Collaboration Projects

GÉANT partners with the EC, national research and education networking (NREN) organisations and other institutions to bring about new service innovations and adoption on a global basis, through collaboration and assistance projects with international partners.

GÉANT currently participates in a range of projects focusing on expanding the reach of, and improving access to, research and education services. An overview of these projects is shown below, with further information available on the respective project websites.

UP2U – Up To University

The key objective of the project is to bridge the gap between secondary schools and higher education and research by better integrating formal and informal learning scenarios, and adapting both the technology and the methodology that students will most likely be facing in universities. This initiative aims to respond to the requirements of a clear mandate from the European Commission, allied with the provision of new cloud-based tools and services to enhance primary and secondary education in Europe. We are focusing on the context of secondary schools, often...

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Federation for Future Internet Research and Experimentation (Fed4FIRE) is an Integrating Project under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) addressing the work programme topic “Future Internet Research and Experimentation”. Fed4FIRE will pursue the following scientific and technical objectives: Open, accessible and reliable facilities supporting a wide variety of different Internet research communities; Simple, efficient, and cost effective experimental processes; Increased trustworthiness of facilities; Sustainability of the...

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Advanced European Network of e-Infrastructures for Astronomy with the SKA. AENEAS is a three year Horizon 2020 project whose primary objective is the development of a concept and design for a federated European Science Data Centre to support the radio astronomy community working of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). GÉANT representatives hold key roles in the project – providing expertise in the specification and use of high performance long-distance networks and the design of science DMZ facilities. In addition the procurement team assists in the costing of...

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Interconnected, secure private. OpenCloudMesh is a joint international initiative under GÉANT, which is being project-managed jointly by own​Cloud Inc., CERN and GÉANT.​​ The project links together researchers and universities in Europe, the Americas and Asia via a series of interconnected, secure private clouds. Built on the ownCloud open Federated Cloud sharing application programming interface (API), OpenCloudMesh delivers universal file access through a globally interconnected mesh of research clouds, without sacrificing any of the advantages in privacy...

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Previous Projects


Helping users discover and access Europe’s e-infrastructure services.
eInfraCentral’s mission was to ensure that, by 2020, a broader and more varied set of users (including industry) discovered and accessed existing and developing e-infrastructure capacity. A common approach to defining and monitoring e-infrastructure services will increase the uptake of, and enhance understanding of, where improvements can be made in delivering e-infrastructure services.​

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The aim of the two-year TANDEM project, which ran from May 2015 to April 2017, was to develop awareness of the benefits of R&E networking in West and Central Africa, to enable WACREN and NRENs to take maximum benefit from the EC-funded AfricaConnect2 project. The successes included: The creation of the “Policy and Donors West and Central Africa Group” PODWAG, which provides a platform for dialogue between WACREN and policy makers, international donors, regulatory authorities and ISPs. The creation of National and Institutional Focal POints...

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MAGIC aimed to establish a set of agreements for Europe, Latin America and other participating world regions (North Africa and the Middle East, West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Central Asia and Asia-Pacific) to create a marketplace of services and real-time applications for international and inter-continental research communities. MAGIC focused on: The deployment of eduroam and federated identity around the world. A model for inter-operation between NREN cloud application markets. Real-time application interoperability. Fostering global...

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