CSC is the non-profit Finnish national HPC centre providing supercomputing and networking services to Finnish academia, research institutes, public sector and industry. It supports a European-wide customer base of thousands of researchers in disciplines such as biosciences, linguistics, chemistry and mathematical modelling. CSC represents Finland in DEISA, EGEE, EGI, PRACE and ELIXIR with staff holding key positions in these initiatives.CSC also has expertise in data management and collaborates with the Finnish National Library and National Film Archive for service provision and long term storage. CSC is also the coordinator of EUDAT, one of the largest pan-European e-Infrastructure projects cofunded by the EC. EUDAT is a three-year project that will deliver a Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) with the capacity and capability for meeting future researchers' needs in a sustainable way. With the inclusion of disciplines from across the spectrum of scientific endeavour in a common infrastructure, EUDAT will also provide the opportunity for data-sharing between disciplines and cross-fertilisation of ideas.CSC's primary contribution will be working with NordForsk in the development of policy recommendations synthesising the intervention modelling and evaluation framework developing activities and overseeing the implementation of those models and frameworks in use cases studies.
The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the third-level education sector. In addition, it is the funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of designated higher education institutions.The Principal Functions of the HEA are to assist in the coordination of state investment in higher education and to prepare proposals for such investment, to further the development of higher education and to maintain a continuous review of the demand and need for higher education Research Programmes.The HEA's commitment to research is testament to the significant investment that has been made to date in programmes designed to enhance the research capabilities, capacity and infrastructure of Ireland‟s higher education institutions. HEA fuding programmes offer third-level institutions an opportunity to build infrastructure, invest in capacity and facilitate institutional strategies and inter-institutional collaboration.The HEA also provides the funding for Ireland's National Education and Research Network (HEA-net), providing high quality Internet services to students and staff in Irish Third Level Institutions. The HEA is the National Contact Point (NCP) for Research Infrastructures within the “Capacities” specific programme of FP7.The HEA's primary contribution to SIM4RDM will be leading and co-ordinating the communications workpackage.
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) provides leadership in the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) to support tertiary education and research across the UK. JISC funds a range of programmes and a national services portfolio. This portfolio includes: JANET, the UK‟s education and research network, and a test-bed, managed-bandwidth, optical network, Aurora; The UK Access Management Federation – a standards-based federation with members from more than 150 HE institutions, 300 Further Education Colleges and major publishers. It also supports the entire schools sector in England; the National Grid Service, providing high performance network, computing and data storage facilities for researchers. JISC also funds the subscription for the UK representative in the the European Grid Initiative (EGI) and has representation on the EGI boards; a range of other national repositories and archives, as well as other e-infrastructure initiatives such as the Digital Curation Centre and the National text Mining Centre; more than 30 national content delivery and advisory services on all aspects of ICT infrastructure for the whole of the UK education and research community. JISC drives innovative use of ICT in education and research through a series of highly successful innovation programmes that cover infrastructure areas such as: Open Access and repositories for both research and educational resources; the integrated information environment to provide seamless access to resources across the network; virtual research environments; and, a large coordinated initiative to improve Research Data Management across UK Universities. JISC manages the SIM4RDM project coordination and communications. It is also responsible for the development of an Intervention Modelling Framework building upon the expertise in the nationally funded Research Data Management programme.
The National Information Infrastructure Development Institute (NIIFI) is Hungary's Education and Research network. It represents a large, mostly academic user community over the Hungarian customer landscape. In addition to the standard data network services NIIFI offers a broad set of services to its scientific user community to facilitate Hungarian research, development and innovation.During 10 years of experience in the areas of distributed scientific computing and data storage, NIIFI has augmented a large piece of distributed scientific infrastructure and corresponding support services that are broadly used for contemporary scientific simulations and data processing. In these services the whole innovation chain is supported from the highlevel algorithmic support to the final exploitation of the scientific data produced. Among the numerous national and international representations NIIFI has also been involved in developing a distributed scientific data manager application called Chelonia within the EC funded KnowARC project.NIIFI plans to bring both technical and managerial experience to the SIM4RDM project. Well-trained software engineers and programmers will support the technical objectives, while experts in workpackage leadership as well as appropriate documentation constituents will be aiding the realization of higher-level plans.NIIFI's primary contribution will be leading and developing the evaluation framework workpackage.
NordForsk is an organisation that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy. NordForsk supports cooperation within all fields of research. Normally projects involve cooperation between at least three Nordic countries or autonomous areas. Grants are awarded on the basis of open calls for proposals and peer review procedures.NordForsk also initiates debate on research policy issues and provides the Nordic Council of Ministers with the best possible policy advice as a basis for joint Nordic research strategies and priorities.The Board of NordForsk is comprised of representatives from the five Nordic research councils, the Nordic University Association, and trade and industry.NordForsk's primary contribution in SIM4RDM will be working with CSC in the development of policy recommendations synthesising the intervention modelling and evaluation framework developing activities and overseeing the implementation of those models and frameworks in use cases studies.
SURF is the collaborative organisation for higher education institutions and research institutes aimed at breakthrough innovations in ICT in the Netherlands. At present SURF represents over sixty institutions (academic universities, universities of applied sciences, research centres and centres for documentary information services). SURF is also active in many international collaborative platforms such as JISC, TERENA and GLIF. SURF's Strategic Plan is the guide for its activities. The Strategic Plan covers several years and is formulated by the participating institutions.SURF comprises of SURFnet, SURFmarket and SURFshare. As of the 1st of January 2013 SARA, the Dutch national HPC centre will become part of SURF and will be known as SURFsara. SURF has a specific mandate to enhance collaboration within research institutions in six focus areas which are relevant to this ERA-NET. They are E-Learning; Scholarly Communication; Information Processes; Identity Management; Standardisation; and Digital Rights. In its current SURFshare programme SURF focuses on a number of relevant topics, including enhanced publications, metadata and the preservation of research data.SURF's primary contribution in the project concerns the description of the current and envisaged landscapes as to what interventions in the area of research data management support have or will be put into place.