ENVRIplus Newsletter #2 (May 2016)
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2nd ENVRIplus Newsletter

bringing you the latest news on the project
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Executive Editor
Magdalena Brus
Guest Editors
Peter van Tienderen (
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Werner Kutsch
ENVRIplus Project Coordinator
Dear colleagues,

ENVRIplus has finished its first year and we are looking forward to the second ENVRI week in Zandvoort with about 130 participants. This shows that we have gathered a spirited community enabling a vivid exchange of information among European Research Infrastructures and beyond. 
Besides, ENVRIplus is well acknowledged by European Commission and ESFRI. We submitted the seven deliverables due for the first 12 months in time. Even more important: we collected the RIs’ requirements and have a good picture how the project can serve their further development. We have had a good start and can build on it.
However, the overall good start should also keep us considerate on risks and weaknesses. The crucial questions are still: how deeply is ENVRIplus rooting into the infrastructures? And how well are we connecting core staff people of different infrastructures to each other? These questions will, in the end, decide about the long-term success of the project. We permanently have to reflect this during the project.

This issue of the ENVRIplus Newsletter is looking back as well as forward. It tells us what has been done (ENVRI Reference model, ESFRI Roadmap update), where we are (Serious Gaming), what are the plans for future (VREs) and how ENVRIplus (as well as related projects like COOP+) can make those plans a reality. One of the most important facts is that whatever we do, we do it for the benefit of the whole Environmental Research Infrastructure community (Building the ENVRI community).

Best wishes,
Werner Kutsch
New: ESFRI Roadmap 2016

Wouter los
The following article analyses the new ESFRI Roadmap from the Environmental research infrastructure point of view.

The first ESFRI Roadmap was published in 2006 and now 10 years later, the new Roadmap 2016 (1) is the fourth in sequence. Since the very start in 2006, 60% of the selected ESFRI projects reached the implementation phase by the end of 2015.These so-called 29 ESFRI Landmarks are complemented with 15 still ongoing projects identified in earlier years and six new research infrastructures that fill in gaps in the science landscape.

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How the ENVRI Reference Model helps to design research infrastructures

Abraham Nieva de la Hidalga & Alex Hardisty
In this article, Abraham and Alex from Cardiff University explain what is the ENVRI Reference model and how Research Infrastructures can benefit from it. 
communication, sensing and computation enable experimental scientific processes to generate data and digital objects at unprecedentedly great speeds and volumes. Environmental issues are a significant part of the research agenda. Research infrastructures....
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Building the Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community

Magdalena Brus
The article provides a brief history of cooperation within the Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community, and it introduces the ways and tools to improve the communication and collaboration with the entire community, going beyond the ENVRIplus partnership.
The present article will not be a scientific and technical piece, but rather retrospection of what I have learned about the environmental research infrastructures (RI) and why do I think it is crucial to bring them together and collaborate.
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VREs (Virtual research Environments) and ENVRIplus

Keith Jeffery & Helen Glaves

This article discusses a concept of virtual research environment (VRE), its potential to provide researcher services across multiple Research Infrastructures, and how all of this relate to ENVRIplus.

The concept of the virtual research environment (VRE) has been discussed for more than 10 years with a number of definitions having been put forward. Candela et al (2013) asserted ..

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Learning science through serious gaming
Franca Sangiorgio,Sara Montinaro, Savina Gjoni
This article describes the concept of Serious gaming and how this concept will be applied for the ENVRIplus "Knowledge transfer" purposes. 

The serious game we are developing within ENVRIplus project focuses on the scientific method (i.e., the learning goals) and, more specifically, will be designed on those scientific topics related to the Research Infrastructures contributing to ENVRIplus project. Student “scientists” will be trained...

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COOP+ project: Fostering systematic global cooperation among international Research Infrastructures

Francisco J. Bonet-García

The following article introduces the newly funded COOP+ project, supporting a global cooperation of research infrastructures to address global challenges in the environment field.

Humanity is facing enormous environmental challenges: biodiversity decline, climate change, ocean acidification, sea level rise, overpopulation, etc. One of the first..
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Analysis of the characteristics and requirements of the Environmental Research Infrastructures 

The preceding FP7 funded ENVRI project did an analysis of the characteristics and requirements of environmental research infrastructures (RIs) by comparing some of these with a common Reference model. The outcomes proved to be helpful for understanding the strengths and the weaknesses in the outline and planned developments of the RIs. The current ENVRIplus project has a more ambitious programme and it was felt that the analysis should be updated and expanded. This report refreshes and revises the information about the Environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs), primarily those engaged in ENVRIplus, and available technologies in order to clarify requirements, identify issues
and highlight opportunities.This report refreshes and revises the information about the Environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs), primarily those engaged in ENVRIplus, and available technologies in order to clarify requirements, identify issues and highlight opportunities. All findings and recommendations will be used within the ENVRIplus project to inform the subsequent work.
Research developing the required information has helped develop a vital channel of communication between computing specialists with application specialists and strategists. The report is divided into three main parts: 1. the results of systematic requirements gathering, 2. the integration of a broad technology review, and 3. an assessment of their quality and their characterisation, including implications shaping future actions.
Next issue of ENVRIplus Newsletter will provide a detailed analysis of the report.

