Open research platform as goal: GSI and FAIR awarded EU funding
To create a European science cloud, allowing universal access to research data through a single online platform – that is the aim of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative launched by the European Union member states. The EU project ESCAPE has now received a grant. ESCAPE (European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures) aims to address the common Open Science challenges in astronomy and particle physics research domains. FAIR and GSI are playing a decisive role in this comprehensive project.
ESCAPE, one out of five EOSC Initiative projects, is due to start in the first quarter of 2019. The European Commission is supporting the ESCAPE project with 16 million euros. Around EUR 1.3 million of this will go to GSI and FAIR - which once again underscores the excellence located here through the successful acquisition of third-party funding. GSI and FAIR can also contribute their competence and experience in data management to ESCAPE. With their expertise in green IT, high-performance computing and scientific computing, they also belong to the key players in this field. One of the most modern and efficient data centers in the world, the Green IT Cube, is already in operation on campus.
A deluge of data is expected in the coming years by the next generation facilities of astronomy and particle physics, including as a core piece the future FAIR accelerator center and its four large experimental pillars CBM, NUSTAR, PANDA and APPA. The million funding boost of the ESCAPE project will help Europe's world-leading research infrastructures work together to find common solutions to their data challenges, their data interoperability, their data access and to accentuate the openness of Fundamental Science research to the full international community, from professionals to the public.
The project is led by the national institute of nuclear and particle physics within CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), the French public research organisation, with a consortium of 31 partners including European partner institutions, pan-European research organisations, and medium-sized enterprises. Important partners are GSI and FAIR. (BP)