Submitted by Chris Atherton
National Research and education Networks are providers of IT services, specially dedicated to supporting the research and education community. This meeting will explore the ways in which European NRENs and international RENs are supporting research communities globally and nationally. This would be in terms of offering infrastructure services to help access, store, analyse, transfer and share data, contributing to national Open Science policy and strategy, as well as collaborating with research communities to develop future services.
Examples of wider collaboration with research communities included moving the vast amounts of Copernicus data around the world in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate accord, building the new communications network to move the estimated 200 PB of data each year for the Square Kilometre Array. As well as supporting the global response to COVID-19. NRENs are an underlying infrastructure which all research communities rely upon, big or small.
The BoF session will provide an overview about the types of services NRENs offer. We will then dive into how NRENs work, nationally and internationally. The session will brainstorm and explore the various ways in which NRENs could support research communities with the RDA community, to provide a forum to identify shared activities which could benefit from collaborative activity.
Short introduction describing any previous activities:
Collegues have previously presented and attended other BoFs supporting data movement challenges for research communities. However, there has not been a session where NRENs have been presented and an oppertunity to discuss about what RDA stakeholders think the role of NRENs should be with RDA. We want to bring the NREN voice in and see what opportunities there are for collaboration.
BoF chair serving as contact person:
Chris Atherton (GÉANT), Carina Kemp (AARNET), Sylvia Kuijpers (SURF)