• ESRF – European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

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    The ESRF is the world’s most intense X-ray source and a centre of excellence for fundamental and innovation-driven research in condensed and living matter science.
    The intense source of synchrotron-generated light produces X-rays 100 billion times brighter than the X-rays used in hospitals. These X-rays, endowed with exceptional properties, are produced at the ESRF by the high energy electrons that race around the storage ring, a circular tunnel measuring 844 metres in circumference.
    Each year, the demand to use these X-ray beams increases and near to 9000 scientists from around the world come to “beamlines”, each equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Located in Grenoble, France, the ESRF owes its success to the international cooperation of 22 partner nations, of which 13 are Members and 9 are Associates.

    ESRF role in PaNOSC

    The ESRF, which coordinates and manages the PaNOSC project, has spearheaded the development of a 4th generation storage ring with the Extremely Bright Source (EBS) project in the synchrotron community. Data management is a cornerstone of the upgrade. ESRF is the first major synchrotron to implement an Open Data policy including archiving data for 10 years. The experience of the ESRF implementing an Open Data policy since 2015 has been used in WP2 to update the Open Data policy framework for PaNOSC. The EBS source will provide new beamlines with unprecedented flux which in turn will generate huge quantities of data. Dealing with the future data deluge will be one of the challenges PaNOSC will help the ESRF address. Work packages WP4 will provide services on site and as part of EOSC to help users deal with the huge data volumes on site or remotely. ESRF will need to extend the NeXus standard to incorporate the new experimental setups. This will be done as part of WP3. The ESRF is leader in a number of open source software packages and therefore has a long experience in developing software and collaborating in Open Source projects. ESRF has been involved in the EOSC via the stakeholders meetings, EOSC Pilot, and is well aware and aligned with the goals of the EOSC. ESRF has committed itself in a number of actions directly linked to the EOSC (open data policy, data management, data services etc.). PaNOSC is the latest in the line of actions to link up with the goals of the EOSC and provide users with better data services. 

  • Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC)

    CERIC-ERIC integrates and provides open access to some of the best facilities in Europe, to help science and industry advance in all fields of materials, biomaterials and nanotechnology. With a single entry point to some of the leading national research infrastructures in 8 European countries, it enables the delivery of innovative solutions to societal challenges in the fields of energy, health, food, cultural heritage and more.

    CERIC role in PaNOSC

    CERIC-ERIC is involved in most of the PaNOSC work packages. It leads WP7 and WP9, and considerably participates in WP2 and WP3, which it co-leads. The expected impact of including CERIC-ERIC in PaNOSC is high, as the project will contribute to synchronisation of policies across a number of countries and scientific disciplines. It is of particular importance, since for some of the CERIC member countries, PaNOSC will be the only project submitted in the field of physical sciences (Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Italy), while for some others it will strengthen the coherence of the approach. This is the case of the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary, which participate in PaNOSC through ELI-DC. It is also important to mention that some of the partner facilities, such as the synchrotron at Elettra, have long term experience in the ideas behind the FAIR principles, as they participated from the very beginning to the PaNdata efforts, and will therefore significantly contribute to the delivery of the high quality solutions developed by the project. 

  • ELI Delivery Consortium

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    ELI-DC AISBL is an international non-profit association under Belgian law. It has been established to support the coordinated implementation of the ELI laser research facilities in Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania, preserve the consistency and complementarity of their scientific missions, and promote and advertise the wide range of future research opportunities of ELI to the user communities.

    ELI-DC role in PaNOSC

    ELI-DC is based on three complementary research facilities located in Szeged (Hungary), Dolní Břežany (Czech Republic) and Măgurele (Romania). The three pillars will serve thousands of users generating an estimated 5-10 PBytes of scientific data every year. ELI is committed to provide its users with state-of-the-art tools, methods and services for the acquisition, analysis, curation, and preservation of experimental data. Participation in PaNOSC is an essential step for ELI to make this objective position and ensure that ELI develops in an integrated way with EOSC. ELI has been providing significant contribution to every work-package of PaNOSC. In particular, it co-leads WP8 (Staff and User Training), which is very closely related to the capacity building requirements of ELI at this stage. ELI’s participation has been supporting the adoption and implementation of a data policy and data management practices that comply with FAIR principles within the future ELI-ERIC. Last but not least, ELI has been ensuring the representation of the laser community within the consortium. 

  • ESS – European Spallation Source

    The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. ESS is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, and the Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. ESS vision is to build and operate the world’s most powerful neutron source, enabling scientific breakthroughs in research related to materials, energy, health and the environment, and addressing some of the most important societal challenges of our time.

    The European Spallation Source ERIC has currently 13 members: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

    ESS is a partnership of European nations committed to collectively building and operating a multi-disciplinary research facility providing the world’s most powerful neutron source. The unique capabilities of ESS will both greatly exceed and complement those of today’s leading neutron sources, enabling new opportunities for researchers in materials science.

    ESS role in PaNOSC

    The European Spallation Source (ESS) is positioned as the vanguard of the next century of experimental science and the world’s next great Big Science facility, and has the unique opportunity of having the European Open Science Cloud being built in from the very start. Without the legacy of old data sets collected under old policies, ESS will be able to share all their data under FAIR principles. In PaNOSC, through the Data Management Center (DMSC) in Copenhagen, ESS leads WP3 (Data Catalog Services), leveraging it’s expertise in NeXus data formats and development of a new data catalog system in collaboration with Swedish synchrotron MAX IV and the Swiss Light Source (SLS) at PSI. ESS also leads WP8 on Staff and User Training, also thanks to its strong collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. Moreover, ESS has significant experience with virtual experiment simulations of use in WP5 (Virtual Neutron and X-ray Laboratory) and WP8. 

