Continuing the discussion from Ansible Training For Eko-Konnect Community:
Attached to the DevOps 4 FedId training in Lagos which we are planning together with Eko-Konnect, we want to have an Open Day wherein we invite researchers to participate in a discussion around how e-Infrastructure providers can better support them. This topic is to discuss the outline and goals of the day, and would be of interest to @OwenIyoha_52c6 and @Omo.Oaiya.
As discussed over email, the aim of this half-day seminar is to start a conversation between the two sides of the e-Infrastructure equation - those who need it and those who provide it. The event will be open to all researchers, and will have contributions from both sides of the equation. An overview of the e-Infrastructure model would be given, explaining how NRENs and other institutes provide services to research communities and how researchers could typically benefit from these services. Examples of services are
- Identity Federations : Improving access to services and researcher mobility
- Computing and Data Infrastructures: Enabling digital research and teaching
- Collaboration tools : enabling research communities in conducting the day-to-day execution of their research
- Open Access data and document repositories : improving the visibility and impact of research, and access to research output.
- Interoperable infrastructures : removing barriers to regional and international collaboration
This is the outline of the "offer", to start the conversation. In reply, we expect there to be a few outlines of the "demand" - presentations by prominent or promising researchers which would have need of some or all of these services. They might be asked to outline their research agenda and explain the typical workflow.
So I suggest we have the following agenda :
Title : "A Federated Platform for Open Science" - Bruce Becker for the Sci-GaIA project
Description : Access to relevant services is crucial to the smooth execution of collaborative research. This presentation will provide an overview of a model of these services and how, using identity federations and service interoperability, research communities can access, exploit and collaborate around a wide set of services necessary for the smooth execution of their research programme. We show how various models of research projects can be improved and accelerated by using the services in the platform.
Title : "The Africa-Arabia Regional Operations Centre - Regional infrastructure for e-Science" - Bruce Becker for AAROC.
Description : Access to high-performance computing and data services are crucial in the pursuit of modern science, however many researchers are cut off from these resources due to the lack of local availability. The Africa-Arabia Regional Operations Centre provides a means to give transparent access to these resources, based on a collaboration between several institutes across the region, who provide a unique point of access, independent of geographic location. The presentation will show how technical collaboration at regional scale enables both individual researchers as well as large-scale collaboration, and describes how institutional engagement is crucial in supporting these activities.
Title: Research Case 1 - speaker TBD
Description: The needs and issues facing research case 1
Title: Research Case 2 - speaker TBD
Description: The needs and issues facing research case 2
Title : NRENs : tying together communities - Speaker : TBD (@OwenIyoha_52c6 ?)
Description : An NREN is more than just a provider of connectivity : by design, it reaches the largest possible technical and scientific communities. The services needed by research communities are often varied and complex, and providing them at scale is where an NREN usually proves it's worth. We will discuss the value proposition of the NREN in taking ownership and curating community participation on these tools, in Nigeria and discuss how this has had success on other regions. Proposals for how institutes can contribute to and benefit from the coordination of these services and collaboration with the NREN will be discussed.
Round Table : opening the floor to discussion and ideas (all)
Each presentation could be 20-30 minutes, making for 1-2 hour seminar, with some time at the end for a round-table discussion.
- Institutional engagement is important. we need DVC's or similar in the audience to hear the message and consider how best to dedicate resources.