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Ian Bird, Marco Molinaro, Mohammed Al-Turany, John Swinbank, Martino Romaniello, Rosie Bolton, Thomas Vuillame, Stephen Serjeant, Hugh Dickinson, Kay Graf, Jutta Schnabel,

Apologies: Mark Allen, Xavier Espinal

WP2 (Rosie): DAC21 now fixed for week of 22-26 Nov

WP4 (Marco): next steps planned as noted in the GA meetings.

Upcoming meetings relevant to WP4: ADASS, and IVOA where they are doing tutorials and BoF sessions; Also EU  Data Providers workshop coming up; Also preparing for the VO school in February.

It was noted that the metadata discussion will be important

CTA - preparations for DAC21 ongoing, finalising use cases and tests, also setting up CTA instances; no problems so far.

ESO - agree that metadata needs attention even if not solved during ESCAPE.;  They have provided a detailed write up for ESAP use cases.  Note that science platforms (liek ESAP) is on the radar of their User Committee (e.g. code to data) - so ESO would like to understand ESAP timelines to inform that community.  

  • 1 person funded by ESCAPE is leaving, leaving 6 PM not easily used.

FAIR - will be in DAC21 with 2 experiments (perhaps 3), and will make use of the WP2 DL.  They are also onboarding a nuclear physics experiment into WP3, gives a connection to the National German project using ESCAPE tools; then will be open to other Helmholtz institutes/experiments.

LHC - main focus is on DAC21 preparations (apologised that CMS missed a scheduled discussion), but the use cases are well defined.

KM3Net - workflows now connected to WP2 for DAC21; development progress of a high energy data format common to KM3Net and CTA with the collaboration of WP4.

SKA - most focus is on DAC21.  Note that we should discuss the end of ESCAPE funding and that some organisations may not have much effort available in the final months of the project.  Important for support of tools, deliverables etc.

Martino asked the relative importance of a common data platform for the 2 TSPs.  For EU sharing data on same platform is a clearer use case that for the DM projects (something to raise in the TSP meeting).

Top priorities for discussion in future meetings (from GA discussion days):

  • Sustainability of ESCAPE products & services (& operation) after end of the project (even before as funding runs out in some cases)
  • Integration of DL with other infrastructures - IVOA in particular, but other end-points like B2Find, EGI, Globus, iRods, etc.
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