Monday, October 10, 2011

Hello to EUDAT, the EGI of data?

GridCast wants to say a big hello to the newly launched EUDAT project. EUDAT has been funded by the European Commission to provide an e-infrastructure to handle the massive amounts of data coming out of today's science -  it's quite a big task!

According to their website EUDAT aims to 'provide Europe’s scientific and research communities with a sustainable pan-European infrastructure for improved access to scientific data. Burgeoning volumes of valuable and complex data – newly available from powerful new scientific instruments, simulations and digitization of library resources – represents a fantastic opportunity for science, but has created new challenges related to data management, access and preservation. EUDAT aims to address these challenges and exploit the opportunities using its vision of a Collaborative Data Infrastructure.'

Hopefully in the future EUDAT's work will lead to a data infrastructure to complement the grid infrastructure provided by EGI and GÉANT's network infrastructure.

If you'd like to contribute to EUDAT's work you will be able offer your opinions through the EUDAT user forums as well as the Data Access and Interoperability Task Force. Check out their website for more info.

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