roadmap 2012 outlines a vision for the future of e-Infrastructures in Europe. To meet the challenges of implementing the EU’s 2020 Strategy, this vision outlines Europe’s need for a single “e-Infrastructure Commons” for knowledge, innovation and science as a living ecosystem that is open and accessible and continuously adapts to the changing requirements of research. This Roadmap...
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Invitation: The first plenary of the Research Data Alliance in March 2013

The launch of the first Plenary of the Research Data Alliance will take place March 18-20, 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is being formed as a global community-driven organization to accelerate data-related innovation through research data sharing and exchange. Broad community engagement and targeted efforts are critical to the RDA's success and we invite you to...
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The 4th issue of the e-IRG newsletter published

In the 4th issue of the e-IRG Newsletter of 2012 you can read about Open Workshop in Amsterdam: e-IRG Meeting on Data Issues Summary of the e-IRG Workshop 11–12 June 2012, Copenhagen e-IRG Policy Paper on Scientific Software Cloud Computing for research and science Bridging the Gap: OpenAIRE Links Publications and Data First EUDAT conference took place in Barcelona...
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An overview on cloud computing for research and science published

e-IRG has published a report which presents cloud computing in a holistic way, elaborates its applicability for research and science, investigates related policy aspects and provides policy recommendations. The future of cloud computing for research and science appears to be hybrid: the first service is a hybrid e-Infrastructure cloud for research composed by a distributed community cloud....
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Final version of the Blue Paper on Data Management published

e-IRG has published a Blue Paper on data management. It provides an assessment of Europe’s e-Infrastructure service portfolio, and identifies the opportunities and challenges involved. Blue Paper reports on current trends and issues and sets out policy recommendations for several key areas, especially for ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) projects. e-Infrastructure...
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