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ELI-DC International Association

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The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI), the world's first international user facility for laser research, has been established today as an International Association in Brussels, Belgium. ELI is part of the ESFRI Roadmap for research infrastructures of high priority for Europe. Based on strong international collaborations it is being constructed in three pillars in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania, utilizing EU Structural Funds.

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Check out the to see the new iMENTORS’ Factsheet explaining the project rationale, objectives and the coordination and support activities: imentors_factsheet_April13.pdf

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Press release on CORDIS Wire

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on 4 April indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

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This service gives you access to information sent to us by European innovation and research stakeholders. For more information on CORDIS Wire go to FAQs or terms and conditions.

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Research has been revolutionised, in the last decade or so, by the quite unprecedented volume of data that researchers can generate and store.

Efforts are under way to manage this deluge: many of the infrastructure projects prioritised by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure, for example, are data management projects, aiming to build reliable databanks for different disciplines.

The arrival of the Research Data Alliance, to try to better coordinate this process (see Cover story), is therefore to be warmly welcomed.

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She Figures 2012

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She Figures 2012 is the fourth publication of a key set of indicators that are essential to understand the situation of women in science and research. The She Figures data collection is undertaken every three years since 2003 by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, in cooperation with the Helsinki Group and its sub-group of Statistical Correspondents.
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EU, US and Australia aim to create ‘internet’ of research data

Funders in Australia, the EU and the United States have launched the Research Data Alliance, in a determined effort to enhance science data sharing worldwide.

The alliance will seek to bring together working researchers with a plethora of existing national and global initiatives across all disciplines. It says it intends to develop global, interoperable data infrastructure and promote standards and practices to make it easier and faster for scientists to share, use and reuse data.

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on 4 April 2013 indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close co-operation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa. e-Infrastructures - electronic research infrastructures - are collections of ICT based resources and services used by the worldwide research and education community to conduct collaborative projects and generate, exchange and preserve knowledge.

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GridCast team blogging on iMENTORS

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on 4 April indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

The GridCast team cover e-science events from around the world. From Taipei to Barcelona, the GridCast blogging teams keep you up to date with the latest news and views.

Read more about the MoU between eI4Africa and iMENTORS on GridCast

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

iMENTORS www.imentors.eu is a one-stop-shop data warehouse on all e-infrastructure development projects of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The objectives of the project are to:

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iSGTW is an international weekly online publication that covers distributed computing and the research it enables.

iSGTW reports on all aspects of distributed computing technology, such as grids and clouds. iSGTW also regularly featureS articles on distributed computing-enabled research in a large variety of disciplines, including physics, biology, sociology, earth sciences, archaeology, medicine, disaster management, crime, and art. (Note that we do not cover stories that are purely about commercial technology.)

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Kenyan science officials say they plan to set up a national research foundation to manage and disburse research grants.

The foundation would operate along the lines of the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). It is one of three institutions being introduced as part of a bill approved by parliament in December 2012.

Crispus Kiamba, permanent secretary in the ministry of science, says preliminary work to set up the foundation has begun. It might be established in the next two months, he says.

The foundation will manage the National Research Fund, a proposed grant facility, which would receive an initial input from the Treasury amounting to 2 per cent of GDP. It will also fund research projects selected by the National Innovation Agency (NIA), another of the three planned institutions.

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Support for Research Infrastructures is open to infrastructures across the fields of science and technology. The overall objective of the RI part of the FP7 Capacities Programme is to optimise the use and development of the best existing RIs in Europe, as well as to help create new facilities which best meet the needs of researchers and support their achievements.

 The activities being supported are identified under three main lines of actions:
• Support for existing research infrastructures
•Support for new research infrastructures (or major upgrades of existing ones)
 •Support for policy development and programme implementation, including support to emerging needs

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Described as a “one-stop-shop data warehouse,” iMentors is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking to HumanIPO, Louis Papaemmanuel, project director based at the Stockholm University, said iMentors is a project co-foundered by the seventh framework program of the European Commission. It began in April 2012 and will run until October 2014.

“The objective of iMentors is to aggregate and display information about every e-infrastructure project plus related initiatives such as e-government, e-learning [and] e-health applications over the past five years,” Papaemmanuel said.

