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

  • National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe (NI4OS-Europe) project aim 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)

  • National Competence Centres in the framework of EuroHPC (EuroCC) project will bring together the necessary expertise to set up a network of National Competence Centres in HPC across Europe in 31 participating countries to provide a broad service portfolio tailored to the respective national needs of industry, academia and public administrations to support and increase strongly the national strengths of High Performance Computing (HPC) competences as well as High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities and to close existing gaps to increase usability of these technologies in the different countries and thus provide a European excellence baseline. (H2020, 2020-2022)
  • EGI Advanced Computing for EOSC (EGI-ACE) project empowers researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research across borders. Building on the distributed computing integration in EOSC-hub, it delivers the EOSC Compute Platform and contributes to the EOSC Data Commons through a federation of Cloud compute and storage facilities, PaaS services and data spaces with analytics tools and federated access services. The Platform advances beyond the state of the art through a data-centric approach, where data, tools and compute and storage facilities form a fully integrated environment accessible across borders thanks to Virtual Access. The Platform offers heterogeneous systems to meet different needs, including state of the art GPGPUs and accelerators supporting AI and ML, making the Platform an ideal innovation space for AI applications. (H2020, 2021-2023)
  • EOSC Future project will unlock the potential of European research via a vision of Open Science for Society by bringing all major stakeholders in the EOSC ecosystem together under one project umbrella to break the disciplinary and community silos and consolidate key EOSC project outputs,developing scientific use cases in collaboration with the thematic communities showcasing the benefits and societal value of EOSC for doing excellent and interdisciplinary research, engaging the wider EOSC community and increasing the visibility of EOSC through communications campaigns, marketing strategies, and physical and online engagement events, and including the EOSC community in developing the EOSC Portal. (H2020, 2021-2023)
  • Digital Education for Crisis Situations: Times when there is no alternative (DECriS) project  is focused on innovative digital practices experienced during lockdown and other mitigation periods without complete lockdown but without face-to-face classes, particularly on digital competencies, new innovative curricula and educational methods; international cooperation; and cooperation with business sector. (Erasmus+, 2021-2023)
  • Time to Become Digital in Law (DIGinLaw) project will advance utilization of digital technologies in the higher education in law. DIGinLaw aims to contribute to building and advancement of performance of online HE teaching in law, address the needs of labour market in the law profession by providing a high-quality training on digital competences to law students, as well as by their enrolment on high standard online courses, create open online resources in law by the development of 12 high standard e-learning courses in law (MOOCs), and to foster open access research area addressing issues of digitalization of legal education and law by means of research activity. (Erasmus+, 2021-2023)
  • European Digital Student Service Infrastructure - Level 2 (EDSSI 2) project will make digital student cards interoperable by integrating CEF building blocks to secure electronic transactions and it will further develop the EDSSI infrastructure to expand the EU Student eCard core service platform. (CEF, 2021-2023)
  • 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.)

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
  • EOSC Association: European Open Science Cloud Association
  • 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
  • OPERAS: Open Scholarly Communication in the European Research Area for Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 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.