Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory        Alex Hardisty, Coordinator
Who Am I? Alex Hardisty    Director of Informatics Projects    Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics My r...
Vision A seamlessly connected environment ...    Service Oriented Architecture and e-Infrastructure that makes it easie...
Value added Lowering barriers to entry for biodiversity  e-Scientists    Range of robust biodiversity services deployed ...
Fits in a portfolio of   Euro-biodiversity informatics Reputed NoEs    ALTER-Net, EDIT, LTER-Europe, PESI, SCAR-MarBIN, ...
The consortium                                                       (partners)Partner                                    ...
Technology - myGrid myExperiment   Workflows    repository   Social network BioCatalogue    Services catalogue Taver...
What we need from            e-Infrastructures Execution of workflow on e-Infrastructure    Tools as services so environ...
On fundamental model            for e-Science Our project depends on it. Two areas need  greater attention:1. Better enga...
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  1. 1. Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory Alex Hardisty, Coordinator
  2. 2. 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)
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Technology - myGrid myExperiment  Workflows repository  Social network BioCatalogue  Services catalogue Taverna  Workflow environment e-Infrastructures
  8. 8. 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”
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Questions?

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