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Digital Infrastruc​tures for Resear​ch 2016


On 28-30 September Europe’s e-infrastructures (EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and RDA Europe) join forces to host the 6rst Digital Infrastructures for Research event, DI4R. Hosted by ACC Cyfronet AGH, Kraków's academic computing centre, the event is designed with research communities in mind and aims to foster broader adoption of digital infrastructure services and promote user-driven innovation.

The main programme is structured around four main tracks that will serve as a backdrop for networking,

collaboration and brainstorming, and complemented by training workshops, demonstrations and plenary sessions.

Challenges facing users and service providers: emerging needs of research collaborations, the requirements of added value thematic services and the computing needs of data-driven science. (example topics: Working with the research community and industry, community engagement, computing platforms (cloud, HTC, HPC), thematic platforms (science gateways, Virtual Research Environments)

Services enabling research: services and frameworks needed to enable researchers to securely collaborate and share resources in a federated environment combining geographically distributed services from multiple providers and furtherthe opportunities of Open Science. Submissions for this track should highlight benefits and challenges as seen by researchers when using existing frameworks or present ideas

to address the future challenges.

A changing environment, changing research: The environment in which research is conducted, and digital infrastructures operate, is changing rapidly. Access and provisioning of services require clear governance,

engagement rules, policies and funding models. Submissions should focus on the barriers, opportunities and changes in this environment in order to address the non-technical pressures, for example social, financial, legal and policy that influence the present and future opportunities.

Working with data: requirements of data-driven science and the solutions for finding, accessing, integrating and reusing research data. Papers that highlight requirements and opportunities for a seamless usage of digital infrastructures for data management, storage and curation as well as for linking and publishing all forms of research objects like data, software, tools, pipelines and publications would be particularly topical. In addition, co-located events include the 3rd WISE Workshop (Wise Information Security for collaborating E-infrastructures) and a workshop entitled “Design your e-Infrastructure”:

The WISE community will hold an open one-day workshop on 27 September before the DI4R conference in Krakow. WISE is a global trust community where security experts share information and work together, creating collaboration among different einfrastructures. The working groups will give an update on their work during the workshop and future plans will be discussed, together with other key issues relating to security and trust. All members of e-Infrastructures, Research Infrastructures, research/user communities, indeed anyone wishing to learn about security collaboration, best practice and trust building in federated distributed infrastructures, are welcome.

The interactive Design your e-Infrastructure workshop will look into the design and development of e-infrastructures for emerging scientific communities and their use cases. Participants will analyse the use cases that the participatingn scientific communities bring to the event, then - in a collaborative way - will design and define suitable einfrastructure setups and roadmaps to implement them using and customising solutions from the participating e-infrastructures.