DICE project for European data infrastructure kicks off

29 January 2021

On 18 January 2021, the Data Infrastructure Capacity for EOSC (DICE) project was officially launched with an online kick-off meeting. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU. DANS is also involved in the project.

With a duration of 30 months, DICE aims to create a European storage and data management infrastructure for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The project includes 14 state-of-the-art data management services, which together account for more than 50 PB of storage capacity to store research data for the medium and long term.

Within the project, DANS will work together with SURF on Long Term Preservation (LTP) policies for affiliated services and on a new service called “DICE Digital Preservation Service”. This service is intended to transfer research data from a short and medium-term repository (B2SHARE) into a long-term (LTP) archive, at the click of just one button. It is based on Signposting, a technique that will tell what exactly needs to be archived. It builds on earlier work done in EOSC-hub, carried out by DANS. It will offer DANS the possibility of including the new service into its own services and will provide insight into archiving by means of pull technology.

Under the lead of SURF, DANS works together with the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) on an inventory of existing training materials in the area of Research Data Management and Data Preservation. Organising a training course on the “DICE Digital Preservation Service” is also one of the possibilities.

More information

Read more about the project on the DICE project website. Please contact Wilko Steinhoff for additional information.

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