Openness and e-infrastructures for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


On May 13th 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Unit of the European Commission responsible for e-infrastructures, organised a workshop on the way European e-infrastructures may support the activities of EFSA. The meeting followed up a series of initial discussions and brainstorming between EFSA and various EC Units on how data-related activities and open policies may be aligned so that synergies may be found. It also came at an important turning point for EFSA that is working on becoming an open science organisation: the Open EFSA initiative has already made available a position paper for public consultation; it has organised a workshop with its key stakeholders; and it has a preliminary implementation plan in place.… Click to read the full post

European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters Workshop

Heading to the Workshop

3 October 2014 – Room 0/S1, BU 25, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, B-1160 Brussels

The trip’s purpose was to deliver a presentation at the “European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters” workshop, describing Agro-Know’s e-Infrastructure collaboration experience from the agINFRA project. More specifically, the presentation served as one of three “Examples of SME uses of research e-infrastructures”. The workshop’s focus was on improving collaboration between SMEs, e-Infrastructures, and Innovation Clusters and was thus organized in three relevant sessions. Below follow some of the main points made.


Heading to the Workshop

Heading to the Workshop


The European Commission encourages/desires a shift from the current “supply-driven” and “service-focused” to a more “user-driven/focused” approach.… Click to read the full post

SMEs using research e-infrastructures

Following up on the article published few days ago on “Data infrastructures in the service of the agricultural community” I wanted to come back to this issue looking this time from a different perspective, the one of an SME using a research e-infrastructure.

I was trigged for this article through Agro-Know’s participation in the “European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters” workshop that actually takes place today (3rd of October, 2014) in Brussels.The workshop aims to “explore the collaboration opportunities between European Innovation clusters and European research e-infrastructure providers to facilitate access to and use of research e-infrastructures by SMEs“.… Click to read the full post