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VRE4EIC consortium supports free online Open Government course

The consortium of the VRE4EIC project intends to change the life of 70.000 European researchers, by providing them supporting tools for collaborative, multi-disciplinary data-driven science, as needed to tackle critical societal challenges such as climate change and energy sustainability. One aspect of educating and training these researchers concerns the organization of online courses.

First online course starting in March 2016
Supported by the VRE4EIC consortium, Delft University of Technology will soon be teaching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government. The course deals with questions such as: How can governments become more open and transparent, while simultaneously dealing with various challenges, such as data sensitivity? How can open government data be made available to improve public policy making? Which technologies are available to make governments more open and to use open government data?

The MOOC starts on March 14, 2016, and will run for 5 weeks. Enrolment for the MOOC is possible via https://www.edx.org/course/open-government-delftx-og101x. An informative video about the MOOC is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93BzVj_-7vo&feature=youtu.be. More training material for researchers, including an online course about (Open) Data Governance and Use, is under development.

About VRE4EIC
VRE4EIC is a 3-year Horizon 2020 research & innovation action (EINFRA-9-2015) coordinated by ERCIM and carried out with partners from The Netherlands (CWI, TU Delft, EuroCRIS and UvA), Italy (CNR and INGV) and Greece (FORTH).  VRE4EIC stands for a Europe-wide interoperable Virtual Research Environment to Empower multidisciplinary research communities and accelerate Innovation and Collaboration. VRE4EIC has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676247.

e-VRE designates the technology that will result from the VRE4EIC project.

More information: www.vre4eic.eu

A 4,37m€ European Investment Towards Next Generation Virtual Research Environments for 70.000 Researchers

ERCIM is leading a new EC research investment of 4,37m€ (the VRE4EIC project) to enhance Virtual Research Environments (VRE aimed at 4 Empowering multi-disciplinary research communities and accelerate Innovation and Collaboration EIC.

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Towards an open access policy for ERCIM

The ERCIM Expert Group "Boost Open-access Mastering" (BOM@ERCIM) has just published a report entitled "BOM@ERCIM — Towards an open access policy for ERCIM". This document provides a basis for a policy for a better communication between research performing organisations about dissemination of research results and Open Access. At the ERCIM level, the report gives a strong set of recommendations that could be implemented step by step by all ERCIM members.

http://www.ercim.eu/images/stories/pub/BOMatERCIM.pdf
http://persistent-identifier.org/?identifier=urn:nbn:nl:ui:18-23589 

HTML5Apps paves the way to future W3C payment standards and advances mobile Web standardization roadmap

29 September 2015, Sophia Antipolis: The two-year EU-funded HTML5Apps project proudly looks back to its achievements. The project, ending in September 2015 successfully accelerated the development of standard Web technologies required to make HTML5 apps competitive with native apps, specifically in the areas of Web payments and rich mobile Web APIs. 

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PaaSage announces first product release

Brussels, Belgium – 30 September 2015 –  PaaSage, a large scale European research project for developing an open and integrated platform to support model based lifecycle management of Cloud applications for software and service providers is proud to announce the official public release of the first version of the PaaSage product.

As of today, the PaaSage product is released and the source code is available through the OW2 Community forge at http://www.ow2.org/bin/view/ActivitiesDashboard/PaaSage.

Launched in October 2012, PaaSage is a research project carried out by 19 European partners, and led by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics. The PaaSage technology will be showcased at the upcoming Paris Open Source Summit (http://www.opensourcesummit.paris/, 18-19 November 2015).

As of today, Cloud solutions are still insufficient and in particular require from developers, operators and providers a high level of expertise to properly exploit the capabilities offered by Cloud technologies. Cloud infrastructures are not standardised and porting an existing application to a Cloud platform is still a very challenging task, leading to strong dependencies between the client application and the Cloud platform. Developing once and deploying on many Cloud Platforms is what the PaaSage development environment enables.

PaaSage is an integrated open source development environment to support both design and deployment of Cloud applications, together with an accompanying methodology that allows model-based development, configuration, optimisation and deployment of existing and new applications independently of the existing underlying Cloud infrastructures.

 “We are excited to open our technology to the public, and we expect to build a large open source community around the PaaSage project”, said Geir Horn, from University of Oslo, technical director of the PaaSage platform. “This demonstrates, once again, that EU-funded research projects really bring Europe in the forefront of technological innovation.  In the next 12 months, we will continue improving the product and building a series of application demonstrators in support of a widest adoption by Industry”, added Keith Jeffery, ERCIM and scientific coordinator of the PaaSage project.

About PaaSage

PaaSage is a collaborative research project co-funded under the ICT theme of the 7th framework programme (FP7) of the European Union. The total investment amounts €9.5m of which €7.1m is funded by the European Union over 4 years.

More information www.paasage.eu.

About OW2

OW2 is an independent industry community dedicated to developing open source code infrastructure (middleware and generic applications) and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem. The OW2 Consortium hosts some one hundred technology projects, including ASM, Bonita, CLIF, CompatibleOne, DocDoku, Emerginov, erOCCI, JOnAS, JORAM, Lutece, Nanoko, OpenCloudware, OpenPaas, ProActive, SpagoBI, Talend Studio, WebLab, XLcloud , XWiki and now PaaSage .

More information: www.ow2.org.


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Zuzana Kukelova Receives the 2015 Cor Baayen Award

Zuzana Kukelova from Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, is the winner of the 2015 Cor Baayen Award. Zuzana is a young scientist who delivered original scientific results on the border of applied mathematics and engineering, excelling in the discipline of applied and computational algebraic geometry and in geometry of computer vision.

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ERCIM White Paper on Big Data Analytics

The ERCIM White paper on Big Data Analysis puts forward our vision of Big Data Analytics in Europe, based on the fair use of big data with the development of associated policies and standards, as well as on empowering citizens, whose digital traces are recorded in the data. The first step towards such objective is the creation of a European ecosystem for Big Data Analytics-as-a-service, based on a Federated Trusted Open Analytical Platform for Knowledge Acceleration. The goal is to yield a data and knowledge infrastructure providing to citizens, scientists, institutions and businesses: (i) access to data and knowledge services, (ii) access to analytical services and results, within a framework of policies for access and sharing based on the values of privacy, trust, individual empowerment and public good.

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ERCIM White Paper on Cyber-Security and Privacy Research

The ERCIM White paper on Cyber-Security and Privacy Research describes the main research challenges on security and privacy identified by a group of experts of the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM).

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