2013.01 WP6: Virtual Research Environments Deployment and Operation Monthly Activity By Task and Beneficiary

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This WP6 Activity Report described the activities performed in January 2013 by Beneficiary and Task.

It is part of Monthly Activity Report.

T6.1 Virtual Research Environments Operation

CNR Activities

CNR team focused on the maintenance of the deployed Virtual Research Environments. In particular, the requests for joining existing VREs have been evaluated and approved.


None


No major achievement to report.

FAO Activities

Nothing to report

T6.2 Virtual Research Environments Resources and Tools Provision

FAO Activities

FAO works to enrich the e-infrastructure with access to and search over its geospatial data. This contributes to e.g. the GeoExplorer development (even though not striclty categorizable as deployment activities). The works amounts to plm 4 days effort

  1. geo-visualization document review & share with iMarine partners
  2. batch publication of 583 species distribution maps (on the 682 available) in production Geoserver / FAO Geonetwork
  3. interaction with Geonetwork team about CSW queries


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

ERCIM Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

CNR Activities

CNR activities focused on:

  • updating SPD plugins to spd-plugin-framework 2.0.0
  • fixing error in component configuration for the release of gCube 2.12 (e.g. #1114, #1141, #1144)

Moreover, a number of OAI-PMH based collections previously imported has been revised in order to resolve issues affecting them.


None


  • SPD plugins has been consolidated and enhanced;
  • OAI-PMH collections previously imported has been revised;

FIN Activities

  • Casey continued to work on the name reconciliation (called GSAy) and to document, and almost finished (incl. name lists).
  • The full specifications will be finalized this February.
  • Re-run of AquaMaps almost ready to go after Nina comes back from a meeting.
  • Nicolas attended the TCOM4 in Oostende and presented the status of Biodiversity cluster.
  • Discussions with Lino and Gianpaolo for integrating some Bayesian statistics for fishery management with the R VRE.


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None

UNESCO Activities

  • Meeting between OBIS, VLIZ and iMarine to discuss linking the OBIS database directly to the gCube infrastructure.
  • The software is installed and iMarine can now have direct access to the current OBIS database. The OBIS database may have undergone a few changes, compared to the version Edward VDB provided in the beginning. Lucio is currently checking and testing.


None


None

CRIA Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

IRD Activities

  • Enabling WPS to be executed in the infrastructure, providing codes and defining roles to provide data and related processes.
  • Definition of a common use case for both geospatial and semantic cluster: the tuna atlas.


  • Clarifications about programming languages (IDL, R) and related issues;
  • Modifications of metadata describing OGC WPS;
  • Update of IRD data server (Postgres 9 and Postgis 2);
    • These data servers are not registered in the iMarine Infrastructure
  • There is a need to get URL of iMarine WPS server to execute some processes for the tuna atlas use case.


  • Processes have been provided with related data in WFS.
  • Definition of RDF schema extension to enable processes to be executed from RDF description.

T6.3 Virtual Research Environments Common Interfaces and Tools

CNR Activities

The CNR activity focused on the development and the release of the following software applications:

On Social Portal, Social Data Sharing implementation #865

  • Social Networking Library
    • gCube applications use the Social Networking Library (SNL) as a common library for exploiting the Social Data Sharing facilities. The following new features have been implemented:
    • Possibility to store and retrieve Notification Settings in the backend.
    • Related ticket: #1149
  • ASL Social Extension
    • gCube Applications do not interact with the Social Networking Library directly. Rather they exploit this ASL-Extension capability. The following new features have been implemented:
    • Possibility for gCube Portlets to Notify users about application related events, for example: New Messages, New user related posts, new Document Workflows created.
    • Related ticket: #876
  • Users Notification Portlet
    • A portlet for reading notifications.
    • Related ticket: #871
  • Infrastructure Gateway Dockbar
    • The Dockbar is a User Interface component that stands on the top of the portal pages, Always on top and contains the links to the Social Home, Workspace, Messages and Notifications. It uses jQuery to check for new notifications or messages and redisplay itself accordingly.
    • Related ticket: #1208
  • Notifications Checker Servlet
    • This servlet is used by the Infrastructure Gateway Dockbar for checking about new notifications.
    • Related ticket: #1208
  • Enabled Notifications for Document Workflow Manager Portlet
    • The Document Workflow Manager was enhanced to notify users involved in new Document Workflow Creation.
    • Related ticket: #1168
  • Enabled Notifications for My Document Workflows Portlet
    • The My Document Workflows Portlet was enhanced to notify users involved in new Document Workflow about a forward action occurrence in a Document Workflow they are involved in.
    • Related ticket: #1169
  • Enabled Notifications for Report Generation Portlet
    • The Report Generation Portlet notifies the Manager of a Document Workflow that users involved in Document Workflow have read or updated a Document Workflow.
    • Related ticket: #1209
  • Messages Portlet
    • A portlet for sending messages.
    • Related ticket: #873

On Software Upload Wizard component:

  • Updated documentation on Software Upload Wizard (#1011)
  • The widget has been mavenized and integrated with Resource Management Portlet.

On Software Upload Wizard:

  • A problem affecting the deployment of multiple maven artifacts has been fixed (#985). Whenever the deployment of multiple maven artifacts was involved at the end of the wizrd the artifacts were uploaded separately. That behavior caused the maven artifacts to have different timestamp versions.
  • The maven dependency card has been removed from the web application wizard as web application should package all the dependencies in the web application archive (#1009).

On Workspace Portlet:

  • New workspace usability/ user-friendliness was implemented. Related ticket: #320
  • Partial removal of the synchronization between tree and the folder content was implemented. Related ticket: #1172
  • Workspace items categorization now is optional. Related ticket: #1004
  • Workspace Portlet also "outside" of VREs. Related ticket: #872

On Species Discovery Portlet:

  • Warning messages were corrected. Related ticket: #986
  • Persistence refactoring was implemented. Related ticket: #1002

On AquaMaps

  • AquaMaps portlets to share news to vre users #1015
  • Mavenized AquaMaps suite backend components #1074
  • -9999 issue investigation #533
  • iMarine App / AquaMaps "not found" message #887
  • Fixed File transfer logic from/to AquaMapsService #525
  • Fixed concurrent data source generation in AquaMapsService #526
  • Fixed import table #490


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The Activities pertaining to the Social Portal, Social Data Sharing implementation #865 have been all released in gCube 2.12.

NKUA Activities

  • Integration of Elastic Search UI with a new portlet. This portlet will be deployed to the portal to monitor the index infrastructure and manage its indexes #1248
  • Creation of new portlets for integrating the visualization applications (This activity is reported at the WP10 report) into the gCube portal. This work is in its initial stage.
  • Mavenization of the portlets released under the 2.12.0 release



  • AndroidGcubeSearch application released in 2.12.0
  • IRBootstrapper, UsersManagement and RolesManagement portlets released in 2.12.0

T6.4 Virtual Research Environments Development Support

NKUA Activities

The beneficiary should report here a summary of the activities performed in the reporting period


The beneficiary should report here major issues faced in the reporting period and the identified corrective actions, if any.


The beneficiary should report here a bullet list highlighting the main achievements of the reporting period

CNR Activities

No major activity to report;


None


None

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