8-12 April 2013
The University of Manchester
GB timezone
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The agINFRA Science Gateway for the Agricultural Sciences’ Virtual Research Community

9 Apr 2013, 15:00
20m
4.205 (The University of Manchester)

4.205

The University of Manchester

Presentations Virtual Research Environments (Track Lead: G Sipos and N Ferreira) Science Gateways Workshop

Speaker

Riccardo Bruno (INFN)

Impact

The Catania Science Gateway Framework offers a unique standard-based and very flexible environment able to deal with distributed computing infrastructures adopting different paradigms (local clusters, Grids, clouds). The presentation will include the demonstration of the integration of cloud.services in the agINFRA Science Gateway using the CLEVER cloud middleware. (http://aginfra-sg.ct.infn.it/), together with the adoption of the CLEVER cloud middleware (http://clever.unime.it). Several applications already integrated in the Science Gateway will also be shown. Among them, the WebGIS-enabled Italian Soil Information System (ISIS), developed by the Agrobiology and Pedology Research Centre of the Italian Agricultural Research Council.

Summary

In this contribution we will present the Science Gateway implemented for the agINFRA project using the Catania Science Gateway Framework. Some of the grid and cloud-based applications already integrated in the portal will also be described.

Description

The agINFRA project (www.aginfra.eu) aims to design and develop a data infrastructure for agricultural sciences building up policies and new dedicated services, promoting the share of data among agricultural scientists and developing trust within and among their communities. The agINFRA project thus aims to demonstrate how a data infrastructure for the agro-science virtual research community can facilitate data generation, provenance, quality assessment, certification, curation, annotation, navigation and management. The agricultural domain includes a wide variety of increasingly complex, multi-disciplinary topics. Subjects vary from plant science and horticulture to agricultural engineering and agricultural economics to the environment generally and include an ever-growing array of inter-related research issues such as the linkages between climate change on the one hand and food security, or the loss of agro-biodiversity, or pressure on individual species on the other.
Scientists from all over the world are extensively researching those different subjects and thereby consuming, as well as producing, large and heterogeneous datasets. A huge amount of services providing those agriculture data will be integrated and their access ensured by a registry integrating many of those already existing systems. This is an important challenge that agINFRA started to design since its earliest stages (agINFRA started on the 15th of October 2011 and will last three years). The registry will be efficiently and securely accessed through a dedicated standard-based Science Gateway which provides a single web-based entry point for both end users and system/data maintainers.
This contribution aims to demonstrate how the Catania Science Gateway Framework (www.catania-science-gateways.it) developed at INFN Catania has been adopted and how its features can have an important role for the sustainability of the project.

URL http://aginfra-sg.ct.infn.it

Primary author

Riccardo Bruno (INFN)

Co-authors

Dr Andrea Fornaia (Consortium GARR, Via dei Tizii, 6, 00185 Rome – Italy) Dr Antonio Budano (INFN, Division of Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale, 84, 00146 Rome – Italy) Prof. Antonio Calanducci (INFN Dpt. Catania) Prof. Antonio Puliafito (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Messina, Contrada Di Dio, 1, 98166 Messina – Italy) Dr Davide Saitta (Consortium GARR, Via dei Tizii, 6, 00185 Rome – Italy) Dr Edoardo Costantini (Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Centro di ricerca per l’agrobiologia) Dr Fabrizio Celli (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153) Dr Federico Bitelli (INFN, Division of Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale, 84, 00146 Rome – Italy) Federico Ruggieri (INFN - Roma Tre) Dr Giovanni Allegri (GIS3W s.a.s., Viale G. Verdi, 24, 51016 Montecatini Terme – Italy) Dr Giovanni L'Abate (Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Centro di ricerca per l’agrobiologia) Dr Giuseppe Andronico (INFN) Marco Fargetta (INFN) Dr Massimo Villari (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Messina, Contrada Di Dio, 1, 98166 Messina – Italy) Mrs Rita Ricceri (INFN Dpt. Catania) Prof. Roberto Barbera (University of Catania and INFN) Dr Salvatore Monforte (INFN Dpt. Catania)

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