GÉANT Open Calls

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – WoT4LoA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJI2nY7iUWM

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – SENSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBJ1pmoLAM0

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – ARES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MROTjv2CNsg

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – NSI-CONTEST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp5yIW-pJ6A

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – MEAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Z4veFFdJI

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – CLASSe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D74UjLnMNqE

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – eMusic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAlH92lOj5k

David Foster, CERN: Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Please find below a pointer to a recently published paper entitled “Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century”.

The objective of the implementation plan is to put in place the e-infrastructure commons that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a service to the public research sector in Europe.

The rationale calls for a hybrid model that brings together public and commercial service suppliers to build a network of Centres of Excellence offering a range of services to a wide user base. The platform will make use of and cooperate with existing European e-infrastructures by jointly offering integrated services to the end-user. This hybrid model represents a significant change from the status-quo and will bring benefits for the stakeholders: end-users, research organisations, service providers (public and commercial) and funding agencies.

Centres of Excellence can be owned and operated by a mixture of commercial companies and public organisations. Their portfolio of services, starting with those listed by eIRG and the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data, will be made available under a set of terms and conditions that are compliant with European jurisdiction and legislation with service definitions implementing recognised policies for trust, security and privacy notably for data protection. A funding model engaging all stakeholder groups is described. The ability to fully exploit the potential for knowledge and job creation that is locked-up in the datasets and algorithms to be hosted by the Centres of Excellence will require the nurturing of a new generation of data scientists with a core set of ICT skills.

A management board where all the Centres of Excellence operating organisations are represented will provide strategic and financial oversight is coupled with a user forum, through which the end-users themselves, in a cross-disciplinary body collaborate to define requirements and policies for the services. A pilot service is proposed that can be rapidly established by building on the existing investments. The pilot service will demonstrate the feasibility of the e-infrastructure Centres of Excellence model for a range of scientific disciplines and evaluate the suitability for the ESFRI Research Infrastructures, that are currently under-development and represent Europe’s future “big data factories”. Implementation will start in 2014, initially offering a limited set of services at a prototype Centre of Excellence.

This is the third in a series of documents by the EIROforum IT working group on the future of e-infrastructures. The documents from the EIROforum IT working group are seen as starting-point for an inclusive activity that will bring together a number of e-infrastructures into a public-private ecosystem where the value of the whole is far greater than an individual component.

We welcome your feedback on these documents, to improve the concept, its relevance and implementation. The intention is to revise the documents based on the feedback received.

You can provide feedback for the documents via the open access repository (you will need to login with a CERN or EGI account, alternatively you can create a CERN lightweight account: https://account.cern.ch/account/Externals/RegisterAccount.aspx

A Vision for a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century: https://cds.cern.ch/record/1550136/files/CERN-OPEN-2013-018.pdf

Feedback: https://cds.cern.ch/record/1550136/comments

Science, Strategy and Sustainable Solutions, a Collaboration on the Directions of E-Infrastructure for Science: https://cds.cern.ch/record/1545615/files/CERN-OPEN-2013-017.pdf

Feedback: https://cds.cern.ch/record/1545615/comments

Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century: https://cds.cern.ch/record/1562865/files/CERN-OPEN-2013-019.pdf

Feedback: https://cds.cern.ch/record/1562865/comments

In addition an email list has been created, e-infrastructure-for-the-future@cern.ch to which you can subscribe and pose questions of a more general nature (to subscribe simply send an email request to the list).

Activities will now focus on putting in place the structures defined in these documents, notably the User Forum, for which Jamie Shiers jamie.shiers@cern.ch will be leading the preparation for its first meeting. The prototype e-infrastructure Centre of Excellence described in the implementation plan is being established by the IT department at CERN and a dedicated email list for subscription and questions has been created: prototype-centre-of-excellence@cern.ch (to subscribe simply send an email request to the list).

David Foster, CERN

A: Because You Don’t ROWE Q: Why Can’t Tennessee Innovate? [Update]

Why Nashville Companies Are Targeting Tweens For High-Tech Jobs BY ALISSA WALKER | 07-09-2012

See here for news on ROWE in Nashville. Nicholas Holland demonstrates populr.me with his ROWE notes.

