Service Class 1: PUNCH Central Infrastructure

Central to PUNCH4NFDI is comfortable access for the users to all the provided services, offered via the PUNCH Science Data Platform (PUNCH-SDP). All other services mentioned below are an integral part of this single, dedicated platform. Through the marketplace and the data portal these services will be published, including the AAI prototype.

1.1 PUNCH Science Data Platform (PUNCH-SDP)
The overarching objective of PUNCH4NFDI is the setup of a PUNCH science data platform (PUNCH-SDP) serving the PUNCH community, the NFDI, and science and the public at large. The platform will be able to deal with Exabyte data sets and offer the necessary modern  tools to handle them efficiently. The proposed PUNCH-SDP concept advocates generalising the various types of digital objects into a unified abstract scheme of digital research products. Raw data, metadata, code, graphics, tables, papers — they all shall be treated on  equal footing as interlinked research products. As a unique feature of this knowledge fabric woven by the platform, the PUNCH-SDP will enable "live peer review" as well as "live" and "continuous" analysis.

1.2 PUNCH Marketplace
An essential element for the success of the entire NFDI is the exploitation of synergies and services across different communities. To this end, PUNCH4NFDI will establish a ”marketplace” that will serve as a platform for the exchange of tools, methods, services, and joint development activities. The marketplace will be a point of contact and general exchange within and beyond the PUNCH4NFDI community.

A transparent and distributed access to resources needs a common authorisation and authentication infrastructure. Therefore PUNCH4NFDI will work on providing an interface for user authorisation and authentication to the NFDI, to national, European (e.g. EOSC), and  international AAI-solutions as well as those from industry. The consortium will contribute to implementing one NFDI-wide AAI solution which fulfils the NFDI and PUNCH requirements. A second objective is to offer user and group management that allows for authorisation  based on group affiliations.