CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ACCESSING NI4OS-EUROPE SERVICES

NI4OS-Europe offers a broad set of generic, thematic services as well as repositories in the European region, with the special focus on the scientific communities of Life Sciences, Climatology, Digital Cultural Heritage and Computational Physics. Generic services are in the areas of Compute resource provisioning (HPC and Cloud), Storage, and Data services provisioning. Repositories provide access to datasets, Software, as well as scientific manuscripts.

The call is addressed to scientists and researchers that work in academic and research institutions in EU member states and associated countries.

Via this call, NI4OS-Europe opens possibilities for scientists to access the advanced services on-boarded to EOSC (thematic, generic and repositories).

The list of services and resources offered by the NI4OS-Europe project can be found at:

https://catalogue.ni4os.eu/?_=/resources

Full information about this call and application process is available at:
https://ni4os.eu/access/opencall/

Important dates

⦁ Opening date: 11th of April 2022.

⦁ Closing Date: 11th of May 2022. extended to 25th of May 2022

⦁ Clarification provided by applicants if needed: 13th of May 2022.

⦁ Participation decision: July 2022.

⦁ Generic service allocation Start Date of awarded proposals: July 2022.

⦁ Allocation end date of award: January 2023 for computational services and March 2023 for some data services.

⦁ Final report from successful projects: February 2023.

Contacts

For any queries related to applications, please contact: service-access@ni4os-europe.eu
For any questions from the Bulgarian applicants related to this call, especially how to fill in the Application Form, please contact: gurov@bas.bg.

Presentation of the HPC center at IICT, 21 September 2021

The HPC center at IICT has been presented by its Director, Prof. Emanouil Atanassov, at the opening of the international Workshop on Numerical and Symbolic Scientific Computing, September 20-23, 2021, Sofia, Bulgaria (http://parallel.bas.bg/Conferences/NSSC21/SciProgram_NSSC2021.pdf), organized by the IICT, IMI, JINR-Dubna, Russia, and UMB. Prof. Atanassov presented the status and perspective of the HPC Centre and outlined his role in the National Centre for HPC and DC (object of the National Roadmap on RIs in Bulgaria) and in the European projects EuroCC and NI4OS-Europe.

Обучение за потребители за достъп и използване на ресурсите на суперкомпютъра Авитохол

На 12 май 2021 година ще се проведе онлайн обучение за достъп и използване на ресурсите на суперкомпютъра Авитохол. Целта на обучението е да бъдат подпомогнати новите потребители (учени, студенти, докторанти), желаещи да ползват изчислителни ресурси на суперкомпютъра Авитохол при реализация на техните активности. Обучението ще се проведе дистанционно, използвайки платформата Zoom, като информацията за мероприятието ще бъде изпратена на посочените имейли на регистрираните участници.

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Линк за регистрация: https://forms.gle/CrkfuCLLJ4Ra5Uwz8
Повече информация може да намерите на http://nchdc.acad.bg

Towards the realization of national Open Science Cloud ecosystems in the Southeastern Europe (SEE)

A National Open Science Cloud Initiative (NOSCI) is envisaged as a coalition of national organizations that have a prominent role and interest in the Europe Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The main aim of NOSCI will be the promotion of synergies at national level, and the optimization/articulation of their participation to European and global challenges in this field of Open Science, including the EOSC. National initiatives are envisaged to play a prominent role in Member States and Associated Countries and facilitate EOSC governance.

NI4OS-Europe with a commitment to support EOSC governance and a vision to ensure inclusiveness on the European level, has taken the first steps towards the establishment of 15 National Open Science Cloud Initiatives in South East Europe.

NI4OS-Europe recent efforts are focused on the definition of an establishment plan and the kickoff of the NOSCIs. All NI4OS-Europe partners are working intensively towards forming NOSCIs in the area within 2021, aiming at making 2021 a milestone for Open Science in SEE. Activities unfold in two directions: First, NI4OS-Europe produced diverse material to support actively the establishment of the NOSCIs in the SEE. Specifically, Deliverable 2.2 includes a comprehensive guide, the “Blueprint”, which can be further customized by any Member State and Associate Country and can be used as a valuable tool to advance national OSC, support the establishment of different types of national initiatives at different levels of maturity, monitor their progress and facilitate the governance of EOSC. Moreover, two supportive documents of the Blueprint have been produced to facilitate the procedure: “Workflows for setting up a NOSCI – Checklist” and “Indicators for the NOSCIs establishment – Checklist”.

In parallel, NI4OS-Europe is working on building and mobilising OS actors and networks in the region, The main activities include meetings with local stakeholders and national policymakers, information exchange about Open Science Cloud initiatives, policies and Open Science governance in each partner’s country and production of easy-to-ese tools to facilitate the process. Training and support material were also produced to accompany a NOSCIs dedicated webinar for NI4OS-Europe partners.

NOSCIs are living Open Science ecosystems that liaise with the EOSC Governance and are integral parts of the EOSC Association. NOSCIs are especially important because they recognize socio-economic diversity and Open Science maturity of countries, while their modelling can be adjusted per use case scenario. They can be proven exceptionally useful in preparing all national stakeholders for the new phase of the EOSC, where the EOSC Association plays a central role, by spreading awareness and communicating EOSC developments.

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EC funded NI4OS-Europe project contributes to the vision of the European Open Science Cloud, delivering its first integrated resources on its platform

HORIZON 2020 NI4OS-Europe project brings scientific communities one step closer to the Open Science Cloud and Open Innovation vision, with the on-boarding of 19 new services to its digital service catalogue. NI4OS-Europe – National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe, is a key contributor to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), an integrated, interoperable digital environment that aims to provide scientific communities with seamless access to e-Infrastructures, services and data, enabling cross-border and interdisciplinary collaboration. The resources provided by the NI4OS-Europe digital service catalogue will be integrated into the EOSC portfolio, enabling millions of scientists around the world to access, store, manage, analyze, share and reuse research data.

NI4OS-Europe partnership consists of 22 organizations from 15 Member States and Associated Countries of the wider South Eastern European region. The project contributes to EOSC via a multi-level approach:

  • It contributes to the EOSC portfolio with computing infrastructure and services, data sets, as well as open data storage and management services;
  • It supports the development and inclusion of national Open Science Cloud initiatives in the 15 Member States and Associated Countries in the EOSC governance,
  • It provides training to instill within the community the EOSC philosophy and FAIR principles for data Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability.

NI4OS-Europe platform lists in total 41 services, which have been tested in terms of their level of readiness for integration into the EOSC, through specialized models. In parallel, dozens of public trainings with various backgrounds and roles have been conducted, as well as consultations and studies for the adoption of Open Science policies. NI4OS-Europe has thus created a strong foundation for the implementation of the EOSC, with benefits for a wide range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scientists and professionals.

The NI4OS-Europe project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 European research infrastructures grant agreement no. 857645

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