About 70 environmental researchers and TIC experts from 12 countries met in Granada for two days to boost LifeWatch, the european technological infrastructure which will connect biodiversity data, observatories and researchers from all over the continent, aimed at upgrading the management and protection of natural resources and sustainability policies.
- Experts have came from 12 different countries
- The city of Granada, in south of Spain, held the reunion for two days
- The project, lead by Spain, will connect biodiversity data, observatories and researches
- The main goal: to upgrade the management of natural resources and sustainability policies
LifeWatch has clear technological requirements to create its infrastructure backbone in five essential areas: security, data, support and storage, semantics enhancement and integration activities, as Peter van Tienderen explained.
iMarine is a virtual lab oriented to the sea, which aims to improve the fisheries management and the conservation of marine living resources, says its director, Donatella Castelli.
This technological platform offers a set of basic enabling facilities for researchers "as-a-service".
LifeWatch will lean in some existing organizations, they are going to be pillars of this distributed infrastructure. They will supply essential data flow.
The '2nd e-Infrastructure Construction Operational Meeting' of LifeWatch was opened by Spanish authorities, who enhanced the usefulness of this project to support the European policies.
LifeWatch means 'moving from "satellite" projects to distributed and federated e-Infrastructure concept', says Juan Miguel González Aranda, deputy directorate-general of International Relations and European Affairs on the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
European Union is a world leader on biodiversity and ecosystem research and one of LifeWatch's main goals is to secure that this role will be maintained.
This is one conclusion of the project meeting held in the italian city of Lecce in november 2013, explains Alberto Basset, the responsible of that reunion.
Virtual labs and virtual research environment are fundamental elements of LifeWatch, and each one will have an special agreement to become part of the new european research infrastructure, on tasks, adherence to standards, protocols and service levels.
LifeWatch's builders have many challenges:
1) Deal with a huge amount of databases and information from sensors spanning from weather to marine, and earth sciences
2) make them available for the scientist European community
3) create ways to mix them on an appropriate and useful way for researchers different needs providing analytical resources….