The INDIGO consortium, coordinated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), brings together many of the most prominent institutions in the development, deployment and operation of distributed computing across Europe, very large public institutions, and top commercial providers and service developers all over Europe. In addition, relevant Research Communities have been selected by the consortium to act as pilot for requirements provisioning and validation of the middleware solutions developed by the project. This directly includes a very significant number of ESFRIs from different areas (Bioinformatics, Environmental studies, Earth System studies, Physics) as well as other important research fields with high demand for Big Data support. 

The value add of 4 different scientific user communities

Environmental and Earth science: the Iberian partners CSIC, LIP and UPV are in charge of bridging to INDIGO the interest of the LIFEWATCH Biodiversity ESFRI; CMCC represents ENES, the European Network for Earth System Modeling; INGV brings the interest of EMSO-ERIC Research Infrastructure and will represent it in the interim phase toward the ERIC establishment.

Biological & Medical science: the Structural Biology community is represented by the University of Utrecht and CIRMMP (both INSTRUCT reference centers), while other Biomedical domains, such as medical imaging and biobanks, are represented by UPV (part of an EuroBioImaging ESFRI node and in collaboration with BBMRI ESFRI) and CNR (Elixir-Italy).

Social science & Humanities: RBI and ICCU represent the ESFRI DARIAH, which was recently established as an ERIC. Their participation is essential to integrate and disseminate the outcomes of the project toward the large community of Cultural Institutions in Europe.

Physics & Astrophysics: CERN, hosting the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), takes on the role of Research Infrastructure operator and representative of the High-Energy Physics research community providing key use cases. CERN’s leadership of the World-Wide LHC Computing Grid enables it to take on the role of resource provider with the project. INAF brings in the requirements of two data intensive oriented experiments, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) and the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT).