WP2 - Dissemination, Training and Outreach

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Objectives

This work package will aim at disseminating information to the science/research community, to policy-makers but also to a wide range of public (in order to increase awareness outreach) on the CHAIN-REDS project objectives, activities and outputs. The feedback collected from the different audiences will input other work-package activities. The main focus of this WP will be on:

  • Offering to users a repository of key information related to advanced eInfrastructures for research and education data sharing Implementing an interactive, consistent and dynamic website (a platform): well-organised, regularly edited, displaying a timely and original content, etc
  • Producing effective communication materials (including e-Newsletters, brochures and posters)
  • Organising dissemination/networking/thematic/training workshops
  • Offering policy support and feedback to the EC (e.g. Horizon 2020 work-programmes).

 

Description and Tasks

 

Task 2.1: Project communication material - Leader: SIGMA


FACT-SHEET, BROCHURES, BOOKLET AND POSTERS
A project graphical identity (including project logo) will be prepared at the very beginning of the project. A project fact sheet / brochure will be produced, made available online and printed in 10500 copies for dissemination through the project partners and on the occasion of events the project will contribute to. A revised version of this brochure will be prepared at month 13 in order to include substantial results that the project is planned to have obtained at this date. Posters will be printed as well and used at events the project will contribute to.
A Booklet (prepared by INFN and designed by Sigma) entitled “Long Term Global Collaboration in eInfrastructures” will be produced at Month 20 based on the outcomes of WP3, WP4 and WP5 activities. The booklet will provide guidance and recommendations for roadmap for long-term global collaboration in eInfrastructures and harmonization of existing polices. These can act as for input to policy and decision-making mechanism, harmonized with European Digital Agenda and the upcoming Horizon 2020.

 

BI-ANNUAL E-NEWSLETTER
One of the key objectives of the project is to actively disseminate information to a wide community of stakeholders, including both information specific to project activities or to more general cooperation opportunities such as Horizon 2020. Although the project website will be CHAIN-REDS’s principal information repository, a concise e-Newsletter will also be published on a bi-annual basis (and circulated to over 8,000 key stakeholders in the field), in order to ensure stakeholders are kept informed in a pro-active and dynamic manner. A lighter customised newsletter could be also delivered to the general public in order to enhance the outreach. The e-Newsletter will in the first instance draw reader’s attention to new material published on the website (e.g. project reports). In addition, the e-Newsletter will publish highlights of these reports as well as general project news, event announcements, or invitations to participate in surveys will also be posted on the website. Member organisations of the consortium will also be presented. Other regular features in the e-Newsletter will include profiles of key stakeholders in the field; interviews with representatives of the international eInfrastructure research communities; success stories of existing research cooperation in the field; specific information related to Horizon 2020 cooperation opportunities; guest articles by eminent experts in the domain; and other articles as may be appropriate. All consortium partners will contribute to the newsletters by providing news items, interviews, articles from experts, etc. A close synergy will be ensured between the CHAIN-REDS and the iSGTW e-Newsletters to avoid duplicating efforts and to secure complementarities.

 

Task 2.2: Project website - Leader: INFN


The CHAIN-REDS project will establish a project specific website aligned with the project’s specific objectives and not duplicating services offered by other related initiatives or programmes. This website will serve as the primary repository of the project information, including project public reports (reports restricted to the CHAIN-REDS partnership and to the EC Services will be uploaded on a hidden page and a login/password circulated to all project partners, EC officer and project reviewers), inventories and analyses. The website will also announce forthcoming project opportunities, highlight relevant news items and link to other relevant services/initiatives.
A virtual helpdesk which researchers willing to engage in eInfrastructure research cooperation activities could access for advice for example with regard to the functioning of Horizon 2020 instruments will be implemented. This helpdesk will be accessible electronically and ensure a rapid response to queries drawing on the considerable knowledge resources of the consortium partners. The CHAIN-REDS project being defined in continuity with the FP7 CHAIN project (ending on November 30th 2012), it will most probably get its url from the running website: www.chain-project.eu. The present Task will thus logically extend the information and services provided on this web based portal. Special efforts will be made in the first 4-month period of the project to improve the current version of the website in order to offer extended services and to more easily collect useful inputs from other initiatives.

 

Task 2.3: Project events - Leader: SIGMA


The organisation of informative/cooperation/thematic events plays a significant role not only in explaining cooperation opportunities on eInfrastructures to interested communities but also in offering networking opportunities among parties willing to engage in collaborative projects. The CHAIN-REDS events will therefore be important project milestones offering direct interaction between experts and key stakeholders in the field in order to harness the vast opportunities offered by eInfrastructures and related services for socio-economic growth.
This task will mainly aim at:

  • Enhancing the effort of several eInfrastructures for research and education to interoperate with Europe addressing interoperability, interoperations and cloud federation evolutions
  • Raising awareness on the opportunities of data sharing across different eInfrastructures and continents widening the scope of the existing CHAIN Knowledge Base to Data Infrastructures
  • Proposing lines of actions, possible future initiatives and projects that can fit into the European Digital Agenda and the next Horizon 2020 work programme
  • Demonstrating the relevance of intercontinental cooperation in several scientific fields addressing existing and emerging Virtual Research Communities (e.g. Earth Science, Climate Change, Genomics, etc.) and proposing pragmatic approaches that could impact on the everyday work of the single researcher, even if not structured in a VRC
  • Providing a forum for discussions and debates on recent developments and perspectives in the field
  • Ensuring the CHAIN-REDS project partners deliver tangible and win-win outcomes to the relevant communities by sharing and debating the project outputs

CHAIN-REDS will accordingly organise 5 workshops and 1 conference. An indicative list of the possible locations is:

  • 1 workshop in Africa (Malawi, TBC) to be organised by UbuntuNet
  • 1 workshop in India to be organised by INFN and SIGMA ORIONIS
  • 1 workshop in Asia (PR China, TBC) to be organised by IHEP
  • 1 workshop in Latin America (Chile, TBC) to be organised by CLARA
  • 1 workshop in an Arab Country (Jordan, TBC) to be organised by ASREN
  • 1 final conference in Europe (Brussels, TBC) to be organised by SIGMA ORIONIS

Those 1-day workshops (50 attendees expected) will possibly be synchronised with related events and/or Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals announcements. Those workshops will all include a primary focus on CHAIN-REDS activities but they will also include a wider scope. Plenary presentations and group discussions will privilege presentation and sharing of real experiences and best practices. The CHAIN-REDS workshops will typically consist of (accordingly to the region needs and interests):

-  Presentation of the CHAIN-REDS project (activities, results, objectives)

-  Presentation of the cooperation opportunities on eInfrastructures (status and perspectives)

-  Overview of the eInfrastructures research status in the considered region

-  Training (if appropriate) with regard to accessing the identified funding instruments (Horizon and others)

-  Presentation of background documents in the field

-  Other thematic session and networking/brokerage event among potential partners

CHAIN-REDS will produce a rich and diverse series of outputs of interest to a broad community of stakeholders. The outputs should, however, be seen in an integrated and not isolated manner, especially to allow synergy between them to be leveraged. The comprehensive presentation of the project results can best be achieved through the organisation of a final CHAIN-REDS conference. A delegate survey will be systematically performed after each event, the results of which will be integrated into an event report detailing its organisation and main outputs.

 

Task 2.4 – Advanced Knowledge Transfer - Leader: INFN


CHAIN-REDS is planning to fully exploit the collaboration with the EPIKH project, providing only complementary actions and/or providing funding support to items that are not eligible under a Marie Curie Action. In addition, it will keep on collaborating with initiatives which aim to enhance the expertise of users and DCI administrators worldwide. Both projects, EPIKH and CHAIN-REDS, will incorporate the road-maps and proposed models produced by CHAIN and by CHAIN-REDS in the future in their further collaborative events. CHAIN-REDS will also cooperate in defining possible new training programs and activities foreseen in other existing and future projects. This synergistic approach is reflected in the proposed work plan described and it is witnessed by the attached letters of support from the EPIKH management.