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Introduction to e-Infrastructure

AMERICAS supports ICT and e-Infrastructures collaboration to spread the benefits and power of world-class ICT-based infrastructures for R&D cooperation between Europe and Latin America.

The e-Infrastructures initiatives, such as RISC, GLORIA, EUBrazilOpenBio, ELCIRA, etc., contribute to create a new research environments for R&D international cooperation between EU-Latin America, supported by high capacity networks, grid and high performance computing. By disseminating the services provided by e-Infrastructures the AMERICAS project contributes to improve the deployment and use of these research facilities among the ICT research community, and therefore to foster the optimization and long-term sustainability of e-Infrastructures in Latin America.


EU-LAC ICT & e-Infrastructures Conference for R&D cooperation in Campeche, Mexico on 3-4 October 2013

The EU-LAC ICT & e-Infrastructures Conference for R&D cooperation is organized by the AMERICAS project and the Mexican NREN CUDI, in the framework of the CUDI’s Autumn Meeting in Campeche (Mexico) and with the support of the European Commission.

The Conference brought together over 200 participants from 10 countries: Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, USA, Spain, and also speakers from UK, Italy and the European Commission in Brussels that participated via videoconference. It was attended by delegates from RedCLARA and GEANT, Latin America’s NRENs (CUDI, RENATA, RedCONARE, RNP and REUNA), EU-LAC projects funded by the European Commission (AMERICAS, RISC, ELCIRA, CHAIN, M.-Inclusion) and other advanced computing initiatives, as well as researchers from Universities and industry (CISCO, NOKIA). 

The event showed the advance of ICT and e-Infrastructures research in Latin America and its potential for cooperation with Europe. It was organised around four topics:

  • EU-LAC cooperation in ICT & e-Infrastructures
  • e-Infrastructures in the EU-LAC political dialogue
  • ICT and e-Infrastructures priorities in Latin America
  • e-Infrastructures and Innovation in Latin America: Panel on Industry and Academia cooperation

The full agenda including presentations of the Conference can be found here.

The term e-Infrastructure refers to this new research environment in which all researchers - whether working in the context of their home institutions or in national or multinational scientific initiatives - have shared access to unique or distributed scientific facilities (including data, instruments, computing and communications), regardless of their type and location in the world.e-IRG

e-Infrastructures projects funded by the EC-FP7 ICT Programme

  • AGINFRA: A data infrastructure to support agricultural scientific communities Promoting data sharing and development of trust in agricultural sciences
  • ASSEMBLE: Association of European marine biological laboratories
  • BIOVEL:  Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory 
  • CHAIN REDS: Co-ordination and Harmonization of Advanced e-Infrastructures for Research and Education Data Sharing
  • CTA-PP: The Preparatory Phase for the Cherenkov Telescope Array 
  • ELCIRA: Europe Latin America Collaborative e-Infrastructure for Research Activities
  • EUBrazilOpenBio:  EU-Brazil Open Data and Cloud Computing e-Infrastructure for Biodiversity
  • GLORIA: GLObal Robotic telescopes Intelligent Array for e-Science
  • IMARINE: Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources 
  • MARINET: Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for Emerging Energy Technologies
  • RISC: A Network for Supporting the Coordination of Supercomputing Research between Europe and Latin America

e-Infrastructures networks

RedCLARAinterconnects the national advanced academic networks from Latin America among themselves and with networks in Europe (GÉANT2), the United States (Internet2), Asia (APAN)and the rest of the world, providing scientists, academics and researchers in the region with an infrastructure that allows them to effectively collaborate with the global scientific community.

Latin American National Research and Education Networks – NRENs:

  • Argentina: Red Nacional de Investigación y Educación - InnovaRed
  • Brazil: Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa -  RNP
  • Colombia: Red Nacional Académica de Tecnología Avanzada - RENATA
  • Chile: Red Universitaria Nacional - REUNA 
  • Mexico: Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet - CUDI

The e-Infrastructures activity focuses on ICT-based infrastructures and services that cut across a broad range of user disciplines. It aims at empowering researchers with an easy and controlled online access to facilities, resources and collaboration tools, bringing to them the power of ICT for computing, connectivity, storage and instrumentation. This allows for instant access to data and remote instruments, "in silico" experimentation, as well as the setup of virtual research communities (i.e. research collaborations formed across geographical, disciplinary and organisational boundaries).

-- Cordis