Since 2003 Belnet has been the Certification Authority for the granting of grid/HPC certificates for Belgian researchers. This has been done via a private Belnet CA service. Due to the aging of both hard- and software of the service, Belnet in consultation with concerned parties has decided to move this service to Digicert where it becomes part of a range of certificate services.

All organisations connected to Belnet have the possibility to sign a contract with Belnet for the Digicert service.

The organisations that have researchers that need a grid/HPC certificate all have a Belnet contract for Digicert services. Hence all researchers that alrady use such certificates can easily obtain a new certificate via the new service.

The new Grid/HPC certificate system starts now.

Researchers who sill have a valid certificate can continue to use it till the end of the validation period.

Go to How to get a grid/HPC certficate for information about the procedure to get the Digicert grid/HPC certificate.



e-Infrastructures in Belgium

What we have and what we need 


Place: Koninklijke Bibliotheek - Bibliothéque Royale, Brussels (access plan)


Date: 14 December 2015 


E-Infrastructures in Belgium are available at federal or regional level: network, computing infrastructures. But what about the data?  

Are researchers, research institutions and research projects aware of the existing e-infrastructures and services and their embedding in a larger European framework.

Are our Belgian e-infrastructures services an answer to the e-needs of Belgian researchers?

And what about the sustainability? Policy makers and funding agencies need to understand the requirements from e-infrastructure providers and users alike that a sustainable e-infrastructure environment is a must.

Organised in a collaboration between: Belspo, EWI, SPW, Belnet, CÈCI and VSC.

The program is available here.

For abstracts and slides of the presentations click on "Read more" further below.





Networking and computing e-infrastructures are rather widely available but solutions for data storage are still a challenge.

e-Infrastructure providers have to be aware that researchers are part of the e-infrastructure and that different researchers can have very different needs.

Collaboration between all e-infrastructure stakeholders (e-infrastructure service providers, researchers, research communities, research infrastructures, funding agencies and governments) is a must and should be, whenever possible, encouraged:

·         to ensure interoperability of services

·         to provide for an efficient use of the e-infrastructure services

·         to give a coordinated answer to user needs (common, coordinated answer to large-scale ESFRI RI projects with users distributed in all the federated entities).

Sustainability of the e-infrastructures is very important. e-Infrastructures need recurrent funding to plan the upgrade of their equipment and to be able to cope with new user demands. Funding agencies and governments should uptake this request.

Awareness of the existence of e-infrastructures and the associated services has to be raised. The development of a catalogue of services is also important in a sustainability perspective. Widely used high quality services are the best way to convince governments and funding agencies of the necessity of e-infrastructure and to sustain funding.

This first edition of "e-Infrastructures in Belgium" might be a start to follow up the progress made on these main issues.



The EGI Community Forum takes place in Bari from 10 to 13 November 2015.


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