My older ROWE related posts here.

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Mar 13, 2012

What good do personal clouds and corporate data hives, aquihires and crowdsourcing to meet your needs (as HR continues to stumble around trying to hire long-term individuals for short-term projects, meanwhile preparing for the year-end mass layoffs which inexorably ensue) if your managers cannot get past their love affair of physical MBWA when your employees are enculturated to do their best work in virtual innovation clusters and collaboratories (see article comments) which take place in a SecondLife CoLab or some such? What good does it do to build a city-wide innovation grid  infrastructure or a country-wide innovation cyber space if you still expect your employees to waste an hour of their day driving to and from a cube which holds a desktop computer when they have a speedier, more robust laptop at home? 1) Learn about Results Only Work Environments. 2) Invest in them. 3) Use them.

Community. Innovation. Transformation. Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting, Philadelphia, PA September 30-October 4, 2012

Calls for Participation

Listed below are links to a variety of calls for participation for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting. Please carefully review the information and requirements for each call prior to submitting a proposal or response.

Call for Session Proposals

The theme for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting will build upon concepts that were introduced at the spring meeting: “Community. Innovation. Transformation.”

The meeting program will focus on all three aspects of this triad that is further defined as follows:

  • Community:  Understanding and embracing our community’s ability to innovate and transform research, education and economies
  • Innovation: A deeply programmable, bandwidth-abundant innovation platform creating an environment for next-generation service delivery
  • Transformation: Community developed services and applications that transform global research and education

While the four Areas of Interest will remain the same as the spring meeting, the content of the sessions will be expanded to include examples of what we are learning as we move along the innovation platform continuum and demonstrations of the progress we are making in transforming service models. Full explanations and examples of related topics, as well as the submission form, are provided in the Call for Proposals web page.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2012

Selection notification: July 2, 2012

Call for Working Meetings

One of the many benefits of member meetings is the opportunity to hold working meetings (e.g. working groups, BoFs, SIGS, etc.) in conjunction with the other meeting activities. In order to accommodate the requests for these working meetings, we will reserve incremental hotel space at times outside of the program sessions. To aid us in handling and filling your requests for these additional meetings, we are issuing this call with a deadline of June 25, 2012.

Meetings will be accepted based on space availability and we will attempt to accommodate all requests on a first come, first serve basis. Your flexibility with day/time and meeting duration requests will assist us in accommodating your meeting needs. Submit your meeting request.

Please Note: These meetings should be open to all Internet2 Member Meeting attendees. If you need to schedule an invitation-only or closed meeting, Internet2 will reserve a room for you. However, you will be responsible for notifying people about the meeting yourself and you must provide your email address so others can contact you.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2012

Call for Sponsors

Internet2 Member Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities offer your organization unmatched visibility and alignment with your most important constituencies. The Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting hosted over 800 information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from the nation’s top universities, government and scientific research organizations. As a sponsor, your organization automatically earns a benefit package containing special privileges not available by any other means. No other vehicle can single your organization out so effectively before this important audience. Sponsorships are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deadline to secure a sponsorship package: August 10, 2012

Sponsorship Package details will be posted soon. Please contact Ryan Bass, Internet2 Marketing Manager at: bassr@internet2.edu or 202.331.5342 to reserve your sponsorship and/or plan your organization’s entire 2012 participation at all Internet2 events.

Analyzing and Improving Collaborative eScience with Social Networks (eSoN 12)

Workshop to be held with IEEE e-Science 2012

Monday, 8 October 2012, Chicago, IL, USA


Social networking is profoundly changing the way that people communicate and interact on a daily basis. As eScience is inherently collaborative, social networks can serve as a vital means for supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of connected individuals, improving communication between globally dispersed individuals, and even measuring scientific impact. Consequently, eScience systems are increasingly integrating social networking concepts to improve collaboration. For example researcher profiles and groups exist in publication networks, such as Google scholar and Mendeley, and eScience infrastructures, such as MyExperiment, NanoHUB and GlobusOnline all utilize social networking principles to enhance scientific collaboration. In addition to incorporating explicit social networks, eScience infrastructures can also leverage implicit social networks extracted from relationships expressed in collaborative activities (e.g. publication and grant authorship or citation networks).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a diverse range of areas to establish a new community focused on the application of social networking to analyze and improve scientific collaboration. There are two complementary areas of focus for this workshop 1) how to efficiently share infrastructure and software resources, such as data and tools through social networks, and 2) how to analyze and enhance collaboration in eScience through both implicit and explicit social networks, for example analyzing scientific impact through citation networks or improving collaboration by associating data and tools with networks of publications and researchers.

