Trust-IT Senior Research Analyst John Favaro recently attended the EUDAT 2022 conference from 13-15 September 2022 in Athens, Greece, representing the DICE project, where John is the lead for communications and outreach. DICE offers free data management services for EOSC open science researchers from trusted European providers for the entire duration of DICE, with particular emphasis on offering the suite of EUDAT services.
In their capacity as close partners of EUDAT, John and his DICE colleagues co-organized the programme of the conference together with EUDAT personnel, taking care to include dedicated sessions highlighting the contributions of DICE to the overall European storage and data management infrastructure for EOSC. John co-chaired (together with DICE Coordinator Debora Testi of CINECA) a session on the Data Management Use Cases. He introduced the session by explaining that the use cases were selected to represent several different sectors, in order to highlight the general cross-domain applicability of the DICE / EUDAT data management services. Two DICE use case presentations immediately followed. The first was the CompBioMed use case in the computational biomedical area, where DICE representative Narges Zarrabi of SURF reported on using DICE services to move toward FAIR data in that discipline. Next, Hanno Holties of ASTRON spoke on the latest developments in the DICE LOFAR use case. LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) is currently the largest radio telescope operating at the lowest frequencies that can be observed from Earth, and Hanno reported on the publication of a LOFAR data release.
The conference closed with a session dedicated entirely to recent technical developments in DICE, with reports from leaders of development tasks on topics ranging from integration of DICE services to the development of a new B2INST service for integrating scientific instruments into EUDAT – something scientists have been requesting for some time – to the elaboration of appropriate policies and support infrastructure for Long Term Preservation of data. One highlight of the session was the report by Chris Ariyo of CSC on the DICE work in support for the management of sensitive data. In this regard, just a few weeks earlier, John had presented an overview of sensitive data in the EOSC ecosystem in the sixth EOSC Future “Ask Me Anything” webinar, where participants had the opportunity to interact directly with DICE and other experts working with sensitive data. The webinar recording of John#s talk during the webinar is available.
In summary, EUDAT 2022 was an opportunity for rich interaction and exchange among DICE partners and other projects within the EUDAT and the broader EOSC ecosystems.
Trust-IT Services lead the activities related to outreach, stakeholder engagement, and service uptake, focusing on increasing awareness of the services available in DICE, and fostering the uptake of Virtual Access (VA) requests.
The overriding objective of the DICE Communication strategy is to widely promote the DICE mission, its activities, and outputs with tailored and timely messages, supporting a growing community of users of the DICE data management and storage resources across international borders and domains.
Discover the DICE project's free data management services for EOSC open science researchers from trusted European providers for the entire duration of DICE, with particular emphasis on offering the suite of EUDAT services.