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OCRE joins EUDAT

OCRE is glad to announce its participation in the EUDAT Conference to bring its contribution regarding commercial cloud and digital services. More precisely OCRE will join a dedicated exhibition session on 14 Sept. 2022 (16:15-17:45) for research data solutions and...

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OCRE has published a Success Story which tells how Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) are using OCRE funded commercial cloud services to generate a consistent, homogeneous, and up to date vertical ozone profile data set.

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The second episode of the OCRE Legacy podcast has dropped, featuring Jan Meijer (Sikt), Monique Pellinkhof (GÉANT), Rob Carrillo (Trust-IT) and Zach Smith (Trust-IT) as they discuss the challenges in distributing funding for the adoption of commercial Cloud and Earth Observation services for research.

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The OCRE Cloud and Earth Observation (EO) adoption for research open calls which closed the 12th and 15th of July saw a high participation.

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A new success story has been published on the OCRE website which shows how Univerzitet Singidunum in collaboration with Univesidade Lusófona are using OCRE funded commercial cloud services to develop advanced methods and algorithms for decentralised Machine Learning Control (MLC) for Networked Cyber-Physical Systems, and complex, spatially distributed and networked autonomous multi-agent dynamical systems.

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A new success story showcasing the adoption and use of commercial cloud solutions has been published. The adopter is Leiden University who was facing critical computational challenges in analysing terabytes of housing platform data to better understand  search behaviour of potential house buyers...

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The OCRE Legacy podcast has been launched, with the first episode exploring the initial challenges faced by the project.

The OCRE project, launched in January 2019, has helped to create a single digital market for commercial cloud services in research by implementing framework contracts...

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The OCRE project has recently launched a new adoption funding call which provides the research community with access to approximately €6.5 million (including VAT) for both Cloud and Earth Observation services.

The new funding call follows a more streamlined process, based on the learnings...

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The consumption of commercial cloud in European research doubled in 2021 from the previous year thanks to the OCRE Cloud Framework. 

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During our latest project update webinar, OCRE Project Director, David Heyns, and a series of other speakers updated the OCRE community on the current status of the Project. The hour-long event was held on 14th April 2022 and highlighted the latest developments of the project,...

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On 26 April 2022, the OCRE project launched a new adoption funding call which provides the research community with access to approximately €6.5 million (including VAT) for Cloud and Earth Observation services.

The new funding call follows a more streamlined process, based on the learnings...

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OCRE has launched the OCRE Earth Observation (EO) Catalogue which will be used as a reference for shortlisting suppliers to procure services for the EO funding for research winners and giving visibility to Earth Observation service providers in the growing European Open Science Cloud community.

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This news piece highlights five main trends related to the launch of the OCRE Catalogue, which aims at facilitating access to commercial cloud services by researchers and research institutions in Europe 

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OCRE and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) have launched the first fully contracted mini-competition project, funded by the EC using the OCRE procurement mechanism.

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OCRE invites Earth Observation (EO) companies to request to be included in the OCRE EO Catalogue.

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Participate now in a survey before the 16 November deadline to help EOSC Future understand any gaps in available commercial services for European research.

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In January, the OCRE project, a European funded research project, announced the award of a total of 473 OCRE IaaS+ framework agreements, easing access to commercial cloud...

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In the most recent InfoShare, as organised by the GEANT communications team, OCRE Project Director, David Heyns updated the OCRE community on the current status of the OCRE Project. The hour-long presentation highlighted the opportunities that have so far been presented to NRENs, based on...

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On 10 August 2021, all of the 40 OCRE contract award notices (one for each country) were published successfully by the OJEU TED eTendering platform related to contract notice...

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OCRE Project Director, David Heyns, Paolo Perulli, Sales Manager Enterprise and European Institutions at Sparkle and Paola Crobu, Project Manager of Multi-cloud Solutions at Sparkle met with the Sparkle Research for Education team in Rome to produce an exciting podcast...

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With the OCRE IaaS+ framework catalogued and operational, the project is excited to focus on driving the adoption of these services. 

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In late January the OCRE project announced the award of a total of 473 OCRE IaaS+ framework agreements, easing access to commercial cloud services for researchers and research institutions in 40 European countries. The 27 different commercial cloud-based platforms sourced through the OCRE IaaS+ Tender have been made available through the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in the OCRE Cloud Catalogue. We have collected a number of press releases from across the web.

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Fifteen innovative research projects will benefit from commercial cloud solutions through EU cloud project Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE), demonstrating the effectiveness of cloud services in research. 

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The OCRE project is pleased to announce the award of a total of 473 OCRE IaaS+ framework agreements, that will ease access to commercial cloud services for researchers and research institutions in 40 European countries.

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OCRE partner CERN has recently published an academic paper in EPJ Web Conf. Volume 245, 2020 (24th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2019)) entitled “Pre-Commercial Procurement: R&D as a Service for the European Open Science Cloud,” which outlines their experience in the procurement of Cloud Services from various projects including OCRE. 

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Today, 2 November 2020, the 1st Cloud Funding for Research Open Call closed and has been oversubscribed. The evaluation process will now begin and the results of the call will be announced by mid-...

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On 14 October 2020, OCRE launched its first call for Earth Observation Funding for Research applications, which will remain open until 30 November 2020. The launch took place online and featured presentations from GEANT, RHEA, EARSC and Uninett followed by a detailed Q&A session. The video...

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On 15 September 2020, OCRE launched its first research funding call for the adoption of cloud services available through the OCRE IaaS+ framework agreements. The launch its self is available to watch online. Two subsequent calls for...

