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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2009.1.6 | Award Amount: 1.71M | Year: 2010

FIRE STATION provides the globally known FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) Initiative with an active hub that matches, guides and co-ordinates demand for - and offering of - experimentation facilities in the context of future networks and services. The heterogeneous and modular field of Future Internet Research and Experimentation with its national and international stakeholder groups requires information sharing, cohesion building, community building and a preferential point of contact to co-ordinate and promote the FIRE approach with respect to the following main requirements: 1) Facilities need synchronization, resource optimization, and common efforts in order to offer customers the best possible service and ensure their sustainability beyond project life times. 2) Researchers need correct and timely knowledge about the available resources, easy access, high usability and appropriate tools to run and monitor their experiments.\n\nFIRE STATION implements a FIRE Office and a FIRE Architecture Board that both build upon the FIRE co-ordination results that have already been obtained. The FIRE Office serves as the preferential point of contact and the mediator when either looking for the right experimental resources or new customers for the facilities. The FIRE Architecture Board involves all FIRE facility builders to jointly decide on the strategy and means to co-ordinate and facilitate the development of FIRE facility offerings to support the evolving needs of the customers. FIRE STATION increases the global collaboration between relevant stakeholders, promotes experimentally-driven approach in future internet research and intensifies the usage experimental facilities, ultimately speeding up the development process of new systems and services. FIRE STATION also actively promotes experimentally driven research and the usage of experimental test facilities in Europe and beyond.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2011-3.4. | Award Amount: 4.46M | Year: 2011

Between 2007 and 2010 the ORIENT project provided the first high capacity link between GEANT and China with FP6 funding support and successfully enabled many innovative EU-China research and application collaborations to flourish. ORIENTplus addresses Section 3.4 domain (f) of the call (International cooperation in Research and Education Networking addressing (i) the extension of the European infrastructure to China ) to maintain and further develop infrastructure between GEANT and China that is open for use by all European and Chinese researchers. ORIENTplus requires EC funding support to increase the capacity and offer point to point services on the link during the project term.\n\nIn ORIENT China was formally represented by CERNET; this time CERNET and CSTNET are equal partners, reflecting the strengthening research network relationships between the regions and offering scope for coordinated operational and user support.\n\nThe ORIENTplus proposal has been constructed taking account of the deep expertise of both the European and Chinese partners and building on the experiences of working together in ORIENT. CERNET and CSTNET, are each committing 1M Euro towards the link costs with CERNETs funding already maintaining the link during first 6 months of 2011. The EC and European NRENs will match the Chinese commitment over the period to the end of ORIENTplus to reflect the high mutual benefit to China and Europe, with 0.94M of the funds provided by the EC .\nThe focus of the proposal is to support the infrastructure link. In addition the proposal sets out unfunded supporting activities to optimise the performance of the link, promote the use of the link, and provide users with technical support.

Agency: Cordis | 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

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2010-3.3 | Award Amount: 686.19K | Year: 2010

The INDICATE project will coordinate policy and best practice regarding the use of e-Infrastructures for digital cultural heritage in countries all around the Mediterranean.\n\nThe project will establish and nurture a network of common interest made up of experts and researchers in all the relevant fields, whose sustainability will be planned on a long term beyond the project duration. The network will share experience, promote standards and guidelines, seek harmonisation of best practice and policy and act as a conduit for knowledge transfer from countries with more experience of e-Infrastructures-enabled e-culture to those who are just beginning to investigate this area.\n\nThe project will be rooted in the reality of research pilots and case studies which will act as exemplars and demonstrators of the issues and the processes which are relevant to establishing cultural initiatives on the e-Infrastructures platform. The results will inform a wide-reaching dissemination work-package, including two major public best practice deliverables, one international conference, three technical workshops and one policy workshop.\n\nThe project builds on a wealth of experience in effective international coordination of digitisation, digital cultural heritage and e-Infrastructures-enabled culture. It takes full cognisance and advantage of e-Infrastructures and cultural projects which have gone before and will actively seek interaction and synergies with other projects in this area. The impact on international collaboration and on digital cultural heritage in the Mediterranean region will be substantial.

Agency: Cordis | 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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