The Project

Description

The nventory project targeted the formation of the European e·Infrastructures Observatory, a single-entry-point, one-stop-shop data warehouse, capable of representingžInfrastructure benchmarks and exhibiting European žInfrastructures achievements for networking, supercomputing and grids, while being expandable to emerging ežInfrastructures, through intuitive, interactive and user-friendly visualisation interfaces to allow for progress monitoring and impact assessment of žInfrastructures at regional and national level across the European Union and beyond.

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Scope

The aim of the nventory project was to carry out a design study that will set the grounds towards the European e·Infrastructures Observatory; through the collection and utilisation of appropriate indicators, the European e·Infrastructures Observatory is able to monitor žInfrastructures development and through an intuitive, interactive and user-friendly interface, communicates all findings to related stakeholders and to the public-at-large, in a seamless and impartial way.

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Structure

The nventory project has been structured in four distinctive groups of tasks, each one comprising of support activities that deal with specific aspects of the project implementation.

The first group of support activities addressed the initial conceptual analysis for the design and implementation of the European e·Infrastructures Observatory.

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Timeframe

The project action plan was structured so as to achieve (a) identification of a core set of benchmarking indicators for the European e·Infrastructures Observatory that will be the baseline for monitoring e·Infrastructures development progress, (b) Infrastructures stakeholders' feedback and consensus on the proposed structure and functionality of the European e·Infrastructures Observatory, and (c) European Infrastructures Observatory functionality demonstration through a prototype web platform that will be available to all Infrastructure communities and to the general public.

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e·Infrastructures

Europe actively supports an innovative way of conducting scientific research by the creation of a new environment for academic and industrial research in which 'virtual communities' share, federate and exploit the collective power of European scientific facilities. 'e·Infrastructure' refers to this new research environment in which all researchers - whether working in the context of their home institutions or as part of national or multinational scientific initiatives - have shared access to unique or distributed scientific facilities (including data, instruments, computing and communications), regardless of their type and location in the world.

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