  • European Grid Infrastructure Foundation (EGI)


    EGI is a federated e-Infrastructure set up to provide advanced computing services for research and innovation.
    The EGI e-infrastructure is publicly-funded and comprises hundreds of data centres and cloud providers spread across Europe and worldwide.
    The federation is coordinated by the EGI Foundation, which has been created to manage the infrastructure on behalf of the EGI Council participants.
    The mission of EGI is to create and deliver open solutions for science and research infrastructures by federating digital capabilities, resources and expertise between communities and across national boundaries.

    EGI Foundation role in PaNOSC

    The EGI Foundation, as coordinator of the EOSC-hub project, has been providing the EOSC-hub technical support and service provisioning activities to ensure an effective integration of PaNOSC scientific applications and open data in the European Open Science Cloud, These include:

    ❖ EOSC service catalogue integration., with linked third parties, has been providing technical support and tools to include PaNOSC service and data providers into the Hub, the service integration and access management framework, ensuring that services and resources in EOSC can be seamlessly managed and operated. 

    ❖ Federated Cloud provisioning. PaNOSC has been relying on a cloud compute infrastructure computing leveraging the federation services offered by EGI with the support of EOSC-hub. The platform includes: cloud IaaS, storage virtualisation, VM provisioning and management through the Application Database, scaling and cloud bursting. The activity includes service enabling, operations and management of the infrastructure and technical support the services. The operations support has been performing problem-solving steps and managing proper involvement of second-level support for issue resolution. Cloud Compute will be provided by CESNET and DESY. 

    ❖ Notebook and Applications on Demand. EGI is responsible for the deployment and operation of Jupyter notebook service for the PaNOSC community, integrated with federated authentication, persistent storage for user notebooks, and access to PaNOSC datasets. Technical support to application porting is ensured. 

    ❖ Data transfer. A central data transfer service for data transfer scheduling has been provided and supported by STFC. The support activity includes requirements analysis, piloting, porting of existing applications to the service, and FTS3 operations. 

    ❖ Data archiving. A distributed data archiving facilities will be federated in order to experimentally host PaNOSC open data and co-locate that with computing facilities. A 1.5 PB facility will be collectively provided by CESNET, DESY and STFC. 

    ❖ Metadata harvesting. The PaNOSC community already makes use of standardised metadata formats in which the data is described. To extend the accessibility of PaNOSC data, all members will make their data available via data repositories, via the standardised metadata formats and made persistent via DOI’s. To increase the findability of PaNOSC data, PaNOSC has been developing a central metadata catalogue in which all metadata from PaNOSC members is collected. To provide added value to the PaNOSC researchers, a central metadata catalogue aims to provide domain specific search and browse functionalities. The goal is to make the PaNOSC central metadata catalogue harvestable through other search engines to support cross disciplinary research and to increase the scientific impact. PaNOSC has been collaborating with the EOSC-hub to leverage the expertise on metadata and to make the metadata harvestable. To develop the PaNOSC central metadata catalogue, EOSC-hub technologies have been explored and especially a feasibility study and pilot will has been conducted on the EUDAT B2FIND service. 

  • European XFEL

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    The European XFEL in the Hamburg area is a new international research facility of superlatives: 27,000 X-ray flashes per second and a brilliance that is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray sources open up completely new opportunities for science. Research groups from around the world are able to map the atomic details of viruses, decipher the molecular composition of cells, take three-dimensional “photos” of the nanoworld, “film” chemical reactions, and study processes such as those occurring deep inside planets. European XFEL has a workforce of more than 350 employees and started user operation September 2017. With construction and commissioning costs of 1.25 billion euro (at 2005 price levels) and a total length of 3.4 kilometres, the European XFEL is one of the largest and most ambitious European new research facilities to date. At present, 12 countries have signed the European XFEL convention: Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

    European XFEL role in PaNOSC

    The European XFEL (XFEL.EU) has produced high volumes of data since the start of its operations in 2017. With these data volumes and the high repetition rate of 27000 pulses per second to be used in the future, concepts of data stewardship, data policies, online and offline data reduction and analysis, as well as a metadata catalog are essential for successful operation. In PaNOSC, European XFEL leads the work packages on data analysis (WP4) and on “Virtual Neutron and X-ray Laboratory” (WP5), making in particular use of its experience with the Jupyter ecosystem and in integrating simulations and modeling of experimental observables into the data lifecycle. European XFEL works closely with DESY, in particular in the topics of data management and data analysis. Development of experiment simulation capabilities and associated open metadata standards (openPMD) for simulation data is performed in close partnership with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

  • Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)

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    The Institut Laue-Langevin is an international research centre at the leading edge of neutron science and technology.

    As the world’s flagship centre for neutron science, the ILL provides scientists with a very high flux of neutrons feeding some 40 state-of-the-art instruments, which are constantly being developed and upgraded.

    As a service institute, the ILL makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting scientists. Every year, about 1400 researchers from over 40 countries visit the ILL and 640 experiments selected by a scientific review committee are performed. Research focuses primarily on fundamental science in a variety of fields: condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology, nuclear physics and materials science, etc.

    The ILL also collaborates closely and at different levels of confidentiality with the R&D departments of industrial enterprises.

    ILL is funded and managed by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in partnership with ten other countries.

    ILL role in PaNOSC

    In 2011, the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) was amongst the first analytical facilities to adopt a Data Policy based on FAIR principles (resulting from the work done in the PaNDATA-Europe project). By the start of PaNOSC, the ILL was the only facility able to provide massive open data for piloting the services. Within the PaNOSC project, ILL will to be part of the ‘coalition of doers’ for building the EOSC. In line with the endorsement of the EOSC declaration, it has been involved in all work packages, co-leading WP4 (Data Analysis Services) and leading WP6 (EOSC Integration).

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