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LifeWatch – A European e-Science and observatory infrastructure supporting access and use of biodiversity and ecosystem data

Frenzel, Mark, Klotz, Stefan, Hardisty, Alex and Banki, Olaf 2011. LifeWatch – A European e-Science and observatory infrastructure supporting access and use of biodiversity and ecosystem data. Presented at: Data Repositories in Environmental Sciences, Rauischholzhausen, Germany, 28 February 2011. Nature Precedings, 10.1038/npre.2011.5843.1

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There are many promising earth and biodiversity-monitoring projects underway across the globe, but they often operate in information islands, unable easily to share data with others. This is not convenient: It is a barrier to scientists collaborating on complex, cross-disciplinary projects which is an essential nature of biodiversity research. LifeWatch ( is an ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) initiative which has just entered its construction phase. It is aiming at new ways of collaboration, in an open-access research environment to solve complex societal and scientific questions on biodiversity and ecosystems. It installs a range of new services and tools to help the researchers communicate, share data, create models, analyze results, manage projects and organize the community. The power of LifeWatch comes from linking all kinds of biodiversity related databases (e.g. collections, long-term monitoring data) to tools for analysis and modeling, opening entirely new avenues for research with the potential for new targeted data generation. At this level the interface with national data repositories becomes most important, as this opens the opportunity for users to gain advantage from data availability on the European level. LifeWatch will provide common methods to discover, access, and develop available and new data, analytical capabilities, and to catalog everything, to track citation and re-use of data, to annotate, and to keep the system secure. This includes computing tool-kits for researchers: for instance, an interoperable computing environment for statistical analysis, cutting-edge software to manage the workflow in scientific projects, and access to new or existing computing resources. The result: ‘e-laboratories’ or virtual labs, through which researchers distributed across countries, time zones and disciplines can collaborate. With emphasis on the open sharing of data and workflows (and associated provenance information) the infrastructure allows scientists to create e-laboratories across multiple organizations, controlling access where necessary.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecology, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity, Ecology informatics, data, repositories, datasharing
Publisher: Nature Precedings
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:51

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