Giving e-networks a boost

E-infrastructures refer to the electronic backbone which supports the existence of e-science, these can range between computational grids, data grids, sensor grids, and other shared scientific
equipment, what makes them special however is the fact that they are all connected and can be used by scientists wherever they may be.

The e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG) not only coordinates these activities but also ensures the removal of barriers to scientists that need to use these infrastructures. These efforts
are to receive a major boost from the EU.

The e-IRGSP2 is funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and is the second support programme for the e-IRG. Over the funding period of 36 months, the project is set
to receive ?1.6 million. Its objective is to provide a means to facilitate the information flow between the e-IRG members, and to raise broader public awareness of the activities of the e-IRG,
in particular among key groups from the innovation potential point of view, such as different types of end-users and developers of the e-infrastructure technologies.

Starting from 1 January 2008, the e-IRGSP2 project, or the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group Support Programme 2 aims to provide means and resources for the progression of the work performed
by e-IRG. This involves the coordination at the highest levels of Europe towards the introduction of a grid based infrastructure for e-science.

The e-IRG is formed by official governmental delegates of all EU countries and a number of associated and candidate states and was initially established to seek consensus on policy-level issues
and recommend the best practices for the pan-European grid and research network efforts. The decisions and policies emerging from this process have a profound impact on the structure,
competitiveness and innovation potential of the European Research Area.

The e-IRGSP2 involves eight European project partners and is coordinated by CSC, the Finnish IT centre for science. Supporting this project is the E-IRG Knowledge Base which also seeks to
provide insight into what e-infrastructures are available both in European countries and at a European level. It concentrates on grids and supercomputing infrastructures. The Knowledge Base
combines information from many sources into one Topic Map which is one complete map of the e-Infrastructure landscape in Europe.

In this manner the e-IRG supports its objective of bolstering the political, advisory and monitoring level, the creation of a policy and administrative framework for the easy and cost-effective
shared use of electronic resources in Europe (focusing on Grid-computing, data storage, and networking resources) across technological, administrative and national domains.

For more information, please visit:

e-Infrastructures Reflection Group:
http://www.e-irg.org/

E-IRG Knowledge Base:
http://knowledgebase.e-irg.eu/

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