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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 event was organized by the Italian National Research Council and aimed to foster effective collaboration between European and National Innovation Programmes.

The main findings of the event are summarised below:

PICSE and Helix Nebula were introduced as part of the EGI ENGAGE task on cross-border procurement.

This workshop, hosted by EMBL-EBI, brought together representatives of the life science research community with service providers from both within and outside the life science community such as European public e-Infrastructures and projects. ELIXIR, the European Research Infrastructure for Life Sciences, is expected to provide (either directly or through partnerships) a suite of integrated services to meet the needs of life science researchers across Europe.

Robert Jenkins, CloudSigma CEO & Co-founder & Helix Nebula representative, presented the INFOaaS (Information As A Service) model being implementing for ESA and the importance of achieving good usability in order to gain wider adoption.

The demonstration will highlight the diversity of cloud providers within the Helix Nebula Initiative and show how easily applications can be deployed on any of those providers. Considering both the technical and business aspects, the presentation will explain how scientific communities can take advantage of the Helix Nebula cloud platform through HNX. The demonstration will show the capabilities of the broker to manage the full lifecycle of multi-cloud applications, including application definition, automated deployment, scaling, collection of results, and clean up.

Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) is an innovative procurement practice that allows public organisations to work with industry to define the specifications for new un-existing services. PCP is a real procurement of R&D. Usually to share the risks of the procurement action, to unburden legal management and shorten the procurement process, public organisations opt for joint actions by combining the procurement actions of two or more contracting authorities. But what exactly is a joint PCP action? What are the legal implications? What are the main requirements?

PICSE - Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe is hosting the webinar "Legal aspects of Joint Pre-Commercial Procurements: from modeling to implementation", by Francesca Cinardo - Trento RISE, via the CERN webcast service.

On 26th February 2015, Atos attended the workshop on Data Location Restrictions organised by the European Commission.

The workshop discussed legal constraints and security issues pertaining to data movement within the EU/EEA.

The workshop highlighted the need for an EU-wide data classification scheme to enhance the users’ knowledge on data location.


The second international EuropeanaTech conference will be held on February 12th and 13th 2015 in Paris, France. Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services, will be there to describe PICSE and the opportunity of next ICT8 call to the Europeana community with the presentation "EU Procurement, support for Cloud technologies".

Robert Jenkins (CloudSigma) presented the Helix Nebula concept of federation of data and enabling technology, allowing the creation of easy interactions of intellectual property owners to derive within a market place environment (demand - supply). This interaction of IPs will obviously result in the creation of valuable information of scientific, societal and beneficial relevance, or even be attractive to be brought into a commercial context. The underlying business model is Information as a Service (InfoaaS).

On the 6th of February 2015, the Directorate "Net Futures" organises the Call 2 Information Day and Networking event for 'Future Internet' presenting the topics in the area of Future Internet in the second ICT call H2020-ICT-2015 published in October 2014. The deadline for submission of proposals is 14 April 2015.