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EUFAR Collaboration with ENVRIplus

ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe. Collaboration within the ENVRIplus will promote a multidisciplinary approach in Earth system science, which is so important in order to address today’s global challenges, and such cooperation will avoid the fragmentation and duplication of efforts, making the Research Infrastructures’ products and solutions easier to interchange, improving their innovation potential and cost/benefit ratio of operations.

Given the opportunity to closely collaborate with other European environmental research infrastructures, EUFAR plans to be involved in ENVRIplus, and potentially complete its multi-domain and atmosphere groups. Of particular interest for EUFAR, are ENVRIplus’ harmonised solutions and guidelines for the common needs of environmental RIs, with a special focus on architectures, metadata frameworks, data discovery in scattered repositories, visualisation and data curation.

A meeting between EUFAR and ENVRIplus was held in April 2016 during EUFAR’s 3rd General Assembly in Prague, to kick-off and discuss the implementation case of the ENVRI reference model for EUFAR. The Reference Model provides a common language which promotes structural thinking in constructions of system architectures, and can be used as a research tool for comparison and analysis of different technologies and solutions to guide design and implementation activities, and to drive the development of common services, in order to achieve seamless interoperability between the heterogeneous resources of different infrastructures. Essentially, EUFAR, through its Standards & Protocols and Data Archive activities, can participate in the testing and improving of the model prior to its implementation across the ENVRIplus community. Discussion within ENVRIplus theme on communication and dissemination is also another potential area for collaboration.

Project coordinator, Elisabeth Gerard, recently attended the ENVRI Community meeting in Zandvoort on 10 May, where she presented EUFAR, its links to Environmental Research Infrastructures, and in particular, opportunities to share knowledge and information, and coordinate transnational access calls for proposals. This meeting served to bring together all the environmental RIs, EC funded infrastructure initiatives, and other relevant RI networks, projects, clusters, initiatives as well as scientists/science communities interested in environmental RI matters (from Europe and beyond), to share ENVRIplus’ goals, vision, products it intends to deliver and discuss the current RI landscape and how ENVRIplus can involve and serve the entire community.

To visit the ENVRI community platform, click here.

For more information contact: for general information on the EUFAR/ENVRIplus collaboration for information on the ENVRIplus reference model

Originally published on June 6, 2016
Last update on Sept. 19, 2017

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