CloudOpting

First newsletter, September 2014

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Welcome to CloudOpting!

We are pleased to introduce you to the first issue of the CloudOpting newsletter, which will be published twice a year and will resume news, events and outcomes of the project.

We encourage you to join us and become a member in the CloudOpting community.


Enjoy your reading!

The CloudOpting team

About

CloudOpting is a three-year pilot action partially funded by the European Union ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which runs from March 2014 through March 2017. The project is aimed at the development of a novel approach to bring public services to the cloud. Its primary objective is to promote the public cloud model and increase the usage of cloud computing by public administrations through the provision of a shared platform where government bodies can migrate existing IT systems in order to achieve three main goals:


  1. Deliver online public services to citizens and third-parties,
  2. Centrally manage operational data and citizen information within a controlled environment, and
  3. Allow citizens to develop innovative new services.

CloudOpting will enhance the adoption of cloud platforms by stimulating a change of practice in public authorities and thus enabling efficient and transparent services, and new market applications to private companies and citizens. Among other benefits, the project will allow public administrations and private companies to create new services capable of interacting and sharing information among them, while providing consumer-oriented front-end interfaces and tools, which are quite intuitive to operate, resulting in an increased expectation and demand for complex services in ever-reducing timescales.

Kick-off meeting

Thursday, March 6th 2014 at 9am to Friday, March 7th 2014 at 12pm

220 Avinguda Diagonal

Barcelona

The CloudOpting consortium met for the first time in March 2014 in Barcelona (Spain) to kick-off the project and discuss its progress plan for the upcoming years.

Consortium

Ten partners from European science and industry have joined forces in the CloudOpting research project to investigate the adoption of Cloud services by European Public Administrations and use of shared platforms for the provision of public services to citizens and end-users. Further participant information is available at www.cloudopting.eu.

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CloudOpting values

  • Easy migration and easily reproduction: we will propose rules for instrumenting and migrating the applications
  • Capacity to integrate services in heterogeneous cloud environments: two very different cloud models will be tested and validated
  • Billing information on the services provided: there will be tools for monitoring, cost measurement and billing
  • Creation of sustainable business models which can be proposed to any Public Administration

CloudOpting experiments

With a main objective to prove the benefits from the migration of public services to cloud-based solutions, the framework will be tested through a number of experiments in four European cities - Barcelona (Spain), Piedmont (Italy), Corby (UK) and Sant Feliu (Spain). The results and conclusions related to these experiments will contribute to establish common strategies, methodologies, standards and innovative cloud-based services through an open platform.

The services to be migrated on the cloud environment originate from a variety of sectors:

  • Environment
  • Society
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Mobile apps
  • IoT
  • Open Data

The following diagram shows the different actors that make up the CloudOpting system and the interaction between them

The system identifies a network of 17 roles, with a top layer of final users (application consumers), public entities (public entities that establish a contractual relationship with CloudOpting Service Provider in order to consume services), commercial agents (promoters of the CloudOpting platform advantages and services, also responsible for the establishment of relationships with application owners in order to incorporate IT services) and service providers (agents that establish relationships with public entities and are responsible for the end-to-end service provision), followed by an application, platform and service layer.

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Technical meeting in Turin

Thursday, July 3rd 2014 at 9am to Friday, July 4th 2014 at 3pm

Turin, Italy

Turin, Piedmont

The first general meeting of CloudOpting was held in July 2014 in Turin (Italy), which gave the chance to present and discuss the project progress during the first four months of activity and to prepare the next stages of all CloudOpting efforts.
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Second market consultation of Cloud for Europe in London

CloudOpting attended the second market consultation workshop of project Cloud for Europe (For more information: http://www.cloudforeurope.eu/news/-/blogs/second-market-consultation-workshop) with the objective to present our views on what barriers exist on public sector cloud use (both public sector external Cloud use (public sector services for citizens and businesses) and internal Cloud use (back-office applications), as well as private Cloud or public Cloud. Joint work opportunities with Cloud for Europe and other participating related project members have been identified and discussed.

Cloud4Cities – CloudBCN steering committee

Steering committee of Cloud4Cities - CloudBCN is a project lead by IMI with the participation of 10 more municipalities of Catalonia, aimed to identify, define and develop new IT common services within the public sector. The steering committees take place quarterly, hosted by a different municipality every time. During the event, discussions regarding two of the services that are going to be migrated within CloudOpting project (OpenData and Mobile services), in terms of technical solution, migration calendar and requirements, took place. City council representatives were approached to participate in these pilots, which is an approach well-aligned with the objectives of Cloudopting in terms of linking the pilots to the cities, reaching a wider number of municipalities involved and assuring the future use and sustainability of the services migrated.

SMART CITY EXPO 2014

Tuesday, Nov. 18th 2014 at 9am to Thursday, Nov. 20th 2014 at 12pm

Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

CloudOpting will be presented with the opportunity to take part of the SMART CITY EXPO congress (http://www.smartcityexpo.com/en/congress), which will take place in Barcelona from the 18th until the 20th of November. The event is a key meeting point for experts and leaders of the world's most innovative cities, companies, research centers, universities and international organizations.

*The date and time indicated concern the SMART CITY EXPO congress as a whole, not the individual participation of CloudOpting in the event; additional information regarding the latter will be provided in our website and social media channels.

Published Deliverables

D6.1 DISSEMINATION PLAN

This deliverable presents an outline of the dissemination strategy and activities that will be undertaken during the duration of the project. The dissemination plan lists the identified target audiences that will be reached by the project benefits and results; key messages that will be accurately customized to effectively meet the specific type of audience; and communication channels that will be exploited to achieve the objectives of the diffusion efforts. A number of national and international events have been considered as an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with stakeholders and target groups face-to-face. Finally, a list of evaluation criteria has been provided in order to track the success of the diffusion activities. The dissemination plan will serve as a guideline to continuously identify and accomplish communication efforts, and will be regularly updated as the project matures, with additional activities and events to be attended.

D6.2 WEBSITE AND SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPOSURE

The main milestones which have been achieved in this deliverable are the following:
  • Set up of various social media channels with the objective to foster the effective dissemination of the project, its progress and outputs

STAY TUNED!

The @cloudopting twitter account has been created and is continuously used to share interesting news and events related to the project as well as other technology areas. The project website is available at www.cloudopting.eu and features the latest updates around the project status. Make sure you are the first to receive CloudOpting news and event invitations – join our newsletter mailing list at on our website.

CONTACT US

Contact us by clicking here or at info@cloudopting.eu