Pool Competencies

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Responsible: Michaela Barth

One page Primer about the Pool Competencies Focus Area: Download Primer here

Actions under this focus area:

  • Map skills, identify and prioritise needs
  • Establish NeIC and cross-border training programmes
  • Make NeIC more attractive to competent personnel

as defined for Focus Area 1 (Pool Competencies) in the NeIC strategy implementation plan




Progress reports


Events and workshops

Within Course Mobility Grant Pilot Phase:

Within Course Mobility Grant for Software Carpentry Courses:

Within Data Management:

As part of CodeRefinery:

Travel Grants

5 travel grants were granted as part of the Ratatosk mobility programme enabling people to acquire new skills and expertise across the Nordics countries.


Workpackage 1, Deliverable 1:

Workpackage 2 / Workpackage 6

Workpackage 4, Deliverable 1:

Workpackage 3, Deliverable 1:

Workpackage 6:

NeIC HR Policy (result from activity C):

Report on 'The state of Open Science in the Nordic countries' (result from activity D):


A: Map skills, identify and prioritise needs

Working group (Pool Competencies in general and training)

  • Rob Pennington, NeIC (chair)
  • Michaela Barth, NeIC (coordination)
  • DK: Lene Krøl Andersen, DeIC
  • FI: Jussi Enkovaara, CSC
  • NO: Vigdis Guldseth, UNINETT
  • SE: Joachim Hein, SNIC
  • IS: Jón Ingi Einarsson, RHnet, and Baldur Eiríksson (previously: Saethor L. Jonsson, RHI)


Pool Competencies working group meetings

Data Management working group

  • Michaela Barth, NeIC (chair)
  • Andreas Jaunsen, NeIC (coordination)
  • SE: Dejan Vitlacil, KTH
  • DK: Anders Sparre Konrad, KB
  • NO: Maria Francesca Iozzi, UiO (as of 20171201)
  • FI: Ilkka Lappalainen, CSC
  • IS: (pending)


Data Management working group meetings

B: Establish NeIC and cross-border training programmes

This is the first pilot activity within the competence mapping exercise carried out by the Pool competencies working group.

The initial ambition is to get more value out of investments in training by filling empty seats at existing trainings, by disseminating information on these trainings to Nordic stakeholders.

The scope is:

  • trainings and academic courses
  • of interest to staff and researchers
  • in e-infrastructure and e-science.

The purpose is to to raise competence in e-science and e-infrastructure and help boost research excellence.

The Pool competencies working group has good knowledge of trainings in the Nordic e-infrastructure organisations, which mainly focus on matters relating to high performance or throughput computing.

In order to cover the full scope of this training coordination effort, which includes the full of end user interests, the working group will collaborate with providers and coordinators of training in other organisations.

The proposed vehicle to communicate information on upcoming trainings is to enter the information into a public google calendar, which can then be displayed for example on the NeIC wiki or webpage or wherever necessary, and people who take a specially interested in training matters are invited to add it to their calendar application of choice and access it by any method that suits them.

The main mechanism for end user outreach is initially through the normal email lists that the national e-infrastructure providers are already using for their training announcements, which can then be supplemented with the information collected through the Nordic training calendar.

C: Make NeIC more attractive to competent personnel

After investigating the current state of art within the Nordic countries and in other places, a survey of contracted staff, followed by another survey of the employment sites will be drafted, agreed on, conducted and evaluated. This will be followed by an internal NeIC XT Workshop thinking about improvement potential and drafting an internal conclusion document (“what”), which will be circulated among the XT and possibly a few other stakeholders. The final public deliverable of this activity is a policy based on the conclusion document (“how”).

Internal working area