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Overview

TF-RED: Task Force on Research Engagement Development

TF-RED will formalize an existing collaboration of NRENs (and other research infrastructures) working together to develop methods for engaging researchers and collaborations nationally and internationally, through a set of reports, workshops, and best practices. The scope of the task force focuses on collaboration between the participating NRENs/research infrastructures, who then work within their own countries to engage their research support offices and collaborations. The TF aims to develop a framework for research engagement amongst the participating NREN community, and other research infrastructures. The results of the task force will yield documentation for other NRENs/research infrastructures to develop their own form of research engagement, which will benefit the various research domains across Europe (and beyond), and communicate and strengthen collaboration between/with other e-infrastructures/research infrastructures.

Aims

  • The task force aims to develop a framework for research engagement through a set of reports, workshops, and best practices to help participating NRENs support their research communities. This will result in: 
    1. Increasing our understanding of research workflows (beyond the “usual suspects” such as high-energy physics); 
    2. Gathering and sharing information, which can be used to improve network/research architecture and design; 
    3. Understanding what is important to researchers so that NRENs (and other infrastructures) can be more responsive to their needs; 
    4. Building a body of knowledge about research applications (for instance, as correlated to network utilization), which can be cited in interactions with larger community and policy efforts.
  • The task force is open to anyone to participate and we will seek collaboration with other infrastructures (such as Elixir, Clarin, EPOS, ELI, ESS, EUDAT, EGI, PRACE etc.), but also other projects (European Open Science Cloud) with respect to research engagement efforts as a framework is developed within the NREN community.
     
  • By-products of TF-RED will include:

    •  Supporting research collaborations that want to collaborate internationally;

    •  Establishing a continuous and permanent information flow between RENs and Science and Research communities;

    •  Coordinating reliable, predictable network behaviour in support of end-user (research) applications;

    •  Improving performance of network-centric and data-centric workflows.

The proposed achievements and KPIs for the first year (2017 - 2018) are summarized in the table below


Activity Classification

Work Items and Descriptions

Results or Deliverables

Report

Audience Definition and Scoping Phase

(Activity Leader: Sylvia)

Define audiences for NREN/ICT/local research support offices perspective.

Internal documentation and scoping for TF collaborators and NREN community.

 

ONGOING


Define research areas or communities (i.e., life sciences, climate, humanities, etc.) for TF collaborators. Extract from these defined areas research champions/advocates.

Create research advisory council for the TF from participating NREN countries.


ONGOING

 


Communicate TF-RED initiatives to influential funders and/or research officials.

 


ONGOING

Investigation and Data Gathering Phase

(Activity Leaders: David Salmon and Jakob Tendel)

Select approx. 5 partner NRENs to participate in gathering network/organization-related data

Publish report sharing findings and result with the international community regarding RED.

ONGOING

 

 

 


Create contact list of other infrastructures with brief description and collaboration opportunities


List of contacts

ONGOING

Analysis and Reporting Phase

(Activity Leader: Vincenzo Capone, Sylvia as back-up)

Work with SIG Marcomms to define mechanisms to publish the outcomes from TF-RED.

Public website presence.

ONGOING

 

 


 


Community presentations to research domain peers and NREN community presentations to share outcomes.

Workshop(s) and planned conference sessions (at DI4R, ISC, SC, ICT Open) with e-infrastructure collaborators on materials and issues ultimately increasing the value and face of R&E to other infrastructure resources.

ACHIEVED

 

 


Facts

This is the first year of operation for TF-RED, which was established on 24th February 2017.

TF-RED is lead by:

  • Sylvia Kuijpers (SURFnet) - chair
  • Jakob Tendel (DFN)
  • David Salmon (JISC)
  • Kate Petersen (ESnet)
  • Jim Bottum (Internet2) 
  • Edward Moynihan (Indiana University)
  • Gergely Sipos (EGI)
  • Vincenzo Capone (GEANT) 
  • Mary Hester (SURFnet)
  • Jan Bot (SURFsara)
  • Charlie van Genuchten (SURFnet/GEANT) - secretary

Next Event

Side Meeting at Internet2 Global Summit

Mailing List

The group's mailing list can be subscribed to here.

Documents

Previous Events

All hands VC July 5th, notes of the meeting

SIG-Marcomms and SIG-MSP joint meeting, Poznan 2017

Internet2 Global Summit, Washington DC 2017: 

Meeting: http://meetings.internet2.edu/2017-global-summit/detail/10004609/

Session: http://meetings.internet2.edu/2017-global-summit/detail/10004527/

TNC 17, Linz 2017:

Meeting: https://tnc17.geant.org/core/event/8

Session: https://tnc17.geant.org/core/session/19

 

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