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IDGF Crowd computing presence at the 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit in London, February 20-22, 2014

The 3rd Citizen Cyberscience Summit will be held in London, February 20-22, 2014. This summit is a major Citizen Cyberscience event. On the first day the scene will be set - hearing from some of the leading figures in citizen science and exploring the process of public engagement and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of "extreme" citizen science projects, in rain forests, the arctic tundra, or urban jungles.

On the second day experts will discuss the hardware and software that powers citizen cyberscience. There will be panel discussions with citizen scientists about participation and engagement, and a showcase of new and future citizen science projects.

On the third day the Hack Day will continue with workshops about developing hardware and software prototypes, lightning talks with demos and mock-ups, and an Open Space to work on ideas and challenges. The organizers will wrap up the day with a Hack Day Show and Tell and a Reception.

There are several presentations about Desktop Grids and Crowd computing and several IDGF members talk about related projects:

- On Thursday, Juan Hindo will talk about World Community Grid and Volunteer Computing on Mobile Phones.
- On Friday,  Ofer Arazy, Associate Professor at University of Alberta, presents "The effects of online motivational stimuli on the likelihood of contribution to volunteer computing initiatives".
- IDGF member Fermin Serrano will lead a "Workshop on Policy recommendations to support Citizen Science in Europe" with crowd computing implications as well.
- On Friday IDGF member Peter Hannape, will talk about a Desktop Grid related topic: P2P Food Lab.
- On Saturday IDGF member Ben Segal will talk about LHC@home: new perspectives in citizen cyberscience for particle physics".
- This presentation is followed by IDGF member Ad Emmen talking about "Desktop Grid with Raspberry Pi - Setting up a Crowd computing demo corner to explain distributed computing".

Yannick Legré has been appointed director

Yannick Legré has been appointed director from February on. Catherine Gater who was acting director of will be leaving for the Europeana project led by the British Library in London. is co-ordinating a European e-Infrastructure consisting of a Grid and a federated Cloud.

Yannick Legré has been involved in the European Grid since the very early days with the European DataGrid project in 2001. Later on, he was the driving force of HealthGrid and participated in several European projects, including the DEGISCO Desktop Grid project.

6th International Workshop in Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers

The 6th International Workshop in Science Gateways (IWSG 2014) will be organized June 3-5, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. The Call for Participation on IWSG 2014 is now open. The deadline for paper abstract submission is March 24, 2014.

Science gateways are a community-specific set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated together via a web portal or a 
desktop application, providing access to resources and services of distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). Science gateways offer the 
potential to open the utilisation of DCIs to wider audiences by providing a customised and easy to use user interface to access large 
computational and data resources. The complexity of the underlying infrastructure can be completely hidden from the end-users by a 
suitably tailored interface. As interest in science gateways has accelerated in the past few years, an increasing number of new user 
communities can utilise grid or cloud computing resources in a convenient manner.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers and scientists from different scientific domains, along with science gateways developers, 
to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, to shape future directions for research, foster the exchange of ideas, 
standards and common requirements and push towards the wider adoption of science gateways in e-Science. 

The organizers invite the submission of papers related to various aspects of Science Gateways. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Science gateway enabling technologies and development frameworks
  • Ready to use science gateways in different areas and disciplines
  • Management of high-throughput data via science gateways
  • Portal technology and portal construction methods
  • Usage models and gateway tools in different disciplines
  • Security aspects of science gateways
  • Usability studies of science gateways
  • Workflows and service composition in science gateways
  • High level tools for managing grid and cloud portability
  • Demonstrations/success stories

There are three alternatives for researchers to present their work: talks, lightning talks, and demonstration sessions. Submission of a full paper may result in a talk, submission of an abstract may result in a lightning talk or a demonstration. Details of the call are available at

International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2014 to issue Call for Papers

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2014 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 22 to 28 March 2014, with co-located events and workshops. The conference is hosted by the Academia Sinica Grid
Computing Centre (ASGC), Taipei, Taiwan. The Programme Committee has issued a Call for Abstracts. The deadline for paper submission is December 2, 2013.

"Bringing the data scientist to global e-Infrastructures" is the theme for ISGC 2014. The last decade has seen the phenomenal growth in the production of data in all forms by all research communities to produce a deluge of data from which information and knowledge need to be extracted. Key to this success will be the data scientist -€“ educated to use advanced algorithms, applications and infrastructures -€“ collaborating internationally to tackle society's challenges.

ISGC 2014 will bring together researchers working in all aspects of data science from different disciplines around the world to collaborate and educate themselves in the latest achievements and techniques being used to tackle the data deluge. In addition to the regular workshops, technical presentations and plenary keynotes, ISGC this year will focus on how to grow the data science community by considering the educational foundation needed for tomorrow'€™s data scientist.

Topics of Interest include:

More information is available at

BioVel application now running on EDGeS@home

SZTAKI PERL and the International Desktop Grid Federation provide access to the SZTAKI Desktop Grid and EDGeS@home volunteer based infrastructures. On the ground of this fruitful cooperation, the team of the SZTAKI PERL has now been accepted as Friend of BioVeL.

BioVeL is a virtual e-laboratory that supports research on biodiversity issues using large amounts of data from cross-disciplinary sources. BioVeL offers the possibility to use computerised work flows (series of data analysis steps) to process data, be that from one's own research and/or from existing sources. At the core of BioVeL is a consortium of fifteen partners from nine countries, as well as an outer circle of Friends of BioVeL.

BioVeL is funded through the European Community 7th Framework Programme and is free and available to use via the Internet. BioVeL partners can join EDGeS@Home in supporting BioVeL - Biome-BGC Ecosystem Modelling and have fun with volunteer computing provided by SZTAKI PERL.

BioVeL has reached the full integration of Biome-BGC based web services and BOINC desktop grid technology, and the 'Biome-BGC Ecosystem Modelling application is running on the public EDGeS@home at beta level. Although single run simulations can be executed on the ECOS server, Monte Carlo experiment based sensitivity analysis, data-model harmonization and spatial extension work flows are computationally very demanding.

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