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About DI4R 2016

The DI4R 2016 conference was co-organised by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and RDA Europe, and hosted by ACC Cyfronet AGH, Krakow's academic computing centre.

Europe's leading e-infrastructures invited all researchers, developers and service providers for three days of brainstorming and discussions at the Digital Infrastructures for Research event (28-30 September 2016).

The event was designed with research communities in mind and aims to foster broader adoption of digital infrastructure services and promote user-driven innovation. 

"Krakow will be the home of the first joint event organised by the major European e-Infrastructure initiatives," says Tiziana Ferrari, technical director of the EGI Foundation. "We will join efforts to support the needs of European researchers and international collaborations and EGI is proud of having been one of the main promoters of this new series of events."

"This event represents an important step towards greater collaboration between e-Infrastructures, which is very much required by research communities who want to be able to access network, data and computing resources in a seamless way” adds Damien Lecarpentier, EUDAT2020 project director.

"This is a golden opportunity for researchers, and those who support research, to engage in a dialogue with e-Infrastructure providers in one setting.  The goal is for the e-Infrastructure providers to better understand the how researchers work and the services they need.  In addition, researchers should come away from the event with a clearer understanding of the e-Infrastructure landscape and their service portfolio.  We will each learn from oneanother, and work towards the common goal of advancing science and research", says Steve Cotter, CEO GÉANT Association.

"Open research infrastructures are stepping stones for new products and services," says Tony Ross-Hellauer, OpenAIRE scientific manager. "We encourage all researchers to join our event to discuss open research infrastructures that have a long-term impact on the European scientific community."

Peter Wittenburg, executive director of RDA Europe adds that "digital infrastructures providing services from basic network, CPU and storage up to those populating the dynamic knowledge integration will determine our ability to extract knowledge from the data floods."