The FCPPS Virtual Research Environment

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The Fisheries Country Profiles Production System (FCPPS) Virtual Research Environment is for fisheries and aquaculture authors, managers and researchers who produce reports containing country-level data. It provides seamless access to multiple data sources, including their annotation and versioning and permits production of structured text, tables, charts and graphs from these sources to be easily inserted into custom reporting templates that can support multiple output formats.


The FCPPS Virtual Research Environment Homepage


The main facilities this VRE offers are:

  • Search: to enable users to discover information objects over a number of collections via a keyword-based Google-like search, an advanced query consisting of diverse criteria per field, or via browsing. Collections are either materialised set of information objects or virtual collections resulting from the interaction with existing data sources (e.g. via harvesting or via query);
  • Reporting facilities: to enable users to collaboratively produce reports consisting in complex documents characterised by well defined structures (templates). Via this facility, users can define new templates as well as collaboratively create new reports compliant with defined templates. Reports might contain diverse elements ranging from texts to images and tables, and such constituents can result from objects stored in the user workspace. Reports can be materialised in multiple formats including PDF, HTML and OpenXML;
  • Documents Workflow facilities: to enable users (i) to define complex workflows (including steps and roles users should have to perform certain steps) governing the production of gCube documents, (ii) to instantiate such workflows to actual documents to be collaboratively created, and (iii) to monitor workflow execution;
  • Workspace: to enable every user to store and organise the information objects he/she is interested to work with. In addition to that, the user is allowed to collaborate with other users by sharing objects and messages;
  • VRE Management: to enable authorised users (i.e. VRE Managers) to manage other users using or willing to access the VRE. VRE Managers are enabled to (i) authorise users in accessing the VRE, (ii) assign or withdraw roles to users, (iii) remove users, and (iv) send a communication to the current users.


The main datasets that are available via the services hosted by this VRE include material acquired via external repositories like AquaticCommons and WHOAS (cf. Sec. 2.1), time series graphs produced by FAO (aquaculture, capture, production, and trade), fact sheets produced by FAO on introduced species and cultured aquatic species, maps produced by FAO on country, Current National Legislation Overview (NALO) and National Aquaculture Sector Overview (NASO).


  • (DONE) gCube 2.7.2 (December '11);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.7.3 (February '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.8.0 (March '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.8.1 (April '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.9.0 (June '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.9.1 (August '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.11.0 (October '12);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.12.0 (February '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.13.0 (March '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.14.0 (May '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.15.0 (June '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.16.0 (July '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.17.0 (December '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 2.17.1 (December '13);
  • (DONE) gCube 3.0.0 (March '14);
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