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Primeur weekly 2018-04-16

Focus

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real qubits ...

UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy ...

New qubit now works without breaks ...

Prototype of most advanced quantum memory presented by two Kazan universities ...

The thermodynamics of computing ...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO ...

ISC launches Travel Grant Programme to enable students and young researchers to attend the conference ...

Student develops gaming technology for environmental and scientific research ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Academia and industry collaborate to drive UK supercomputer adoption ...

Middleware

Queen Mary University of London HPC cluster performance increases several orders of magnitude, saving time and cost ...

Hardware

University of Texas hires next director of no. 1 ranked computational institute ...

James Ang joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as chief scientist for computing ...

Fujitsu commences sales of PRIMERGY x86 server aimed at data centre companies ...

Tohoku University deploys vSMP Foundation for "The Supercomputer System" ...

Chinese leading weather research institute selected Mellanox InfiniBand, replacing OmniPath in an existing data centre ...

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore's Law ...

Top HPC clusters and workstations for AI, ML developed by Nor-Tech ...

Demonstration of world record: 159 Tb/s transmission over 1,045 km with 3-mode fiber ...

Applications

Boston partners with Excelero and Pixit Media at NAB to demo joint solution for media workflows ...

Fujitsu launches "Heart Explorer" to study heart behaviour ...

U.S. Department of Energy supports doctoral research into on-site analysis of supercomputer simulations ...

Scientists use machine learning to speed discovery of metallic glass ...

Machine learning could help search for gravitational waves ...

Artificial Intelligence can now detect gravitational waves ...

Jon Bashor retires after 27 years of service to national labs ...

Research and software: perspectives from different communities ...

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes ...

How to catch a fish genome with Big Data ...

Translational research community debates on the EGA and its impact on health ...

The Cloud

Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC ...

St. Jude Cloud launches for researchers worldwide ...

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data

13 Apr 2018 Amsterdam - During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad a conversation with Erik Schultes, International Science Coordinator at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office in Leiden, the Netherlands. Erik Schultes originally comes from the United States and has worked for eight years in the Netherlands in a research group, led by Barend Mons, at the Leiden University Medical Centre. Over time, the research group developed more and more an interest in issues related to data stewardship in order to get a handle on it.

This led the research group to where it is now by opening an International Support and Coordination Office for GO FAIR. The office is based in Leiden, not necessarily associated directly with the university or the medical centre but located very close by.

Primeur Magazine:To refresh our memories, what exactly is GO FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)?

Erik Schultes:In April 2016, the European Commission announced the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative. Now that there is a very strong interest in figuring out the governance and the implementation of the EOSC, GO FAIR is a bottom-up initiative that has a mandate to coordinate the creation of a component, of an Internet that is made of FAIR data and services. It is really a fast-track implementation of EOSC. That is how it is seen in a European context but, of course, if data is really to be rendered FAIR, this is something that is global in scale. The mandate of the GO FAIR Office is international, starting in Europe but eventually going beyond Europe.

Primeur Magazine:The GO FAIR Office is a bottom-up initiative by the Netherlands, France and Germany. Should it stay with those three countries?

Erik Schultes:No. In fact, there is interest among other Member States to join GO FAIR as well. The structure of this is all being worked out, as we move along. What we envision at this point and what we see is likely to happen is that there is an international coordinating office, now located in Leiden, but there could very well be, in some cases, national-level GO FAIR offices as well, coordinating national-level activities. The idea for the GO FAIR initiative is that there are implementation networks that are created or that are spontaneously coming up from below. Each of these networks might be interested in or focused on a component of a FAIR Internet of data and services. It is the job of the GO FAIR Office to coordinate these different activities in the different implementation networks.

Primeur Magazine:So, the Office itself doesn't do anything except coordinating?

Erik Schultes:Exactly, that is a great way to put it. We like to say in the Office that we don't do anything. It is really up to other people. The primary goal would be to avoid the reinvention of the wheel in different isolated contacts, or to avoid the adoption of conflicting standards when maybe somebody's decisions would have been kind of arbitrary anyway. We can be there as a hub to facilitate communication between different implementation networks that may have interdependencies. This can catalyze the process of launching an Internet of FAIR data and services in that way.

Primeur Magazine:How is the Office funded?

Erik Schultes:The original funding for the GO FAIR Office in Leiden came from the Dutch government, from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). As of December 1, 2017, there is joined funding from the Dutch and German governments. The French government is very close to being a contributor but it is not sure whether they have yet signed on officially. There is also a list of other Member States that are ready and have been involved in discussions to join the GO FAIR initiative.

Primeur Magazine:GO FAIR is just one element of the whole European Open Science Cloud initiative?

Erik Schultes:The GO FAIR approach is complementary to the EOSC pilots that are starting up now. It is different but complementary. It is seen as a launch path for EOSC, it is the main driving use case right now. In terms of the inherent international aspects of having data rendered automatically interoperable and discoverable, this is a global problem. So we can also facilitate solutions that might extend beyond Europe.

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Primeur weekly 2018-04-16

Focus

GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data ...

Quantum computing

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real qubits ...

UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy ...

New qubit now works without breaks ...

Prototype of most advanced quantum memory presented by two Kazan universities ...

The thermodynamics of computing ...

Focus on Europe

GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO ...

ISC launches Travel Grant Programme to enable students and young researchers to attend the conference ...

Student develops gaming technology for environmental and scientific research ...

Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiang Zhu wins the 2018 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC ...

Academia and industry collaborate to drive UK supercomputer adoption ...

Middleware

Queen Mary University of London HPC cluster performance increases several orders of magnitude, saving time and cost ...

Hardware

University of Texas hires next director of no. 1 ranked computational institute ...

James Ang joins Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as chief scientist for computing ...

Fujitsu commences sales of PRIMERGY x86 server aimed at data centre companies ...

Tohoku University deploys vSMP Foundation for "The Supercomputer System" ...

Chinese leading weather research institute selected Mellanox InfiniBand, replacing OmniPath in an existing data centre ...

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore's Law ...

Top HPC clusters and workstations for AI, ML developed by Nor-Tech ...

Demonstration of world record: 159 Tb/s transmission over 1,045 km with 3-mode fiber ...

Applications

Boston partners with Excelero and Pixit Media at NAB to demo joint solution for media workflows ...

Fujitsu launches "Heart Explorer" to study heart behaviour ...

U.S. Department of Energy supports doctoral research into on-site analysis of supercomputer simulations ...

Scientists use machine learning to speed discovery of metallic glass ...

Machine learning could help search for gravitational waves ...

Artificial Intelligence can now detect gravitational waves ...

Jon Bashor retires after 27 years of service to national labs ...

Research and software: perspectives from different communities ...

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes ...

How to catch a fish genome with Big Data ...

Translational research community debates on the EGA and its impact on health ...

The Cloud

Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC ...

St. Jude Cloud launches for researchers worldwide ...