International Cooperation

International cooperation plays a key role in economic and social development and in solving major global challenges, but the role of international cooperation is particularly important in development of information and communication technologies. In such context, SRCE has been participating and taking active part in international projects for decades. SRCE participates in the work of a number of international associations and organisations, while continuing formal and informal contacts with other international institutions and experts.

Through membership in international associations and organizations and through collaboration in international projects SRCE provides, besides the exchange of knowledge and experiences, integration of Croatia and Croatian scientists into the European Research (ERA) and European Higher Education (EHEA) Area.

Today SRCE actively participates in the following international (EU) projects:

  • GN4-2 (Multi-gigabit Pan-European Research and Education Network) - Multi-gigabit Pan-European Research and Education Network, a new generation of GÉANT projects which will be carried out under the auspices of FPA (Framework Partnership Agreement). The GÉANT Project has gro​wn during its iterations (GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus, GN4-1) to incorporate not just the award-winning 500Gbps pan-European network, but also a catalogue of advanced, user-focused services, and a successful programme of innovation that is pushing the boundaries of networking technology to deliver real impact to over 50 million users. The current project phase, GN4-2, is a 32-month project beginning 1 May 2016 and ending 31 December 2018.
    The GÉANT Project is a large collaboration with the following partners: 36 European NRENs, NORDUnet (representing the five Nordic countries) and GÉANT (Project Coordinator).
    As part of the GÉANT2020 FPA, the GN4-2 Project is financed by the European Union through the Horizon2020 programme, Framework Programme for Research and Innovations (2014-2020). The overall objective is to provide a stable environment for the implementation of GÉANT as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area, which will provide the best possible digital infrastructure to ensure that Europe remains in the forefront of research. University Computing Centre – Srce participate in the project as a third party of CARNet, which is the official Croatian representative in this project.
  • EGI-Engage (Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) - Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons is an international infrastructure project started on 1st March 2015 under the EU Programme Horizon 2020. The public launch took place at the EGI Conference 2015 in Lisbon, May 18-22, 2015. The 43 EGI-Engage project partners from Europe, the US and six countries in the Asia-Pacific region collaborate on a framework for the Open Science Commons to provide researchers from across many disciplines with convenient access to digital services, data, knowledge and expertise in support of their research goals. EGI-Engage will accelerate advancements within the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) in strategy, policy, business and technical innovation, user engagement towards researchers within the long-tail of science, domain-specific research communities, Research Infrastructures (RIs) within the ESFRI roadmap, as well as SMEs and industry at large. Croatian institutions that participate on the project are Srce as a project partner and Rudjer Boskovic Institute as a Third party.
  • ReOPEN (Recognition of Valid and Open Learning) project addresses the issues of recognition and validation of non-formal open learning. The project will create innovative non-formal open learning examples and cases, as well as valid non-formal learning infrastructures to design and create open and innovative education for C-VET, lifelong learning and higher education organizations, as well as companies who will be consortium partners and also members of international networks. The project will last from 1 Nov 2016 until 31 Oct 2018.
  • Ensuring Access to Croatian Public e-services within e-Citizens Platform for EU/EEA Citizens has the overall objective to promote the uptake and speed up the use of eID DSI amongst public and private entities established in the EU and EEA countries, by integrating the eID DSI in existing NIAS and e-services in Croatia. The specific objective is to achieve the mentioned integration through technical and organisational infrastructure that will allow cross-border authentcation on national public services. By implementing the proposed Action, citizens of EU/EEA countries will be able to access a public service in Croatia by using their national electronic identification means issued according to eIDAS requirements. The benefit of the integration of Croatia's public e-services with eID building block will be in allowing cross-border authentication in a secure, reliable and trusted way. The proposal is submitted by a consortium consisting of 9 Croatian public institutions; Ministry of Public Administration, Financial Agency, Ministry of Finance – Tax Administration, Croatian Pension Insurance Institute, Croatian Health Insurance Fund, The University Computing Centre - SRCE, Croatian Academic and Research Network, Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education and Croatian National Tourist Board.

Based on a special agreement with DANTE (actual GÉANT Association) from Cambridge (UK), which manages the paneuropean GÉANT network, SRCE hosts and provides support to the international nod operations and the network in the Republic of Croatia to which CARNet network is connected. In response to the community of Europe’s NRENs’ wishes, the GÉANT Association has been formed by re-organising TERENA and DANTE under a unified governance structure and approved during meetings held in Berlin on 7 October 2014.

Overview of international projects:

In its rich history SRCE had also participated in numerous projects within different framework programmes such as: Horizon 2020, LLP, FP7, FP6, IPA, TEMPUS and COST 11.

SRCE experts participate in the work of international institutions and bodies, such as:

  • FIF - Future Internet Forum, national representative
  • ET2020, Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences, national representative
  • EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network, Executive Board
  • ECAM – European Committee for Academic Middleware (under the auspices of GÉANT Association)
  • EGI Council – European Grid Initiative Council
  • e-IRG – e-Infrastructure Reflection Group, national representative
  • EUGridPMA – European Policy Management Authority for Grid Authentication
  • GÉANT Association
    • Board of Directors GÉANT Association
    • Working groups TF-EMC2: European Middleware Coordination and Collaboration and TF- MNM: Mobility and Network Middleware
  • GeGC – Global eduroam Governance Committee (under the auspices of GÉANT Association)
  • REFEDS – Research and Education Federations

SRCE is a member of different international associations:

  • EDEN: European Distance and E Learning Network
  • EGI.eu: European Grid Initiative
  • EUgridPMA – European Policy Management Authority for Grid Authentication in e-Science
  • EUNIS: The European University Information Systems Organization
  • euroCRIS: the European Organisation for International Research Information
  • Euro-IX: European Internet Exchange Association
  • RIPE NCC - Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre
  • REFEDS - Supervisory Board

Historical curiosities

SRCE had also participated  in organization of numerous international sporting and other events, of which we would like to single out: cooperation and providing IT support in organizing Gymnastics World Cup (Zagreb, 1982), World Junior Figure Skating Championship (Sarajevo, 1982.), World Cup in Alpine Skiing (Bjelašnica, 1983), XIV Winter Olympics (Sarajevo, 1984), Goodwill Games (Moscow, 1986), and Universiade (Zagreb, 1987.).

For the needs of the XIV Winter Olympics, SRCE had designed a comprehensive IT system, which was later sold to organizers of the XV Winter Olympics, Calgary '88. The same year, SRCE also created  Information system for 'on-line' management and monitoring of the gymnastics competitions for Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

The University Computing Centre SRCE and the University of Zagreb hosted the largest European conference in the area of e-learning - EDEN 2014  which was held in Zagreb from June 10 to 13,  2014. Conference main theme: From Education to Employment and Meaningful work with ICT.