EGI-Engage was relying on the EGI (European Grid Infrastructure) e-Infrastructure, which is composed of a federation of 21 cloud providers and hundreds of data centres, spread across Europe and worldwide. EGI is offering researchers from all disciplines an easy, integrated and open access to advanced scientific computing capabilities, resources and expertise needed to collaborate and to carry out data and compute intensive science and innovation.
The objective of EGI-Engage was to boost the engagement of the EGI community towards Open Science practices. The project enhanced the capabilities offered to scientists with improved cloud and data services. It also increased its scope by sharing its services with large research infrastructures, industry and SMEs. In doing so, this EU-funded project facilitated the work of researchers and allowed an easier exchange of expertise. Ultimately this supported key advances in many scientific fields from biomedical sciences to high energy physics.
The successful achievements made by EGI-Engage are now fully continued through the new EU-funded project EOSC-hub, which aims at developing a single portal through which researchers will be able to store, manage, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes. This EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) portal is projected to become a reality by 2020.
The project ran from March 2015 until August 2017 and received EUR 8,6 million of EU funding under Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme.
One successful application of the EGI e-infrastructure: The Virgo Scientific Collaboration is using the EGI Workload Manager