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WP leader: Gergely Sipos/EGI.eu (gergely.sipos@egi.eu)

WP contact (all task leaders): egi-engage-wp6@mailman.egi.eu

Competence Centre workspace: Competence centres



Objective

WP6 (SA2) coordinates the provisioning of services for scientific communities and supports the co-design, co-development and dissemination of new community-specific e-Infrastructure services. These services will support novice and semi-experienced user communities as well as members of the long-tail of sciences to become active and self-sufficient users of e-Infrastructure solutions. In addition, some of the services will support mature e-Infrastructure communities in taking their production experiments on distributed computing and data infrastructures to the next level. The work package includes dedicated tasks for eight Competence Centres (CCs) to support high-impact Research Infrastructures/communities by joint development of customised services for these based on core EGI capabilities, by user engagement and training. Two of the CCs (BBMRI and EISCAT_3D) are supported by both EGI and EUDAT within the Horizon2020 programme. The work package also contributes to fostering open science, and nurturing smaller or less structured research groups by providing training and direct technical support to them. Specific objectives of WP6 are: 

  1. Identify and support communities and users from EGI and its partners;
  2. Facilitate the integration of scientific applications with EGI’s e-Infrastructure services;
  3. Co-design and co-develop services for sustainable, structured scientific communities;
  4. Promote and support the uptake of new services within scientific communities;
  5. Provide a training framework, foundational training services and domain specific training events for scientific communities, EGI members and partners.

Tasks and contacts

List to contact all task leaders: egi-engage-wp6@mailman.egi.eu

Task Name Task Leader Deputy/Technical
(where nominated)
Task members' email list Dedicated webpage
SA2.1 Training Gergely Sipos
(gergely.sipos@egi.eu)

egi-engage-wp6.1 Training
SA2.2 Technical User Support Enol Fernández
(enol.fernandez@egi.eu)



SA2.3 ELIXIR Competence Centre Tommi Nyrönen
(tommi.nyronen@csc.fi)
Kimmo Mattila
(kimmo.mattila@csc.fi)
cc-elixir@mailman.egi.eu CC-ELIXIR
SA2.4 BBMRI Competence Centre Petr Holub
(petr.holub@bbmri-eric.eu)

cc-bbmri@mailman.egi.eu CC-BBMRI
SA2.5 MoBrain Competence Centre Alexandre M.J.J. Bonvin
(a.m.j.j.bonvin AT uu.nl)
Antonio Rosato
(rosato@cerm.unifi.it)
cc-mobrain@mailman.egi.eu CC-MoBrain
SA2.6 DARIAH Competence Centre Karolj Skala
(skala@irb.hr), Davor Davidovic (ddavid@irb.hr)
Zoltán Farkas
(zoltan.farkas@sztaki.mta.hu)
cc-dariah@mailman.egi.eu CC-DARIAH
SA2.7 LifeWatch Competence Centre Jesus Marco de Lucas
(marco@ifca.unican.es)
Fernando Aguilar
(aguilarf@ifca.unican.es)
cc-lifewatch@mailman.egi.eu CC-LifeWatch
SA2.8 EISCAT_3D Competence Centre Ingemar Häggström
(ingemar.haggstrom@eiscat.se)

cc-eiscat3d@mailman.egi.eu CC-EISCAT_3D
SA2.9 EPOS Competence Centre Daniele Bailo
(daniele.bailo@ingv.it)
Mariusz Sterzel
(m.sterzel@cyfronet.pl)
cc-epos@mailman.egi.eu CC-EPOS
SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation Competence Centre Simon Lin
(Simon.Lin@twgrid.org)
Eric Yen
(Eric.Yen AT twgrid.org)
cc-disastermitigation@mailman.egi.eu CC-Disaster_Mitigation

Involved partners

Partner SA2.1: Training SA2.2: User support SA2.3: ELIXIR CC SA2.4: BBMRI CC SA2.5: MoBrain CC SA2.6: DARIAH CC SA2.7: LifeWatch CC SA2.8: EISCAT_3D CC SA2.9: EPOS CC SA2.10: Disaster Mitigation CC
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Task descriptions

