Engagement meeting

Gergely Sipos (EGI.eu)

This is a regular teleconference for the NGI International Liaisons, national/regional user community support teams and other stakeholders who are involved in EGI's Engagement activity.

The EGI Engagement activity reaches out to scientific communities and researchers in academia and industry and supports them in tackling scientific challenges using reliable and innovative ICT services and solutions from the EGI community. This requires coordinated outreach, technical support, training, testing activities - built on the distributed teams and skills that are available in EGI.

The EGI Engagement activity is defined and driven by the Engagement Strategy, which is described at http://go.egi.eu/engagementstrategy.

The NGI International Liaison (NIL) role is described at https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/NGI_International_Liaison, alongside with resources and materials that can help the NILs be successful in community outreach and engagement. 

How to connect

Teleconference room (GTM1 GoToMeeting): https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/461542053


Engagement meeting

October 4th 2017

Agenda page: https://indico.egi.eu/indico/event/3503/


Chair: Gergely Sipos (EGI Foundation)



BG: Emanouil Atanassov

FR: Genevieve Romier

PT: Joao Pina (ibergrid)

NL: Natalie Danezi (Surfsara)

HR: Emir Imamagic and Tomislav

EGI Foundation: Sara Coelho, Giuseppe LaRocca, Diego Scardaci, Themis Athanassiadou, Yin Chen


Introduction (Gergely - See slides on Agenda):

  • Reminder about the NIL role and purpose of the NIL meetings.

  • New: handling of service orders from Website and soon from Marketplace

    • Most NGIs still don’t have a delegated person to deal with user service orders. Please contact Gergely to delegate someone. (can be a local user support email list too)

  • NIL Survey: Gergely sent this out to the NILs, most countries already responded, those who did not received a reminder from Gergely in late Sep/early Oct.

    • ACTION FOR NILS: Those who did not respond please respond ASAP.

  • Based on those who responded so far I prepared a map that shows the status of NGIs with respect to engagement activities. (slide 4)


Question Genevieve: why is FR, TR mentioned under Service Order?

Answer: Gergely: Only those two countries delegated service order contact so far. They are the positive examples. Other NGIs should still delegate someone.


Demo of EGI Marketplace (Diego)

  • Landing page tour/ navigation bars

  • General purpose instance - demo of requesting a VM/adding to cart

  • Adding storage walkthrough

  • Checkout process

  • AoDS integration and rt-ticketing system.

  • Call for testing - send email to list. (Action Diego)


New Brochures (Sara - See slides on Agenda)

  • Publications (EGI Service catalogue, and use cases)

  • New: CSIRT, EGI Check-in

  • Next: Strategy, EGI & Research Infrastructures

  • Service brochures? Sara asking for input on what would be useful.

  • DI4R

  • ACTION FOR NILS: If you need paper copies of these brochures then please contact press@egi.eu


Genevieve: thinks brochures are very useful. She will contribute with use case if something interesting comes up.


Tracking EGI/NGI publications/Datasets with OpenAIRE (Giuseppe - See slides on agenda)

  • What is open access?

  • What is OpenAIRE?

  • Demo/example how to claim publications using openAIRE.

  • New claims available in a week


Genevieve: she sent info to EGI

Link between openAIRE and other repos. Avoid duplication of efforts.

Correct harvesting by OpenAIRE - automation. Not willing to do this manually.


Emir: they (Croatia NGI) are setting up a portal to connect databases with their internal one.  OpenAIRE connection seems relevant.


Galaxy/Jupyter aaS in EGI (Giuseppe - See slides on agenda)

  • What is Galaxy

  • What is Jupyter

  • Explain Galaxy as a service in EGI

  • Explain JupyterHub as a service on EGI

  • Need to define how the service should like like with NGI (OLA/SLA with providers)

  • Asking for feedback from representatives

  • Creation of task force. ACTION FOR NILS:


EGI Engage update (Gergely - See second part of introduction slides on agenda)

  • Suggested reading for NILs: D2.14 Final Report on Communications, Dissemination and Engagement. This provides a status update about community engagement, and highlights follow-up plans

  • EOSC-pilot

  • EOSC-Hub


Roundtable updates:



- Expecting results for national calls that were closed earlier this year (applications, infrastructure). Expected result in November, more than 10m EUR bidded

- Waiting for national roadmap for RIs, which can lead to additional national proposals



- Waiting for the big (already approved) project to start (2 more years). Currently planning a transitioning to this new infra, also bringing in new resources to EGI federated cloud

- Preparing a national workshop about EGI and NGI services. Use the Marketplace or AODS?



- Organising 'Success Days' (talks, demos, panels)

- Tutorial for iRODS admins and OpenStack Neutron admins (both French speaking)

- Info about events will be sent to EGI for promotion



- New roadmap is available for 3 years, starting from July

- LIP is infra provider (providing resources for all the other infras featured on the roadmap)

- So far established connections with LifeWatch and ELIXIR. We should find out similarities/alignment with EU level LW and ELIXIR activities

- Trying to collaborate with EMBRC-Lab

- EuroBioImaging: D2.14


Next meeting in 2 months (early Dec). Doodle will come.



Q: What is position of EG wrt DIRAC? (Emir)

A: It is under finalisation to become part of EGI service catalogue. (Gergely)

Q: Asking because the dirac.egi.eu page is blank/uninformative

A: I’ll check but probably because the page assumes X509 cert and VO membership. I agree this should not be like that and the landing page should be informative for any visitor. I’ll raise this to the service owner.  


There are minutes attached to this event. Show them.
    • 11:00 11:45
      Updates from EGI 45m
      * Demo of the EGI Marketplace (Diego) * New brochures (Sara) * Tracking EGI/NGI publications with OpenAIRE (Giuseppe) * Jupyter and Galaxy as a Service (Join the task force) (Giuseppe) * EGI-Engage; EOSC-pilot; EOSC-hub (project and event updates) (Gergely)
    • 11:45 12:15
      Updates from the NGIs - Short round table update meeting attendees 30m
    • 12:15 12:30
      AOB 15m