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The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) organises two open workshops every year, each under the auspices of the corresponding presidency of the EU Council. The Spanish EU Presidency e-IRG Workshop will be organised as a hybrid event and will bring together e-IRG stakeholders in Valencia, Spain, as well as online and worldwide.
Day 1 - Wednesday 29 November 2023, 14:00-17:00
Session 1: e-Infrastructures for strengthening European unity
e-Infrastructures are a key asset to foster European and international collaboration, especially servicing thematic Research Infrastructures. Action 8 of the ERA Policy Agenda calls for “Increased cooperation between Research Infrastructures, e-infrastructures and related stakeholders, including through EOSC”. With the development of Data Spaces, the new organisational model of European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC) has arisen. It is important to understand how EDICs and ERICs can synergetically foster the sustainability of RIs/e-Infrastructures. Funding and sustainability of e-Infrastructures is vital in the next period and in particular for the Research Infrastructures Work Programme. The objective of the session is to understand how e-Infrastructures could fit in the emerging complex ecosystem that includes Data Spaces and EDICs, and their potential synergies with EOSC and other initiatives.
Day 2 - Thursday 30 November 2023, 10:00-13:00
Session 2: Skills in the frame of e-Infrastructures
Skills around e-Infrastructures, data management and data science are becoming increasingly important given the current need for FAIRification of data and the technology trends on Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. Data Stewardship curricula have been defined and supported in the recent and upcoming EC calls. The role of Data Stewards is becoming more critical and urgent. In parallel, AI is a major trend in e-Infrastructures, along with the need for data analytics and management, where related skills are also indispensable. It will be of paramount importance that these curricula consider skills in these areas, not only in Europe, but also beyond, and a new flock of data stewards is born. The objective of the session is to raise awareness that skills around FAIRification of data, data management, AI and data analytics, and e-Infrastructures are considered in the future development of curricula, so that related policies can be developed to promote the generation of relevant experts, and in particular data stewards.
Day 2 - Thursday 30 November 2023, 14:00-17:00
Session 3: The diverse ecosystem of EOSC nodes
The view of the EOSC EU node of the procurement of Managed Core Services for EOSC as a system of federated nodes across Europe has opened an intense controversy due to the lack of definition of the nodes themselves. There are multiple stakeholders in this ecosystem, such as related thematic nodes, e.g. ESFRI RI national nodes and ESFRI EU clusters, horizontal nodes (e.g. e-Infrastructure NRENs, NGIs, national HPC centres), and also EOSC/Open Science national nodes or other national initiatives, in some cases already encompassing some of the above constituents. The objective of this session is to discuss the topic of national nodes and understand the view of the community and highlight the importance of RI/e-Infrastructure nodes with respect to the EOSC nodes vision.
Looking forward to a fruitful workshop
Stefan Hanslik, e-IRG Chair
Ignacio Blanquer, e-IRG co-Chair
Fotis Karayannis, Jan Wiebelitz, e-IRG Support Project
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