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The last issue of the CHAIN-REDS e-Newsletter is now online!Click here to read it

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Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013
Venue: Belgium, Brussels
This new instrument, open to different entities, will help to boost innovation and increase private sector participation under Horizon 2020. Contribute to the set-up of the pilot program by participating in our workshop on December 16!
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 The CHAIN-REDS Project is organising a workshop on "e-Infrastructures for Education, Research and Development" in Tunis, Tunisia on December 11, 2013, presenting project outcomes and focusing on initiatives and developments in the Arab region. The event is organised under the aegis of the European Commission and in co-location with the e-AGE 2013 conference "Connect, Access, Innovate", that will be held in Tunis, Tunisia on December 12-13, 2013.

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Access and make creative use of the huge amount of data available!

iMENTORS version three went live today and is one step closer to mapping the majority of e-infrastructure (resources, tools and data supporting community research and development) of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to lay a foundation for better services, encourage research and connect cross-continental progress. The aim of iMENTORS is to help scientists, universities, research and education networks as well as policy-makers and international funders to gain valuable insights on the gaps and progress made in the region and to identify synergies when planning future ICT initiatives within the African continent.

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A programmable use of the CHAIN-REDS Semantic Search Engine is now possible thanks to a simple RESTful API which has been developed on purpose by INFN. The API allows to get and reuse the millions of open access resources contained  in the CHAIN-REDS Knowledge Base and stored in a Virtuoso RDF-compliant database.

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According to an article published on isgtw, every year at SC (http://sc13.supercomputing.org/) HPCwire announces the winners of the HPCwire Readers' Choice and Editors' Choice Awards. Among this year’s winners were PRACE partner HLRS, Germany (http://www.hlrs.de) and PRACE member GENCI, France (http://www.genci.fr).

HLRS together with DataDirect Networks for large scale problem resolution in automotive and physics received the 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Best use of HPC application in manufacturing.

The 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Best Application of “Big Data” in HPC went to GENCI CURIE for its DEUS (Dark Energy Universe Simulation) project.

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iMENTORS is hosting  a workshop with the e-infrastructure stakeholders in Africa, to collect input and encourage the crowdsourcing efforts and participation on the platform.

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This edition of the 'Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT' (Dec. 2-3, 2013) is held in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week and is taking place this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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This generation of young African women is the most ambitious yet. They are eager to build industries, reform societies, save lives, rewrite history, and transform the continent.

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We are working on streamlining the user interaction process of the "what-if" analysis functionality, which allows investigating effects of contextual factors on ICT4D projects. We aim to make the developed simulation tool easy to comprehend and to use.

 

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According to an article published on isgtw, the drive to create smarter cities is not just a local concern it is a global challenge. Computation Institute (CI) director Ian Foster, speaking at Chicago: City of Big Data, notes that half of the Earth's population currently lives in cities – a portion that will rise to 70 percent by the year 2050.

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According to an announcement published on isgtw, the Human Brain Project (HBP) is a major EU-funded international neuroscience and ICT research initiative, which was launched earlier this year. Its High-Performance Computing Platform Subproject, run by Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, is inviting all interested potential suppliers to an "Open Dialogue on Pre-Commercial Procurement". Participants will meet with the HBP's HPC team in Brussels on 18 December 2013 to discuss technical challenges raised by this ambitious project, as well as practical implementation issues.

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a large-scale, European-led scientific collaborative project, which aims to gather all existing knowledge about the human brain, build multi-scale models of the brain that integrate this knowledge and use these models to simulate the brain on supercomputers. The resulting “virtual brain” offers the prospect of a fundamentally new and improved understanding of the human brain, opening the way for better treatments for brain diseases and for novel, brain-like computing technologies.

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According to an announcement published on isgtw, every year at SC (http://sc13.supercomputing.org/) HPCwire announces the winners of the HPCwire Readers' Choice and Editors' Choice Awards. Among this year’s winners were PRACE partner HLRS, Germany (http://www.hlrs.de) and PRACE member GENCI, France (http://www.genci.fr).

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EGI Community Forum 2014 in Helsinki

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The users of the world’s largest distributed data processing infrastructure for research will meet in Helsinki for the EGI Community Forum 2014. 

The EGI Community Forum 2014 will take place from 19–23 May, in Helsinki, Finland.

The event will be hosted by EGI.eu in partnership with the University of Helsinki and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.

Join the event that will bring together over 400 researchers, engineers, decision makers and IT people to discuss the use and the future of the computing infrastructure behind the discovery of the Higgs boson using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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In the 2nd issue of the e-IRG Newsletter of 2013 you can read about
•    Report of the Workshop in Dublin on the 22th-23th of May 2013
•    e-IRG White Paper 2013
•    e-IRG Task Force Report on Legal Issues
•    EUDAT Conference on Rome on the 28th-30th of October 2013
•    Service Management Standards for EGI
•    Survey on Research Data Management by SIM4RDN-project

Click here to read it!

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iMENTORS’ Research Infrastructures (RIs) database is  the first centralised portal of all high level  research facilities and information sources in Africa or hosted elsewhere but focusing on Africa.

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Research infrastructures refers to any facilities, resources or related services that are used or could be used by the scientific community to conduct top level research in their various disciplines. We are currently gathering all accessible information regarding RIs in Africa and would like your support. If you have any relevant information, please contact iMentors to help create an exhaustive database. Better still, you can update the database yourself at www.imentors.eu   

 


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According to an article published on Science|Business, the organisations behind the synchrotrons, databases and other shared research infrastructure in Europe have launched a joint Web portal as part of an effort to raise their profiles and justify their budgets at a time of tight funding.

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iMENTORS is now recording the ICT projects related to the Brain Gain Initiative and the Catalyst Initiative.  Both of these initiatives are part of the Social Innovation Program at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company.

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HP formed a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first in 2003 to start the Brain Gain Initiative with the goal of reversing the "brain drain" from areas affected by the emigration of scientists and scholars.  The project aims instead to foster a "brain gain" by creating a sustainable university infrastructure for science.  The project was a success and expanded in 2009 and again in 2011.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, the European Parliament agreed the EU’s budget for 2014-2020, as well as the final seal on the Horizon 2020 legislative deal.

The overall EU budget for 2014 – 2020 has been voted through, securing a budget of €79 billion for Horizon 2020 and meaning the first calls can be launched as promised on December 11.

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According to an article published on  iSGTW , iSGTW was at the EUDAT second conference in Rome, Italy. EUDAT, which is funded under the European Commission's FP7 scheme, seeks to support a collaborative data infrastructure which will allow researchers to share data within and between communities and enable them to carry out their research effectively. Now two years into the project, the EUDAT team is ready to provide solutions that will be affordable, trustworthy, robust, persistent, and easy to use. These solutions are B2SAFE to replicate research data safely, B2SHARE to store and share long-tail research data, B2FIND to find research data, and B2STAGE to get data to computation. These are also to be followed by new services, such as Dynamic Data and Semantic Annotation, which were discussed intensively during the conference.

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Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has placed great emphasis on the catalytic role of ICT in education and development. It was therefore a great opportunity for the participants to the Joint eI4Africa / CHAIN-REDS workshop to gather in Kigali, share their experiences and learn from each other and the local hosts.

The eI4Africa and CHAIN-REDS EU/FP7 projects have a common interest in promoting the adoption of consolidated standards, both in the e-Infrastructure and certification authorities and Federated Identity services domains, with the ultimate aim of widening the number of potential users of e-Infrastructures in Africa.

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