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CHAIN-REDS, a New Collaboration Research infrastructures Project Under The FP7 Program

The project on Co-ordination and Harmonization of Advanced e-Infrastructures for Research and Education Data Sharing (CHAIN-REDS) is coming with a vision to promote and support technological and scientific collaboration across different e-Infrastructures established and operated in various continents, in order to facilitate their uptake and use by established and emerging Virtual Research Communities (VRCs), also by single researchers, promoting instruments and practices that can facilitate their inclusion in the community of users.

The project aims to support and disseminate the best practices currently adopted in Europe and other continents, and promote and facilitate interoperability among different regional e-Infrastructures. CHAIN-REDS gathers the main stakeholders of regional e-Infrastructures, collectively engaged in studying and defining a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem that will allow VRCs, research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e. computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications).

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Overall, CHAIN-REDs will provide input for future strategies and decision-making regarding collaboration with other regions on e-Infrastructure deployment and availability of related data; it will raise the visibility of e-Infrastructures towards intercontinental audiences, covering most of the world and will provide support to establish globally connected and interoperable infrastructures, in particular between EU and the developing regions.

Among several partners covering many regions, ASREN will play a major role with responsibilities and actions to cover the Arab region and to extend and consolidate cooperation with Europe and other regions in the domain of e-Infrastructures for R&E and to promote, coordinate and support the collaboration and interoperability of Grids and cloud computing.