LifeWatch means "moving from 'satellite' projects to a 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.
This implies access to observatories and sensor networks as well as databases throughout Europe, and all the information from these sources should be interoperable. Whithin this backdrop, computational power, tools for analysis and modeling data, along with software for visualization, are a must for LifeWatch.
"ICT Core have the mission to integrate all of the distributed e-Infrastructure projects, components and issues of the infrastructure architecture to guarantee the inter-operability among common LifeWatch facilities, through the deployment of common technical teams in place", explains González Aranda.
He noted that this european network will have common developments shared with other Esfri initiatives. At first this collaboration will be with ICOS, EMSO,EPOS, EMBL, Elixir and EU Solaris.
LifeWatch will deepen scientific knowledge, and as a consequence, researchers will have more tools to find solutions to different problems, and to help decision makers enhance environmental policies. Furthermore, another challenge of this project is to disseminate science among citizens and companies, trying to connect the scientific community and common people.