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ADCIs Workshop: Astronomical VRCs in EGI

Astronomical Observatory of Paris
Monday 7 November 2011, 9:00 - 15:30

The minutes of the workshop are now available.


The ADCIs Workshop aims at gathering together all main actors of the European A&A (Astronomy&Astrophysics) community engaged in activities related to massive data processing analysis and data archiving. The workshop is expected to last half a day; the following topics will be discussed:

  1. Current status of the A&A HUC (Heavy User Community) in EGI with particular reference to relationships with the Virtual Observatory and with ESFRI projects;
  2. Perspectives for what concerns computing e-Infrastructures (Grid, HPC, Cloud) and the Astronomy in Europe
  3. Preparation of a plan to relaunch the A&A HUC in EGI as a Virtual Research Community (VRC)
    1. Identification of contact persons of the A&A VRC
    2. Subscription of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (or at least a Letter of Intent) with EGI
    3. Activities in the near future
    4. Sustainability
Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) are like-minded individuals grouped together by discipline or computational model. VRCs typically have an established presence in their field (for example an ESFRI project, EIROFORUM laboratory or national research structure) and represent a specific its scientific or other research community.
International scientific communities can draw many benefits from a strong partnership with EGI. EGI offers grid-ready applications, training resources, workshops and forums, help and support, as well as involvement in an open development process. In turn, VRCs provide EGI with their technical and service requirements, which are then fed into the overall development of the infrastructure as a true user-driven resource


The ADCIs workshop will be co-located with ADASS XXI and will take place at the Astronomical Observatory of Paris that is located very close to the ADASS XXI venue (10 min. walking). Beacuse ADASS Conferences bring together experts of the A&A Community for what concerns software devoted to the astronomical data analysis and because it is requested a minimum number of people who will register the ADCIs workshop, this co-location is extremely important. To go ahead in EGI as a Heavy User Community, the A&A community must show interest for computing e-Infrastructures and the underlying technologies and must be available to accept to be coordinated within EGI. The workshop will be held at the Astronomical Observatory of Paris (10 min. walking from the ADASS Conference venue). The organization of an ADASS BoF is under evaluation as well where the outcome of the workshop will be summarized and further discussions with the community at large will take place.

How to reach the workshop venue

Paris Observatory
Salle de l'atelier
77, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau
75014 PARIS

Click here to locate the Astronomical Observatory of Paris and the Paris Marriott Hotel Rive Gauche (the venue of ADASS XXI)

Closest metro stops

  • Denfert Rochereau (lines 6, 4 and RER B)
  • Port Royal (RER B)
  • Saint Jacques (line 6)
Here you can find the map of the RER and Metro


Name Affiliation Email
Claudio Vuerli INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste vuerli AT oats.inaf.it
Franck Le Petit Astronomical Observatory of Paris Franck.LePetit AT obspm.fr
Giuliano Taffoni INAF - IASF Bologna taffoni AT iasfbo.inaf.it
Marcos López-Caniego Instiuto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-UC) caniego AT ifca.unican.es
Gergely Sipos EGI.eu gergely.sipos AT egi.eu

Important Dates

Registation opens: Monday 15 August 2011
Registration closes: Monday 31 October 2011


Participants may contribute to the following topics: I.a, I.b, II.a. Contributions will consist in short presentations each of them lasting no more than 5 minutes (two or three slides).

Topic I - Current status and future perspectives of the A&A HUC in EGI

  1. A&A HUC and the Virtual Observatory
  2. A&A HUC and A&A-related ESFRI projects: CTA, SKA and E-ELT
  3. Open discussion
Is there an interest within the community to relaunch/refocus the A&A activities in EGI in the form of a VRC? If YES

Topic II - Preparation of a plan to continue the A&A HUC

  1. Identification of A&A HUC activities for the near future (who, what)
  2. Identification of contact persons for A&A HUC
  3. Subscription of the EGI MoU (or at least of the LoI)
  4. Sustainability Plan

Topic III - Summary

  1. Summary of the workshop outcome
  2. Additional open discussion

Time Title Presenter Slides
Current Status      
09:00 - 09:10 Opening C. Vuerli (INAF)  
09:10 - 09:30 EGI: status and services for HUCs G. Sipos (EGI.eu) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
09:30 - 09:50 The Astro Community in EGI G. Taffoni (INAF) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
Distributed Infrastructures      
09:50 - 10:10 The Virtual Observatory F. Le Petit (OBSPM) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
10:10 - 10:30 Astro-WISE F. Dijkstra (RUG) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee    
10:50 - 11:10 LOFAR H. Holties (ASTRON) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
ESFRI Projects      
11:10 - 11:30 Communications about CTA and SKA G. Taffoni (INAF) & C. Vuerli (INAF)  
A&A HUC Activities in the European Countries      
11:30 - 11:45 Auger VRC: Current status J. Chudoba (FZU) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
11:45 - 12:00 FRANEC/BaSTI and their integration in Grid M. Sponza (INAF) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
12:00 - 12:15 DCI related activities at IFCA M. L. Caniego (IFCA) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
12:15 - 12:30 A&A and DCIs in Germany H. Enke (AIP) 3D-Arrow-Down-16.png
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break (Lunch will not be provided)
Discussion & Conclusions      
14:00 - 15:00 New Organization of the A&A HUC in EGI all  
15:00 - 15:15 Conclusions all  


Register to the ADCIs workshop.
Please, register not later than 31 October 2011


Name Affiliation Email
Catherine Boisson LUTH - Astronomical Observatory of Paris (FR) Catherine.Boisson AT obspm.fr
Christophe Portmann OCA (FR) cportmann AT orange.fr
Claudio Vuerli INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (IT) vuerli AT oats.inaf.it
Fokke Dijkstra University of Groningen (NL) f.dijkstra AT rug.nl
Franck Le Petit Astronomical Observatory of Paris (FR) Franck.LePetit AT obspm.fr
Gergely Sipos EGI.eu gergely.sipos AT egi.eu
Giovanni Lamanna LAPP/IN2P3 - CNRS (FR) giovanni.lamanna AT lapp.in2p3.fr
Giuliano Taffoni INAF - IASF Bologna (IT) taffoni AT iasfbo.inaf.it
Hanno Holties ASTRON (NL) holties AT astron.nl
Harry Henke AIP (DE) henke AT aip.de
Jiri Chudoba Institute of Physics, Prague (CZ) Jiri.Chudoba AT cern.ch
Kristian Zarb Adami Oxford Astrophysics (UK) kza AT astro.ox.ac.uk
Marcos López-Caniego Instituto de Física de Cantabria (ES) caniego AT ifca.unican.es
Massimo Sponza INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (IT) sponza AT oats.inaf.it
Ugo Becciani INAF - Astrophyisical Observatory of Catania (IT) ugo.becciani AT oact.inaf.it
Zakaria Meliani LUTH - Astronomical Observatory of Paris (FR) Zakaria.Meliani AT obspm.fr
Topic revision: r37 - 2012-05-27 - ClaudioVuerli
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