“Bring your science to the web and the web to your science”

Overview and objectives

The e-Research Summer Hackfest will be held at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania on July, 4-15, 2016.
The event is co-sponsored by the Sci-GaIA, INDIGO-DataCloud, and COST ENeL projects.
The main objective of the event is to integrate scientific use cases through a pervasive adoption of web technologies and standards and make them available to their end users through Science Gateways(1) (entities connected to distributed computing, data and services of interest to the Community of Practice the end users belong to). Promoting and fostering open and reproducible research will be the ultimate goal of the hackfest.


The following topics will be tackled during the eResearch Summer Hackfest:

  • Big Data analytics;
  • Distributed computing services;
  • Distributed storage services;
  • Programmable access to Open Data repositories;
  • Semantic federation of Open Access repositories;
  • User interfaces (web, desktop, mobile, etc.);
  • Workflows.

Tools and technologies

The following tools and technologies will be showcased at the e-Research Summer Hackfest and used to implement the proposed use cases:


Applicants should be familiar with the use of REST APIs and should of course know the full stack (both front-end and back-end) of the use case they want to propose.

Applications and deadlines

The participation to the e-Research Summer Hackfest is by invitation, on the basis of proposed use cases. A limited number of grants are made available by the Sci-GaIA projects for applicants coming from Africa. If you want to propose a use case and be selected to attend the event, apply by the 5th of June 2016.
Applications can be submitted exclusively through the web by filling this application form. The CV of the applicant and a Letter of Interest signed by the representative of an organisation/project/initiative, stating the interest in the use case, are required and have to be uploaded to the application form.
Selected applicants will be notified by the 12th of June 2016.


For all questions you may have regarding the Sci-GaIA e-Research Summer Hackfest, please contact us by email at





1A Science Gateway is usually a tool which enables the members of Virtual Research Communities to access relevant applications and tools deployed on geographically distributed e-Infrastructures. For a definition, see the XSEDE web pages.