9-11 October 2018
Lisbon
Europe/Lisbon timezone

eInfraCentral – The solution for accessing Europe’s e-infrastructure services

Not scheduled
15m
Lisbon

Lisbon

ISCTE, University of Lisbon
Poster Posters

Speaker

Jelena Angelis (European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre)

Description

One of the challenges that research communities in Europe face is a fragmentation of the e-infrastructure landscape, which makes it difficult for researchers, innovators, data science practitioners and other users to discover services that are new or not well-known. In their turn, service providers and data producers have difficulty reaching out to potential new users due to the lack of harmonisation across various e-infrastructures. eInfraCentral offers support in advancing Open Science by answering researchers’ and providers’ need for a catalogue and platform where all can browse, compare and access various e-services from different scientific domains. As a result, by 2020 a broader and more varied set of users will be able to discover and access the existing and developing e-infrastructure capacity. As one of the key initiatives of the European Open Science Cloud, the project also aims to draw policy lessons for policy makers, funders and project leaders around a future European e-infrastructure platform as an extension of the common eInfraCentral service catalogue and portal. EOSC-hub is already applying the eInfraCentral Service Description Template in its work. The poster explains how eInfraCentral is a major building block of the European Open Science Cloud. It showcases the nine partners of the consortium, including five leading e-Infrastructure service providers GEANT, EGI, EUDAT, OpenAIRE and PRACE. It introduces the objectives of the project and its main components, the service catalogue and the Portal, informing potential users about the possibilities and benefits offered. A diagram displayed on the poster shows how eInfraCentral addressed the issue of fragmentation and access by introducing the eInfraCentral Portal as a single-entry point to present and discover the various available e-service offerings. The poster also includes screenshots of the beta version of the eInfraCentral Portal, aiding attendees in visualising the look and feel of the portal. Next to listing the main objectives of the project, the poster provides details on the two key outputs, which are the service catalogue (with the standard Service Description Template) and the Portal. Last but not least, the poster invites attendees to engage with the project by following updates in the project newsletter, on Twitter and by visiting the project website. For convenience, a QR code is displayed that directs to the project website where attendees can sign up to receive the newsletter. The poster to be presented at DI4R 2018 is targeted at three main audiences: a) the e-infrastructure service providers (pan-European, regional and national, monothematic or poly-thematic, uni-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary, etc.), b) virtual research environments (VREs), and c) potential users of e-infrastructure services. The poster aims to answer potential questions from users: - How does eInfraCentral respond to the needs of the European researchers with respect to uniform access and comparison of e-services? - How does the portal facilitate the vision of the European Open Science Cloud? - What advanced services will be offered for service providers and end-users?

Summary

The poster explains how eInfraCentral is a major building block of the European Open Science Cloud. It introduces the objectives of the project and its main components, the service catalogue and the Portal, informing potential users about the possibilities and benefits offered. A diagram displayed on the poster shows how eInfraCentral addressed the issue of fragmentation and access by introducing the eInfraCentral Portal as a single-entry point to present and discover the various available e-service offerings.

Type of abstract Poster

Primary author

Jelena Angelis (European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre)

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