Brief description

DICE aims to enable a European storage and data management infrastructure for EOSC, providing generic services and building blocks to store, find, access and process data in a consistent and persistent way. Specifically, DICE partners are offering 14 state-of-the-art data management services together with more than 50 PB of storage capacity.

The service and resource provisioning will be accompanied by enhancing the current service offering in order to fill the gaps still present to the support of the entire research data lifecycle; solutions will be provided for increasing the quality of data and their re-usability, supporting long term preservation, managing sensitive data, and bridging between data and computing resources. All services provided via DICE are offered through the EOSC Portal and interoperable with EOSC Core via a lean interoperability layer to allow efficient resource provisioning. The partners are closely monitoring the evolution of the EOSC interoperability framework and guidelines to comply with the rules of participation to onboard services into EOSC, and the interoperability guidelines to integrate with the EOSC Core functions.

The data services offered via DICE through EOSC are designed to be agnostic to the scientific domains in order to be multidisciplinary and to fulfil the needs of different communities.

Duration:
Jan 2021 to Jun 2023
Type:
EOSC
High-Performance Computing

Our role

Trust-IT services leads 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.

Designing attractive value propositions for potential VA users is the key element to stimulate the usage of the DICE resources and services.
A series of Open Calls for Service Requests to stimulate usage of available resources and to obtain feedback on usage has been launched and promoted via the EOSC Portal. The promotion of the DICE services is supported by the release of use cases per scientific discipline/user role to provide examples of demonstrating workable solutions.
Relevant events for meeting with the demand side to promote the project offer have been identified to maximize the outreach of the project. This includes a series of DICE Community Roadshows featuring multi-disciplinary use cases.
Other activities include the implementation of powerful communication actions to reach the target audience such as periodic newsletters, video testimonials from use cases, etc., setup of tools to streamline internal communication, and liaison with other EOSC/HPC relevant projects (particularly those of INFRAEOSC-07) to establish synergies and expand the user base.

Impact

The DICE project is improving the quality of research and innovation, in particular for large scientific projects addressing the major issues of today -- from climate change to medicine -- with data-intensive techniques.

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Acknowledgements

The DICE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project call H2020-INFRAEOSC-2018-2020 under Grant Agreement no. 101017207