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Developing a common catalogue of e-services for researchers

  • 10th May 2017
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Catania, Italy - 10 May 2017

The European E-Infrastructure Services Gateway (eInfraCentral) project held its first stakeholder engagement workshop at the EGI Conference in Catania (Italy) on 10 May 2017.

The main goal of the eInfraCentral project is to develop a common service catalogue and one-stop shop portal –the eInfraCentral Portal-, to simplify the accessibility and increase the uptake of European services for research from both the public and private sectors. The event aimed at engaging with the broad community of e-infrastructure projects and service providers, to collect requirements and understand how to better provide value to service providers and service consumers. 

The workshop brought together more than 40 participants. It included presentations from four project partners  giving different perspectives and opportunities arising from the project and discussing requirements to ensure that the future portal and service catalogue creates the best value for the European research sector.  

Henry Varga (European Future Innovation Systems Centre (EFIS Centre, Belgium) gave a quick introduction to the project. Nikos Karampekios (JNP, Greece) gave a presentation on the status-quo of service catalogue and alignment, updating all participants on the needs to harmonise services provided by European e-infrastructures and the challenges derived from this exercise. He also gave an overview of services provided by flagship e-Infrastructures including EGI, EUDAT and GEANT and presented past work undertaken by the e-IRG with regards the development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

George Papastefanatos (University of Athens) presented a first set of ideas regarding the eInfraCentral Portal, including the main user groups (e-infrastructures service providers, and service end users),the user requirements, functionalities and features. He also showed some first Mock-ups of the portal to the audience. The main goal of his presentation was to create awareness of future possibilities to publish and promote services into the eInfraCentral portal.

Finally, Lorena Rivera León (EFIS Centre) guided the audience through the process of consultation that eInfraCentral is currently undertaking with stakeholders to collect requirements and understand how to better provide value to service providers and service consumers. The online questionnaire was disseminated and feedback solicited from the audience. She also presented some preliminary results from the open consultation.  

All presentations of the event are available at the EGI Conference website.

The open consultation for the identification of requirements and needs of service providers and users towards a common catalogue for e-infrastructures services is open until the 19 June 2017 and is available here


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