Monday, July 30, 2012

e-ScienceTalk collaborating with ERINA+and Virtus!

e-ScienceTalk is working alongside two important projects.

In June 2012, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ERINA+. Evaluating impact is now an integral part of EU funded projects but deciding on appropriate metrics, and articulating the effects and benefits of a project can be quite a challenge.  This is where ERINA+ can provide guidance. The project is dedicated to helping standardise the way e-Infrastructure projects assess their socio-economic impacts and aims to make it far easier for projects to monitor and report their results. Over the last few months, the project has been refining its 'online assessment tool'. This online portal will allow individual projects to gather the right-kind of data and metrics in order to perform a self-evaluation. In my role as e-ScienceTalk's resident impact assessor, it will be really interesting to see the results of this work and their recommendations, which will be presented at the eChallenges Conference in the beautiful city of Lisbon in October. e-ScienceTalk is currently helping the ERINA+ team refine their ‘online tool’.

The other project that we have been working with, has helped e-ScienceTalk develop our 3-D virtual world within e-ScienceCity. This virtual island is hosted in the New World Grid, which is owned by a not-for-profit organisation, Virtus. e-ScienceTalk and Virtus recently formalised its relationship by signing a MoU. New World Grid is based on the Open Sim software, so those accustomed to Second Life or Open Sim will see many similarities. Since the launch of New World Grid in 2008 there has been 13,883 registered users. This avatar-enabled virtual venue being developed within e-ScienceCity, will be dedicated to not only e-science, but e-meetings and e-learning. The team are currently busy behind the scenes constructing the newest section for the City...and very soon visitors will be able to scale the heights of the HPC Tower to find out more about supercomputing and High Performance Computing.

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