10 July 2017. On the 7th of July, ESA and ESPI jointly organised in ESRIN a one-day Workshop around the topic of policies and regulations for Space Data in cloud computing infrastructures. The Workshop gathered more than 70 participants, from European Institutions and Organisations, to the European Space Agency and other space agencies, major aerospace companies, cloud services providers as well as start-ups working with space data, space science researchers and legal experts on data policies.
The opening session was kick-started by Mr. Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director for Earth Observation, followed by a keynote speech read by the ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora on behalf of Ms. Genevieve Fioraso, former French Minister for Education and Research. This high-level policy session continued with a joint presentation by Mr. Nicolaus Hanowski, Head of Ground Segment and Mission Operations Department in ESA/EOP and Mr. Daniel Quintart, Policy and Legal Expert at EC DG GROW, and concluded by an intervention from Mr. Martin Kessler, Head of Operations Department, ESA/SCI.
The first session was then dedicated to give an overview of experiences, challenges and needs of users of cloud infrastructures across the astrophysics, Earth Observation as well as fundamental physics communities. The session, moderated by Mr. Christophe Arviset, (ESA/SCI), included interventions by Mr. Andrea Zacchei, (INAF-OATs), Mr. Bob Jones (CERN), Mr. Sasha Borovik (CloudEO), and Wolfgang Wagner (EODC).
In the afternoon, the second session presented the perspective of major cloud computing commercial providers and publicly-funded partnerships, through presentations from Mr. Per Öster (CSC – IT Center for Science, EUDAT), Mr. Marc Ferrer (ATOS), Ms. Maryline Lengert (ESA IT Department), Mr. Davide Salomoni (INDIGO-DataCloud) and Mr. Andreas Falkner (T-Systems), and moderated by Mr. Massimo Comparini (EARSC, e-GEOS).
Finally, a roundtable among selected speakers chaired by Mr. Ingo Baumann (BHO-Legal), provided reflections particularly around the question “What are the key challenges in terms of policies, regulations and general legal aspects to pave the way for optimal technical solutions?”.
The full outline and agenda of the event as well as speakers’ biographies can be found here.