Projects

The EGI Foundation represents the EGI federation in a number of European-funded projects:

EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services.

Coordinator: EGI Foundation

EGI-ACE will deliver the EOSC Compute Platform and will contribute to the EOSC Data Commons through a federation of cloud compute and storage facilities, PaaS services and data spaces with analytics tools and federated access services.

More information: EGI-ACE webpage

H-Cloud is a H2020 coordination and support action that will support the European cloud community by providing recommendations and strategies to guide the future of European cloud services and their market regulations.

Coordinator: Martel GmbH

EGI Contribution: the EGI Foundation is leading the H-Cloud strategy and contributes to other tasks in community building and stakeholder engagement. The EGI director will be the scientific director of the project and manage engagement of experts via the Advisory Board.

Newsletter article: H-Cloud project kicked off

PolicyCLOUD aims at delivering an integrated cloud-based environment for data-driven policy management. The environment will provide decision support to public authorities for policy modelling, implementation and simulation through identified populations, enforcement and adaptation.

Coordinator: ATOS Spain S.A.

EGI Contribution: The main contribution of EGI to the project will be the cloud provisioning and the operation of the computing capabilities for the PolicyCLOUD and coordinate the resulted cloud-based environment for data-driven policy management in EOSC. Moreover, EGI will participate in dissemination and exploitation tasks, and will be involved in the activities related to the market analysis and exploitation, communication and stakeholder engagement, as well as to the road-mapping and impact on adoption.

SoBigData++ strives to deliver a distributed, Pan-European, multi-disciplinary research infrastructure for big social data analytics, coupled with the consolidation of a cross-disciplinary European research community, aimed at using social mining and big data to understand the complexity of our contemporary, globally-interconnected society.

Coordinator: CNR 

EGI Contribution: EGI is an e-infrastructure engineer partner. EGI Foundation is one of the main contributors to the design and definition of the EOSC architecture and the federated service management framework, and coordinates service pilots participates by the scientific demonstrators. EGI also contributed to the definition of the governance framework and to the works on Rules of Participation. In the project, EGI will enhance the SoBigData platform with two services: Notebooks and the workflow manager Galaxy, leading the T9.3 0n-line coding and workflow design.

EOSC Enhance will improve and enhance the discoverability of scientific services and data resources by further developing and widening the EOSC catalogue. This will be done through the integration of additional services and data resources (notably the ESFRI clusters and thematic and geographic clouds) as well as further technical enhancement of the functionalities for service providers (Open APIs, AAI) and users (search and comparison tools, etc.). Quality reports will be provided to service providers.

Coordinator: University of Athens

EGI Contribution: EGI will provide expertise on privacy policies and EOSC rules of participation, expertise in standards for service management, change management and software release and validation, design and implementation for service discovery and access platforms for research groups and large research infrastructures, and expertise in federated service provisioning and integration. EGI will participate in requirement provisioning, gathering, analysis, technical support to users and providers and will contribute to release management activities.

PaNOSC will contribute to the construction and development of the EOSC, an ecosystem allowing universal and cross-disciplinary open access to data through a single access point, for researchers in all scientific fields. The project will work closely with the national photon and neutron sources in Europe in order to develop common policies, strategies, and solutions in the area of FAIR data policy, data management and data services.

Coordinator: European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

EGI Contribution: technical support and service provisioning via the EGI Federated Cloud, EGI Notebooks serviceEGI Data Transfer service, coordinated user support and outreach.

News piece: The PaNOSC project has started

EOSC-Synergy will contribute to the European Open Science Cloud landscape by expanding the resource capabilities and building human capacities to use EOSC. In practice this will mean more compute and storage available to researchers, and more datasets and tools to expand avenues of research.

Coordinator: Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

EGI Contribution: communications and dissemination tasks, innovation management and policy development activities.

News piece: EOSC-synergy – Expanding Capabilities, Building Capacities

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The EOSC Photon and Neutron Data Service (ExPaNDS) will create opportunities for the scientific community and through their findings for humankind across the globe. This will be achieved through the collaboration and federation of 10 national Photon and Neutron Research Infrastructures (RIs) from across Europe and is based upon the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) services.

