Consortium GARR

Rome, Italy

Consortium GARR

Rome, Italy

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-22-2016 | Award Amount: 5.15M | Year: 2017

The key objective of our project is to bridge the gap between secondary schools and higher education and research by better integrating formal and informal learning scenarios and adapting both the technology and the methodology that students will most likely be facing in universities. We are focusing on the context of secondary schools, often referred to as high schools, which provide secondary education between the ages of 11 and 19 depending on the country, after primary school and before higher education. The learning context from the perspective of the students is the intersection of formal and informal spaces, a dynamic hybrid learning environment where synchronous activities meet in both virtual and real dimensions. For this, we propose to develop an innovative Up to University (Up2U) ecosystem based on proven experiences in higher education and big research that facilitates open, more effective and efficient co-design, co-creation, and use of digital content, tools and services adapted for personalised learning and teaching of high school students preparing for university. We will address project based learning and peer-to-peer learning scenarios. We strongly believe that all the tools and services the project is going to use and/or make available (i.e. incorporate, design, develop and test) must be sustainable after the lifetime of the project. Therefore, the project is going to develop business plans and investigate appropriate business models using the expertise of the Small Medium Enterprise and National Research and Education Network partners and their contacts with third-party business actors. Our plan is to make it easy for new schools to join the Up2U infrastructure and ecosystem that will form a federated market-place for the learning community.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EINFRA-7-2014 | Award Amount: 2.95M | Year: 2015

The goal of AARC is to address technical and functional gaps that prevent the interoperability of existing R&E AAIs. AARC objectives are: 1. Deliver the design of an integrated cross-discipline AAI framework, built on federated access production services (eduGAIN) 2. Increase the uptake of federated access within different research communities 3. Pilot critical components of the proposed integrated AAI where existing production services do not address user needs 4. Validate the results of both the JRA and SA by engaging with the research communities AARC goals will be achieved by: Researching main technical (attribute providers, guest IdPs, support for non-web SSO) and policy aspects (level of assurance, security incidents, etc) Supporting (commercial) services relevant to the R&E community Delivering training to targeted user communities (e.g. libraries, biomedical, arts and humanities) on both technical and legal aspects Relevance to the work programme: 1. Facilitate the deployment and promotion of a pan-European identity federation Met by: Designing an AAI framework that builds on federated access and on the evolution of eduGAINs interfederation approach Extensive dissemination of AARC results 2. Lower barriers to entry for organisations Met by: Delivering tools to enable federated access for institutions, services and guest users (also meets obj. Allow for public access at large) Delivering technical training tailored to institutions and services following the train-the-trainer model (also meets obj. Offer training and outreach for data professionals) 3. Overcome technical, organisational and legal obstacles Met by: Policies and best practices for operational and security aspects for the integrated AAI Training on legal aspects, built on experience with eduGAIN 4. Enable the interoperability of different AAIs Met by: Models to offer collective services and to aggregate their accounting information Pilots on security token


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EINFRA-22-2016 | Award Amount: 3.00M | Year: 2017

The goal of AARC2 is to design an AAI framework to develop interoperable AAI, to enable researchers to access the whole research and infrastructure service portfolio with one login. AARC2s objectives are: 1. enable federated access in research communities participating in AARC2 2. assist research communities to map their requirements to concrete service offerings 3. support research (e-)infrastructures to implement the integrated architecture and policies frameworks developed by AARC project 4. offer different trainings to adopt AARC/AARC2 results 5. enhance the integrated architecture AARC2 objectives will be achieved by: - Piloting selected research community use-cases (SA1) - Showcasing ready-to-use AAI solutions and pilot results to infrastructures (SA1-NA2) - Developing a virtual Competence Centre where infrastructure representatives and AARC2 team discuss AARC2 results deployment and approaches to use-cases (all WPs) - Promoting federated access and adoption of AARC2 results via training and outreach (NA2) - Expand support for new technologies and policies (JRA1 and NA3). - Follow a user-driven approach: development driven by use-cases and continuous community feedback on AARC2 work. Relevance to the work programme: - AARC2 will work with existing e-infrastructures and ESFRI projects to deploy and enhance (JRA1) the integrated AAI (built on eduIGAIN and federated access) delivered by AARC (obj1Development of a pan-European identity federation) - Use-cases that meet integration (accessing services offered by multiple e-infrastructures) and data-rich aspects included in AARC2 (SA1). AARC2 will work to enable federated access and to map the use-cases to existing AAI services and policy frameworks (obj2Stimulate AAI services supporting communities in the data-rich era) - AARC2 will liaise with security groups, NRENs and infrastructures to address best practices in cybersecurity and assurance (see NA3). (obj3Deliver an integrated infrastructure)


