Tuesday, March 19, 2013

And so it begins ... ISGC 2013

Well ISGC2013 has started properly with the opening session in the frankly massive main auditorium.

The session (and conference) began with some opening remarks from my boss Steven Newhouse, the director of, and a welcome from our host for the week Simon Lin. Then it was the back to Steven for a presentation on the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. As Steven explained sometimes it's difficult for members of the commission to know what the commission's future plan is but he gave a good forecast of what could be coming and what is expected from our community.

After the European perspective from Steven it was time for the view from the U.S. from Daniel Katz. Daniel works for the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) which is part of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate. He is very well placed to compare and contrast the differences between how the E.U. and U.S. work in this "e-science" space (cyberscience in the U.S.). He walked us through the massive range of work going on in the U.S. and what kind of work the National Science Foundation (NSF) is, has and will fund in cyberscience.

What was quite striking is how similar the various programmes being run by both the EC and the NSF are while being subtly different. This really seems to boil down to the long term view from both that these systems are about enabling world class science and research. If they are paying for these large, distributed systems they want it to work for people.

Well that is the week framed for Europe and North America but what about R.O.W.? Well that's why we are here, 4 days and talks from across the globe it's going to be a very interesting week!

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