A landscape of research infrastructures for biodiversity and ecosystem science – has been released. The CReATIVE-B project supports the interaction between the LifeWatch ESFRI Research Infrastructure with Research Infrastructures (RI) on biodiversity and ecosystems research in other parts of the world. The project is to be a catalyst for worldwide collaboration in this field by supporting and initiating coordination activities of these RIs, with the objective to serve the goals of GEOSS. The project is addressing two main audiences engaged in biodiversity and ecosystem research: the scientific research communities and their related RIs as well as the international policy bodies and international organizations
The CReATIVE-B road map provides guidance and recommendations for interoperability on the technological and governance levels between RIs and the scientific communities using the RIs for biodiversity infrastructures and ecosystem research.
During this event, a roadmap of global data infrastructures supporting biodiversity and ecosystem research will be presented. In the last two decades quite a number of activities emerged to manage, share and deploy the fast growing data volumes from observations, collections, sensors and other data sources in biodiversity and ecosystem research. This data “gravity” pushed new applications and services, resulting in the development and establishment of large-scale research infrastructures. Following an initiative of the European LifeWatch research infrastructure, a number of large-scale data research infrastructures with a global outreach in this scientific area teamed together in the project Creative-B (Coordination of Research e-Infrastructures Activities Toward an International Virtual Environment for Biodiversity). The collaboration resulted in drafting a global Roadmap focusing on common priorities and infrastructure engagement, enhancing infrastructure interoperability, and the legal and governance implications. Specific issues are addressing challenges to sustain data availability and services, user interaction and value delivery, cooperation for infrastructure interoperability as well as legal interoperability, and finally education and training. This Roadmap shows how global interaction is promoting complementary development while fostering synergy for supporting frontier research and addressing global and societal challenges. The event in Brussels will also highlight some implications for other stakeholders such as funding and governmental bodies.
ESFRI initiatives with a need to work on a global scale will have to collaborate with international comparable partners.
The CReATIVE-B project will seek to support the interaction between the LifeWatch ESFRI Research Infrastructure with Research Infrastructures (RI) on biodiversity and ecosystems research in other parts of the world.
The immediate objective is to define a road map for interoperability on the technological level, on the governance level and on the interrelation with the scientific communities using the RIs.
The project will therefore be a catalyst for worldwide collaboration in this field by supporting and initiating coordination activities of these RIs. The greater objective of this collaboration is to serve the goals of GEOSS. At the same time, the international outreach of LifeWatch can lead to further international collaboration on interoperability of these infrastructures to even better serve research communities worldwide.
In order to do so, CReATIVE-B will initiate with the international ‘sister’ infrastructures to have a second edition of the e-Biosphere conference, to be organized in 2013, and contribute to this conference.
In achieving the goals of this coordination and support action, CReATIVE-B will further support the European Commission flagship, vision 2020.