ENVRIplus Newsletter #1 (Nov 2015)
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Werner Kutsch
ENVRIplus Project Coordinator
Welcome and greetings from Helsinki. Six months after the start of the project, ENVRIplus has gained pace: Ari Asmi and Magdalena Brus have done a
great job in setting up the project 
office and coordinating the start of the project. The ENVRIplus website and an internal communication and management system have been set up. The themes and work packages have started with their work. This first newsletter will give an overview of the themes.
We are now looking forward to the first ENVRI week in Prague. The idea is to concentrate as much meetings in one week at one place to save time, resources and emissions. Furthermore, we’ll have time and space to meet people from other infrastructures that are working in other themes.  
The exchange between people working in environmental infrastructures is central to ENVRIplus. Even though incapable of measurement, mutual inspiration, trust and cooperation will be the most important deliverables of ENVRIplus.
With best regards,
Werner Kutsch
Common Technologies for Environmental Research Infrastructures

Jean Daniel Paris
In Theme 1 research infrastructures (RI) work collectively on a number of research and technology activities related to the “hardware” of RIs. 
Environmental RIs participating in ENVRIplus have more in common – in the way they conceive, develop, operate and upgrade their systems – than appears to the naked eye. As we are all working on a daily basis to develop innovative solutions to our specific problems, we may lose sight of the big picture. Beyond the shared environmental scope of our RIs,..
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Societal relevance and understanding

Mairi Best
Societal Relevance and Understanding is the overarching purpose of Theme 4, accomplished through work on environmental literacy, ethical frameworks and citizen science. 

The theme addresses the explicit need for all environmental research infrastructures (RI) to clearly and constantly understand the grand challenges of society. RIs have to capture and communicate the elements they can contribute to societal understanding of the drivers and implications of these...

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Software and solutions to address common challenges facing environmental research infrastructures

Zhiming Zhao
Theme 2 will establish an information technology (ICT) approach for handling th lifecycle of scientific data. This approach will inspire interoperability and common solutions that can benefit research infrastructures (RI) and facilitate interdisciplinary research.
A sustainable natural environment is essential for the future of human society. However, challenges such as climate change, natural...
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Bringing together the technical, cultural and human capital in Earth sciences

Jacco Konijn

Theme 5 contains the work packages on Training and Staff Exchange. This theme builds on the work being done in the Technical Innovation and Data for Science Themes. 

From a technical capital point of view, Theme 5 will work on dedicated technical training in the use of reference models in data management, as well as cloud/ grid e-infrastructure, and on the complex issues in time series analysis. Both within the project and in individual Research... 
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Toward joint strategy and harmonized policies for access to research infrastructures
Ingrid Mann
Theme 3 is developing the governance tools to make access to research infrastructures (RI) as easy and as transparent as possible. 

As a PhD student I was given a letter that contained a table with three columns and perhaps 40 rows describing the average light scattering efficiency as function of scattering angle of solar system dust. In a couple of pages the author had described how he deduced the numbers from...

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Building of environmental research infrastructure community

Sanna Sorvari

Theme 6 facilitates collaboration, communication and community building within but also beyond the current landscape of Environmental Research Infrastructures (RI). 

Once again I’m sitting on an early Monday morning flight to meet my European colleagues in a European location – a bit tired but fully motivated as the work is relevant and interesting. Today we will plan the first ENVRI week meeting and draft the agenda for BEERi  - Board of European...

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Theory-guided integration of Research Infrastructures on terrestrial ecosystems

Report from ENVRIplus Workshop at Hyytiälä Forest Research Station, August 24-26, 2015

by Janna Bäck
Altogether 13 representatives from European and US research infrastructures gathered in a workshop to discuss and analyze the theoretical basis for building a research infrastructure in terrestrial ecology. A sound, common theoretical base is essential for developing a better cooperation and
 integration in the near future. The workshop initiated this process by elaborating the different theories currently available and used, and exploring the ways to develop a unifying approach. In the second step more practical implications of a theory-guided integration were discussed.  One conclusion of the discussions was that the current terrestrial RI landscape lacks proper coordination, partly due to the ESFRI system and also due to national/international funding instruments, resulting in competition and fragmentation. As a practical outcome, a synthesis paper will be produced, where the landscape analysis is further elaborated and recommendations will be made on how the scientific and societal benefits of improved Environmental RIs could be improved. 
ICOS will soon be an ERIC!
Good news from Brussels.
The European Commission Implementing Decision establishing ICOS ERIC was adopted on Monday 26 October and is expected to be published on 14th November in the EU Official Journal. This means that ICOS ERIC should be established on 17th November with official ICOS ERIC inauguration to follow short after. ICOS ERIC is the 12th European Research Infrastructure Consortium that has been established since August 2009 when ERIC legal framework entered into force. The ICOS community is looking forward to finish an almost 10 years process from entering the ESFRI Roadmap to establishing ICOS ERIC.
COOP+ received funding! 
COOP+ has received funding from the Horizon 2020 programme INFRASUPP-6-2014. The project will coordinate and support actions towards the cooperation of research infrastructures to address global challenges in the environment field. The COOP+ project is motivated by the interest of several Research Infrastructures in Europe to benefit from extending international collaboration with other Research Infrastructures in their areas of expertise at global, worldwide level. The general goal of COOP+ is to strengthen the links and coordination of the ESFRI Research Infrastructures related to marine science, Arctic research and biodiversity with international counterparts and to leverage international scientific cooperation and data exchange with non-EU countries aiming at creating a common ground for the development of a global network of research infrastructures that are able to address Global environmental challenges. The project will be the central hub for worldwide collaboration of the RIs involved, coordinating all their common activities and fostering international agreements.
COOP+ will promote an open coordination framework for Global Cooperation, with initial participation from relevant RI from EU, US, Canada, Australia and Brazil, and providing support to new agreements on reciprocal use or access to RI, openness, joint development of new resources including co-financing.
COOP+ builds on the previous FP7 project 
COOPEUS and will closely cooperate with ENVRIplus.
Data Citation of Evolving Data 
Research Data Alliance´s (RDA) Working Group on Data Citations has released its recommendations. The document is available here

ENVRI week  
Agenda for the meeting is available on our website

ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures. It will be organized twice a year, in November and in May. ENVRI week will host ENVRIplus project related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders. Next ENVRI week will be held at Hotel International Prague, Czech republic, November 16-20, 2015. 
Remember to use hashtag #ENVRIweek when tweeting all the interesting information from this event.

EGI Community forum 
EGI Community Forum 2015 will be held in Bari, Italy, 10-13 Nov. 

This year’s focus is Building Next Generation e-Infrastrucuturs through Communities.
The discussion tracks include:
   - Community Engagement and Innovation
   - Virtual Research Environments
   - Data and Computing
   - Identify provisioning, Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting
   - Open Science Commons

Geo- XII Plenary and the 2015 Ministerial Summit 
The Plenary and Summit, as well as all the associated meetings and events will take in Mexico City from 9 to 13 November 2015. ENVRIplus will be presented at this event within ICOS exhibition booth. More information about the event.

AGU Fall Meeting 2015 - 
The Fall meeting of American Geophysical Union (AGU) will be organised in San Francisco 14-18 December 2015. 

ENVRIplus will have a booth there to present its scope and goals, but also participating research infrastructures to the scientific community in the US. Visit us at booth #305
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ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe. 
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