Knowledge Dissemination

1. The CHAIN-REDS Science Gateway Week

The CHAIN-REDS Science Gateway Week was held in Catania on the 7th-11th April 2014. Its main aim was to gather the service operators (mostly NRENs) of different countries/regions of the world and provide them with the necessary common knowledge to finalise the deployment of their Identity Providers (IdPs) and Science Gateways (SGs), connect them to each other, and prepare the ground for the successful execution of the applications identified as success stories (see this page).
The training event was tutored by INFN Catania and was attended by technologists from Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, South Africa and Sweden.


The main outcomes were the following:

  • The deployment of the ARN IsP and ARN SG were finalised and connected to each other and to the GrIDP "catch-all" Identity Federation;
  • The deployment of the ASREN IsP and ASREN SG were finalised and connected to each other and to the GrIDP "catch-all" Identity Federation;
  • A data gateway was developed by SAGrid for the H3Africa community and is currently under testing;
  • The deployment of the MaGrid SG was finalised and the service was connected to the Moroccan EduIDM Identity Federation;
  • The Moroccan EduIDM Identity Federation was provided with templates of policy documents compliant with the eduGAIN requirements;
  • The applications of the Community Health Portal, developed by KTH in collaboration with several health organisations in Tanzania and in other sub-Saharan African countries, were moved from the SG of the Technology Transfer Alliance to Africa Grid SG to reach a wider potential user base;
  • The integration of a standard based, open source and very scalable video-conferencing system developed by KTH in the Africa Grid SG was started.

A video-story of the CHAIN-REDS Science Gateway Week has been professionally produced and is available on the project's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2HtmCUdCXA as well as via the ASREN one.

2. The CHAIN-REDS School for Application Porting to Science Gateways

While the Science Gateway Week was more focused on service providers, the CHAIN-REDS School for Application Porting to Science Gateways, held in Catania on the 9th-20th of June 2014, targeted software developers and aimed at creating skills to integrate scientific applications in Science Gateways implemented with the Catania Science Gateway Framework. The school was technically sponsored by the IEEE TCSC Technical Area on Science Gateways (https://sites.google.com/site/ieeesciencegateways/) and was done in collaboration, for what concerns the applications that were taken into account, with the EU co-funded agINFRA, EGI-InSpire, and eI4Africa projects and in conjunction with the ReCaS project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, under its National Operational Programme for "Research and Competitiveness", that is contributed by the EC with funds devoted to the Regions of Convergence. The school was tutored by INFN and SAGrid experts and attended by about 25 trainees from Algeria, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela. The main outcomes of the school were as follows:

  • The integration in the CHAIN-REDS SG and in the ARN SG of the ABINIT application, identified as one of the project use cases;
  • The update of the interface available on the CHAIN-REDS SG to GROMACS, another of the project use cases;
  • The development of interfaces from several other applications coming from Africa and Latin America that could eventually evolve in real use cases.

All materials presented at the school, including the reports of the teams working on the various applications, are available at the URL: http://agenda.ct.infn.it/event/chain-reds-sg-school.

3. The CHAIN-REDS School on Cloud Computing

The last training event sponsored by the CHAIN-REDS project was the CHAIN-REDS Science Scool on Cloud Computing was held in Catania (Italy) between the 13th and the 18th of April 2015. The aim of this school was to to provide techincal skills on cloud servvices' installation and configuration to create IAAS cloud infrastructures based on standards and interoperable both with the CHAIN-REDS Cloud Testbed and the EGI Federated Cloud. The school was tutored by INFN and SAGrid experts and attended by about 30 trainees (10 women) coming from Egypt, Italy, Spain and South Africa. All materials presented at the school are available at the URL: http://agenda.ct.infn.it/event/1141/.

The school has been a success that a long term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is in preparation among the INFN, the University of Catania and the Egyptian Electronics Research Institute (ERI) and Informatics Research Institute (IRI). Coordinated activities concern the promotion of standars to widen and simplify access to interoperable cloud-based e-Infrastructures' services and support of the update of the Open Science paradigm.

In particular:

  • Each party will mark its presence to other party's events such as workshops and conferences with presentations  and/or demonstrations;
  • All parties will promote Cloud Computing techmnologies to foster scientific collaborations between Italy and Egypt;
  • All parties will promote standard-based frameworks and paradigms, such as Science Gateway and Identity Federations, to access and use scalable and interoperable cloud-based e-Infrastructures between and across Italy and Egypt;
  • All parties will promote standard-based Open Access Document and Data Repositories as well as Open Educational Resources to make science products more visible, discoverable and re-usable between and across Italy and Egypt;
  • All parties will collaborate to co-organise and run schools and tutorials in Italy and Egypt for the development of scientific applications on cloud-based e-Infrastructure using easy access tools and services such as Science Gateways;
  • All parties will contribute to the raising of awareness of both new potential users and decision makers in Italy and Egypt, through the presentation of their respective results, about the usefulness of cloud-based e-Infrastructures and federated identity services for Open Science;
  • All parties will explore any possibility to raise external funds (both at national and international level, especially in the framework of the Horizon 2020 framework programme) to sustain the above coordinated activities.