Roberto Barbera

Roberto Barbera

University of Catania

    Prof. Roberto Barbera was born in Catania (Italy) in October 1963. He graduated in Physics "cum laude" at the University of Catania in 1986 and since 1990 he holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the same University. Since 2005 he is Associate Professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Catania University and at the beginning of 2014 he got the National Scientific Qualification to act as Full Professor of Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions. Since his graduation his main research activity has been done in the domains of Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has been involved in many experiments in France, Russia, Sweden and United States to study nuclear matter properties in heavy ion collisions at intermediate energies. He is author of several book chapters, more than 250 scientific papers published on international journals, and more than 400 proceedings of international conferences (see his Google Scholar profile at: He is editor of the International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies and referee of Journal of Grid Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, and BMC Medical Informatics. He is also a consultant of the European Commission and a reviewer of the European Science Foundation as well as of Ministries of Science and Technology of various countries in the world. Since 1997 he has been involved in CERN experiments and he is one of the physicists involved in the ALICE Experiment at LHC. Within ALICE he’s been the coordinator of the off-line software of the Inner Tracking System and member of the ALICE Off-line Board. Since late 1999 he is interested in Distributed Scientific Computing. He’s been member of the Technical Committee of TERENA (the Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association,, of the Executive Committee of the Italian Grid Infrastructure (the Italian National Grid Initiative, and of the Scientific & Technical Committee of Consortium GARR (the Italian National Research and Education Network, At European level, he has been/he is involved with managerial duties in many FP6, FP7 and H2020 EU funded projects (agINFRA, CHAIN, CHAIN-REDS, DCH-RP, DECIDE, EarthServer, EELA, EELA-2, EGEE, EGEE-II, EGEE-III, EGI-Engage, EGI-InSpire, eI4Africa, EPIKH, EUChinaGRID, EUMEDGRID, EUMEDGRID-Support, GISELA, ICEAGE, INDICATE, INDIGO-DataCloud, etc.) in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and he’s currently the Technical Coordinator of the Sci-GaIA project ( Since 2004 he coordinates the international GILDA t-Infrastructure he created for training and dissemination ( and that has been used in more than 500 training events in more than 60 countries worldwide. Since 2010 he oversees the design and the development of the Catania Science Gateway Framework ( He is also the manager of the GrIDP Identity Federation ( and he is strongly involved in the establishment of Certificate Authorities, Identity Federations and Open Access Digital Repositories for Open Science in various regions of the world.

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    Chapter XIV: Rome 05-09-2019
    10:10 - 10:35

    Open Science Experiences across Europe and Africa

    The main aim of the EU-funded Sci-GaIA project was to create a sustainable foundation of educational material and procedures for the development and management of e-Infrastructure services, such as Science Gateways, Open Access Repositories and Identity Federations, in Africa and beyond to energise scientific endeavour and promote Open Science. The project focused on several objectives that were articulated around concrete activities, which produced relevant outcomes (follow the links listed below to get more information): ● Promote the uptake of Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa and beyond; ● Support new and already emerging Communities of Practice (CoPs); ● Strengthen and expand e-Infrastructure and Science Gateway related services; ● To train, disseminate, communicate and outreach. One of the major outputs of the project was the e-Research Summer Hackfest model, which was conceived as a hybrid event (halfway between a training course and a co-creation event) consisting of a brief and intense introduction to Open Science services and technologies, followed by a collaborative project development sprint. The main objective of the hackfests, whose motto was “Bring your science to the web and the web to your science”, was to integrate scientific use cases through a pervasive adoption of open web technologies and standards and make them available to their end users through Science Gateways. In this contribution I will (i) describe the hackfest model, (ii) report on the collaborations triggered across Europe and Africa and (iii) outline how new communities of practice, including citizen science associations, could benefit from it.

    02:15 - 03:15

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