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Energising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa (Sci-GaIA)

Completed

Project description

e-Infrastructures are complex, integrated collections of digital technologies ranging from open access repositories, web-based software applications to high performance grid and cloud computing.  These enable communities of scientists to collaborate internationally using advanced digital applications.

Sci-GaIA (www.sci-gaia.eu) was another in a series of our research projects that are developing e-Infrastructures and scientific applications in Africa.  We proposed a common reference architecture for e-Infrastructures as part of the FP7 eI4Africa project (2012-2014) to assist emerging African National Research and Education Networks to understand fundamental service provision and application development. This led to several African NRENs expanding their services and further application development, and several scientific communities adopting their own science gateways (sophisticated web-based frontends to e-Infrastructures) and services. 

To broaden the impact of this work, the H2020 Sci-GaIA project (2015-2017) r created a standard set of training material for Hackfests that enabled many scientists to create a range of science gateway-based applications.  Through several Hackfests we enabled many African stakeholders to develop new scientific applications and data repositories.  Significantly, this project also created an approach for NRENs to develop African-based open access repositories to support Open Science.  This is having a widespread impact on African Scientists by enabling access to the outputs of their research.  For example, this, and the Science Gateway approach, have now been adopted in the WACREN NREN Services Roadmap over 11 African countries (see the TANDEM project).

 

Partners

  • University of Catania (UNICT)
  • UBUNTUNET Alliance (South and East Africa)
  • WACREN (West and Central Africa)
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden)
  • Dar es Salaam Institute of Science and Technology (Tanzania)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • CSIR/Meraka (South Africa)

Publications

  • Jahangirian, M. and Taylor, S.J.E. (2015). Profiling e-Health projects in Africa: trends and funding patterns. Information Development. 31(3): 199-218. (doi:10.1177/0266666913511478). 

  • Kashefi, A., Taylor, S.J.E, Abbott, P., Anagnostou, A., Tessa, O.M., Oaiya, O., Barry, B. and Alline, D. User Requirements for National Research and Education Networks for Research in West and Central Africa. Information Development, (May 2018). doi:10.1177/0266666918774113.

  • Ogunleye, O.O, Fadare, J.O., Eriksen, J., Oaiya, O, Massele, A., Truter, I., Taylor, S.J.E., Godman, B. and Gustafsson, L.L. (2019). Reported needs of information resources, research tools, connectivity and infrastructure among African Pharmacological Scientists to improve future patient care and health. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, 12(5): 481-489. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512433.2019.1605903

  • Spyridonis, F., Taylor, S.J.E., Abbott, P., Barbera, R., Nungu, A., Gustafsson, L.L., Pehrson, B., Oaiya, O. and Banda, T. (2015). A study on the state-of-the-art of e-Infrastructures uptake in Africa. Palgrave Communications 1, Article number 14007 (doi:10.1057/palcomms.2014.7 – 20th January 2015) http://www.palgrave-journals.com/articles/palcomms20147

  • Taylor, S.J.E., Kiss, T., Anagnostou, A., Terstyanszky, G., Kacsuk, P., Costes, J., Fantini, N. (2018). The CloudSME simulation platform and its applications: A generic multi-cloud platform for developing and executing commercial cloud-based simulations. Future Generation Computer Systems, 88: 524-539