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Stakeholders consultation on computing and data for the WP 2016-17

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With the Work Programme 2014-2015 on research infrastructures the European Commission is supporting the development and deployment of e-infrastructures to make every researcher digital. While providing digital skills and digital tools it enables an open European space for online research, the Digital European Research Area. Topic 1 of the e-infrastructures call of the aforementioned Work Programme focused in managing, preserving and computing with big research data. The Commission is exploring how policy and funding needs of computing and data e-infrastructures are changing and what relevant priorities should be developed in the WP2016-2017. For that reason, a consultation took place on 17 June 2014 in Brussels. The workshop consisted of three sessions: 1. e-Science needs in terms of data and computing e-infrastructures 2. Data and computing e-infrastructure services 3. Economical opportunities stemming from data and computing e-infrastructures Each panel was introduced by relevant stakeholders in the domain.
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Stakeholders consultation on computing and data for the WP 2016-17

17 June 2014

 09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome and explanation of the workshop objectives Luis C. Busquets Pérez

10:05 Welcome and explanation of the workshop objectives Augusto Burgueño Arjona

10:15 e-Science needs in terms of data and computing e-infrastructures

The session will provide the opportunity to discuss the needs of user communities and their requirements for data and computing e-infrastructures that can be translated into services offered with easy to use interfaces, open platforms allowing adaption and extensions of the original purpose, etc.

Panel Moderator: Jarkko Siren

Speakers:

Jesús Marco (CSIC)

Peter Baumann (EARTHSERVER)

Ignacio Blanquer (EUBrazilCC - user)

10:55 Discussion

12:10 Lunch

13:10 Data and computing e-infrastructure services

Fostering European excellence in science require investment and capacity building in Research Infrastructures which include the e-Infrastructures i.e. ICT-based infrastructures and services cutting across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Current EU e-infrastructures empower researchers with easy and controlled online access to facilities, data resources and collaboration tools, bringing to them the power of software, computing platforms, connectivity, storage and instrumentation. There are a number of challenges in the present and future related with computing and data services for scientists. This session will discuss the current and future services that EU e-infrastructures could supply to support e-science.

Panel Moderator: Luis C. Busquets Pérez

Speakers:

Tiziana Ferrari  (EGI-InSPIRE)

Per Öster (EUDAT)

Donatella Luchesi (EU-TO)

David Foster (CERN)

Roberto Sabatini (Géant)

Kevin Ashley (DCC)

13:50 Discussion

15:05 Coffee Break

15:35 Economical opportunities stemming from data and computing e-infrastructures

The usability and reliability of any infrastructure is key to its adoption. In the particular case of e-infrastructures it translates into important interdependences as scientists will not use an e-infrastructure if they mistrust its dependability and/or does not meet their needs and, on the other hand, e-infrastructures which are regarded as solid and prividing useful services attract scientists. These dependencies are directly related with the sustainability of e-infrastructures. There are also important factors related with the potential to transfer know-how, technology and services beyonf the scientific realm. The aspects of innovation and the environments to facilitate the contact between e-infrastructure service providers and industry are a big challenge for the future. This session will be an opportunity to brainstorm how can e-infrastructures embrace virtuous circles of sustainability in an open innovation context.

Panel Moderator: Athina Zampara

Speakers:

David Foster (Helix Nebula)

Yannick Legré (EGI.eu)

Pierre Pleven (TERALAB)

16:15 Discussion

17:30 Closing remarks Luis C. Busquets Pérez

17:45