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Virtual platform for ENVRI community

ENVRIplus will soon launch the virtual platform for Environmental Research Infrastructure (ENVRI) community. The platform will be accessible at It will serve as a meeting point, bringing all the ENVRI community players together, to share the information, guidelines, products and services developed by current and future projects like ENVRIplus. One of most important attributes of the platform is its sustainability for a longer period then what is the typical lifetime of one single project. The context of the platform is more described in the article (by Magdalena Brus) accessible here LINK
New ESFRI Roadmap has been published
The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 describes 21 ESFRI projects and 29 Landmarks strategically aimed at enhancing pan-European science and innovation competitiveness. 
The 21 ESFRI Projects are expected to reach implementation, or to have initiated construction of large capital-intensive installations within 10 years. The 29 ESFRI Landmarks are already successfully implemented projects from earlier ESFRI roadmaps that are now delivering science services or effectively advancing in their construction. 
We would like to congratulate ACTRIS RI for becoming new ESFRI project, and also to EMSO, Euro-Argo ERIC, ICOS ERIC, IAGOS and LifeWatch for becoming ESFRI landmarks.
The article (by Wouter Los) providing an analysis of the Roadmap is accessible here LINK
European Open Science Cloud 
Giving a major boost to Open Science in Europe, the Commission presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business, and public services reap benefits of a big data revolution.
By bolstering and interconnecting existing research infrastructure, the Commission plans to create a new European Open Science Cloud that will offer Europe's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. This will be underpinned by the European Data Infrastructure, deploying the high-bandwidth networks, large scale storage facilities and super-computer capacity necessary to effectively access and process large datasets stored in the cloud. More information on EOSC is available
hereENVRI community is actively involved in the efforts to define and plan the EOSC .
Belmont Forum is hiring International e-Infrastructure Coordination Officer
More details available at Belmont Forum website
Do you know ENVRIplus has developed its own coloring book?

Coloring helps adults to de-stress, focus their mind, reduce their anxiety, but also spark the creativity.
ENVRIplus coloring book pictures illustrate all the Earth system domains, and at the same time, describes the environmental research infrastructures collaborating in ENVRIplus.
Download your copy from
ENVRIplus website
ICRI 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, 3-5 October 2016 
Co-organised by the European Commission and the South African Department of Science and Technology, the 3rd International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2016) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 3-5 October 2016.
The Conference will be accompanied by a series of activities that will form part of a larger engagement on Research Infrastructures, including several fringe events as well as an exhibition. You are invited to contact the organising committee (by 
email to ICRI 2016 Secretariat) if you would like to participate in the exhibition or host a fringe event.  Further details are also available on the website
ICRI 2016 is the unique forum to structure international collaboration on global Research Infrastructures. Issues addressed range from long-term sustainability, openness and socio-economic impact to science diplomacy, partnerships, human resources as well as development and innovation. ICRI 2016 will bring together high-level policy makers, scientists, and managers to engage in a vibrant debate on global research infrastructures.  It is an international conference with a diversity of speakers representing the richness of the current global discourse.
ICOS Science Conference
The ICOS ERIC is happy to announce 2nd ICOS Science Conference which will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 27-29th September 2016.This year’s conference will address some of the key topics in the greenhouse gases and biogeochemical cycles research including:
- From local to global scales: Relevance of regions and hotspots on greenhouse gas cycles
- Long time series, experiments and modelling
- New development in observation techniques and new scientific questions
- After COP21: Challenges towards globally integrated observations and independent evaluation
The conference is open for all scientists interested in research on greenhouse gases, biogeochemical cycles and climate change. More details available at:
New dates for the Cloud Forward Conference 2016!
The 2016 edition of Cloud Forward will take place at Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Spain, from 18th to 20th October 2016.
Authors are invited to submit papers, posters and demonstrations related to the Topics of Interest for the Cloud Forward 2016 Conference: From Distributed to Complete Computing.
Paper submission deadline extended to: 16/05/2016!
EGI webinar to present the gUSE/WS-PGRADE technology
EGI is organising a webinar to present the gUSE/WS-PGRADE technology. gUSE (grid and cloud user support environment) is a well-known and permanently improving open source science gateway (SG) framework developed by Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems (LPDS) that enables users the convenient and easy access to grid and cloud infrastructures. It has been developed to support a large variety of user communities. It provides a generic purpose, workflow-oriented graphical user interface to create and run workflows on various Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) including clusters, grids, desktop grids and clouds. The WS-PGRADE Portal (Web Services Parallel Grid Runtime and Developer Environment Portal) is the Liferay-based web portal (WS-PGRADE web application) of gUSE, wich also includes a graphical portal service.
This webinar is oriented towards new scientific communities willing to exploit the EGI infrastructure.
The webinar will be held in the second half of May or first have of June. A doodle has been created to find the best schedule for everybody. Please, fill it in with your preferences by Wed 11th of May.
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