eInfraCentral – Helping users discover and access Europe’s e-infrastructure services

Publié le 4 mai 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« eInfraCentral brings researchers the catalogue of various European e-services. The beta version of the eInfraCentral gateway is available for browsing without registration : http://beta.einfracentral.eu

eInfraCentral was set up in 2017 to ensure that by 2020 a broader and more varied set of users (including industry) discovers and accesses the existing and developing e-infrastructure capacity. This is done via the creation of a common service catalogue in collaboration with Europe’s leading e-infrastructures (EGI, EUDAT, GEANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE) and the development of a portal through which to access it.

eInfraCentral has developed a service catalogue template that is now adopted as a ‘standard’ by EU funded e-infrastructure projects and is fostering an alignment of service descriptions. Managers of services can use it to improve their service presentation and management and eInfraCentral is organising webinars to support this process. The quality of the service catalogue is ensured via the neutrality of the eInfraCentral consortium partners. By avoiding conflict of interest, the project team guarantees the objectivity and trustworthiness of the service catalogue.

The eInfraCentral Portal aims to help researchers find information about a broad range of e-infrastructure services they may be interested in, discover new ones, compare various service offerings in one place, and assess the relevance of the offered services by rating them and leaving feedback.

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Along with OpenAIRE-Advance and EOSC-hub, eInfraCentral is one of the key building blocks of the future EOSC Portal as recognised in the European Commission’s Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud (March 2018). [...]

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