The 315 billion euro investment package launched by the Juncker Commission was endorsed by the European Council in its meeting of 18 December 2014. In this blog post I will try and illustrate why this plan is important for the Research e-Infrastructures in Europe by briefly describing the plan, explaining the role of the Member States & regions and, finally, providing an extract of the illustrative list of projects relevant to e-infrastructures.
These are the main points that I take back to Brussels after one day and a half of inspiring presentations and fruitful conversations with members of the RDA and research e-Infrastructures communities.
RDA brings together all stakeholders in the field of research data. The institutional and governmental support is strong and scientific communities are engaged in solving specific data-related problems. The momentum must be sustained perhaps also through financial incentives. Involvement of computer scientists and industry must also be reinforced. Sharing of basic services across scientific communities must be pursued. On this the most advanced communities must take the lead. The initiative launched by Cristina Messa when closing the workshop will help in this respect. Continue reading “Some reflections after #RDAITEU2014”