The EGI-Engage project (full name: Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) ran from March 2015 to August 2017 with funds from European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 programme (grant number 654142).
The project brought together 43 partners with a mission to expand the capabilities of a backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.
What were the key results of EGI-Engage?
The EGI Federation now has a new EGI strategy and a new governance model adapted to the recent evolutions of the e-Infrastructure landscape in Europe. The team also worked on an analysis of opportunities and barriers for cross-border procurement of e-Infrastructure services.
Foillowing 18 months of work to define a system to plan, implement, monitor and continually improve all business processes under its responsibility, the EGI Foundation was awarded ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certifications.
The security team updated the policy frameworks to follow the technical evolution of the EGI services and also to make them more general and re-usable by other initiatives.
Thrpoughout the project, the team worked with research communities and research infrastructures to co-design and co-develop new services. Most of these services are now offered as integrated scientific applications with EGI’s e-Infrastructure services.
The EGI service portfolio was redesigned during EGI-Engage, with improved service definitions, and divided in:
The project supported technological innovation and new services in the area of Service Registry and resource allocation. During EGI-Engage, the EGI Accounting Portal was redeveloped and improved with a new user interface, new views and features. The operational tools were also continuously improved and adapted to satisfy new requirements from service providers and user communities.
Open Data platform: during the project, the team developed a platform designed to make data discoverable and available in an easy way across all EGI federated resources. The EGI DataHub will offer scalable data access and compute capabilities around scientific datasets for scientific groups at the large scale. Once in production, the EGI DataHub will enable data processing in hybrid environments like public and private clouds.
The EGI Federated Cloud was expanded with new IaaS capabilities. It now integrates existing commercial and public IaaS Cloud deployments and e-Infrastructures with the current EGI production infrastructures.
A platform where EGI-related services, delivered by EGI providers and partners, can be promoted, discovered, shared, ordered and accessed. It will include EGI services as well as discipline and community-specific tools and services enabled by EGI and/or provided by third parties.
A service providing researchers dedicated access to computational and storage resources, as well as other facilities needed to run scientific applications.