Ecosystem Components

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This section describes the type of Federated Resources to be accessed trough the D4Science Ecosystem made available by projects and initiatives that were part of the ecosystem or that may become part of it in the near future. The details on the resources will be updated as soon as they will be specified by the iMarine board.


GENESI-DR (Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations - Digital Repositories) , was an ESA-led, European Commission (EC)-funded two years project, that together with several data provider institutions (e.g. DLR, CNES, ASI) demonstrated how a distributed infrastructure can provide a reliable, easy, long-term access to Earth Science data and associated on-demand processing resources via the Internet. A total of 15 different Digital Repositories hosting more than 160 dataset series are integrated already in GENESI-DR. Dataset series refer to heterogeneous and include satellite data, in situ data, images acquired by airborne sensors, digital elevation models and model outputs. As an example, the SeaDataNet scenario includes discovery via Web portal of heterogeneous data (satellite, in situ, maps), download of data, discovery of and access to processing services (ondemand generation of Sea Surface temperature maps from satellite data). With the follow-on project EC FP7 GENESI-DEC started in May 2010, the work developed during GENESI-DR will be pursued targeting the Digital Earth Communities with a strong accent on distributed infrastructures security, semantics, ontology and advanced workflow management. GENESI-DEC aims to address Digital Earth Communities; a first set of these have already been selected, while additional ones will be identified and addressed during the project life. The communities that are now the focus of integration are: The Seafloor and Ocean Observation Community; The Global Atmosphere Observation Community using Aircraft; The Global Change Earth Observation Community; The Territorial development and spatial planning Community; The Black Sea catchment observation community.


OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is responsible of supporting both the FP7 Open Access pilot and the ERC guidelines for Open Access. OpenAIRE provides guidance and assistance to researchers in publishing their research results in Open Access. The project sets up a helpdesk system in 27 European countries, consisting of a network of experts and a portal with online tools. It also helps to raise awareness of Open Access and the EC pilot in research institutions; it provides valuable information and statistics on the use of Open Access publications; and explores scientific data management services.

OpenAIRE provides access to a distributed infrastructure of Open Access repositories focused in research publications (peer-reviewed articles, pre-prints, conference publications, others) and associated tools and services to manipulate these research datasets. The resources offered by OpenAIRE will extend and enrich the data repositories available under the iMarine Data e-Infrastructure by bringing publications content from multiple research areas. These resources, being provided via OpenAIRE or successor initiatives, such as OpenAIREplus will be accessible from the D4Science Ecosystem under a Research Collaboration Model.

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