TASK SA2.1 Training

(Lead: EGI.eu, M1 – M30)

This task provides coordination to training activities across EGI, and a framework to develop, integrate and deliver training content and events customised for various audiences. The task will connect training activities of the CCs, NGIs and external projects, and will strive to maximise their effectiveness and impact across e-Infrastructure communities. A plan of join training activities with EUDAT will be defined at PM12 and PM24. The foundational services to be provided by the task are:

  1. Operating an up to date section in the EGI website about training events resources;
  2. Develop generic training content for customised courses prepared by CCs, NGIs and scientific communities;
  3. Contribute to the setup and delivery of tutorials at high-impact events organised by CCs, the NGIs, scientific communities and partner projects.

Related resources:

TASK SA2.2 Technical User Support

(Lead: CSIC, M1 – M30)

This task operates a distributed user support team across multiple NGIs to provide technical support to the integration of domain-specific applications with EGI platforms. The support will include, for example, integration of scientific code with EGI cloud and HTC platforms, workflow development, development of community gateways or resource allocation. The effort will be focused on new communities coming from scientific disciplines that do not have dedicated EGI Competence Centres and lack sufficient support within the NGIs. The task will result in community-specific systems underpinned by resources and generic e-Infrastructure services from the NGIs and new communities.

Related resources:

TASK SA2.3 ELIXIR

(Lead: CSC, M6 – M24)

ELIXIR is a pan-European RI supported by 17 European governments united in a vision to build a sustainable European infrastructure for biological information, supporting life science research and its translation to medicine, agriculture, bioindustries and society. Members of the ELIXIR CC will select key life science use case workflows between partners that are representative of many in the community and will have high impact for scientist end-users and use these as drivers to develop demonstrators that will assess the use of EGI cloud resources for tool and/or data services recognised within the ELIXIR community. The CC will also create best practices materials for life science service providers using the experience gained in those tasks and organise events to facilitate discussions between e-Infrastructure and life science communities. The goal is that by the end of the two-year effort ELIXIR service providers feel motivated to use Big Data tools coming from e-Infrastructures, and that e-Infrastructure providers have established processes to support particular life science data analyses. OSG, as an associate partner will organise collaborative discussions co-located with existing events to discuss life science drivers for virtual organisations and research groups.

Related resource: ELIXIR CC page

TASK SA2.4 BBMRI

Lead: SURFsara, M7 – M30)

Thousands of biobanks in Europe have been collecting data, samples and images of millions of individuals in different stages of their lives, during disease and after recovery. Biobanking is currently evolving from local repositories to a pan-European RI the BBMRI-ERIC. The BBMRI CC facilitates the implementation of big data storage in combination with data analysis and data federation by integrating technologies from community projects, EGI and other e-Infrastructures. The CC will capture requirements and provide technology demonstrators to:

OSG, as an associated partner will provide interoperability mechanisms for the virtual organisations of the BBMRI competence centre to use OSG resources, and will organise a joint information sharing workshop to discuss interoperability and new technologies that may affect international resource sharing.

Related resource: BBMRI CC page

TASK SA2.5 MoBrain

(Lead: SURFsara/BCBR, M1 – M30)

The MoBrain CC will lower barriers for scientists to access modern e-Science solutions to simulate life science processes from micro to macro-scales. The CC will build on grid- and cloud-based infrastructures and on the existing expertise available within WeNMR/INSTRUCT and NeuGrid4You. The CC will integrate molecular structural biology and medical imaging services, e.g. Scipion , and data and will kick-start the development of a larger, integrated, global science virtual research environment for life and brain scientists worldwide. The task will deliver a MoBrain integrated infrastructure based on a variety of e-Infrastructure solutions, including grid, cloud and accelerated computing systems accessible through cloud interfaces and a virtual research environment to serve translational research from molecule to brain.

