24 Nov 2015 Esch-sur-Alzette - During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Primeur Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Paolo Budroni from the University of Vienna. Paolo Budroni is representing the Austrian Ministry of Science as a new member of the e-IRG Delegates Meeting. The University of Vienna is one of the largest universities of the German-speaking countries. Since three years the University of Vienna is involved in e-Infrastructures. It started with the promotion of a nation-wide project called e-Infrastructures Austria.
The project goal was to create a network of institutions all over Austria. At this point in time all universities have been integrated into the network, except one, as well as the National Library and the institutions that are involved in research. The University of Vienna is addressing Research Infrastructures in the broader sense as well through ACOnet which is the backbone based at the University of Vienna. The university is running the largest computer centre of the country. The University of Vienna is also member of the Vienna Supercomputing Center in the initiative, called the Vienna Scientific Cluster.
Paolo Budroni talked about three relevant issues with regard to e-Infrastructures. The first one is the idea to consolidate the e-Infrastructure through all Austrian universities and institutions, including the ministries.
In June 2016, there will be organized a one-week workshop which has to be attended by each member of the e-Infrastructures Austria with the participation of one representative from the computing centres and one representative from the libraries.
A national survey has been run asking all Austrian researchers about their needs in the field of e-Infrastructures. A report of 200 pages has been prepared. Now, Paolo Budroni's team has the data on which they can decide the future development of e-Infrastructures. About 10 percent of the scientists returned their answers for the survey which is also available in English.
Paolo Budroni's team is also preparing a Letter of Intent. This is a written agreement between all computing centres and scientific libraries in Austria in order to push the idea of the e-Infrastructures.
In December 2015, a Task Force at national level has been established with the funding bodies, the Ministry of Science, the computing scientists and the libraries to create a White Paper on how to deal with research matters for the future.
The Austrian Ministry of Science is taking a systematic approach, starting with the basics and trying to create a wave on which to ride for the next initiatives.
With regard to e-IRG, Paolo Budroni finds it interesting to know that there is a supranational reference point at the European level. He hopes that e-IRG will become a knowledge think tank that will give impulses to all the initiatives.
Another issue are the policies on how to deal with research data and the long tail of data. The University of Vienna is running a Horizon2020 project, called LEARN wich stands for LEaders Activating Research Networks, about data management policy with the University College of London, the Liber Association and the University of Barcelona. The results will be available in 2017.