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ERCIM : D4Science - How e-Infrastructures can help Environment and Biodiversity

July 2008

D4Science is one of the main European e-Infrastructure projects, involving 11 participants such as the European Space Agency, and the WorldFish Center, supported by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research. Co-funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, the D4Science project was launched in January 2008.

D4Science aims to continue the path that the GEANT, EGEE and DILIGENT projects have initiated towards establishing networking, grid-based and data-centric e-Infrastructures that accelerate multidisciplinary research by overcoming several crucial barriers such as those related to heterogeneity, sustainability and scalability.

According to Donatella Castelli, Scientific Coordinator, CNR, “By building upon the experience acquired over the past years, we are now ready to put into production the first e-Infrastructure that will enable sharing and seamless access to heterogeneous content, service and computer resources”.

The exploitation of this e-infrastructure will be initiated by serving two major fields, Environmental Monitoring as well as Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Management.

As a result, thousands of scientists will obtain increasingly more facilities for creating Virtual Research Environments based on shared computation, storage and generic service resources offered by EGEE and DILIGENT at a European level. They will also benefit from data and domain-specific service resources provided by large international organisations among the project participants.
Cooperation between these participants will also encourage the use of data streams from diverse scientific communities to perform socio-ecosystem modelling.

The primary clients of these Virtual Research Environments serving specific scenarios will be researchers, decision-makers, international and government officers, and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

As stated by Krystyna Marek, GÉANT & e-Infrastructure Unit, European Commission, “We expect that the D4Science infrastructure will have a multiplicative benefit to many scientific fields. In a not distant future it will be able to act as a catalyst for increasing the resource sharing, cooperation and cross-fertilisation among multiple communities that is necessary for addressing the many grand challenges of science and society.”

As an example, the work on ecosystem modelling that the two communities will perform in D4Science can be applied to the whole domain of biodiversity management, conservation and exploitation.

Scientific coordination of D4Science is headed by CNR while the management of the project is ensured by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.

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EC-ERCIM Strategic Seminar on ICT Security

Brussels 16 October 2008

ERCIM and the European Commission are jointly organising a Strategic Seminar on "Engineering Secure Complex Software Systems and Services" on 16 October in Brussels. The seminar is the result of a joint effort of ERCIM, its Security and Trust Management Working Group and the European Commission (Unit F5 "Security" of DG INFSO).

Scope and Objectives

Responding to the need for closer ties with the European ICT industry, the ERCIM Board of Directors embarked on the initiative to organize a series of annual strategic seminars on current topics within ICT and Mathematics. The rationale behind this strategic decision is manifold: to enhance the impact of research taking place within ERCIM institutes and Working Groups by actively disseminating results towards industrial stakeholders; to expose researchers to ongoing research activities with an industrial take-up potential; and to help bridge the gap between research and industrial practice.

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ERCIM-ETSI Infinity Initiative: Bio ICT - The Heart in the Computer

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INRIA continues to host the ERCIM Office

ERCIM's Board of Directors unanimously accepted INRIA's offer to host the ERCIM Office and reappointed Jérôme Chailloux as Manager for the next three years from June 2008 to May 2011. INRIA has been hosting the ERCIM Office since the beginning, providing the ERCIM Manager and supporting the costs for running the office.

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Steven J. Murdoch wins the ERCIM Security and Trust Management Working Group Award

Steven J. Murdoch from University of Cambridge received the best thesis award of the ERCIM Working Group on Security and Trust Management for his excellent Ph.D. thesis "Covert channel vulnerabilities in anonymity systems". Steven's thesis represents an outstanding contribution on the study of privacy and anonymity aspects in real systems and meets all the desired requirements. The evaluation committee particularly favoured its exceptional practical impact.

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ERCIM supports the International CoreGRID Summer School 2008

"Linking Grids and Service-Oriented Architectures"

Dortmund University of Technology, Germany, 7-11 July 2008

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EuroIndia - first Info Day in Bangalore (India) - 22 April 2008

Euro-India ICT Co-operation Initiative (
The first EuroIndia Info Day - hosted by the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bangalore -
will be held on Tuesday 22 April 2008

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Denmark joins ERCIM

DANAIM (Danish Research Association for Informatics and Mathematics), a research consortium established by seven major Danish universities and university collaborations, has become a member of ERCIM. Denmark is the nineteenth country to join ERCIM.

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