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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.

PICSE & SLALOM organize workshop on Cloud SLA Contracts (7th March 2016, one day before Cloudscape 8th March, Brussels)

The European Open Science Cloud envisages a trusted, open environment for storing, sharing and re-using scientific data and results and supporting Open Science practices. How procurement practices, cloud contracts and SLAs affect the establishment of such environment? The PICSE (Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe) and SLALOM (Legal & open model terms for cloud SLA and contracts H2020-funded projects have been working to answer this question.

The workshop will be the opportunity to present to public procurers and policy makers the advances made in the cloud procurement and contract field and to establish a set of call for actions for the next 5 years.

Venue: European Commission CNECT unit premises, Avenue de Beaulieu 33, Room 0/54, Brussels


10:00 - 12:00 Welcome. Setting the scene

Guided conversations on legal and technical topics arising from the SLALOM and PICSE project work and that present thorny issues for procurers.

Main topics:

  • Major challenges in cloud contracts & SLAs
  • Intellectual property rights in the public sector cloud;
  • Liability of the provider for services offered to public organizations;
  • Data protection and security in public cloud;
  • What does “procuring cloud services” mean today?

Daniel Field, Atos  (SLALOM coordinator)

Bob Jones, CERN (PICSE Coordinator)

Stathis Karanastasis (ICCS)

David Bicket (CIF)

Gian Marco Rinaldi and Debora Stella, Bird & Bird

Registration: register for the event here.



Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.