Coordinator: DESY

EGI Contribution: The main input of EGI relates to EOSC data catalogue services for Photon and Neutron national RIs, EOSC data analysis services for Photon and Neutron national RIs, training activities through EOSC platforms.

Blog articles: ExPaNDS kick-off meeting

TRIPLE, the European discovery solution, enables researchers to discover and reuse social sciences and humanities data, but also other researchers and projects across disciplinary and language boundaries. It provides all necessary means to build interdisciplinary projects and to develop large-scale scientific missions.

Coordinator: CNRS

EGI Contribution: Thanks to its expertise in high-performance computing (HPC) high-throughput computing (HTC), and Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs), EGI will be mainly involved for the single-sign on service, to facilitate the connection with the EOSC, and to contribute to business strategy.

OPERAS-P (Preparation) project will support the development of OPERAS, the European Research infrastructure for open access publications in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). The project will further the development of the infrastructure in view of achieving the necessary scientific, technical and community maturity.

Coordinator: CNRS

EGI Contribution: EGI will participate in the E-Needs projections task, support integration in the EOSC portal, and will lead the user authentication implementation task.

DIGITbrain is an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. A Digital Twin is the virtual representation of a product, system or process that simulates its physical attributes in the real-world in real time.

Coordinator: PNO Consultants

EGI Contribution: EGI will offer technical advice and consultancy to identify the best solutions to get industrial applications up and running on an integrated HPC and cloud platform, with dedicated support mechanisms tailored to users’ needs. This includes serving as a matchmaker for users and the appropriate service provider(s) across the EGI Federation and beyond.

GoSAFE is a project funded under EIT Digital aiming to propose a secure, interoperable privacy preserving approach, to use COVID-19 citizen related personal information, provided by the national health systems, to enable safe cross-border mobility of people around Europe.
GoSAFE aims to simplify contact tracing operation thanks to a digital Personal Locator Form (PLF) based on interoperable data model which can be recognised in all European Countries.

Coordinator: Engineering SpA

EGI will ensure the hosting of the developed platform as well as the infrastructure for the required development, including technical support required for the service delivery. Additional expertise will be provided in the area of authentication and authorization infrastructures (AAI).

EUHubs4Data is setting up a European federation of Big Data Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), with the ambition of becoming a reference instrument for data-driven cross-border experimentation and innovation, and support the growth of European SMEs and start-ups in a global Data Economy.

Coordinator: Instituto Tecnológico de Informática (ITI)

EGI contribution: Lead the federation of data sources and datasets activity while supporting activities such as federation model development, DIH and private sector community building, cross-border experiments and training programme as well as driving the project online presence.

C-SCALE (Copernicus – eoSC AnaLytics Engine) is an EC-funded project that aims to federate European EO infrastructure services, such as the Copernicus DIAS and others. The federation shall capitalise on the European Open Science Cloud’s (EOSC) capacity and capabilities to support Copernicus research and operations with large and easily accessible European computing environments. That would allow the rapid scaling and sharing of EO data among a large community of users by increasing the service offering of the EOSC Portal.

Coordinator: EODC

EGI Contribution: EGI is supporting EODC in the project coordination and is leading the activity to setup the C-SCALE Compute Federation, leveraging on its exstensive experience on setup and managing large distributed infrastructures. EGI is also taking care of the interactions with other EOSC initiatives and projects and has a leading role on defining C-SCALE business and sustainability.

LETHE will provide a novel data-driven risk factor prediction model for older individuals at risk of cognitive decline building upon big data analysis of cross-sectional observational and longitudinal intervention datasets from 4 clinical centers in Europe including the 11-years analysis of FINGER. LETHE will establish novel digital biomarkers, for early detection of risk factors, based on unobtrusive ICT-based passive and active monitoring.

Coordinator: FH Joanneum Gesellschaft MBH

EGI Contribution: EGI Foundation is leading to design LETHE system architecture and to build data collection and big data framework including set-up of the LETHE big data infrastructure, set-up the authentication scheme for the LETHE project and registration of the LETHE infrastructure and services in EOSC.

BD4NRG (Big Data for Next Generation eneRGy) is working to deliver a reference architecture for smart energy, evolve and upscale a number of technology enablers, such as scalable sovereignty- preserving hybrid DLT/off-chain data governance, big data elastic pipeline orchestration and deliver an open modular big data analytic toolbox as front-end for one-stop-shop analytics services development.

