An overview of a representative set of ICT research infrastructures was made: high performance computing, distributed computing, networking, micro and nano electronics, data, remote instruments and future internet. For each of the infrastructures the following information is provided: description, collaboration, budget / funding model / economic sustainability, governance / management, users and interaction model, countries and international collaborations, history and evolution, security, operations. More details are in the following documents: "Summary", "Inventory" and "Selected Cases" You can also access this information in an interactive way on the website here.
A detailed list of items that has to be considered when setting-up a European research infrastructures was compiled. Major classes to be considered are: governance, sustainability, access policies and operational aspects. Each of the items are explained in detail and important considerations are provided. In addition reference is made to a large number of publicly available documents or to private communications from experts that were consulted during the study. A detailed document can be found here. The documents that were consulted are available here.. The analysis and conclusions regarding Public Authority — Research Infrastructure Interaction can be found in this document
A number of interviews were conducted with experts in the field : Gilbert Declerck (imec) and Andre Rouzaud and David Holden (CEA-LETI) on micro and nano electronics, Steven Newhouse (EGI) on distributed computing, Sergi Girona (PRACE) on high performance computing, Dai Davies (Dante) on networking, Wouter Los and Alex Hardisty (Lifewatch) on data. The reports of the interviews are available here and an overview of the most important statements are available here.
In addition a high level strategic event is organized on June 20th in Brussels. More information is available here.
There are a number of bodies active in the area of ICT research infrastructures, including eIPF, e-IRG, NICTDF, FIF and ESFRI. More information on their mission is provided here.