A worldwide e-Infrastructure for NMR and structural biology

Abstract submission for EGICF 2013 open and first EGI Champions announced

The EGI-InSPIRE's Director's letter for October is now available for
download - http://go.egi.eu/DLOct12

The planning for the Community Forum in Manchester (http://cf2013.egi.eu) is now well underway. The Forum will include the 3rd EMI Technical Conference and will also be co- located with the European Globus Community Forum.

The Call for Participation (http://go.egi.eu/CF13-CfP) has been published and provides details about the conference's topics and tracks. These reflect the strategic areas of importance to EGI:

Topic Focus
Virtual research environments Usage and development of gateways and portals customized for applications, devices and user preferences: how are researchers conducting their work? How do VREs build and interact with the EGI’s Core, Cloud and Collaborative Infrastructure platforms? What technologies and services are available to help other domains acquire their own VREs? How are different research domains achieving this? We particularly welcome contributions that capture the state of the art for specific research disciplines.
Community platforms What are the programmable tools and middleware services needed to achieve the federation of resources needed by different research communities? What are the best practices for constructing, delivering and extending platforms to promote reuse? What are the technologies and middleware solutions that are used as the building blocks for constructing and connecting infrastructure resources for data and compute intensive applications and for collaborative environments? We particularly welcome contributions that present achievements and plans for international collaborations beyond Europe for both services and software development.
Cloud platforms Use of infrastructure virtualisation through EGI’s Cloud Infrastructure Platform as a means to extend and expand diversity: what platforms are needed to support the whole range of research communities? Virtualisation technology offers a scalable approach for communities of all sizes to easily deploy customised solutions to develop platforms upon which to build and deliver their own services. We welcome contributions that capture significant practical achievements and proofs of concept in this area.
Operational services Issues relating to the services and policies needed to manage distributed resources in EGI and other infrastructures through EGI's Core Infrastructure Platform; EGI services for ESFRI research infrastructures; resource allocation services, policies and procedures; support, monitoring and accounting services from EGI; operations services, policies and procedures to support the federation of different types of infrastructure.
Coordination and communication Coordination and communication across the EGI ecosystem: how do researchers learn about the benefits and services that are available across the EGI ecosystem? How do researchers connect with other researchers and how will they access resources in the future? What is the most effective community coordination and communication model in terms of how communities communicate with EGI? How can EGI sustainably add value to current and new user communities? Submissions will also be welcome on the following: EGI’s role in coordinating, managing and provisioning services in the wider landscape of international research computing beyond Europe; the adoption of recognised processes and standards that will directly impact the daily activities of researchers; and the role of the Open Source Software community in developing scientific software.

Across these topics EGI welcomes your contributions, especially those which demonstrate opportunities for improving flexibility, ease of use and diversity of usage both here in Europe, and through international collaborations.

Key dates:

  • 19 October 2012         Call for participation opens; online submission of abstracts opens
  • 30 November 2012     Deadline to submit workshop proposals
  • 17 December 2012     Deadline to submit abstracts for presentations and training sessions
  • 17 December 2012     Early-bird registration opens
  • 27 January 2013         Deadline to submit abstracts for posters and demonstrations
  • 8 April 2013                Community Forum starts in Manchester

Abstract submission is now open at http://go.egi.eu/CF2013! Don’t delay!

One key focus of the Community Forum will be our EGI Champions initiative (http://go.egi.eu/champs). By promoting the benefits of EGI directly within their research communities, the Champions will play a very important role in attracting more and more diverse users to EGI.

Cite WeNMR/WestLife

Usage of the WeNMR/WestLife portals should be acknowledged in any publication:
"The FP7 WeNMR (project# 261572) and H2020 West-Life (project# 675858) European e-Infrastructure projects are acknowledged for the use of their web portals, which make use of the EGI infrastructure and DIRAC4EGI service with the dedicated support of CESNET-MetaCloud, INFN-PADOVA, NCG-INGRID-PT, RAL-LCG2, TW-NCHC, SURFsara and NIKHEF, and the additional support of the national GRID Initiatives of Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, South Africa, Malaysia, Taiwan and the US Open Science Grid."
And the following article describing the WeNMR portals should be cited:
Wassenaar et al. (2012). WeNMR: Structural Biology on the Grid.J. Grid. Comp., 10:743-767.


The WeNMR Virtual Research Community has been the first to be officially recognized by the EGI.

European Union

WeNMR is an e-Infrastructure project funded under the 7th framework of the EU. Contract no. 261572

WestLife, the follow up project of WeNMR is a Virtual Research Environment e-Infrastructure project funded under Horizon 2020. Contract no. 675858