ICT is a major driver of economic progress and e-Infrastructures are key enablers of scientific progress. But in African Communities of Practice (CoPs), international collaboration and the pursuit of scientific endeavour has faced a major barrier with the lack of access to e-Infrastructures and high performance network infrastructure enjoyed by European counterparts. Sci-GaIA proposes to produce clearly structured guides and educational documents that can be used to train and support representatives of NRENs, CoPs and, importantly, Universities to develop Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa. This will give a sustainable foundation on which African e-Infrastructures can be developed. The results of the project will be usable by CoPs in Europe and the rest of the world. To achieve this the project brings together a highly experienced team of beneficiaries that have worked between Africa and Europe to advance African e-Infrastructures.

Sigma Orionis leads the “Training, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach” activities and contributes to WP2 (Support new and already emerging communities of practice) through the organisation of a user forum event. Sigma is also involved in the administrative and financial management of the project.

Grant Agreement654237
Themee-Infrastructure policy development and international cooperation
Full titleEnergising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa
Start dateMay 1 2015
Duration24 months
CoordinatorBrunel University
UnitInternational Cooperation

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