e-IRG Workshop, 9 March 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Theme: "Progress of the e-infrastructure commons":

  • Integration and interoperability between e- infrastructures (national-European, academic-industrial, networking-computing-storage)
  • Organisation, funding and revenue models (national, European)

Twitter hashtag: #eirg

The workshop has been live video broadcasted.

e-IRG is a strategic body to facilitate integration in the area of European e-infrastructures and connected services, within and between member states, at the European level and globally. e-IRG is composed of representatives from European member states, associated countries and the European Commission. The mission of e-IRG is to support coherent, innovative and strategic European e-infrastructure policy making and the development of convergent and sustainable e-infrastructure services.
The e-IRG 2013 White Paper  describes the vision of the e-infrastructure Commons: working towards integrated services via interoperable e-infrastructures. This vision has been picked up quite broadly. Thus this vision contributes to the realization of Open Science and related notions (such as open access, open data, open science cloud, collaborative data infrastructure).

The 2013 White Paper contains many recommendations to the various actor groups:

  • International user groups (such as ESFRI projects); "define your e-infra strategy".
  • International e-infrastructure organisations (such as EGI, EUDAT, GEANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE); "join forces".
  • National governments: "fund a sustainable national e-infrastructure, empower and fund user communities".
  • European Commission: "encourage and facilitate innovation, empower international user groups".
  • Existing e-infra providers: "innovate or perish".

With this workshop we want to evaluate the progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons.

  • How far are we?
  • What has been reached?
  • What has not been reached, and why not?
  • What are the (technical, financial, political, cultural) roadblocks?
  • How can we learn from each other?

Speakers will give their views on developments at the demand side, the role of the market in conjunction with national e-infrastructure providers, and funding mechanisms.

Workshop Programme

10:00 - 11:00  Registration
9 March 2016
11:00 - 11:10    Welcome addresses: Arjen van Rijn / Erik Fledderus


Arjen van Rijn /
Erik Fledderus (Local host)

Opening and Position Statement e-IRG [pdf]

11:10  - 12:45    Theme: User perspective - session moderator: Arjen van Rijn
11:10 Wilco Hazeleger Getting Science out of eScience [pdf]
11:35 Giorgio Rossi ESFRI view on e-Infrastructures [pdf]
12:00 Rene Belsø Researcher perspectives on e-Infrastructure provisioning [pdf]

Panel session:

  • Wilco Hazeleger
  • Giorgio Rossi
  • Rene Belsø
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 -15:25    Theme:  Industry perspective - session moderator: Erik Fledderus


Tony Hey (Keynote speaker)    

Open Science in an ever changing e-Infrastructure landscape [pdf]

14:15   Michael Symonds Industry Angle [pdf]
14:40  Bob Jones HelixNebula-Science Cloud - Pre-commercial procurement pilot [pdf]

Panel session:

  • Tony Hey
  • Michael Symonds
  • Bob Jones
15:25 - 15:55 Coffee / tea break

15:55 - 17:50   Theme: Policy perspective - session moderator: Cees de Laat


Kees Neggers

The development of the e-Infrastructure landscape in The Netherland [pdf]


16:20 Barend Mons European Open Science Cloud [pdf]
16:45 Ed Seidel (Keynote speaker) Trends in Scientific Computing and Data [pdf]

Panel session:

  • Kees Neggers
  • Barend Mons
  • Ed Seidel
17:50 Erik Fledderus Closing remarks  


18:00    Transfer to City center (buses) 

18:30    Drinks and tour-Amsterdam Museum  

Kalverstraat 92 1012 PH Amsterdam.Exhibition available (with trailer).
There will be guided tours in English. Nikhef will arrange busses from Nikhef to the museum. 

19:30    Dinner-Brasserie Harkema

Brasserie Harkema 

Nes 67 • 1012 KD • Amsterdam
telefoon 020 428 2222
e-mail info@brasserieharkema.nl