Introduction

During the last two decades, Europe has invested significantly in the development of e-infrastructures that support scientific research and the commercialisation of resulting services. E-infrastructures empower scientific communities with ubiquitous, trusted and seamless access to facilities, resources and collaboration tools, bringing to them the power of technology for communication, computation, storage, access and instrumentation. To date, these services primarily target researchers. This needs to change in the ‘Open Science, Open Innovation and Open to the Word’ era to allow a broader group of actors enter the picture: industry, governments, educators, citizens. Concerns have been raised about the uptake of e-infrastructure benefits by a wider set of stakeholders due to issues of service accessibility, interoperability and fragmentation, comprehensibility and clarity.

The mission of the Horizon 2020 funded project eInfraCentral is to close this gap and ensure that by 2020 a broader and more varied set of users discovers and accesses the existing and developing e-infrastructure capacity. The aim is to structure an open and guided discussion between e-infrastructures to consensually define a common catalogue for their services. Based on the results of the consultation process eInfraCentral will design, develop and deploy a collaborative web platform to act as the main entry point to European e-Infrastructure services. For more information on the project click here.

This survey is designed for e-infrastructure service providers and their customers and users to help to solicit requirements and needs for the development of a common e-infrastructure service catalogue. The survey is open till 30 June 2017. It will take you only 5 minutes to complete. In case of further questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You can download the full questionnaire (PDF file) here.

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