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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

Past Events

The theme of the RDA Sixth Plenary Meeting will be Enterprise Engagement with a focus on Research Data for Climate Change. As a part of this focus Cap Digital & RDA have created a special Challenge designed to connect Climate Change related Data Sets with startups, SMEs and larger organizations with practical application for these data.

In order to explore further avenues for the establishment of an open, secure and trusted cloud computing Marketplace for European science, businesses and society, The Helix Nebula Initiative is organising an open day event entitled Towards a European Open Science Cloud in co-location with the Helix Nebula Initiative’s 6th General Assembly.

On the 22-23 June 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & PICSE Coordination and Helix Nebula Initiative Chair, attended the workshop "A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation". This workshop brought together participants from key research and innovation organisations to discuss EU policies on three interconnected topics: Open Science, the European Research Area and Innovation.

ESA is hosting a workshop to ignite the discussion among experts in this area on system aspects of optical communications from space. Optical space technologies have matured and are now ready to be applied in commercial satellite communication systems, bringing with them significant advantages such as much higher data rates, low probability of intercept, no restriction for frequency use, lower payload volume and mass and less power consumption requirements...

Bob Jones, CERN & PICSE coordinator, has represented PICSE & HNI at the Datacloud World Congress talking about cloud challenges related to integration, procurement, hybrid cloud and security.

Co-located with the WIRE conference, the e-IRG Workshop "Open Science and e-Infrastructures" will be focus on Open Science. Bob Jones, CERN, will present the European Open Science Cloud.

EGI has invited Helix Nebula to participate in their 2015 EGI Conference. The new governance model, deployment status and procurement will be discussed during the event. Bob Jones, CERN, will chair the session on cross-border procurement and make a presentation on Procurement processes for the public research sector...

On the 23rd of April 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & HNI Co-Coordinator, was invited by the European Commission to present the ‘European Open Science Cloud’ at the 3rd Digital European Research Area (ERA) Forum meeting.

The concept of open science and a European open science cloud seems to be widely accepted, but how to implement it remains largely unknown and Helix Nebula and the European Science cloud are examples that can be used to define the future structure.

The scientific program of CHEP2015 consisted of plenary sessions with invited oral presentations, a number of parallel sessions comprising oral and poster presentations, and an industrial exhibition.

The poster "Accessing commercial cloud resources within the European Helix Nebula cloud marketplace" demonstrating the work achieved by HNI at CERN was shown at the event.

Wolfgang Lengert, ESA Mission Manager & HNI representative, illustrated the creation of dynamic value chains building on GEO/GEOSS and how Helix Nebula helped fulfill a GEO task. The functionalities of the exploitation platform were highlighted and of interest of the audience.

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