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Co-oordination & Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures for Research and Education Data Sharing - CHAIN REDS

Started: June 1, 2012

Finished: October 2014

Funding: EC – FP7 - Infrastructures

General objective

To coordinate a series of collaboration tools and services developed in Europe and Latin America in order to provide an interoperability framework which facilitates the work done by research groups in Europe and Latin America and promote collaboration in joint research projects.


  • RedCLARA (Uruguay) - Coordinating institution
  • DANTE (United Kingdom)
  • GARR (Italy)
  • RNP (Brazil)
  • RENATA (Colombia)
  • TERENA (Netherlands)
  • RedIRIS (Spain)

CHAIN-REDS is a FP7 project co-funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) aiming at promoting and supporting technological and scientific collaboration across different e-Infrastructures established and operated in various continents, in order to define a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem that will allow Virtual Research Communities (VRCs), research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e., computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications).

Specific Objectives

  • Extend and consolidate the international cooperation of Europe with other regions of the world in the domain of e-Infrastructures for R&E, thus reinforcing the scientific collaboration and broadening the impact of the European Research Area
  • Promote, coordinate and support the effort of a critical mass of non-European e-Infrastructures for R&E to collaborate with Europe by addressing interoperability and interoperation of Grids and other DCIs such as potential upcoming Cloud federations and HPC centres
  • Study the opportunities of data sharing across different e-Infrastructures and continents thus widening the scope of the existing CHAIN Knowledge Base to Data Infrastructures and Cloud implementations
  • Promote trust-building towards open Scientific Data infrastructures across the world regions, including organisational, operational and technical aspects
  • Demonstrate the relevance of intercontinental cooperation in several scientific data fields addressing existing and emerging Virtual Research Communities (e.g. Earth Science, Climate Change, Genomics, etc.) and propose pragmatic approaches that could impact the everyday work of the single researcher, even if not structured in the framework of a Virtual Research Community
  • Provide guidance and recommendations for roadmaps for long-term global collaboration in e-Infrastructures and harmonisation of existing policies. These are envisaged to act as input to policy and decision-making mechanism, harmonised with the European Digital Agenda and Horizon 2020.

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