e-Infrastructures address the needs of researchers for digital services in terms of networking, computing and data management and foster the emergence of Open Science . The new eInfraCentral Portal allows structuring an open discussion between the existing e-Infrastructures and providing a common language and catalogue for all their available services. It is crucial to capitalise on past e-infrastructure investments and develop an e-Infrastructure commons.
Thanks to the Portal, the researchers will be able to find information about a broad range of services they may be interested in; they can discover new ones, compare the various available service and assess the relevance of the offered services by rating them and leaving feedbacks. All of these actions on one single digital gateway!
The catalogue of services offered by eInfraCentral has been mainly built on the experience and data of five major e-Infrastructure partners (GÉANT, EGI, EUDAT, OpenAIRE and PRACE). Another 30+ e-infrastructure projects are also now progressively integrated. The objective is to give visibility to these e-Infrastructures and Digital Marketplaces. Once a service is selected via the catalogue, the eInfraCentral portal redirects the researcher to the service provider or marketplace where the service can be accessed and ordered.
eInfra Central is a project supported and funded by the European Union and its Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The project started in January 2017 and is still ongoing until June 2019.
With a total budget of EUR 1,5 million, this EU project aims to ensure that by 2020 a broad and varied set of users (not only researchers and accademics but also industry) discovers and accesses the existing and developing services offered by the e-infrastructure available in Europe.
Along with EOSC-hub and OpenAIRE-Advance, eInfraCentral is one of the key building blocks of the future European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Portal as mentionned in the European Commission’s EOSC implementation Roadmap published in March 2018. The ultimate objective of the strategy is to develop a trusted, seamless and open environment for scientific communities for storing, sharing and re-using scientific data and results. It will enable researchers to process huge amounts of scientific data in an efficient manner and share their scientific results while improving access to knowledge and thus, innovation.