November 30, 2017 to December 1, 2017
The Square Meeting Centre
Europe/Brussels timezone
Connecting the building blocks for Open Science


Pioneering EOSC thematic domains: the Blue Growth case and beyond

Nov 30, 2017, 2:00 PM
The Square Meeting Centre

The Square Meeting Centre

Mont des Arts street, no. 1000 Brussel, Belgium


The EOSC will federate existing and emerging horizontal and thematic data infrastructures by providing over 1.7m EU researchers with an environment with free, open services for data storage, management, analysis and re-use across disciplines. It will also promote co-ordination and progressive integration into the EOSC of open data infrastructures and services developed under initiatives focused on specific thematic areas such as Blue Growth, food, health, etc. to accelerate the ongoing transition to a more Open Science and Open Innovation model for research, stimulate intra-and
interdisciplinary research, and increase the impact of research investments and infrastructures.

This session will provide an overview of how a set of pioneering initiatives are already putting into practice the vision of the thematic EOSC in different domains.
It will address aspects of federation, networking and coordination of RIs for the purpose of improving the services provided to research communities and increasing cooperation, sharing and reusability across them.

The session starts from the Blue Growth sector highlighting best practices that can contribute to the EOSC ecosystem. This sector is characterised by the need for a better understanding and prediction of natural phenomena and the impact of human activities on ocean ecosystems, their resilience and effect on climate, including how and why the oceans and its resources are changing. As highlighted by the report of the G7 “Future of the Sea and Oceans Working group” the improvement of global
data sharing infrastructures is instrumental to achieve this objective.
BlueBRIDGE, Building research environments fostering Innovation, Decision making, Governance and Education for Blue Growth, and SeaDataCloud, the follow-up of SeaDataNet, are both working in this direction. They are building applications, the so called VREs, that exploit existing e-infras, respectively EGI and EUDAT, existing data sharing activities (such as EMODnet), and leverage on relevant results of past and ongoing global, national and EU projects. Both initiatives are addressing the increased complexity of data sharing and analysis as well as reproducibility within the Blue
Growth, as well as the sharp growth in data volumes.

During the session, through the presentation of concrete use cases, the two initiatives will showcase their early results and will explain how they are benefitting from such horizontal e-infrastructures and what are the challenges that they are facing. The presentations will stimulate the dialogue with the audience and will set the scene for an interactive debate where representatives from parallel initiatives operating in other domains, namely the food and the environmental sector, will be invited to contribute.

The debate will be the opportunity to investigate the following topics:
1. What should be the principles governing the thematic EOSCs?
2. What might be the challenges in implementing them?
3. How can a coherent development among the thematic clouds and between them and more general EOSC related initiatives be assured?

The session will also present a great opportunity for the projects to identify collaboration opportunities, to understand if they can share resources to improve their services and to identify potential overlaps.


14:00 - 14:15 The Blue Cloud and the Food Cloud - Agostino Inguscio, European Commission, Marine Resources Unit of the Bioeconomy Directorate of DG Research & Innovation & Wim Haentjens, European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation – Agri-food unit
14:15 - 14:25 The BlueBRIDGE Project - Pasquale Pagano, CNR-ISTI, BlueBRIDGE Technical Coordinator
14:25 - 14:35 SeaDataCloud - Chris Ariyo, CSC

14:35 - 15:30 Panel discussion
Donatella Castelli, CNR-ISTI, BlueBRIDGE Project Coordinator
Chris Ariyo, CSC, SeaDataCloud
Francisco Hernandez, VLIZ, EMODnet & Lifewatch Marine
Odile Hologne, INRA, eRosa project
Brian Matthews, STFC, EOSCpilot

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