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-RIA | Phase: GEANT-CABLE-2015 | Award Amount: 12.45M | Year: 2016

The BELLA-S1 proposal aims to provide for the long-term interconnectivity needs of the European and Latin American research and education networks, and answers the call for transatlantic connectivity to Latin America in the H2020 Work Programme 2014-15. The objective will be to strengthen connectivity to Latin America ensuring very high capacity, cost benefits and the shortest possible route, whilst stimulating diversity over the transatlantic segment. The objective will be met in two phases: phase one will procure an indefeasible right of use for a portion of the spectrum of a direct submarine telecommunications cable between Europe and Latin America; phase two will deploy one or more wavelengths, as required, on the spectrum procured to interconnect the GANT and RedCLARA networks, and provide for the intercontinental connectivity needs of the European and Latin American research and education communities.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-RIA | Phase: GEANT | Award Amount: 44.18M | Year: 2015

The overall objective is to provide a stable environment for the implementation of GANT as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area, which will provide the best possible digital infrastructure to ensure that Europe remains in the forefront of research. GANTs extensive and long-standing contacts with large data disciplines such as biology, radioastronomy and high-energy physics help shape the evolution of the networking facilities required. This is complemented by partner contacts with research domains that are new users of high-performance networks and services, such as: digital preservation, real-time art and humanities. The vision is to position the GANT partnership optimally to achieve the strategic objectives of the FPA while ensuring the continuity and improvement of the services successfully offered under the GN3plus FP7 project. The extensive experience of the GANT partnership in providing high-quality and innovative services has been applied to the preparation phase of this proposal. The following GN4-1 work package objectives deserve to be highlighted: Maintain and enhance the production service and achieve cost reductions without negative effects on network service levels. Coordinate with the other European e-infrastructure efforts both individually and in the framework of the increased coordination effort. Prepare a new round of Open Call projects to start immediately after the end of the GN4-1 project. Expand the footprint and the depth of services offered to roaming users with enhanced trust and identity services through Federation as a Service and with group and attribute management added to eduGAIN. Develop online real-time services to improve the ease and function of videconferencing, open learning support and general multimedia use. Review the existing service catalogue using the Product Lifecycle Management process to assess the cost/benefits of each carefully to define the future service strategy.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CPCSA | Phase: INFRA-2010-1.2.1 | Award Amount: 70.14M | Year: 2010

Scientific research is no longer conducted within national boundaries and is becoming increasing dependent on the large-scale analysis of data, generated from instruments or computer simulations housed in trans-national facilities, by using e Infrastructure (distributed computing and storage resources linked by high-performance networks).\nThe 48 month EGI-InSPIRE project will continue the transition to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure started in EGEE-III. It will sustain support for Grids of high-performance and high-throughput computing resources, while seeking to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs), i.e. Clouds, SuperComputing, Desktop Grids, etc., as they are required by the European user community. It will establish a central coordinating organisation, EGI.eu, and support the staff throughout Europe necessary to integrate and interoperate individual national grid infrastructures. EGI.eu will provide a coordinating hub for European DCIs, working to bring existing technologies into a single integrated persistent production infrastructure for researchers within the European Research Area.\nEGI-InSPIRE will collect requirements and provide user-support for the current and new (e.g. ESFRI) users. Support will also be given for the current heavy users as they move their critical services and tools from a central support model to ones driven by their own individual communities. The project will define, verify and integrate within the Unified Middleware Distribution, the middleware from external providers needed to access the e-Infrastructure. The operational tools will be extended by the project to support a national operational deployment model, include new DCI technologies in the production infrastructure and the associated accounting information to help define EGIs future revenue model.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CPCSA | Phase: INFRA-2013-1.2.1 | Award Amount: 85.21M | Year: 2013

This proposal details activities that will ensure the continued enhancement and ongoing operation of the leading-edge GANT network, supporting a range of network and added-value services, targeted at users across the GANT service area.\nIn the area of multi-domain network service operation, GN3plus plans to deliver fast, efficient provisioning of advanced services, develop operational support across management domains, and improve security to ensure service integrity and protect network resources. These initiatives will be complemented by the development of application services in a federated environment such as mobile and wireless roaming supported by safe and secure Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure.\nNetworking Activities will provide management and support for all GN3plus activities through communication, promotion, international liaison and business development. Emphasis will be placed on supporting and encouraging service take-up among users by working closely with NRENs. GANT will increase digital inclusion through closer collaboration between NRENs, exchange of staff and specialist expertise, as well as by seeking synergies between public administrations and the GN3plus partners using their vast, shared knowledge base.\nJoint Research Activities will be targeted at providing critical analyses of future network and application technologies, with a view to future deployment of emerging technologies within and outside the GANT community.\nThe governance model aims to increase effectiveness and user influence. The GN3plus Partners Assembly will deal with overall policy and an Executive Board will oversee its implementation. An International User Advisory Committee and External Advisory Committee will ensure users views and senior industry and service provider expertise are channelled directly to the Assembly. Specialised Advisory Boards will ensure highly efficient decision making, and that the voice of the stakeholder community is heard.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2012-3.3. | Award Amount: 2.12M | Year: 2012