Papaemmanuel believes while Africa is one of the fastest growing regions, the continent still lags far behind other regions such as Europe, in terms of developing stable deployment “at least with broadband infrastructures”.

Papaemmanuel said the difference between Europe and Africa in terms of broadband implementation is the fact that broadband capacity in Africa was developed by commercial internet service providers (ISPs).

 

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The concept of linking scientific literature to data in multi-disciplinary research infrastructures is now going to be implemented practically. OpenAIREplus is developing a common approach to connect descriptions of research results and research information between many rich data sources (publications, data, project information) in a discipline-independent fashion. In short, to develop a service which allows users to interact with and support linking between research articles and data  in the context of project funding.

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The Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) met on 18 and 19 February 2013 in Brussels. In the field of research, the Council held a debate on open access to scientific information resulting from publicly funded research projects. Member States supported the idea of developing broader and more rapid access to scientific publications in order to help researchers and businesses to build on the findings of publicly funded research. Moreover, ministers welcomed the Commission’s view that open access to scientific publications should be a general principle of the future Horizon 2020 research framework programme. The optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge is one of the objectives for the establishment of a genuine European Research Area.
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The European Portal on Research Infrastructures Database provides information on a large number of Research Infrastructures (RIs) of pan European interest in all fields of science. It covers facilities, resources and related services that are used by the scientific community to conduct top-level research in their respective fields.

This database is not exhaustive and intends to be a tool for the scientific community looking for services offered by these infrastructures. It resulted from a survey undertaken by the European Commission (EC) and the European Science Foundation (ESF) in a tentative to identify the current scenario of infrastructures in Europe.

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Tools for science

Research infrastructures (RIs) play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology. They are a key instrument in bringing together a wide diversity of stakeholders to look for solutions to many of the problems society is facing today. RIs offer unique research services to users from different countries, attract young people to science, and help to shape scientific communities.

 

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The European Commission has been supporting access to effective research infrastructures for researchers all over Europe for more than a decade. This action has been instrumental in enhancing European researchers' access to the infrastructures they require to conduct their research, irrespective of the location of the facility.

It is now possible to see on an interactive map the location of research infrastructures that open their doors to all researchers in Europe.

 

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iMENTORS,launched in April 2012 by Stockholm UniversityandGov2u, will map all e-infrastructures of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa, in the objective of providing valuable insights on the gaps and progress made in the region and to enhance the coordination of international actors involved in information and communication technology initiatives.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission, DG CONNECT, under the seventh framework programme.

iMENTORS is in the final phase of building the online virtual observatory platform.The alpha version has been online and operational with the final additions uploaded by April 2013. The beta version will be available to the public starting July 2013.

Want to participate in an online community of practice?

 Join our Community of Practice! Register and create your own or your organisation’s public profile to exchange ideas, expertise and best practices, find partners, contacts and opportunities in e-infrastructure development, or increase the visibility of your own project.

 

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Capture: EC e-infrastructures Head of Unit Kostas Glinos presents the iMENTORS project at the PAERIP conference

 

A high-level conference on “Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships” took place on 7-8 March 2013 at the Hotel Thon EU in Brussels, Belgium.  The conference presented the outcomes of the PAERIP (Promoting African European Research Infrastructures Partnerships) project, funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). 

 

The conference took place at a crucial time for the development of new cooperation instruments for Africa-EU cooperation including for collaboration in science, technology and innovation.  These instruments include, for example, the new EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the EU Development Cooperation Instrument and the European Development Fund.  Within this context, one of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of PAERIP’s recommendations on how research infrastructure partnerships could best be promoted as part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

 

iMENTORS was presented by EC e- infrastructures Head of Unit Kostas Glinos as a case study of potential flagship Africa-EU research infrastructure cooperation initiative in e-infrastructures. He explained that the ultimate objective of iMENTORS is to form a vibrant online community of practice made of international actors and practitioners exchanging of up-to-date knowledge and information through online social interactions and dedicated spaces for online collaboration, and encourage the community to adopt and update the platform on its own.

 

The event placed EU research at the centre of the scientific response to global challenges, bringing together scientists and science policymakers from 100 countries.

 

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