Related resource: MoBrain CC page

TASK SA2.6 DARIAH

(Lead partner: SRCE/RBI, M1 – M30)

The DARIAH CC aims to widen the usage of the e-Infrastructures for Arts and Humanities research. The CC will develop and provide a workflow-based science gateway based on the generic-purpose WS-PGRADE and gLibrary technologies, adapted and tailored to the needs of users coming from the field of Arts and Humanities. The gateway will provide access and compute services for data residing in distributed grid and cloud storages. The gateway will be validated and enriched with the ‘Multi-Source Distributed Real-Time Search and Information Retrieval’ application (SIR). The CC will engage with Arts and Humanities communities to attract more applications and users to the gateway.

Related resource: DARIAH CC page

TASK SA2.7 LifeWatch

(Lead partner: CSIC, M1 – M30)

The goal of the LifeWatch EGI CC is to capture and address the requirements of Biodiversity and Ecosystems research communities. To achieve this the CC will

  1. deploy cloud and GPGPU based e-Infrastructure services required to support data management, data processing and modelling for Ecological Observatories,
  2. explore possibilities to increase the participation of citizens in data-intensive biodiversity research,
  3. facilitate the adoption and exploitation of the EGI infrastructure by the LifeWatch user community.

Related resource: LifeWatch CC page

TASK SA2.8 EISCAT_3D

(Leader: EISCAT, M1 – M30)

The design of the next generation incoherent scatter radar system, EISCAT_3D introduces significant challenges in handling large-scale experimental data which will be massively generated at great speeds and volumes. The CC will build an e-Infrastructure to meet the requirements of the EISCAT_3D data system, will support the EISCAT science community in their acquisition, curation, access to and processing of the data, and will train data scientists who can explore new approaches to solve problems via new data-centric way of conceptualising, organising and carrying out research activities.

Related resource: EISCAT_3D CC page

TASK SA2.9 EPOS

(Leader: INFN/INGV, M1 – M30)

The task will operate a CC to drive the future design of the use of grid and cloud for the integrated solid Earth Sciences research as part of the European Plate Observing System (EPOS). The CC will

  1. identify and validate authentication and authorisation services,
  2. will test cloud resources and usage models,
  3. provide knowledge transfer services between e-Infrastructure and EPOS communities.

Related resource: EPOS CC page

TASK SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation

(Leader: AS, M1 – M30)

The objective of the this CC is to make available customised IT services to support the climate and disaster mitigation researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the most serious natural disasters that affect Asia (e.g. earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons) and to mitigate multi-hazards via data-intensive, e-Science techniques and collaborations. The task strongly builds on experts from the Asia-Pacific region who will create virtual research environments with embedded services and simulations that enable the sharing of disaster-related data, tools, applications and knowledge among field-workers, scientists, and e-Infrastructure experts, shortening the time they can respond to natural disasters. The CC will have two associated partners, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ, Germany) and University of St. Andrews (UStA, UK) to connect the activities with related projects and initiatives in Europe.

Related resource: Disaster Mitigation CC page

Milestones (M) and Deliverables (D)

