The 5th ENVRI week took place from 6 to 10 November 2017 in Málaga, Spain, as part of the ENVRIplus initiative to host two ENVRI weeks per year bringing together different Environmental Research Infrastructures. The fruitful ENVRI week consisted of ENVRIplus project related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders.
Stefanie Holzwarth from the German Aerospace Research Center - DLR and EUFAR’s Standard and Protocols Activity representative participated during the first two days of the ENVRI week. Stefanie Holzwarth, together with Barbara Magagna (LTER-Europe, member of ENVRIplus), gave a presentation on the modelling of EUFAR using the ENVRIplus Reference Model (RM) as part of the session of ENVRIplus Theme 2 “Data for Science: Reference model, semantic linking and architecture”.
Offering a simple, structured explanation of the main features to be expected in the information systems of typical environmental Research Infrastructures, the Reference Model has been implemented and tested by EUFAR to serve as a real case example (for more information, click here). Moreover, the EUFAR RM case study will be completely modelled to be part of the ENVRIplus Knowledge Base, providing reusable solutions to common challenges to analyze and compare the characteristics of Research Infrastructures. Regarding the use of the RM, the experiences of EUFAR are mentioned in the “ENVRI Reference Model News” and will be reported in a film that aims to present success stories of the ENVRI RM.
During the ENVRI week, there was also an advisory panel meeting of the Board of European Environmental Research Infrastructures (BEERi), which EUFAR has been part of since November 2016. BEERi gives direct guidance to the ENVRIplus project management and strategic view to project progress, acting as internal advisory board representing the needs of environmental Research Infrastructures.
Another interesting event during the week was the joint workshop of ESFRI Environment Strategy Working Group and ENVRI community on the Landscape of Environmental Research Infrastructures. The scope of the workshop was to strengthen the dialogue between ESFRI and Environmental Research Infrastructures (ENV RIs) and contribute to the updated landscape analysis. This session was organized as a combination of presentations and panel discussions, addressing a number of important aspects, such as: innovation, socio-economic impact, IPR and legal issues, Big Data and e-needs + position in EOSC, regional impact, and the pan-European and global dimensions. After the workshop, there was a joint EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) discussion session with the latest updates of EOSC development, and the expectations on EOSC and needs of ENVRI research infrastructures.
The next ENVRI week will be organized in Zandvoort, Netherlands, from 14 to 18 May 2018. Mark your calendars!
For more information, contact Stefanie Holzwarth.