EUIndiaGrid2 is playing an important role in enhancing and increasing Euro-India cooperation on e-Infrastructures through collaboration with key policy players both from the Government of India and the European Commission. EUIndiaGrid2 also works closely with policy initiatives such as e-IRGSP2 and Euro-India SPIRIT
Talking to Indian Government
Talking to the Indian Government: an interview with Prof. Raghavan
EUIG2 has been instrumental in ensuring that India is represented at key European e-Infrastructure meetings. Through direct contact with EUIG2 Professor S. V. Raghavan, Scientific Secretary, Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and Chief Architect and Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee of NKN, was invited to the e-IRG meeting and workshop in Brussels, October 2010, as an observer.
Professor Raghavan has made significant contributions to the creation of the Education and Research Network in India and was the founder of ERNET and the Principal Investigator of the Programme at IIT Madras. He is currently the senior most member of the programme and is a fellow of the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers and the Computer Society of India, a member of the STNET Sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C), and expert member of many project review boards of MIT, AICTE, MHRD, and DRDO.
What is main aim of the Indian National Knowledge Network and its current status?
What horizons does NKN open to the citizens of India?
What would you recommend to other regions around the world with regards to collaboration with Europe?
Professor Raghavan answered these and other questions. The full interview is available in the Documents session -> Press Releases and Articles.
Global policies for climate change
From heat waves across Europe to cold snaps in Delhi and the massive devastation of extreme rainfall across Asia, extreme weather is becoming a global issue which researchers believe is caused by climate change. Research into issues such as monsoon rainfall is now based on simulating models which rely on advanced computing infrastructures (eInfrastructures) and high-speed networks. These enable researchers, irrespective of their geographical location, to make swift and accurate calculations and projections based on massive data sets. This has seen the growth of Virtual Research Communities (VRC) from around the world which depend upon policy makers and experts to ensure eInfrastructures are interoperable, efficient and work across countries and continents.
With climate change high on the political agenda, the “Conference on the role of e-Infrastructures for Climate Change Research”, held in Trieste at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 16-20 May 2011, addressed these aspects bringing together more than 130 among scientists, policy makers and international actors to address climate change from scientific, economic and political perspectives. The event was co-organised by 3 EC-funded projects EU-India Grid2, EUMEDGRID-Support and CHAIN which are driving forward collaboration between regional e-Infrastructures; and the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN).
The Role of eInfrastructures for Climate change research Conference in Trieste, May 2011
The conference program saw the contributions of leading e-Infrastructure initiatives for climate change in Africa, Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, India, Mediterranean Area, Latin America, USA, together with presentations of outstanding scientists in climate research, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) vice-chair, Prof Van Ypersele. The need for a worldwide strategy for a worldwide problem was clearly identified and the role of e-Infrastructures and international cooperation as a key instrument for achieving progress understating climate change impact and possible mitigation strategies.
Download the Conference executive summary.
More information are available on the Event page.
The e-Infrastructure Reflection group (e-IRG)
e-IRG is an inter-governmental policy body comprising national delegates from more than 30 European countries. It was founded in 2003 to define and recommend best practices for pan-European e-Infrastructure efforts and to pave the way towards a general-purpose e-Infrastructure.
The crucial importance of e-Infrastructures for European research, innovation and competitiveness is now largely acknowledged. Yet networking, grid, data, high performance and commodity computing services – all components of the e-Infrastructure – are witnessing major changes. Similarly, the ongoing expansion of the e-Infrastructure user communities is already producing new and updated requirements for the common e-Infrastructure.
Over the last few years, the e-IRG has produced a number of important reports that address these changes and set recommendations to maximize their socio-economic impact. In 2009, the e-IRG released its 6th White Paper in which it examined seven key issues requiring policy action at national and European Union levels: global collaboration, education and training, grid and cloud computing, security, virtualisation, remote instrumentation and sustainability. It also published a report on Data Management that investigates the numerous European activities related to the management of scientific data and to contribute to the definition of common and shared policies in this field. This report and related recommendations were endorsed by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures ESFRI the same year.
In 2010, the e-IRG released its new Roadmap for e-Infrastructures, which provides policy makers, as well as e-Infrastructure users and providers, valuable insights on the new European e-Infrastructure landscape. In particular, the document looks at the current move, visible in all the e-Infrastructure components domains, towards a service-oriented e-Infrastructure. On the issue of the commoditization of some of the e-Infrastructure services, the Roadmap identifies the benefits and challenges related to these trends. In October 2009, ESFRI also invited e-IRG to produce a report, or “Blue Paper”, on e-Infrastructure services, to be used as input for the 2010 update of the ESFRI roadmap. This was delivered to ESFRI on June 2010, providing an assessment of Europe’s e-Infrastructure service portfolio and trends, and setting out policy recommendations for several key areas: networking, authentication and authorization, grid, cloud and virtualisation, HPC, remote instrumentation, data, and virtual research collaboration.
One of the key roles of the e-IRG is to bridge the gap between the providers and the users of e- Infrastructures, and to steer the developments of the e-Infrastructure components in the direction of a seamless service to all users. Through its biannual workshops organised in the country holding the rotating EU Presidency, the e-IRG also functions as a broader forum of discussion on the future of e-Infrastructure, and actively contributes to bringing together the different key actors pertaining to e-infrastructures.
The work of the e-IRG is supported by the e-IRG Support Programme, a project co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.
The Euro-India SPIRIT engages EU and Indian ICT stakeholders from across enterprise, research, academia, government and civil society (including NGOs) to present and align ICT research priorities and develop a joint research agenda, contributing to enrich and support the research dimension of the EU-India ICT Policy Dialogue.
In more detail Euro-India SPIRIT seeks to:
- Analyse the research dimension of Indian ICT policy, encompassing ICT technologies and applications and user industry and domain implications
- Organise and probe stakeholders to identify medium to long term vision and perspectives and reveal complementarities with EU priorities, notably the i2010 strategy and objectives and updates
- Update, Assist and Enrich the Policy Dialogue process and meetings between the EU and India with periodic reports, surveys and position papers encompassing findings from policy research and stakeholder views dealing with common R&D perspectives, priorities, opportunities and challenges
- Organise synchronized stakeholder events and domain experts deliberations to enhance the profile and communicate the utility of the policy dialogue process
- Recommend future co-operation initiatives and identify matching counterpart funding to leverage Indian research capability and capacity and to engage in projects in common priority areas
- Develop synergies with activities underway in India covering Capacities, People and INCO-NET dimensions