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E-infrastructure project success story winners announced

The organisers of the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting invited project leaders of current and former projects, funded through FP7 (2006 – 2013) to submit abstracts highlighting their project’s biggest success story, and the winners have been announced.

The 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting is organised by the Commission Services with the support of the e-ScienceTalk project.  The main aim of the meeting is to bring projects together in order to discuss issues related to the completion of the 7th Framework Programme and the start of an e-infrastructures activity during Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).The FP7 Success Story Competition highlighted the best success stories from the FP7 Capacities funding programme in e-Infrastructures in three categories: Excellent Science, Competitive Industries and Better Society.

In each category, the winners are:

Better society

1st Prize: OpenAIRE - Supporting Open Science in Europe

2nd Prize: iMarine - Cool tools and high level experts for fisheries management and knowledge 

Competitive industries

1st Prize: PRACE: How e-research infrastructures can catalyse European industrial competitiveness 

2nd Prize: SIENA: Standards Success Story for European e-infrastructure Evolution

Excellent science

1st Prize: GÉANT: Driving technology across the digital divide

2nd Prize: WeNMR - Toward full automation of the determination of protein structures by NMR

Catherine Gater, project coordinator of e-ScienceTalk said “I am pleased to support the European Commission in organizing the concertation meeting and the competition through the e-ScienceTalk project, which brings the success stories of e-science to a wider audience and is very much a success story itself. The quality of all the entries was extremely high, and the jury was delighted to award the prizes to the winning projects after some tough decisions.”

Natalia Manola of OpenAIRE said, “We are delighted to have won this prize because we feel OpenAIRE is a success story for both the EC’s open access policy, and for the open access movement across Europe. OpenAIRE is a special project primarily because of its participatory and truly European flavor. All member states contribute to gathering the EC’s research output, and in so doing contribute to stimulating open access policies in their own regions. We have also developed a robust technical infrastructure that provides a flexible, operational system to support the expected growth of OpenAIRE. Our future is optimistic: having established our infrastructure and a growing community, we look to developing services in other valuable areas such as measuring research impact, usage statistics, linking publications to data and possibly to learning material, while reaching out to other European funders.”

For iMarine, Donatella Castelli stated, “Someone may be wondering why a success story focused on mobile application, AppliFish, won a prize in a competition dedicated to e-Infrastructures. Really, behind this free mobile application there is a complex data infrastructure, iMarine, which we have been developing for many years.  iMarine supports  mesh-up, analysis  and processing of heterogeneous datasets resulting from the work of many scientists. What makes iMarine unique is its capacity for integrating this vast amount of multi-disciplinary aquatic-related information. AppliFish now makes this available to everyone as a pocket book of marine knowledge accessible by a commonly used tool such as a mobile."

Stéphane Requena of PRACE added, “It's a great pleasure for us to be one of the winners. This award will foster our motivation to work on engaging industrial users with the PRACE research infrastructure in order to boost European competitiveness. PRACE is working on increasing the use of a leading European infrastructure by all academic and industrial communities and is catalysing technological transfer between academia and industry through Open Innovation projects. We are working on a tailored evangelisation programme called SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) which aims to help SMEs to co-design and demonstrate a concrete industrial project on PRACE facilities.”

Daniele Lezzi of the SIENA project said, “We are glad to receive this prize that recognises the efforts of SIENA, the first initiative to gather to the same table all the actors involved in the development of e-infrastructure, mobilizing the scientific community on the adoption of open standards through the direct involvement of the SDOs. Officially endorsed by the European Commission as a reference document for all stakeholders by Vice-President Neelie Kroes, the SIENA Roadmap and its Calls for Action represent the project’s biggest success story. The SIENA activities are still stimulating interest also through their continued support to the Cloudscape workshops, now a self-sustained event which demonstrates that there is still a need for gathering a like-minded community wanting to share their knowledge and insights.”

Regarding GÉANT, Dorte Olesen stated, “It’s very pleasing to receive recognition for the project, as it is a result of the collaboration of so many talented and dedicated people, all with a shared vision of providing the most advanced network and associated services. Being selected as a winner of such a prestigious award is testament to that shared vision and effort. GÉANT has brought together all of Europe’s NRENs working towards a common goal, which continues to be an impressive achievement. In future, GÉANT will continue its efforts to ensure Europe remains at the heart of the global research village.”

Finally, Alexandre Bonvin of WeNMR said, “I am really glad and proud that our project WeNMR has been selected as one of the winners. This is a nice recognition for all our efforts in bringing a new community to make use of grid resources and e-Science solutions. Our user-centric approach shields as much as possible the end user from the technicalities of grid business and provides them with user-friendly, simple solutions. I really think we have a unique position as an intermediate between the e-Infrastructure providers such as the European Grid Infrastructure and the end users, including structural biologists worldwide.”

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Originally published by E-Science Talk on 06 March 2013

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