Cloud computing take-up in the public sector workshop

On 20 May 2014 Walter Koch, AIT, Austria, has presented LoCloud at the Cloud computing uptake in the public sector workshop, held at the European Commission’s premises in Brussels.

The objective of the  Cloud computing uptake in the public sector workshop was to bring together organisations that have expressed clear interest in cloud computing and which could benefit from interaction. The workshop also aimed to provide input for identifying possible future actions in this area.

Below is a short report by Walter Koch (AIT, Austria). All presentations made at the event are available for download from the workshop website.


Report of the workshop Cloud Computing Uptake In The Public Sector, Brussels, 20 May 2014

The workshop was introduced by Ken Ducatel, European Commission, Head of Unit: Software and Services.

Mr. Ducatel presentation focused on cloud computing within the framework of the European Commission programme Horizon 2020. He addressed issues such as like Service Level Agreements, Security Services, Standard Terms and pointed out to the final report Establishing a Trusted Cloud Europe. This document presents the results of a collaborative work by public administrations, cloud businesses, and data protection advocates who have joined forces through the European Cloud Partnership in order to establish a roadmap for European leadership in the cloud.

The first presentation at the workshop was made by Dirk van Rooy, Head of Sector European Cloud Partnership, European Commission DG Connect E2, who provided an overview of ICT8-2015: Boosting public sector productivity and innovation through cloud computing services, one of the challenges of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. This specific challenge is divided into two areas:

a. Pre-commercial procurement for public sector cloud computing services (PCP)

b. Public procurement of innovative cloud computing solutions (PPI)

The PCP and PPI activities have been presented in detail by Lieve Bos, DG Connect Unit F2: Innovation. An overview of PCP and PPI related calls for proposals is included in the presentation (available from the event web site). The EC funding for the next call is € 9 million.

A session on Practical Examples Of Public Sector Cloud Use/Procurement followed. The final session of the workshop included presentations about cloud initiatives in various societal domains. This session was devoted to a series of themes including science, education, European cities, culture and transport.  Europeana was presented by Pavel Kats while Walter Koch outlined some technical aspects of the LoCloud services.  The workshop was mainly focused on procurement of cloud computing services and cloud computing solutions. The system presented by Maryline Lengert and Bob Jones, CERN may be of interest to Europeana. They presented the Helix Nebula System which could provide an infrastructure to Europeana developments and services.


Univ.-Prof.em.Dr.Walter Koch
Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mb, Austria

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