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August 12, 2015

Is the $26 million invested in the XSEDE organization and its services a cost-effective way to deliver cyberinfrastructure services to the US open research community? Researchers took on this question at the recent XSEDE15 conference. 

May 20, 2015

At the recent Internet2 Global Summit iSGTW sat down with George Komatsoulis to talk about the state of distributed research and the NIH Commons, a scalable virtual environment to provide high-performance computing and data storage for bio-medical research. When implemented, the Commons will create a marketplace for digital bio-medical resources, driving down costs and democratizing access.

April 1, 2015

iSGTW interviews Jorge Gomes, member of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) executive board, ahead of next month’s EGI Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. He explains why it is vital to support research with grid computing, as well as with a range of related IT services. “In order for researchers to be able to collaborate and share data with one another efficiently, the underlying IT infrastructures need to be in place,” says Gomes. “With the amount of data produced by research collaborations growing rapidly, this support is of paramount importance.”

March 25, 2015


Big data opens doors previously closed to researchers, yet the volume of data sends scientists looking for analytical tools to bring order from the informational cacophony. Prior to tools like Bioconductor, there were few options for working with quantitative data types; a discordant score for deciphering the human genetic code was the result.

Today, genomic analysis machines create a common language for users, and build a worldwide community to foster developers from among subject matter experts. These instruments make beautiful music from a mass of genomic information.

September 17, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to hold its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 22-24 September. The event will showcase the first concrete outputs from several of the organization's working groups. Many exciting co-located events are also scheduled to take place, including The Third EUDAT Conference.

September 3, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to hold its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, later this month. Hilary Hanahoe, the future coordinator of RDA Europe, tells iSGTW about the important work the organization has been carrying out in the run up to the event.

September 3, 2014

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is set to hold its Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, later this month. Hilary Hanahoe, the future coordinator of RDA Europe, tells iSGTW about the important work the organization has been carrying out in the run up to the event.

August 27, 2014

Video courtesy the Research Data Alliance.

The RDA Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is now just under one month away!

July 23, 2014

The Third EUDAT Conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 24-25 September. iSGTW talks to Per Oster about the event and the progress EUDAT is making in realizing its vision of a collaborative data infrastructure. Oster is director of research infrastructures at Finland’s IT Center for Science (CSC), which is the organization coordinating the EUDAT project.

April 9, 2014

With global data output growing rapidly, it is vital that researchers come together to build the social and technical bridges required to enable open sharing of research data. The organization charged with achieving this is the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Last month, the RDA held a plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The 497 attendees at the event engaged in discussion on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the role of publishers and persistent identifiers to heritage data and legal interoperability. Data applications discussed also included geospatial information, marine observation, food production, and urban quality of life indicators.

March 5, 2014

iSGTW reports from Cloudscape VI, where Helix Nebula gave attendees a first glimpse of its new production platform. Discussion at the event, held in Brussels, Belgium, also focused on sustainability and the legal aspects of cloud computing, as well as the barriers to greater adoption of this technology in both the public and private sectors. 

January 8, 2014

Last month, local OpenStack users from France and Switzerland held a meeting at CERN. iSGTW discusses the event with Tim Bell, a member of the OpenStack management board and leader of the Operating Systems and Infrastructure Services group within CERN’s IT department. Bell explains the vital role OpenStack plays in enabling CERN to flexibly tailor its computing resources to meet demand, as well as its importance for other organizations across the globe.

November 6, 2013

Last week, iSGTW was at the EUDAT second conference in Rome, Italy. EUDAT, which is funded under the European Commission's FP7 scheme, seeks to support a collaborative data infrastructure which will allow researchers to share data within and between communities and enable them to carry out their research effectively. 

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.

October 2, 2013

Last week, ISC Cloud ’13 was held in Heidelberg, Germany. Delegates at the event agreed on the importance of supporting research with ‘utility computing’ models, whereby cloud-based, on-demand HPC services are used ad hoc to support in-house computing resources at times of heavy demand. Also, example use cases of HPC in the cloud were given and the importance of training was discussed.

July 24, 2013

Over 100 delegates gathered in Dublin, Ireland, at the end of May for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group bi-annual workshop. Representatives from 23 countries met to discuss the best policies for coordination of a European-wide open and innovative e-infrastructure.

April 17, 2013

Following last week's EGI Community Forum 2013, read our pick of the highlights from the GridCast blog.

March 13, 2013

Last week, the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting took place, hosted by the European Commission Services with the support of the e-ScienceTalk project. Find out what delegates at the event had to say on the subject of measuring project impact and success.

Plus: Read the highlights of discussions concerning the development of the computational infrastructure of 21st century science.

March 6, 2013

Announcing the winners of the e-Infrastructure FP7 Project Success Story Competition. Plus, be sure to follow us on social media and check out the GridCast blog for regular updates from the 10th e-Infrastructure Concertation Meeting in Brussels.

February 13, 2013

Wolfgang Gentzsch, co-founder of the UberCloud HPC experiment and advisor to EUDAT, speaks exclusively to iSGTW about the challenges facing cloud computing in the run up to this month’s Cloudscape V conference in Brussels, Belgium. 

February 6, 2013

Last week's SciencePAD workshop, held at CERN, examined ways to ensure scientific software stays citable and sustainable over the long term.

January 23, 2013

New developments and services for research and scientific communities are high on the agenda at Cloudscape V, 27-28 February 2013 at the International Auditorium in Brussels. 

January 9, 2013

Scientists go to the ends of the Earth to study the current state of polar ice sheets, collecting vast amounts of data — three to four terabytes per flight. Read about the clustered computing system and high-speed network in the clouds that make this possible.

October 31, 2012

Has big data now superseded the grid… and the cloud? Whether or not this is the case, it is vital that in moving from one paradigm to another we do not discard the experience and technology gained previously, says European Grid Infrastructure director Steven Newhouse.




October 17, 2012

Matteo Turrilli, head of the EGI Federated Cloud Task Force, reports on his team's efforts to unite cloud computing infrastructures for the benefit of researchers.