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Celebrating the visionaries and innovators who were instrumental in shaping today's internet and expanding its global connectivity

The Internet Society has announced the names of 24 individuals who have been selected for induction into the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame. Representing 13 countries, the 2014 class of inductees created new technologies and standards that were foundational to the Internet’s development and expansion, pushing the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world. See the full list of inductees here

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Yannick Legré was recently appointed director of EGI.eu, which coordinates and manages the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). iSGTW speaks to Legré about his vision for the organization, as well as the challenges it faces, ahead of next month’s EGI Community Forum in Helsinki, Finland.

 

You’ve been involved in grid computing in Europe for over a decade now. Could you tell the iSGTW readers about this?

I worked with the DataGrid project right from the beginning.  My work was concerned with integrating the different components produced by the project and ensuring that they were appropriate for the communities served. I also started playing with the Globus toolkitback when it was still at version 1.1 or 1.2, so a very early stage.

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According to an article published on Projects, the importance of international cooperation in science and technology is explicitly recognised in the European Union's Innovation Union flagship initiative and the proposals for Horizon 2020, the new EU funding programme for research and innovation.

 

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Many of the EU’s international partner countries are investing more and more in research and innovation, and cooperation is now vital if research is to reach its full potential. An active and more strategic international cooperation will also contribute to achieving the EU’s wider policy objectives, outlined in the funding programme’s launch documents.

A New International Strategy

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EU to offer €20M in R&D prizes

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According to an article published on Science|Business, there’s a long tradition of offering scientists prize money to solve specific problems. After making the first such payment – of €2M for a way of preserving vaccines without refrigeration - the EU is planning more prize give-aways.

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The EU is to go ahead with offering €20 million in prize money to scientists who deliver solutions to pressing and seemingly intractable problems, after making the first such award under a pilot project launched in 2012.   

Future prizes, to be announced and issued in 2015, are expected to cover health, transport, energy and materials, and renewable biological resources, with the money coming from the Horizon 2020 R&D budget.  

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According to a blog post on THE WORLD BANK DATA BLOG, open data is creating opportunities for governments to work more efficiently and effectively, for citizens to engage with government and take a more active role in communities, for activists to support their advocacy efforts with facts, for entrepreneurs to bring new products and services to market, and for the bulk of us to be able to make everyday decisions

 

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According to a blog post on THE WORLD BANK DATA BLOG, William Shakespeare once wrote, “There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes.”  Similarly, different people have different understandings of database services. Some people believe it is a type of personalized service, some believe it’s a value-added service, while others believe it’s a solutions-driven service. For us students, database services are vital to our research.
 

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The Summary Report of e-AGE 2013 is now available for consultation. e-AGE 2013 – 3rd “International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment” - was held on December 12-13, 2014 in Tunis, Tunisia under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Higher and Scientific Research of Tunisia and alongside the 5th annual meeting of the Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education (AROQA). The event attracted more than 80 high-profile participants from over 30 countries spanning all world regions.

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The latest Science|Business report features everything you need to know about Horizon 2020. You can gain insight on how to get the money and an intelligent, plain-language understanding of how Horizon 2020 works.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, leading entrepreneurs working to commercialise publicly-funded university research point to a lack of understanding of how IP should be shaped and protected to ensure commercial success.
More training in the generation, management and protection of intellectual property (IP) is needed to protect and nurture Europe’s investment in university start-ups, and deliver on their potential to create jobs and boost economic growth, according to a survey of some of Europe’s leading entrepreneurs.

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Proceedings and report of the 6th UbuntuNet Alliance annual conference [Full Text PDF]

Peer reviewed papers

  • Anbu, J , et al, (2013). Content Alert System Using Short Message Service (SMS): A Testimony of two Collaborative Projects in Africa and Asia [Full Text PDF]
  • Barbera, R, et al, (2013). The CHAIN-REDS Semantic Search Engine [Full Text PDF]
  • Chiome, C, (2013). e-Infrastructure Acceptance in e-Health, e-Learning and e-Agriculture in Zimbabwe: The Quest for the User Acceptance Variable [Full Text PDF]
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According to an article published on isgtw, "The Internet2 community is Global,” says Ana Hunsinger, vice president of community engagement at Internet2. “The new name – Internet2 Global Summit – more accurately reflects the growing international nature of our community, the work they do, and the challenges we are rising to meet in partnership with the community.”

The Internet2 community and their initiatives touch many of the major innovations that define our modern digital lives. In 2013, research and education leaders, members, partners, and guests assembled at Internet2’s annual meeting in Arlington, Virginia, US – the first to have a yearly format. This April 6th to 10th, the newly named Global Summit in Denver, Colorado, US, will usher in a new era and continue to define ‘what’s next.’

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Women innovators win awards

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According to an article published on Science|Business , the European Commission has recognised three innovators, in the fields of space, neuroscience and molecular diagnostics.

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According to an article published on Science|Business , Europe’s research and innovation vitals are looking good, claimed President José Manuel Barroso this week, as researchers and policymakers descended on Brussels.

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According to an article published on isgtw, in industry, and with small businesses in particular, it is now common for companies to outsource large amounts of their essential information technology tasks to third party providers. To increase efficiency, cut costs, and streamline their businesses, companies are willing to collaborate and hand over their not-so-core competencies in exchange for the infrastructure, expertise, and support of third-party providers.

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UbuntuNet-Connect 2014, Lusaka, Zambia

Theme: Infrastructure – Innovation – Inclusion

 

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit 500 word abstracts for presentation at UbuntuNet-Connect 2014, the 7th Annual Conference of the UbuntuNet Alliance. The UbuntuNet-Connect series of conferences has been held for the past 6 years and is regarded as one of the premier conferences in Africa. This year the conference will take place from 11 to 12 November 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia and will be hosted by Zambia Research and Education Network (ZAMREN), the NREN of Zambia.

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The EC has adopted on February 12, 2014 a Communication on "Internet Policy and Governance: Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet Governance".

In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run, calling for more transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.

The Communication includes also a reference to the cybersecurity strategy, and calls for the rapid adoption of the directive on network and information security. The text also calls for a strengthened multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance.

Read:

- the Press Reselase

- the Communication

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According to an article published on Science|Business , preparation for two new knowledge and innovation communities is underway, with bids invited in healthy living and active ageing and sustainable raw materials.

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Coping with science’s data deluge

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According to an article published on Projects, we have now entered the age of big data, but at present we are struggling to cope with the amount we are producing. Laurence Field explains how the CRISP project is helping researchers to make sense of this information overload.

When people refer to big data or a data deluge in science, the terms are entirely appropriate. As scientific detectors and research instruments improve at a fantastic rate, we as a community are producing more and more of it. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, even before its current upgrade, was producing 200,000 DVDs’ worth of raw data a second, and the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project is expected to produce 400 gigabytes a second.

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According to an article published on Science|Business, EU officials expect to be inundated with grant applications, but maintain that simplification of Horizon 2020 procedures will accommodate SMEs and young researchers.

MEPs at the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee meeting yesterday (12 February), questioned whether it will be easier to access funding under Horizon 2020.

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UN suggests statistics development goal

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According to an article published on SciDev.Net, a UN agency is advocating for improved capabilities in gathering and using statistics as a central aspect of the post-2015 global development agenda to help governments make more effective decisions based on quality data.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) emphasised the need for significant investments in statistical capacity building — especially among developing countries — during the release of the ESCAP Statistical Yearbook for Asia and Pacific 2013 last month (3 December).

 

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