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01 - What is the future of European Research Infrastructures? OSIRIS knows.

Baiba Kaskina (SigmaNet, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia)

(Osiris is the Afterlife God and OSIRIS is the FP7 project “Towards an Open and Sustainable ICT Research Infrastructure Strategy”)

Baiba Kaskina, Bruno Martuzans, Katrina Sataki - Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia (IMCS UL), Latvia

Our research presents the Survey results carried out in the OSIRIS project. The Survey studied opinions of the stakeholders from various countries that dealt with Research Infrastructures (RI) related policies. Respondents were asked about the challenges they encounter in the development of the RI for the emerging European Research Area. The Survey was focused on the engagement of ICT in the building of RIs.

The survey results are analyzed taking into account the groups of respondents by countries (EU12 and EU15, others), by their engagement in the RI development (Policy, Operation, other) and by five types of the ICT Research Infrastructures:
• Computing Infrastructures (e.g. HPC, Grids, PRACE),
• Communication Infrastructures (e.g. GÉANT, NREN networks),
• Data Infrastructures (e.g. ELIXIR, SHARE),
• Instrumental Infrastructures (e.g. LHC, SKA, KM3NeT, EuroFEL),
• Micro and Nano Technology Infrastructures.

The poster will present most interesting results of the OSIRIS project survey accompanied with general conclusions. Many aspects of the life of infrastructures will be compared, for example, their activity in the cooperation between scientists and industry, the coordination activities, their relations with priority research themes, and so on. The poster will emphasise the attitude to the paid research services of ICT RIs, the public private partnership and similar problems that are rather important for the “Afterlife” of the RIs – when the direct financing of EU and other sources may end.

The work of the OSIRIS team is not ended. The existing ICT research infrastructures are studied; best practice collected and conclusions about the ways how the NRENs can assist in the improvement and in the development of the ICT Research Infrastructures are elaborated.

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