This workshop represents the amalgamation of two complementary workshops held in 2011: Social Networks for CCGrids (SN4CCGrids) held at CCGrid 2011 and Measuring the Impact of eScience Research (MeSR) held at eScience 2011.

Scope of workshop

The topics of interest are, but not limited to, the use of social networks to analyze and improve collaborative eScience:

  • The use of social networks and social networking concepts in eScience and eResearch
  • Social network applications used for eScience
  • Social network based resource sharing and collaboration architectures
  • New forms of collaborative computing and resource sharing
  • Crowdsourcing of scientific applications using social media
  • Social Cloud computing
  • Novel applications of digital relationships and trust
  • Definition of novel principals, models and methodologies for harnessing digital relationships
  • Extraction of implicit social networks from scientific activities (publication, citation and grants)
  • Analysis of collaborative scientific activity through social networks

Submission instructions

Authors are invited to submit papers containing unpublished, original work (not under review elsewhere)
of up to 8 pages of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages,
as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines.

Templates are available from:

Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a PostScript printer. Papers conforming to the above guidelines can be submitted through the workshop’s paper submission system: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eson12

At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must pay the eScience 2012 registration fee. All accepted papers will be published by the IEEE in the same volume as the main conference. All papers will be reviewed by an International Programme Committee (with a minimum of 3 reviews per paper). Papers submissions should be performed using the easychair system, by the date mentioned below.

Important dates

  • Paper Submissions Due: July 27, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 27, 2012
  • Camera Ready Versions Due: September 17, 2012
  • Workshop: October 8, 2012


  • Kyle Chard, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Tanu Malik, University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Simon Caton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Wei Tan, IBM T.J. Watson Lab, USA

Steering Committee

  • Christine Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Ian Foster, University of Chicago & Argonne National Lab, USA
  • Gerhard Klimeck, Purdue University, USA
  • Omer Rana, Cardiff University, UK

Programme Committee

  • Kris Bubendorfer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Junwei Cao, Tsinghua University, China
  • Justin Cappos, Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA
  • Jinjun Chen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Walter Colombo, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mike Conlon, University of Florida, USA
  • Roberta Cuel, University of Trento, Italy
  • Roberto M Cesar jr, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland, USA
  • Peter Komisarczuk, Thames Valley University, UK
  • Nicolas Kourtellis, University of South Florida
  • Paolo Missier, Newcastle University, UK
  • Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
  • Jianwu Wang, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
  • Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Wenjun Wu, Beihang University, China
  • Lynn Zetner, Purdue University, USA
  • Hui Zhang, Bejing University, China
  • Jia Zhang, Northern Illinois University, USA

NUANCE: Newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaborat​​​ion, Education: Vol. 4, Issue 11: March 2012

Volume 4: Issue 11: March 2012

NUANCE is a monthly e-newsletter published by UbuntuNet Alliance. Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
A photo that tells a story
Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure
Submissions should be sent to info@ubuntunet.net.

Apparently Cybersecurity is important to the US economy, the Congress learns

H. R. 2096 To advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards,
and for other purposes.

Also, planning related to a national strategy concerning “HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING” and “NETWORKING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY”, and stuff like IT, Big Data, etc. is worth investing in at a national level.

H. R. 3834 To amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes.


One the one hand there’s all this big data and HPC in the cloud while on the other hand there’s all this money in the air, yet LinkedIn still considers management in distributed organizations A NONSTANDARD SKILL.

Gallup’s Chairman, Jim Clifton says there’s a Coming Jobs War global in scope and apparently San Francisco thinks there’s a War for Talent, as does Nashville, but nobody seems to get that their major impediment is put data in the cloud and then insisting folks drive to cubeville to access it. #ROWE