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Organised by ASREN, with the support Sigma Orionis and all project partners, the CHAIN-REDS workshop was successfully held on December 11, 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. The event was organised under the aegis of the European Commission, in association with EUMEDCONNECT3 and in co-location with the e-AGE 2013 conference "Connect, Access, Innovate"

 

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Can you present complex data to tell a compelling story that anyone will be able to understand?

The British Library Science Team and Cottage Labs are running a challenge sponsored by the BBSRC and AHRC to visualise the data now avalable about publicly-funded research in the UK. Entry forms are available from 27 January 2014 and deadline for submissions is on 21 March 2014.

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Last month, local OpenStack users from France and Switzerland held a meeting at CERN. iSGTW discusses the event with Tim Bell, a member of the OpenStack management board and leader of the Operating Systems and Infrastructure Services groupwithin CERN’s IT department. Bell explains the vital role OpenStackplays in enabling CERN to flexibly tailor its computing resources to meet demand, as well as its importance for other organizations across the globe…

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This space was going to feature a "Top 10 Big Data Predictions for 2014" story. But considering the large number of such stories currently in circulation, a different tact was in order. Instead, according to an article published on Datanami, you'll find a selection of pertinent predictions from players in the "big data" software industry, followed by Datanami's opinion as to whether it will be spot on or whether the soothsaying will miss the mark.

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It never fails – December is a time when the world at large takes time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. These reflections seem to get more and more profound each year as we introduce ourselves further into new technologies, and dream of their possibilities. In this spirit and according to an article puiblished on Datanami, IBM has released its take on the next five years, and it’s worth taking note of.

 

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According to an article published on Science|Business, over the next six years Europe must invest €60 billion in technology overhaul for new electricity networks – and customers likely to foot part of the bill.

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A high-level conference & an exhibition of innovative regions presented by the Science|Business Innovation Board

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Best practices of regional innovation clusters
  • How to use structural funds in order to produce economic return
  • Smart specialization
  • How to build a cluster around a (group of) university(ies)


For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The latest addition to the iMENTORS database is the Connect 4 Change project.  Connect 4 Change is a consortium of five Dutch development and ICT organizations collaborating to accelerate the realization of the Millennium Development Goals through the use of ICT. The program supports ICT initiatives in the areas of education, health and agricultural and economic development, and members of the consortium have funded nearly sixty different ICT projects in Africa. The consortium works with local partners in many different countries, including Burkino Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

 

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Horizon 2020: A look at the first calls

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According to an article published on Science|Business, “It’s time to get down to business,” said EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan Quinn, launching the first calls under the EU seven year flagship R&D programme, Horizon 2020.

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According to an article published on isgtw, new computational techniques developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California, US, may help save scientists from drowning in their own data. Computational scientists at the lab have figured out how to streamline the analysis of enormous scientific datasets. The analysis uses the same techniques that make complex subway systems understandable at a glance.

Their work is described in a paper published in PPoPP’13: Proceedings of the 18th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming.

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According to an article published on isgtw,Herbert Stein, known as a pragmatic conservative, formulated Herbert Stein's Law, which he expressed as "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." By this, he meant there is no need for a stopping action or a program; in other words, stopping requires little to no effort on our part. Starting, on the other hand, often requires much more effort – a plan, a jumping off point from which no certain future can be seen. In the US, a missing plan definitely points to an uncertain exascale future, but collaborators are joining forces and building momentum.

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What is Horizon 2020?

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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
 
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According to an article published on Science|Business, success rates may drop to 15% from 20-22%, as EU officials brace for an unprecedented flood of applicants.

A pile-up of grant applicants could turn Europe’s biggest research programme into one of the toughest-ever to get money out of. 

The European Commission on December 11 announced the first €15 billion round of grant opportunities under its massive Horizon 2020 programme – but at the same time warned that the average odds of winning a grant could drop to around 15 per cent from the 20 - 22 per cent success rate of the current - smaller - Framework Programme 7. 

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‘Big science:’ What’s it really worth?

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A Science|Business dinner debate, Brussels - 03 March 2014

Particle accelerators, biobanks, telescopes, scientific databases - these are among the "big science" research infrastructure projects that have become an essential feature of the research world. Their scientific value is obvious. But their economic value can also be great: The World Wide Web was born at CERN. Can we quantify this kind of broader, indirect economic or social benefit? 

This dinner debate is to gather evidence and views on potential spin-offs from major research infrastructure projects across Europe. The objective: To suggest ways that science policy makers can leverage their investments in these big facilities.

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Holiday greetings

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The eI4Africa Consortium Members successfully conducted the Project Mid-Term Review Meeting today at the European Commission premises in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was chaired by Leonardo Flores Anover (Project Officer, e-Infrastructure Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission) with the support of a review panel team composed of Isayvani Naicker (Director, E4 Solutions) and Dany Vandromme (President, Panache-Conseil).

 

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According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, ith the year wrapping up and companies looking toward 2014, Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer and senior vice president at NetApp, gives his predictions for 2014 and the trends that will impact the industry including flash, cloud, and software-defined. He also takes a look back at 2013 and the predictions that came true.

 

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Louis Papaemmanuel, Director of the iMENTORS project was invited to speak at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, in the framework of the AUC Internet/ICT Week held on Dec. 2-6 2013. The week is part of a series of events organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU).

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

Over 200 delegates attended the event including: institutions, national and international companies, SMEs, academia, research institutes, etc. Louis Papaemmanuel had the opportunity to showcase the 3rd release of the iMENTORS platform, and introduce the novel functionalities which were launched in October 2013, including amongst other the latest data inventories added to the database, the new crowdsourcing functionalities, and brand new slick design of the interface. Louis shared the panel with other representatives and stakeholders of the e-Infrastructures realm, such as the directors of the Nigerian NREN and representatives of the WACREN RREN.

With a wide range of themes explored, a comprehensive programme ensured all participants developed international, cross-cutting contacts and enhanced their knowledge and expertise.

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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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