Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory Alex Hardisty, Coordinator
Who Am I? Alex Hardisty Director of Informatics Projects Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics My roles (as well as BioVeL Coordinator) LifeWatch Strategic Management (Tech. Architect) ENVRI Common operations of ESFRI Environmental Infrastructures (Workpackage leader) CReATIVE-B Coordination of Research e-Infrastructures Activities Toward an International Virtual Environment for Biodiversity (Workpackage leader)
Vision A seamlessly connected environment ... Service Oriented Architecture and e-Infrastructure that makes it easier for biodiversity scientists to carry out in-silico analysis of relevant biodiversity data and to pursue in-silico experimentation ... Virtual laboratory based on composing / executing sequences of data manipulations and modelling tasks Workflows composed from services Taxonomy, Phylogenetics, Metagenomics, Niche Modelling, Population modelling, Mapping, etc.
Value added Lowering barriers to entry for biodiversity e-Scientists Range of robust biodiversity services deployed Useful packs of workflows for biodiversity research Easier user interfaces for creating & using workflows Specific Support Centre for help and training Supporting science supporting EU biodiversity policy objectives CO2 sequestration, Invasive species, Ecosystem services Steps to integration of biodiversity research assets
Fits in a portfolio of Euro-biodiversity informatics Reputed NoEs ALTER-Net, EDIT, LTER-Europe, PESI, SCAR-MarBIN, etc. Funded projects 4D4Life, Aquamaps, ArtDataBanken, BioDiversityWorld, BioFresh, EuroMarine, Fauna Iberica, iMarine, i4Life, OpenBio, OpenPlantBio, ViBRANT, etc. Important contribution to ESFRI LifeWatch Global context GBIF, GSC Biodiversity WG, CReATIVE-B pending EU-US cooperation
The consortium (partners)Partner Scientific Technical e-Inf. accessCardiff University (CU) - Coordinator X XFraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Institute IAIS (FhG IAIS) XHungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Ecology and Botany (IEB) X XUniversity of Amsterdam (UvA) Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem X XDynamicsNational Research Council (CNR) Institute for Biomedical Technologies XUniversity of Gothenburg (UGOT) X XMax Planck Society, MPI for Marine Microbiology (MPG) X XCentro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA) X XNetherlands Centre for Biodiversity (NCB Naturalis) (replaces XSociety for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD))University of Manchester (UNIMAN) X XFoundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB) X XUniversity of Eastern Finland (UEF) X XFree University of Berlin – Botanical Gardens and Botanical Museum X X(FUB-BGBM)National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) X XStichting European Grid Initiative (EGI.eu) X X
What we need from e-Infrastructures Execution of workflow on e-Infrastructure Tools as services so environments like Taverna can access them Foundational services. We don’t want to do generic stuff. Clear, open, industry standard interfaces. No dependencies on particular provider Service scaling Capacity on-demand to support large scale analyses Strong channels of communication to providers e.g., to get technical know-how for packaging community services to be “e-Inf ready”
On fundamental model for e-Science Our project depends on it. Two areas need greater attention:1. Better engagement with industry, leading to wide availability and use of sustained standard products - is necessary to reach critical mass2. Closing the gap between what this community is doing and what the computing services organisations in the HEIs and Research Institutes are doing for general research, teaching and learning support