GÉANT partners with the EC, national research and education networking (NREN) organisations and other institutions to bring about new service innovations and adoption on a global basis, through collaboration and assistance projects with international partners.
GÉANT currently participates in a range of projects focusing on expanding the reach of, and improving access to, R&E services. An overview of these projects is shown below, with further information available on the respective project websites.
UP2U - Up To University
"Education is about learning" Sir Ken Robinson
The key objective of the project is to bridge the gap between secondary schools and higher education & research by better integrating formal and informal learning scenarios and adapting both the technology and the methodology that students will most likely be facing in universities.
This initiative aims to respond to the requirements of a clear mandate from the European Commission allied with the provision of new cloud-based tools and services to enhance primary and secondary education in Europe.
We are focusing on the context of secondary schools, often referred to as high schools, which provide secondary education between the ages of 11 and 19 depending on the country, after primary school and before higher education.
To find out more, visit the UP2U website
Helping users discover and access Europe's e-infrastructure services
eInfraCentral’s mission is to ensure that, by 2020 a broader and more varied set of users (including industry) discovers and accesses the existing and developing e-infrastructure capacity. A common approach to defining and monitoring e-infrastructures services will increase the uptake of and enhance understanding of where improvements can be made in delivering e-infrastructure services.
Federation for Future Internet Research and Experimentation
Fed4FIRE is an Integrating Project under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) addressing the work programme topic "Future Internet Research and Experimentation".
Fed4FIRE will pursue the following scientific and technical objectives:
To find out more, visit Fed4Fire
Advanced European Network of e-Infrastrucres for Astronomy with the SKA
AENAS is a three year Horizon 2020 project whose primary objective is the develop of a concept and design for a federated European Scuience Data Centre to support the radio astronomy community working of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). GÉANT represenativies hold key roles in the project - providning expertise in the specification and use of high performance long-distance networks and the design of science DMZ facilities. In addition the procurement team assists in the costing of the global network linking the telescopes to the regional centres.
Interconnected, secure private clouds
OpenCloudMesh is a joint international
initiative under GÉANT, which is being project-managed jointly by ownCloud
Inc., CERN and GÉANT.
The project links together researchers and universities in Europe, the Americas and Asia via a series of interconnected, secure private clouds. Built on the ownCloud open Federated Cloud sharing application programming interface (API), OpenCloudMesh delivers universal file access through a globally interconnected mesh of research clouds, without sacrificing any of the advantages in privacy, control and security an on-premises cloud provides. Leading research organisations from all over the world have joined the initiative and more participants are welcome.
Learn more about OpenCloudMesh.
TransAfrican Network Development
The aim of the two-year TANDEM project, which ran from May 2015 to April 2017, was to develop awareness of the benefits of R&E networking in West and Central Africa, to enable WACREN and NRENs to take maximum benefit from the EC-funded AfricaConnect2 project.
The successes included:
- The creation of the "Policy and Donors West and Central Africa Group" PODWAG, which provides a platform for dialogue between WACREN and policy makers, international donors, regulatory authorities and ISPs.
- The creation of National and Institutional Focal POints, individuals who in their countries and institutions raise awareness of the services offered by the local NREN and WACREN.
- A roadmap for services to be delivered by WACREN for the West and Central African R&E community.
TANDEM was led by IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement).
GÉANT was one of nine project partners from Africa, Europe and Latin America.
To learn more, visit the TANDEM website.
Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global virtual Communities
MAGIC aims to establish a set of agreements for Europe, Latin America and other participating world regions (North Africa and the Middle East, West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Central Asia and Asia-Pacific) to create a marketplace of services and real-time applications for international and inter-continental research communities.
MAGIC focuses on:
- the deployment of eduroam and federated identity around the world;
- a model for inter-operation between NREN cloud application markets;
- real-time application interoperability;
- fostering global science communities.
GÉANT is one of 21 project partners from across the globe in this successor to the ELCIRA project, led by RedCLARA.
To learn more, visit the MAGIC website.