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.
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