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On Wednesday, 14 October 2020, OCRE will launch its first funding call specifically focused on stimulating the adoption of digital Earth Observation (EO) services by researchers.

Two subsequent calls for projects using earth observation services are planned to open in...

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The OCRE project, which aims to increase the uptake of cloud services amongst researchers, has today announced the members of its Expert Advisory Board. The board is composed of experts in the field and will support and guide the OCRE consortium.

 

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OCRE today (15 July 2020) announces the publication of its first open funding call focused on consumable commercial cloud and digital services for researchers, available via its frameworks. The first funding call for projects will open on September 15th, 2020 and will last for six...

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With the OCRE OCRE IaaS+ Tender now closed, OCRE is now gearing up to launch its tender for digital Earth Observation services in the coming weeks.

The OCRE IaaS+ Tender was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 16 April 2020 with interested bidders invited to respond...

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EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) is an integrated platform that allows easy access to lots of services and resources for various research domains along with integrated data analytics tools and is home to 1.7 million researchers & high tech professionals. The...

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OCRE and CERN openlab have announced the winning applicants for the COVID19 related voucher call. The call to distribute €10,000 worth of IaaS vouchers was launched on the...

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OCRE and European research communities are joining forces to address the covid19 outbreak through the search for a vaccine.

The key to this joint effort comes from the concept of Open Science and the open sharing of data. This - through the usage of cloud services -...

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OCRE (Open Clouds for Research Environments) today launched a new round of funding vouchers for early career researchers. The vouchers worth €500 give access to cloud resources for researchers and are being distributed through OCRE partners CERN Openlab, and CloudSigma....

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Today 30th of April, OCRE (Open Clouds for Research Environments) announces the extension until the 8th of May 2020 of the distribution of funding vouchers for early career researchers. The vouchers are being distributed through OCRE partners CERN Openlab, Eurodoc...

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Today the 16th of April, OCRE announces the publication of its OCRE IaaS+ Tender for commercial cloud services that will empower the research capabilities of the European research community. 

The announcement, link to the...

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OCRE (Open Clouds for Research Environments) today launched its distribution of funding vouchers for early career researchers carrying out research on COVID19 and related topics. The vouchers are being distributed through OCRE partners CERN Openlab, Eurodoc and...

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OCRE has published the results of its Earth Observation requirements gathering survey, which was conducted by OCRE partner RHEA Group in conjunction with Trust-IT and EARSC. The analysis of the responses has allowed the identification of consumption habits, needs and technical...

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EU has allocated € 9.5 million for Research and Education institutions that will adopt EOSC

One of the practical objectives of the H2020 Eu...

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OCRE has published the results of its commodity cloud requirements gathering survey, which was conducted by OCRE partner CERN in conjunction with Eurodoc and the Marie Curie Alumni Association. The analysis of the responses has allowed the identification of consumption habits, needs and

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Organisations interested in acting as a buyer group coordinator as part of the OCRE Tender have until 4 October 2019, 18:00 CET to express interest and be eligible for the adoption funds. 

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Individual researchers interested in obtaining one of OCRE’s IaaS vouchers, but are not members of EURODOC or the Marie Curie Alumni Association, are now invited to apply for OCRE’s vouchers through EOSC-hub’s Early Adopter Programme.

OCRE is one of the early partners of...

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CloudSigma was selected as a cloud partner for the initial phase of the OCRE project.

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Following a call for organising buyer groups to be listed in the OCRE Tender, up to 39 countries, through the national research and education networks (NREN), have committed to be listed as buyer group coordinators, providing an indication of the strong demand for commercial digital research...

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Less than a month is left for individual institutions to enlist themselves to use in-demand future commercial cloud and Earth Observation (EO) services for research resulting from the OCRE Tender, and to potentially benefit from adoption funding.

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Earlier this week, cloud service providers that are part of the OCRE Community Network have been notified about the process to access the "draft tender" for commodity cloud services in preparation for the official publication of the tender in October this year.

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Great news! If you haven't had the chance to respond to the requirements gathering surveys, the deadlines have just been extended!

12 September 2019, 18:00 CEST is the new extended deadline to provide feedback from the original 19 July 2019 deadline. 

Survey respondents have the...

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There are now more reasons for you to participate and provide feedback to OCRE's Earth Observation (EO) requirements gathering surveys. All EO survey respondents have the chance to win a brand new, top-of-the-line drone!

OCRE has launched the Earth Observation user and supplier surveys in...

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In an effort to identify the digital Earth Observation (EO) services most needed by European researchers from commercial service providers, the Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE) has launched its requirements gathering activities.

The following surveys have been...

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Deadline for entries for the ECMWF’s Summer of Weather Code (ESoWC) 2019, an initiative to promote innovative weather-related open-source software, is fast approching on 21 April! Developers from all over the world are invited to submit a proposal to solve...

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Almost 30 representatives from over 20 cloud and earth observation were gathered in OCRE's Supplier Face-to-Face event in Utrecht, The Netherlands today, 12 March 2019 to explore opportunities to offer commodity cloud services and earth observation services to researchers through OCRE. 

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Suppliers of cloud or Earth Observation services will be gathering at the OCRE-Suppliers Face-to-Face Meeting, taking place on 12 March 2019 at the SURF Utrecht premises in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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The Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE), aims to accelerate cloud adoption in the European research community, by bringing together cloud providers, Earth Observation (EO) organisations and the research and education community, through ready-to-use service agreements and €9.5 million in adoption funding.