Code Title Lead task Delivery Project Month Delivery Calendar Month
M6.1
Joint training program for the first period is agreed
SA2.1 Training M03
05.2015
M6.2 Security and privacy requirements and secure storage architectural design are agreed
SA2.4 BBMRI M12
02.2016
D6.1
Assisted pattern recognition tools integrated with EGI for citizen science (OTHER)
SA2.7 LifeWatch M09
11.2015
D6.2
Data repository for DARIAH (OTHER) SA2.6 DARIAH M11
01.2016
M6.3 Life science requirements analysis and driver use case(s) with implementation roadmap are agreed
SA2.3 ELIXIR M12
02.2016
M6.4 EPOS requirements analysis and outline of pilot use cases are agreed
SA2.9 EPOS M12
02.2016
D6.3
Production portal for EISCAT_3D (OTHER)
SA2.8 EISCAT_3D M12
02.2016
D6.4
Fully integrated MoBrain web portal (OTHER)
SA2.5 MoBrain M12
02.2016
D6.5
Final version of Multi-Source Distributed Real-Time Search and Information Retrieval application (OTHER)
SA2.6 DARIAH M12
02.2016
D6.6
Data flow handler and basic R tools to integrate and process data from Ecological Observatories on EGI (DEM)
SA2.7 LifeWatch M12
02.2016
D6.7
Implementation and evaluation of AMBER and/or GROMACS (R)
SA2.5 MoBrain M13
03.2016
D6.8
Analysis of requirements on biobank and study workflows (R)
SA2.4 BBMRI M20
10.2016
D6.9
Web portals for tsunami wave propagation simulations and for WRF-based weather simulation (OTHER)
SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation M14
04.2016
M6.5
Joint training program for the second period is agreed
SA2.1 Training M15
05.2016
D6.10
Infrastructure tests and best usage practices for life science service providers (R)
SA2.3 ELIXIR M15
05.2016
D6.11
Security toolset release for BBMRI-ERIC (OTHER)
SA2.4 BBMRI M21
11.2016
D6.12
GPGPU-enabled web portal(s) for MoBrain (OTHER)
SA2.5 MoBrain M16
06.2016
D6.14
Scipion cloud deployment for MoBrain (OTHER)
SA2.5 MoBrain M21
11.2016
D6.15
Demonstrator for ELIXIR workflows implemented in the EGI Federated cloud (DEM) SA2.3 ELIXIR M30

(updated from M24)

08.2017
D6.16
Evaluated cloud environment and demonstrator of analysis workflow for biobank studies (DEM) SA2.4 BBMRI M30
08.2017
D6.17
Production level gateway for Arts and Humanities (OTHER)
SA2.6 DARIAH M24
02.2017
D6.18
Report on the installed LifeWatch applications and their usage record (R)
SA2.7 LifeWatch M24
02.2017
D6.19
EPOS EGI pilot integrating computational resources and services (DEM)
SA2.9 EPOS M24
02.2017
D6.20
Application of the simulation portals for scientific scenario in disaster mitigation (DEM)
SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation M24
02.2017
D6.21
Second version of enhanced portal for EISCAT_3D (OTHER)
SA2.8 EISCAT_3D M28
06.2017
D6.22
Design larger scale multi-hazards simulation attempting to reduce the uncertainty of climate change assessment (DEM)
SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation M29
07.2017
D6.23
Report on evaluation of EPOS EGI pilot studies (R)
SA2.9 EPOS M30
08.2017


Metrics

KPIs

Metrics
Description Type How measured Target PM12 Target PM24 Target PM30 Value @ M6
KPI.7.SA2.Users Number of new research communities served Per period Number of new international and national VOs 20
20
20
KPI.13.SA2.Support Number of delivered knowledge transfer events Per period Internal registry 15
15
15
7 (AAI, Cloud, Data management Webinars; Security and FitSM at EGI Conference; FedCloud tutorials at Harness software carpentry and HPCS)
KPI.16.SA2.Support Number of international support cases (for/with RIs, projects, industry) Cumulative Number of tickets in technical-support-cases RT queue 30
60
90
38 (incl. CC tickets and tickets from EGI-InSPIRE)



Activity Metrics

Metrics
Description Type Task Value @ M6


M.SA2.UserSupport.1 Number of training modules produced and kept up-to-date Cumulative 6.2 1 (Federated Cloud)
M.SA2.UserSupport.2 HTC Absolute normalized time to a reference value of HEPSPEC06 (excluding OPS and dteam) per 1 level disciplines Per period 6.2
M.SA2.UserSupport.3 HTC Relative increase normalized time to a reference value of HEPSPEC06 (excluding OPS and dteam) per 1 level disciplines Per period 6.2
M.SA2.UserSupport.4 Relative increase of users per 1 level disciplines Per period 6.2
M.SA2.UserSupport.5 HTC Number of Low/Medium/High Activity VOs and total Per period 6.2
M.SA2.UserSupport.6 Number of VM instantiated in Federated Cloud per 1 level discipline Per period 6.2

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