Coordinator: Engineering

EGI Contribution: The main contribution of EGI to the project will be the cloud provisioning and the operation of the computing capabilities to support the project pilots. EGI will also participate on the development and integration in the project infrastructure of the several technologies to manage and analyse large and distributed datasets.

OpenEO is a procurement action funded by ESA that aims to establish an European cloud analytical capability as a versatile and scalable tool for users to exploit large EO data repositories simultaneously with other data sources enabling and advancing a range of application scenarios. The result shall be an operational service that provides a high-level API to users and is accessible through different interfaces.

Coordinator: EODC

EGI Contribution covers the support on developing a service management system based on FitSM for the openEO platform, the integration with EOSC including the publication of the openEO services in the EOSC Portal and Marketplace and the integration with an AAI solution compliant with the EOSC AAI. EGI is also contributing on setup the computing environment behind the openEO platform.

DECIDO is a three-year EU-funded project that aims to boost the use of EOSC by public authorities enabling innovation in the policy making sector, removing European fragmentation, allowing cross-support and cross-collaboration and the use of secure compute – and data – intensive services.

Coordinator: Engineering (IT)

EGI will contribute to identify the services, tools and data made available by EOSC in order to better address the specific needs of public authorities, provision the the cloud-based infrastructure for supporting policy making. EGI will also contribute to the exploitation and dissemination of project results, and the establishment of a EOSC competence centre for the support of data-driven evidence-based policy making.

AI4PublicPolicy is a joint effort of policymakers and Cloud/AI experts to unveil AI’s potential for automated, transparent and citizen centric development of public policies. To this end, the project will deliver, validate, demonstrate and promote a novel Open Cloud platform for automated, scalable, transparent and citizen-centric policy management based on unique AI technologies.

Coordinator: GFT Italy S.R.L.

EGI Contribution: The EGI Foundation is leading the task which provide technologies to allocate cloud and HPC resources based on the policy under-development, which will be dynamically updated during runtime based on emerging situations (e.g. through a local event that triggers the generation of additional datasets) and the task which will integrate information, content and demonstrators about the project’s outcomes to the on-line portal of the market platform. The task will integrate all the exploitable assets of the project in the market platform.

The objective of HealthyCloud is to generate a number of guidelines, recommendations, and specifications that will enable distributed health research across Europe in the form of a Ready-to-implement Roadmap. This roadmap together with the feedback gathered from a broad range of stakeholders will be the basis to produce the final HealthyCloud Strategic Agenda for the European Health Research and Innovation Cloud (HRIC).

Coordinator: INSTITUTO ARAGONES DE CIENCIAS DE LA SALUD (IACS)

EGI leads the task on the analysis of the existing computation infrastructures with a special view on health research and will propose a reference architecture for computational services to serve the Health Research and Innovation Cloud ecosystem.

PITHIA-NRF aims at building a European distributed network that integrates observing facilities, data processing tools and prediction models dedicated to ionosphere, thermosphere and plasmasphere research.

Coordinator: NOA

EGI Contribution: The EGI Foundation supports the project in defining interoperability standards among the participating facilities, and with the broader landscape, including EOSC, and leads the design of sustainable services and activities that will last beyond the project. EGI members deliver a federated cloud environment with a cloud-based ‘EGI Notebooks’ service for the PITHIA e-science centre to offer a scalable and customisable web environment for writing workflows, exchanging workflows, accessing, analysis and sharing of data.

The StairwAI project targets low-tech users with the goal of facilitating their engagement on the AI on-demand Platform. This will be achieved through a new service layer enriching the functionalities of the on-demand platform and containing a multi-lingual interaction layer enabling conversations with the Platform in the user’s own language, a horizontal matchmaking service for the automatic discovery of AI assets (tools, data sets, AI experts, consultants, papers, courses etc.) meeting the user business needs and, a vertical matchmaking service that will dimension and provision hardware resources through a proper hardware provider (HPC, Cloud and Edge infrastructures).

Coordinator: Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita Di Bologna

The EGI Foundation is leading to technical requirements, service layer design and integration with the platform defining and describing. Additionally, EGI Foundation participates to build Vertical Matchmaking and hardware marketplace and to Open Call Management.