Archive for February, 2006

NSF budget 2007

Monday, February 13th, 2006

The President’s NSF budget request for 2007 contains some good news. The NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure is slated for a $55 million increase and cybinfrastructure R&D is slated for a 15% increase over the previous budget, which sends a strong message, especially considering the overall budget increase is only 7.9%. Visit NSF’s official budget site for full details or a summary can be found here. Also check out the Computing Research Policy Blog for a brief analysis of the budget.

The budget is good but how much of it Congress cuts remains to be seen.

Re-visiting the Semantic Grid

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Back in May 2005, readers were reminded (and some informed for the first time) about the Semantic Grid effort that’s been underway since 2001. Recently, IST Results did a piece on the Semantic Grid by touting more of the potential commercial benefit of such a resource. A significant component of the Semantic Grid, a methodologically sound technological infrastructure, is being addressed by the OntoGrid Project.

More indepth information on both the Semantic Grid and the OntoGrid project can be found in this article.

Bridging Latin America and Europe

Monday, February 6th, 2006

In last week’s GRIDToday, it was revealed that the new EELA Project is off and running. As the article states, EELA (E-Infrastructure shared between Europe and Latin America) aims to

build a digital bridge between the existing e-Infrastructure initiatives that are in process of consolidation in Europe (in the framework of the European EGEE Project), and those that are emerging in Latin America, through the creation of a collaborative network that will share an interoperable Grid infrastructure to support the development and test of advanced applications.

Global cyberinfrastructure efforts have not been covered a great deal. The upcoming issue of CTWatch Quarterly will feature articles describing cyberinfrastructure in several countries around the globe, including Brazil, Australia, and Taiwan.

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