e-IRG: e-Infrastructure Reflection Group

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The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group was founded to define and recommend best practices for the pan-European electronic infrastructure efforts. It consists of official government delegates from all the EU countries. The e-IRG produces white papers, roadmaps and recommendations, and analyses the future foundations of the European Knowledge Society.

The main objective of the e-Infrastructure initiative is to support the creation of a political, technological and administrative framework for an easy and cost-effective shared use of distributed electronic resources across Europe. Particular attention is directed towards grid computing, storage, and networking.

Important issues within the e-IRG are currently:

  • e-infrastructures in European Commission’s Framework Programme 7
  • a policy for resource sharing
  • a registry/repository for European resources
  • coordination of new national and EU funding programs
  • better links and synergies between Europe and other regions (e.g. USA, Japan) engaged in similar activities

The e-IRG was founded during the Greek presidency of the European Union in 2003. A workshop entitled Towards integrated Networking and Grids infrastructures for eScience and beyond – The EU eInfrastructures Initiative was held in Athens on the 12th of June 2003. The event was organised by the General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT), the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET), the National Documentation Centre (EKT) and the European Commission.

It was decided that the presidency of the e-IRG was to rotate along each semester with the chairmanship of the European Union.

The e-IRG is formed by official delegations of ministries of science from various European countries, but the e-IRG also coordinates activities with international initiatives outside of Europe.

The structure consists of appointed Member, Accession and Associated States Representatives, and officials from the European Commission; the executive board consists of a chair elected by the members, and three board members representing the rotating EU Presidency: past – current – future presidencies each deliver one board member. Operational support is provided through the European Commission by means of the e-IRGSP3 project.

Current Executive Board:

Gudmund Høst (chair), The Research Council of Norway, Norway
René Belsø (co-chair), DCSC, Denmark
Norbert Meyer (vice-chair), Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland
Kees Neggers (vice-chair), SURFnet, The Netherlands
Pekka Karp (invited expert), EC, Belgium

e-IRG regularly delegates work to Task Forces. e-IRG is also sometimes officially represented in external Task Forces and committees.

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group organises workshops twice a year in collaboration with the country holding the EU presidency. Workshops are open to all, and function as incubators for feeding new information and trends into the e-IRG plenum work. Internal meetings for the e-IRG delegates are also scheduled four times a year. A tri-monthly newsletter is published on-line to collect interesting articles about e-infrastructure initiatives and reports form meetings and workshops.

The June 2012 newsletter has just been published with following content:

  • the public summary of the the 28th e-Irg Delegates meeting, by Rossend Llurba, e-IRGSP3
  • the European Grid Infrastructure’s 2012 Community Forum, by Stefan Janusz, e-ScienceTalk
  • EGI events in Prague and Munich, by Catherine Gater, EGI.eu
  • EUDAT and the research communities, by Riina Salmivalli, EUDAT
  • the terabit research network in Europe, by Paul Maurice, GEANT
  • Cultural heritage going digital, by Antonella Fresa, Promoter

Download the June 2012 newsletter (PDF, 756 Kb)

Further information about e-IRG: www.e-irg.eu

 

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