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

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Data News Speed

The DIGITAL DIVIDE isn’t about have and have nots anymore; it’s about HAVE IN TIME TO BE ACTIONABLE. Monopolies, oligarchies, and boutique data aggregators own the actual currency upon which societies are based:

Chattanooga media jostle in digital fast lane

The citywide rollout of a gigabit Ethernet connection and a brand new, job-proliferating Volkswagen plant have sparked an unusually high level of online competition in the nation’s 86th DMA. Wehco Media’s Times-Free Press leads in traffic while a bevy of rivals, including a strong Internet pureplay, are vying for attention.

High-Frequency Traders Flat-Out Buying Data Ahead of You

When the Institute for Supply Management releases its index of manufacturing activity next week, the headlines from the report will flash to traders at what their eyes tell them is 10:00 am. But unless they are subscribers to a new low-latency feed provided by Thomson Reuters, they’ll actually be getting it late—and depending on how they’re positioned, it could be too late.

04/24/2012 Internet2 General Session focused on transformation PDF

04/25/2012 Internet2 General Session focused on innovation PDF

Smart Grid Requires Utilities To Merge IT And OT Worlds


Data Transparency Coalition Invites Media and Public to DATA Act Demo Day ‐ July 10

Microsoft, Teradata Corporation, and Other Leading Tech Companies Will Demonstrate How
Standardized Federal Spending Data would Enhance Fraud Detection, Govt. Management,
and Transparency

Coalition Contact: Hudson Hollister: hudson.hollister@datacoalition.org / 312‐493‐7533
PR Contact: Beth Dozier: bethdozier@rational360.com / 202‐429‐1833


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 27, 2012) – The Data Transparency Coalition, the only group unifying the technology industry in support of federal data reform, today announced that its members will present live demonstrations showing the enormous potential of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) to enhance federal transparency and help prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

DATA Act Demo Day, featuring live presentations from Teradata Corporation, Microsoft, IPHIX, Level One Technologies, Synteractive, MarkLogic, and Elder Research, Inc., will take place July 10th at 10 a.m. in Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center (901 K St NW, 11th floor, Washington DC 20001). Members of the media and general public are asked to RSVP at datademo.eventbrite.com

Editor’s Note: Governors reject DATA transparency

Freedom to Connect [with fedgov data] Blogroll

Which I stole from here [because open data needs big pipes]


Now with downloadable kml displaying your tax dollar expenditures! You’ll have to supply a Zip Code and look to the bottom right hand corner of the results map frame border. Note: if you look at this example data for 37203 you’ll see that each job is valued at $762,438 (for a three year span).

“Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us”! – Jerry Garcia

DATA Act Passes the House [was One Day at Bandwagon Camp…]

Update (nearly two years later to the day):

My comments to a colleague over at ATCA on Yammer:

H.R. 2146 The DATA Act passed the House yesterday. Mark Warner is scheduled to introduce the companion bill in the Senate today. A synosis from an AP piece: On a voice vote, the House backed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, known as the DATA Act. The legislation would establish uniform standards for all recipients to report federal money and set up a single website where average Americans could search for information on how government agencies, departments and other recipients spend federal funds.

Read more: AP blurb on Foxnews

#Occupy needs to be on this ferociously. Extensible business reporting language (XBRL — pronounced “ecks burl”) is growing as a global accounting and reporting technology and the various accounting standards boards are bringing their standard vocabularies (taxonomies) into alignment. The question is: once #Occupy can identify wrong doing, do they have a legal fund and PAC strategy to pursue it? Notably, the National Governors Association came out against DATA ostensibly because it is filled with unfunded federal mandates. Point well taken. But the amount of savings each State would accrue by putting XBRL into their “data chains” would create so many efficiencies and cost savings it would be hard to anticipate at this point. However, it would also allow for apples to apples comparisons of States’ programs and we would know within a very short time who is overpaying and who is getting the graft, kickbacks, sweetheart deals, etc.

# # # #

From April, 2010:

<ed.note>I made some comments on Facebook re: where were the Tea Partiers when Bush was… Does anyone remember the Reform Party? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_We_Stand_America – this strain of “we want accountability from our government” never disappears and manifests itself in a variety of ways. The Tea Partiers (and anyone else interested in government accountability) would do well to concentrate on the necessary technology — begin with requiring your politician (whatever party) to commit to open budgets expressed using extensible business reporting language (XBRL) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extensible_Business_Reporting_Language I would also do well to point out that both political and financial press are afraid to cover this technology as it applies to realpolitik… [update] and realeconomik[update] .</ed.note>


The global banking crisis brought to the fore questions surrounding the scope and quality of the external audit, market concentration and auditor independence. One of the issues currently being considered by the European Commission and European Parliament is mandatory audit firm rotation. ICAS believes that policy decisions should be based on independent evidence and is commissioning this literature review on audit firm rotation to serve as a sound platform for policy making and future research.

The aim of this commissioned literature review is to identify, consider and evaluate the existing evidence on mandatory audit firm rotation. The findings should serve to inform future policy making. The literature review will bring together any existing research/professional literature on:

  • The impact, if any, of audit firm rotation on audit quality.
  • The experiences of countries adopting mandatory audit firm rotation, including
    the time frames selected for rotation.
  • Views of companies, auditors and stakeholders on audit firm rotation.
  • The cost implications of audit firm rotation.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of audit firm rotation.
  • The impact, if any, of audit firm rotation on auditor independence.
  • Whether audit firm rotation leads to increased choice in the market place for
    the largest companies.

Description and scope of the literature review

The review should be written as a short accessible document that summarises the existing evidence on mandatory audit firm rotation, highlights any deficiencies in the existing literature, identifies opportunities for further research and makes recommendations for policy makers.

It should cover high quality research from the major international markets and jurisdictions with experience of mandatory audit firm rotation. The successful applicant(s) will demonstrate how access to this literature can be assured.

The review should distinguish between the different types of literature reviewed, for example, that which is based on empirical versus theoretical approaches. The review should include a critical assessment of any surrogates used to evidence audit quality.

Terms of agreement

Final drafts of the literature reviews are to be delivered by 31 August 2012 and authors may be required to make short presentations of key findings to the ICAS Research and Audit and Assurance Committees and a presentation of findings at ICAS sponsored events. Reports should be approximately 5,000-10,000 words in length. Draft reports will be fast-track reviewed using practitioner and academic reviewers, with a view to publication and use by both ICAS and policy makers. Funding of up to £5,000 is available to undertake this review, which may be payable as a fee to an individual or a university.

Publication in academic journals, following submission of the final report, is also encouraged. It is essential that the research report should identify the public interest in these issues and be of interest to policy makers, regulators, members of the profession and academia.

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in undertaking the review, please email a short expression of interest together with summary CVs to research@icas.org.uk by 30 April 2012. You should explain why you believe you or your research team are suitable individuals to undertake the review, demonstrating your knowledge and experience in the area. You should specifically state how any team will be structured and how any translation issues will be addressed and responsibilities for completion of the report. A preliminary list of references should be provided together with a summary of key issues that you believe are likely to arise from the review. The expression should include the amount of grant, in sterling, which you require to complete the project and a breakdown of the estimated costs. The expressions of interest will be considered by a panel of academics and non academics from ICAS to arrive at a final decision. Applicants will be advised of the decision by 14 May 2012.

For further information about this funding opportunity or any queries please contact the ICAS Research Centre:
Tel: +44(0)131 347 0237
Email: research@icas.org.uk
Web: icas.org.uk
Research will be funded by
The Scottish Accountancy Trust for Education & Research (SATER)
(Scottish Charity No. SC034836).
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