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Posted on 3 March 2015 by CSC
NEIC 2015 Conference early bird registration finishes soon

Nordic e-infrastructure collaborators will meet 5-8 May, 2015 in Espoo

Welcome to the NEIC 2015 conference – but please hurry to register, early bird registration finishes soon. Take an advantage of the affordable early bird registration prices by registering before March 6th, 2015.

Please register here:


Posted on 2 March 2015 by PSNC
Market for Open Source: prototype service indexing open source projects

A prototype version of the network service indexing open source projects was recently made available under the MARKOS project, together with PSNC Open Source Competence Centre. We invite you to test this service!


Posted on 2 March 2015 by RIPE NCC
Today's Mobile Internet

Please find this interesting contribution by Geoff Huston on RIPE Labs: It has been observed that the most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it, and are notable only by their absence.


Posted on 2 March 2015 by SURFnet
Ground temperature impacts accuracy of network timing

Research at VU University Amsterdam and the University of Groningen into the accuracy of new virtual connections to atomic clocks has revealed that ground temperature affects fibre-optic cables, and therefore also the accuracy of signals travelling through them. A new mathematical model describes this effect. In this study, scientists used SURFnet's fibre-optic network to transmit signals from highly stable atomic clocks in Amsterdam to Groningen.


Posted on 23 February 2015 by SURFnet
SURF endorses the GÉANT environmental policy

SURFsara director Anwar Osseyran signed the GÉANT environmental policy on behalf of SURF on 10 February 2015, committing SURF and the SURF operating companies to international sustainability guidelines.

GÉANT has launched a campaign aimed at getting these organisations to sign and publish an environmental policy. SURF's Green ICT and Sustainability steering group (GIDS) has joined this initiative and has fleshed out the policy document for SURF and the SURF operating companies.


Posted on 23 February 2015 by TERENA
Open Education Resource hub and portal reaches important milestone

The GÉANT Association’s Open Education Resource (OER) service development pilot has reached an important milestone. The pilot resulted in a working prototype metadata-aggregation hub and web portal that can provide aggregated multimedia e-learning content to the higher education and academic research communities. The pilot has been completed and the preliminary project results and deliverables are available online. OER activities will continue in the GN4 (GÉANT) Project from April.


Posted on 20 February 2015 by Janet
Shibboleth identity provider offers improved access and identity management

The research and education community is set to benefit from an upgrade to a free open source software system that will help them better deliver access and identity management services.

The Shibboleth Consortium — a collaborative group of international research and education organisations — has released version three of the Shibboleth identity provider, its free open source software that enables secure web single sign-on. Institutions are able to use the software to enable learners and researchers to safely access library resources, databases and collaboration tools using only one log-in, doing away with the need to set up new accounts as they move between locations.

Developed following extensive consultation with the community, the new release offers significant functional and security enhancements, including user consent and on-demand metadata lookup. It also supports the Central Authentication Service (CAS), the internationally-recognised single sign-on protocol used by many universities and research organisations.


Posted on 19 February 2015 by CUDI
6th International Conference on Supercomputing in Mexico - ISUM 2015

The ISUM National Organizing Committee extends a warm invitation to participate in the 6th International Conference on Supercomputing in Mexico - ISUM 2015 to be held in Mexico City, 9 -13 March 2015.

This year the organization of the event is a joint effort of various research institutions and universities in Mexico City and neighboring States including: the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) , the National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ) , the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMEX) and the University Corporation for the Development of Internet (CUDI) .

Building on the success of the five previous ISUM Meetings, the 2015 edition will be held in Mexico City, where most research centers, universities, enterprises, government agencies and businesses in the country are found. Given this strategic location we expect counting with their participation. The main objective is to make ISUM a world-class forum through the exchange and dissemination of new ideas, research and expertise in High Performance Computing (HPC).

ISUM 2015 will feature internationally and nationally renown speakers from both academia and industry, concurrent sessions holding frontier research and new ideas in both scientific and industrial applications, courses, workshops as well as discussion panels on key issues on the future of HPC.


Posted on 17 February 2015 by Sigma Orionis
CHAIN-REDS Conference: “Open Science at the Global Scale" - Brussels - March 31, 2015

The CHAIN-REDS project partners are proud to announce the “Open Science at the Global Scale: Sharing e-Infrastructures, Sharing Knowledge, Sharing Progress” Conference to be held in Brussels on March 31, 2015 at Marivaux Hotel. This major event in the field of e-Infrastructures for Research and Education is organised by the CHAIN-REDS project, under the aegis of the European Commission (DG CONNECT).

