9-11 October 2018
Europe/Lisbon timezone

Showcasing AGINFRA+ Virtual Research Environments for Agricultural and Food Sciences

Not scheduled


ISCTE, University of Lisbon
Demo Demos


Dr Enol Fernandez (EGI.eu) Dr Gergely Sipos (EGI.eu)


The **AGINFRA+** H2020 project is building an integrated e-Infrastructure for supporting the scientific and technological communities that work on the multi-disciplinary and multi-domain problems related to agriculture and food. These communities face a growing collection of digital assets in a fragmented landscape with heterogeneous and scattered data sources, non-interoperable computing facilities, and limited publishing practices that rarely aim at making available the complete vision needed to reproduce research. AGINFRA+ builds from the experience of the previous AGINFRA data infrastructure and **aims to become a sustainable service provider and domain-specific community hub in EOSC**. To achieve this vision the project exploits core e-infrastructures - EGI, OpenAIRE, EUDAT and D4Science - and customizes them with domain-specific capabilities towards platforms that provide widely reusable toolbox to the adjacent but not fully connected communities around Agriculture and Food. The demonstration will show how these platforms enable cross-disciplinary science within this broad sector. AGINFRA+ delivers reusable Virtual Research Environments (VRE) technologies and approaches that facilitate the access to and use of the relevant resources and promote collaboration. The VREs are designed from three use cases that demonstrate how scientific communities working on agriculture and food carry out rapid and intuitive development and deployment of innovative applications and workflows, powered by open e-infrastructures. - The first use case is related to global agricultural modelling, inter-comparison, and improvement of the research community that studies short and long-term food production under environmental and climate change conditions. - The second use case is related to addressing specific problems on food security, namely the need to efficiently analyze data produced by plant phenotyping and its correlation with crop yield, resource usage and local climates. - The third use case is related to the design of new high-performance food safety data processing workflows. This demo will highlight the capabilities of the AGINFRA+ VREs, including (i) a data & semantics facility enacting the management of semantically rich metadata; (ii) a shared workspace to store, organise and share any version of a research artefact; (iii) a social networking area to discuss and be informed on relevant events, e.g. a new research outcome; (iv) a data analytics hybrid-cloud to execute tasks implemented in R, Java, Python, and KNIME (largely used by the food safety community); (v) a catalogue-based platform to make artefacts “public” according to FAIR principles; (vi) a Jupyter notebook environment for documenting and recording analytics processes; (vii) a scholarly publishing platform integrated with Pensoft infrastructure to produce innovative papers including datasets and methods hosted by AGINFRA+; and (viii) a platform for data visualisation to create and share smart graphs. The demo seeks to promote discussion and collaboration between e-infrastructure providers to brainstorm on the creation of a future AGINFRA Cloud, namely, a thematic-cloud of the EOSC that builds on top of the AGINFRA+ data infrastructure and implements [eROSA][1] roadmap for a European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences. [1]: http://erosa.aginfra.eu/


The AGINFRA+ project brings together agriculture and food communities with e-infrastructure to perform rapid and intuitive development and deployment of innovative applications and workflows. This demo showcases the Virtual Research Environments designed to provide AGINFRA+ communities with the data, services, and facilities they need to perform their research tasks in a collaborative way. Those VREs rely on an open and distributed architecture that aggregates resources from e-infrastructures in a shared workspace with a social networking area where researchers can access data semantics, data analytics and data visualization facilities along with platforms for catalogue-based publishing and scholarly publishing.

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Dr Enol Fernandez (EGI.eu)


Alice Boizet (INRA) Athanasios Ballis (University of Athens) Dr Gergely Sipos (EGI.eu) Dr Leonardo Candela (ISTI-CNR) Lyubomir Penev (Pensoft Publishers) Matthias Filter (BfR) Panagiotis Zervas (Agroknow) Pythagoras Karampiperis (Agroknow) Rob Knapen (Wageningen University & Research) Rob Lokers (Wageningen University & Research) Taras Günther (BfR)

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