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August 12, 2015

The Earth sciences, like geology, oceanography, and astronomy, generate vast quantities of data. The vision of the EarthServer project is to offer researchers ‘big Earth data at your fingertips’, so that they can access and manipulate enormous data sets with just a few mouse clicks.

July 8, 2015

Last month, the European Commission signed a €13m (~$14.5m) contract with the networking organization GÉANT to expand connectivity in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. It will interconnect the national research and education networks in the EaP partner countries, and will integrate them into the pan-European GÉANT network.

July 1, 2015

Last week, CERN hosted an event to discuss ongoing efforts to develop a ‘European open science cloud’. The aim of this work is to bring public research organizations and e‐infrastructures together with commercial cloud-computing suppliers to build a common platform offering a range of services to Europe’s research communities.

April 22, 2015

Video courtesy ClouT project.

March 18, 2015

With cloud computing enabling new research collaborations and providing stimulus for economic growth, there was plenty to shout about at last week’s Cloudscape VII event in Brussels, Belgium. Read iSGTW’s in-depth report...



March 11, 2015

The European-Commission-funded SemaGrow project aims to introduce agricultural researchers to technologies around big data. As more and more data is published online, exciting new opportunities are arising to create added value by combining and cross-indexing heterogeneous datasets at a large scale. To make the most out of these opportunities, agricultural researchersneed access toinfrastructure that is not only efficient, responsive, and scalable, but which is also sufficiently flexible and robust to welcome data in a wide variety of forms. 

February 25, 2015

The so-called 'long-tail' of research is an important and often underserved community, compared with other areas of science that are well supported by national supercomputing infrastructure. Cloud computing is making it easier to deliver tailored services to these researchers and is enabling new research collaborations across the globe.

February 11, 2015

Computer simulation has the power to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more innovative and competitive. However, the cost of purchasing both the necessary hardware and software is often a major barrier to uptake.

Help is now at hand in the form of the CloudSME platform, through which simulation software packages and managed IT infrastructure can be rented on demand via a simple pay-per-use model.

January 28, 2015

Video courtesy GLORIA project (CC BY 3.0).

The GLORIA (GLObal Robotic telescope Intelligent Array for e-science) project has created an online portal that enables internet users to operate a network of 13 telescopes around the world and contribute to astronomical research.

January 14, 2015

Delivering uninterrupted 3D immersive content, such as sports games and live concerts, to many viewers is a highly ambitious goal. It involves sending very large volumes of high-quality multimedia data to a wide range of user devices. The ROMEO project has worked over the past three years to address these challenges through compression and hybrid synchronized 3D multi-view media delivery.

December 10, 2014

Have you ever thought about using acoustics to collect data? The EAR-IT project has explored this possibility with various pioneering applications that impact on our daily lives. Monitoring traffic density in cities and assisting energy-saving devices in houses, for example, could enable the development of smart cities and buildings.

The EAR-IT project has taken intelligent acoustic technology developed in laboratories and modified and adapted it to real-life environments. The project, involving both research institutes and market advisors, has focused on outdoor and indoor applications: traffic flow monitoring and controling the use of energy indoors based on the number of people in a room.

November 19, 2014

Across Japan, universities and government departments are accelerating their research into cloud computing for academic use. Their research aims to enable improved sharing of cloud-computing resources between universities and to share know-how on the development, operation, and management of cloud-computing systems for further research.

October 1, 2014

Video courtesy Digital Agenda EU, © European Union 2014.

February 12, 2014

Karlheinz Meier, one of the three co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project, will deliver a keynote talk at this summer's ISC'14 event in Leipzig, Germany.

Funded by the European Commission, the Human Brain Project is an ambitious endeavor, with the intention of greatly advancing the understanding of the human brain using cutting-edge computer technologies.

October 30, 2013

Scientific output is not just about academic papers: datasets, software, and various forms of multimedia may be produced in the course of research. It is vital that these diverse outputs be citable using persistent identifiers, so that the sharing and the reuse of such materials can be tracked. 

Two weeks ago, the ODIN first year conference was held at CERN to discuss the challenges related to increasing the interoperability of persistent author and object identifiers. These efforts are of particular relevance to large research organizations like CERN, where some high-level datasets have recently been made available to other scientists for re-use.  Equally, the large numbers of collaborators working on the experiments on the Large Hadron Collider can make correct attribution of articles and datasets challenging, too.

April 17, 2013

Last week, iSGTW was at the European Grid Infrastructure Community Forum 2013. Find out what Nancy Rothwell, Peter Coveney, Kostas Glinos, and Steven Newhouse had to say during the opening plenary session. The quartet touch on a range of topics, from the importance of human capital and uniting e-infrastructures, to open access and future funding mechanisms.

December 5, 2012

Last week, funders, policy makers, e-infrastructure providers, researchers, and industry leaders met in Brussels for the 2012 SciTech Europe conference. Robert Winston, one of the speakers at the event, warned of the inherent difficulty of predicting 'the next big thing' in science and technology.


October 10, 2012

A recently published European Commission report argues that cloud computing has the potential to boost the European economy by roughly €957 million by 2020, as well as creating 3.8 million jobs... but only if the right policies are put in place.