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Over the last decade, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has built a distributed computing and data infrastructure to support over 21,000 researchers from many disciplines with unprecedented data analysis capabilities.
EGI builds on the European and national investments and relies on the expertise of EGI.eu - a non-profit foundation that provides coordination to the EGI Community, including user groups, EGI.eu participants in the EGI Council, and the other collaborating partners EGI-Engage aims to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities. The mission of EGI-Engage is to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons vision, where researchers from all disciplines have easy and open access to the innovative digital services, data, knowledge and expertise they need for their work.
The Open Science Commons is grounded on three pillars:
Particular, EGI-Engage aims to accelerate the implentation of the Open Science Commons vision. Five ogjectives were set:
EGI-Engage will expand the capabilities offered to scientists (e.g. improved cloud or data services) and the spectrum of its user base by engaging with large Research Infrastructures (RIs), the long-tail of science and industry/SMEs. The main engagement instrument will be a network of eight Competence Centers, where National Grid Initiatives (NGIs), user communities, technology and service providers will join forces to collect requirements, integrate community-specific applications into state-of-the-art services, foster interoperability across e-Infrastructures, and evolve services through a user-centric development model. The project will also coordinate the NGI efforts to support the long-tail of science by developing ad hoc access policies and by providing services and resources that will lower barriers and learning curves.
GWDG is involved in the DARIAH Competence Center (DARIAH-CC) within EGI-Engage and will bring in its experience from the DARIAH-DE project as well as from DARIAH-EU, where GWDG is responsible for the e-Infrastructure Competence Centre. With the help of the DARIAH-CC, EGI-Engage will be able to engage with researchers from the Arts & Humanities. In particular, GWDG develops storage and OCR processing services.
EGI Engage is an international project involving 43 partners from over 30 countries and more than 70 institutions from Europe, the United States and six countries from the South East Asian region. The project is coordinated by European Grid Infrastructure (EGI), headquartered in Amsterdam.