-A +A

South East European Research Area for eInfrastructures (2009-2012)

The South-East European eInfrastructure initiatives aim to ensure equal participation of the region in European networking and Grid computing trends. SEEREN initiative has established regional network and SEE-GRID the regional Grid. SEE-LIGHT project is currently establishing dark-fibre backbone in the region, and SEE-GRID-SCI empowering strategic regional user communities in common use of the eInfrastructure. Close collaboration of National Research & Education Networks and National Grid Initiatives in the region was crucial in materialising this vision. The above initiatives have also raised awareness of national ministries for the necessity of local programmes and financial support for eInfrastructures: a number of ministries have contributed to local network funding and regional interconnections, as well as national Grid programmes.

SEERA-EI will capitalise on this momentum and link national-level programme managers and provide an open forum for information exchange, in order to enable coordination of national programmes in eInfrastructures, and to set the framework for a common regional agenda. The project will gather and exchange information regarding current programmes and carry out a state-of-the-art analysis; produce set of best practices and guidelines for national eInfrastructure programmes; and identify areas for joint regional activities, ranging from short-term soft actions, mid-term policy-level actions, to preparatory activities for long-term actions.

SEERA-EI will reduce fragmentation of national programmes, create a harmonised approach to national-level initiatives in eInfrastructures, ensure local commitment, and pave the way towards common regional vision, strategy and sustainable cooperation which will give the region a common voice on European and international stage and strengthen the ERA as a whole, enabling collaborative high-quality research across a spectrum of scientific fields.

Project Objectives:

  • Develop and strengthen the coordination and cooperation of national eInfrastructures programmes in the region of South-East Europe.

  • Enable common dialogue and exchange of information between national programme owners.

  • Analyze state of the art in national programmes.

  • Reduce fragmentation and improve coordination across SEE segment of ERA in field of eInfrastructures, on the level of national programmes, and avoid creating niches of non-standardized programmes.

  • Facilitate efficient set-up and support for national eInfrastructure programmes, in coordination with common guidelines and regional vision.

  • Enable concrete cooperation of programme owners and common planning and development of join activities, both within project duration and beyond it in long term.

  • Establish a long-term platform for sustained dialogue between programme owners that will extend beyond project lifetime.

  • Enable information exchange with rest of ERA, carry out international collaboration activities, and contribute to EU policy on eInfrastructures.

SEERA-EI Project is ended in March, 2012.