The EC funded MAGIC, Sci-GaIA and TANDEM projects will join forces once more as they wind down to showcase their outputs and outcomes and discuss the continued promotion of cross-border collaboration required for the development and operation of research e-infrastructures in different world regions.
Focused on user communities, panel discussions will explore approaches for engaging and supporting these communities in AfricaConnect2 and underline the necessity of establishing e-infrastructures as a sustainable utility.
MAGIC (Middleware for collaborative Applications and Global vIrtual Communities) aims to significantly improve the ability of researchers and academics around the world to collaborate together; it is working to expand the global reach of eduroam and identity infrastructures for the academia and on establishing middleware which will enable NRENs to share services and real-time applications for international and inter-continental research groups via a common marketplace; at its heart are Global Science Communities.
Sci-GaIA (Energising Scientific Endeavour Through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa) aims to work with African Communities of Practice to build sustainable Science Gateways and supporting e-Infrastructure services and to help African scientists to promote and disseminate their works through the adoption of the Open Science paradigm.
TANDEM (TransAfrican Network Development) will create favourable conditions for WACREN, enabling it to draw maximum benefit from the forthcoming AfricaConnect2 project and ensuring it’s integration into the global REN community and its long-term sustainability. It aims to make it possible for researchers and academics to contribute with their peers around the world to the socio-economic development of the West and Central African Region.