Roberto Barbera
Prof. Roberto Barbera was born in Catania (Italy) in October 1963. He graduated in Physics "cum laude" at the University of Catania in 1986 and since 1990 he holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the same University. Since 2005 he is Associate Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Catania University and at the beginning of 2014 he got the National Scientific Qualification to act as Full Professor of Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions. Since his graduation, his research activity has been carried out in the domains of Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has been involved in many experiments in France, Russia, Sweden and United States to study nuclear matter properties in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energies. He is author of several book chapters, more than 250 scientific papers published on international journals, and more than 400 proceedings of international conferences (see Google Scholar profile at: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=W5helEUAAAAJ). He is editor of the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies and referee of Journal of Grid Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, and BMC Medical Informatics. He is also a reviewer of the European Science Foundation, as well as of Ministries of Science and Technology of various countries in the world.
Since 1997 he has been involved in CERN experiments and he is one of the physicists involved in the ALICE Experiment at LHC. Since late 1999 he is interested in Distributed Computing. He’s been member of the Technical Committee of TERENA (the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association, www.terena.org) and of the Executive Committee of the Italian Grid Infrastructure (the Italian National Grid Initiative, www.italiangrid.it) and he’s currently member of the Scientific & Technical Committee of Consortium GARR (the Italian National Research and Education Network, www.garr.it). At European level, he has been involved with managerial duties in many FP6 and FP7 EU funded projects (agINFRA, CHAIN, DCH-RP, DECIDE, EarthServer, EELA, EELA-2, EGEE, EGEE-II, EGEE-III, eI4Africa, EPIKH, EUChinaGRID, EUMEDGRID, EUMEDGRID-Support, GISELA, ICEAGE, INDICATE, etc.) in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, and he’s currently the Technical Coordinator of the CHAIN-REDS project (www.chain-project.eu). Since 2004, he coordinates the international GILDA t-Infrastructure he created for training and dissemination (http://gilda.ct.infn.it) and that has been used in more than 500 training events in more than 60 countries worldwide. Since 2010, he oversees the design and the development of the Catania Science Gateway Framework (www.catania-science-gateways.it). He is also the manager of the GrIDP Identity Federation (http://gridp.garr.it) and he is strongly involved in the establishment of Certificate Authorities, Identity Federations and Open Access Digital Repositories in various regions of the world, including Africa and the Middle East.
Abstract: "The INFN Open Access Repository"
The steep decrease of costs of large/huge-bandwidth Wide Area Networks has fostered in the recent years the spread and the uptake of the Grid Computing paradigm and the distributed computing ecosystem has become even more complex with the recent emergence of Cloud Computing.
All these developments have triggered the new concept of e-Infrastructure (also called cyber-infrastructure, especially in the US) defined as “[…] an environment where research resources (hardware, software and content) can be readily shared and accessed where necessary to promote better and more effective research; such environment integrate hard-, soft- and middleware components, networks, data repositories, and all sorts of support enabling virtual research collaborations to flourish globally”. Indeed, e-Infrastructures are being built since several years both in Europe and the rest of the world to support diverse multi/inter-disciplinary Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) and their Virtual Research Environments (VREs)  and a shared vision for 2020 is that e-Infrastructures will allow scientists across the world to do better (and faster) research, independently of where they are deployed and of the paradigm(s) adopted to build them.
E-Infrastructure components can be key platforms to support the Scientific Method, the “knowledge path” followed every day by scientists since Galileo Galilei. Distributed Computing and Storage Infrastructures (local High Performance/Throughput Computing resources, Grids, Clouds, long term data preservation services) are ideal both for the creation of new datasets and the analysis of existing ones while Data Infrastructures (including Open Access Document Repositories – OADRs – and Data Repositories – DRs) are essential also to evaluate existing data and annotate them with results of the analysis of new data produced by experiments and/or simulations. Last but not least, Semantic Web based enrichment of data is key to correlate document and data, allowing scientists to discover new knowledge in an easy way.
In this contribution we present the Open Access Repository (OAR), a pilot data preservation repository of INFN and other Italian Research Organisations' products (publications, software, data, etc.) meant to serve both researchers and citizen scientists and to be interoperable with other related initiatives both in Italy and abroad. OAR is powered by the INVENIO software and is both an Open Access Initiative conforming and an official OpenDOAR data provider, able to automatically harvest resources from different sources, including the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3), using RESTful API’s. It is also one of the official OpenAIRE archives, compliant with version 3.0 of its guidelines.
OAR allows SAML-based federated authentication and it is one of the Service Providers of the eduGAIN inter-federation; it is also connected to DataCite for the issuance and registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).
But what makes OAR really different from other repositories is its capability to connect to Science Gateways and exploit Distributed Computing and Storage Infrastructures worldwide, including EGI and EUDAT ones, to easily reproduce and extend scientific analyses. In this respect, the Open Access Repository is fully compliant with the Data Accessibility, Reproducibility and Trustworthiness (DART) model conceived by the CHAIN-REDS project and a concrete example related to the data of the CERN ALEPH Experiment will be shown.
The possibility and advantages of creating clones of the Open Access Repository in the Arab Region will also be discussed.