EGI-Engage: Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons

The EGI-Engage project is a collaborative effort involving more than 70 institutions in over 30 countries with the mission to give researchers easy and open access to the innovative digital services, data, knowledge and expertise they need for their work.

Over the last decade, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has built a distributed computing and data infrastructure to support over 21,000 researchers from many disciplines with unprecedented data analysis capabilities. EGI builds on the European and national investments and relies on the expertise of, a not-for-profit foundation that provides coordination to the EGI Community, including user groups, participants in the EGI Council, and the other collaborating partners.

The mission of EGI-Engage is to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.

The project specific objectives are:

Objective 1: Ensure the continued coordination of the EGI Community in strategy and policy development, engagement, technical user support and operations of the federated infrastructure in Europe and worldwide.

Objective 2: Evolve the EGI Solutions, related business models and access policies for different target groups aiming at an increased sustainability of these outside of project funding. The solutions will be offered to large and medium size RIs, small research communities, the long-tail of science, education, industry and SMEs.

Objective 3: Offer and expand an e-Infrastructure Commons solution.

Objective 4: Prototype an open data platform and contribute to the implementation of the European Big Data Value.

Objective 5: Promote the adoption of the current EGI services and extend them with new capabilities through user co-development.