The conference aims at bringing together policy-makers and research stakeholders from all the regions targeted by the project (Asia, Africa, Arabia, Europe and Latin America) to discuss major developments and perspectives in the field of global e-Infrastructures for Research and Education.

The CHAIN-REDS main outcomes will be presented on this occasion:

- The development of a Distributed Computing Infrastructure interoperation model between Europe and other regions
- The promotion of international standards and technical guidelines for interoperability of cloud services across continents
- One of the largest existing e-Infrastructure-related digital information systems, the CHAIN-REDS Knowledge Base
- A complete methodology for better sharing and using scientific data
- The CHAIN-REDS Science Gateway: a single portal for accessing remote computing and data services anywhere in the world
- The support of the creation of Identity Federations to make Authentification and Authorisation easier for users and service providers worldwide
- The main outcomes of the six awareness-raising workshops organised by CHAIN-REDS in Asia, Africa, Arabia, and Latin America

The Conference will feature the following plenary sessions:
- A high-level policy session bringing together policy-makers from Asia, Africa, Arabia and Latin America who will testify on the benefits of e-Infrastructures for Research and Education and who will share their vision on long-term global collaboration
- Two end-user oriented sessions with focus on the impacting CHAIN-REDS-supported solutions in five regions of the world as well as on the project’s vision on further technological cooperation needed by global virtual research communities

The “Open Science at the Global Scale: Sharing e-Infrastructures, Sharing Knowledge, Sharing Progress” Conference will represent a unique opportunity to gain an insight on the status and perspectives of global e-Infrastructures for Research and Education and to network with peers and key stakeholders in the field (private/public bodies).

Check the Conference agenda and Register now!


Posted on 17 February 2015 by RENATER
RENATER announces the next JRES (Education and Research Networking days) in Montpellier from Dec 8th to 11th 2015 .

Staff of NRENs are welcome :

- to participate to the Call for proposal open until March 15th ! (more hereunder)

- to attend the conference as presentations given in the larger auditorium will be translated from French to English. Registration will open on June 17th.

The JRES are under the patronage of the French ministry in for Education, Higher Education and Research and consist in 4 days of conferences and of an exhibition dedicated to main ICT suppliers of our Education and Research community.
1 600 ICT professionals are expected to gather in Montpellier for JRES 2015, to listen to a hundred of presentation during the conference and to meet industrial partners on the Exhibition part of the event.

More on


Organised every 2 years, the JRES are dedicated to the ICT community in Education and Research fields : network and systems architects and administrators, project managers, CIOs, Security managers, developers and users. The JRES enable the R&E community to show and value its important activity in the ICT area, as well as its contribution to the integration of ICT in our day to day jobs.

The JRES offer a unique opportunity to present, share and discuss the challenges, technical aspects or even best practices, of innovating technologies and services set up in our home institutions or laboratories.

If you have been involved in projects aiming at updating, improving or securing the IT environment of your institution, your work is very interesting for our community. So come and share them! We are looking for :

return on experiment, best practices ;
technical evolutions ;
innovating service or new technology deployment ;
any result of services/products template or tests ;
prospective study.

You are invited to submit your proposal to the Call of Paper : you will find here the selected topics for JRES 2015 (non exhaustive list).

Different formats are possible :

long presentations (35 min) ;
short presentations (10 min) ;
posters ;
round table.

Note that lightning talks are quite successful and will also be part of the conference programme in 2015. More later on about this specific format.

People wishing to make a proposal have to check instructions to authors. Deadline for Submission is March 15th 2015.
N.B: if you want to submit a proposal, the first time you go the submission of proposals application you have to create an account clicking on "Login with a CRU account"

The language of the JRES is French, but a set of papers written and presented in English are accepted.

For the first time this year, presentations in the main conference room will be translated from French to English to allow non French speaking conference attendees to understand the sessions. Abstracts will be translated into English as well.

A stand in the exhibition will gather selected papers in the Open Source area. Open Source associations may check the instruction to authors.

For the JRES 2015 team :

Anne Facq et Didier Benza, Chairs of Programme Commitee
Sabine Jaume-Rajaonia, Chair of the Organising Commitee



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