International Cooperation

A globeInternational cooperation plays a key role in economic and social development solving major global challenges and 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 maintaining 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.

Overview of SRCE's International Cooperation Projects

  • Integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC-hub) project started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research. The consortium of 100 partners from more than 50 countries will develop the vision of the Hub as the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud. The EOSC-hub project mobilises providers from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and other major European research infrastructures to deliver a common catalogue of research data, services and software for research.
    For researchers, this will mean a broader access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries. EOSC-hub will significantly reduce the fragmentation of the IT facilities and digital tools in Europe. By bringing together a broad range of services from general and domain-specific research digital infrastructures under a common integration and operation layer, the EOSC-hub will foster new modes of working for collaborative research to deliver trusted services. (H2020, 2018.-2020.)

  • Multi-gigabit Pan-European Research and Education Network (GN4-3) is 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, GN4-2) 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, GN4-3, is a 48-month project beginning 1 January 2019 and ending 31 December 2022.
    The GÉANT Project is a large collaboration with the following partners: 37 European NRENs, NORDUnet (representing the five Nordic countries) and GÉANT (Project Coordinator).
    As part of the GÉANT2020 FPA, the GN4-3 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. (H2020, 2019.-2022.)
  • National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe (NI4OS-Europe) project started on September 1st 2019 as part of the Horizon 2020 program for 2014-2020 with estimated duration of 36 months. Mission and vision of the project are to be a core contributor to European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) service portfolio, commit to EOSC governance and ensure inclusiveness on the European level. SRCE participates as one of 22 consortium partners led by Ethniko Diktyo Erevnas Technologias AE (GRNET) from Greece. The aim of the project is to support the coordination, convergence and federation of national and / or thematic initiatives for open research data and EOCS services by developing appropriate common tools and mechanisms. On the one hand, the objectives are to support the gradual alignment of policies and practices of EOSC-relevant national and / or thematic initiatives with EOSC standards, and on the other hand to allow open access to non-commercial services through the EOSC portal. (H2020, 2019.-2022.)

  • The European plug-in to the global Research Data Alliance (RDA Europe 4.0) project started in March 2018 and SRCE joined in September 2019 by signing a Third Party Agreement with project partner University of Gottingen (UGOE) thus becoming The Croatian National RDA node. The estimated duration is September 30, 2020. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international member-based organisation focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities to reduce the social and technical barriers to data sharing and re-use and to promote the acceleration of data driven innovation and discovery worldwide. RDA Europe, the European plug-in to RDA, is mandated to ensure that European political, research, industrial and digital infrastructure stakeholders are aware of, engaged with and actively involved in the global RDA activities. (H2020, 2019.-2020.)

  • E-learning Platform for Innovative Product Development (ELPID) is financed through the Erasmus+, European Union programme supporting education, training, youth and sport in Europe (2014 - 2020). Through this project the existing e-learning infrastructure is to be enhanced to foster the requirements of project-based learning (PBL) courses. The methodology for customising and implementing this model will be applied onto other courses. Five partners from four countries are coordinated by The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. SRCE as project partner, will participate in the activities of establishment and enhancement of the e-learning infrastructure namely e-learning system with additional technical capabilities. Project has started in September 2018 and the estimated duration of the project is 36 months. (Erasmus+, 2018.-2021.)
  • ABC to VLE: beyond curriculum design is financed through the Erasmus+, European Union programme supporting education, training, youth and sport in Europe (2014 - 2020). The project will support trans-national development, transfer and implementation of innovative learning design approach, emphasising use of digital technologies. As a project result, an instructional design model is to be developed to assist the teachers in development of ICT enriched, mixed e-courses, taking into consideration an entire spectrum of different aspects. Along with the workshops, organised by the project partners, working materials and educators’ manual will accompany this model, translated into partners' respective languages. Project coordinator of ABC to VLE project is the University College London (United Kingdom) while SRCE and 10 other European universities are project partners. Project has started in September 2018 and the estimated duration of the project is 24 months. (Erasmus+, 2018.-2020.)
  • MyAcademicID project aims to support a digital infrastructure for secure and seamless exchange of data between higher education institutions in Europe. The goal of the MyAcademicID project is to create a European Student Indentifier (ESI) that will enable integration of projects such as Online Learning Agreement, Erasmus Dashboard, Erasmus+ Mobile App and the PhD Hub platform. SRCE will participate in the project activities by connecting the Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure of the Science and Higher Education System in the Republic of Croatia - AAI@EduHr with the eIDAS and eduGAIN systems. The AAI@EduHr system is production-linked to the eduGAIN and NIAS system (national eIDAS node) and can be customized to supply ESI for students if needed. ESI can be defined for students in the Republic of Croatia thanks to the existence of the Student Rights Information System (ISSP) in which students are uniquely identified by a special identifier called JMBAG (a unique ID number of an academic citizen). SRCE will demonstrate the possibility of using JMBAG as ESI. SRCE's contribution to the MyAcademicID project will be the basis for harmonizing the e-infrastructure of the higher education systems of the EU member states. (CEF, 2020.)

Based on a special agreement with DANTE (actual GÉANT Association) from Cambridge (UK), which manages the pan European GÉANT network, SRCE hosts and provides support for 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

SRCE has rich experience in participation in numerous projects within different framework programmes such as: Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, CEF, LLP, FP7, FP6, IPA, TEMPUS and COST 11.

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

  • EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network, Executive Committee
  • EGI Council – European Grid Initiative Council
  • e-IRG – e-Infrastructure Reflection Group, national representative
  • EOSC Working Group of the Strategic Configuration of the Horizon2020 Programme Committee
  • ET2020, Working Group on Digital Education: Learnign, Teaching and Assessment (WG DELTA), national representative
  • EUGridPMA – European Policy Management Authority for Grid Authentication
  • EuroHPC working group on in-kind contributions, national representative
  • FIF - Future Internet Forum, national representative
  • GÉANT Association
    • Board of Directors GÉANT Association
    • GeGC – Global eduroam Governance Committee (under the auspices of GÉANT Association)
    • Working group TF- MNM: Mobility and Network Middleware
  • Horizon 2020 Program Committee for Research Infrastructure, national representative
  • REFEDS Schema Editorial Bord

SRCE is a member of different international associations:

  • EDEN: European Distance and E Learning Network
  • 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 - Research and Education Federations

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.