According to a whitepaper entitled as "Next Generation Internet Experimentation: Drivers Transforming Next Generation Internet Research and Experimentation" that has been published by FIRE-Study in June, 2016, “In a world where competitive economies are increasingly dependent on innovative application of information and communication technologies, and where changes in technology and culture are happening rapidly, Europe must remain at the forefront of the Next Generation Internet (NGI)."
"Experimentation is now driving the evolution of the Internet. Europe's public investment policy must foster the creation of vibrant experimentation ecosystems that are supported by the research and development of open experimentation platforms that engage citizens and companies in finding solutions, activating business markets, and addressing important societal challenges." Therefore, "Experimentation is a key element of the Next Generation Internet".
XiPi+ supports open experimentation platforms by providing an online inventory of experimentation testbeds and infrastructures for the Next Generation Internet (NGI) ecosystem (evolution of previous FIRE actions). Through a collaborative Web-based approach, it describes infrastructures as a 'living organism' and works like a marketplace for the NGI ecosystem intermediating between the two main roles of infrastructure owners and experimenters. Infrastructure owners and operators can market and advertise capability and capacity for the use of experimenters; experimenters can trial their scientific or business-oriented experimentation over NGI testbeds and infrastructures.
XiPi+ provides the following features:
This work is based on previous activities of the Infinity Project, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).