CHAIN-REDS vision is to promote and support technological and scientific collaboration across different eInfrastructures established and operated in various continents, in order to facilitate their uptake and use by established and emerging Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) but also by single researchers, promoting instruments and practices that can facilitate their inclusion in the community of users. The project aims to support and disseminate the best practices currently adopted in Europe and other continents, and promote and facilitate interoperability among different regional eInfrastructures. CHAIN-REDS gathers the main stakeholders of regional eInfrastructures, collectively engaged in studying and defining a path towards a global eInfrastructure ecosystem that will allow VRCs, research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e. computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications). The core objective of CHAIN-REDS project is to promote, coordinate and support the effort of a critical mass of non-European eInfrastructures for Research and Education to collaborate with Europe addressing interoperability and interoperation of Grids and other Distributed Computing Infrastructures. From this perspective, CHAIN-REDS will optimise the interoperation of European infrastructures with those present in other 6 regions of the world, both from development and use point of view, and catering to different communities.\nOverall, CHAIN-REDs will provide input for future strategies and decision-making regarding collaboration with other regions on eInfrastructure deployment and availability of related data; it will raise the visibility of eInfrastructures towards intercontinental audiences, covering most of the world and will provide support to establish globally connected and interoperable infrastructures, in particular between EU and the developing regions.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-RIA | Phase: GEANT-2016 | Award Amount: 95.90M | Year: 2016

GN4-2 is the proposed project for the second Specific Grant Agreement under the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) established between the GANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015.This second phase of implementing the FPA will raise European research to the next level by promoting scientific excellence, access and re-use of research data. It will also drive European-wide cost efficiencies in scientific infrastructure by promoting interoperability with other e-infrastructures on an unprecedented scale. The FPA objective for the GANT Partnership is to contribute to effective European research by making Europe the best-connected region in the world. GANT must offer European researchers the network, communications facilities and application access that ensure the digital continuum necessary to conduct world-class research in collaboration with their peers, regardless of geographical location. GANT will maintain the operational excellence of the established GANT services, while achieving economies on the costs of the backbone network. The reliable, secure and state-of-the-art network services offered to researchers and other network users across Europe will remain exceptional. Massive data-transfer capacities required by extreme-scale instruments and by the penetration of big data in many areas of science will be prototyped with due consideration to the specific security and deployment challenges. Trust and identity is also prioritised with the introduction of a scalable operational model and with user requirements addressed in close concertation with the AARC and proposed AARC2 projects. GN4-2 developments are also guided by the vision of a future where a set of coherent and integrated European e-infrastructure services will offer convenient, seamless access for end-users through a common service catalogue, and facilitating the adoption of services offered by new e-infrastructure developments, such as the European Open Science Cloud.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2012-3.3. | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2012

The ELCIRA Project aims to coordinate a series of collaboration tools and services that are being developed in Europe and Latin America in order to provide an interoperability framework that facilitates the work of European-Latin American research teams and to foster collaboration in joint research projects. In particular, the Project seeks:\n\n(i)\tTo promote the trustworthy exchange of information between research groups in Latin America and Europe by fostering the creation of federations for authentication, authorisation and identity (AAI) mechanisms.\n(ii)\tTo strengthen the collaboration in developing and deploying cooperation services and tools capable of better integrating the research communities of Europe and Latin America by:\na.\tWorking towards the integration and operation of videoconference services for Latin America and Europe, by defining documentation and processes for agreeing on a set of standards such as addressing scheme and directory systems necessary for future interoperable services.\nb.\tEnhancing and strengthening the collaboration of Europe and Latin America in service development activities through the integration of the existing RedCLARA Portal services with TERENAs tools. The future services will be analysed and piloted as cloud services developed by, deployed by or made available within the two research and education communities.\n(iii)\tTo establish the necessary co-ordination and agreements to move towards better integrated mobility services for researchers by establishing the necessary agreements to deploy a federated eduroam service for Latin America and to establish an eduroam Exchange Point for Latin American NRENs as well as supporting the necessary dissemination activities with the NRENs in order to foster its deployment by RedCLARAs partner NRENs.\n(iv)\tTo actively promote the participation of Latin American researchers in European Commission Calls and other international funding agencies with high impact in the region.

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