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Scripting Life: ViBRANT's Kickoff meeting

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Entomology departmental meeting, at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. Feb 9th, 2011.

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Scripting Life: ViBRANT's Kickoff meeting

  1. 1. Scripting Life: ViBRANT’s kick-off meeting Vince Smith Natural History Museum, London [email_address] ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  2. 2. <ul><li>Hosted websites for taxonomists </li></ul><ul><li>Research & publication platform </li></ul><ul><li>Modular (Drupal) & flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the taxonomic workflow </li></ul><ul><li>2,500 users (unpaid) from 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystem of communities (~200) </li></ul>ViBRANT’s foundation http://scratchpads.eu 10
  3. 3. What is ViBRANT? <ul><li>A Virtual Research Environment ( Scratchpads ) where users can safely store, share and manage data. </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical services for users to build identification keys and phylogenetic trees. </li></ul><ul><li>A publication platform for users to automatically compile manuscripts from their research database. </li></ul><ul><li>A portal for users to centrally access publicly accessible biodiversity research information and literature. </li></ul><ul><li>Training, support & sociological study , helping research communities to use these tools and services. </li></ul><ul><li>A standards compliant technical architecture that can be sustained by biodiversity research community. </li></ul>10 ViBRANT is about creating the best Virtual Research Environment for the taxonomic & systematic research community In sum… http://vbrant.eu
  4. 4. ViBRANT logistics <ul><li>Started December 2010 (36 months) </li></ul><ul><li>Project website ( http://vbrant.eu ) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Research Communities, CP-CSA, EU FP7 </li></ul><ul><li>€ 6.2M Euros (EU Contribution €4.75M) </li></ul><ul><li>17 Partners in 9 countries, 603 person months </li></ul> of Collaboration (not just EU)… <ul><li>ESFRI Projects: LifeWatch , ELIXIR & EMBRC </li></ul><ul><li>GBIF - controlled vocabularies, nodes & observational data recording </li></ul><ul><li>PESI, 4D4Life & related EU projects </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia of Life , Barcode of Life & Biodiversity Heritage Library </li></ul><ul><li>South African National Biodiversity Institute & Atlas of living Australia </li></ul>10
  5. 5. Scripting Life 20-21 January, 2011 Grande Galerie de l'Evolution , Paris, France http://vbrant.eu/scripting-life 10
  6. 6. Scripting Life goals <ul><li>Primary </li></ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions & roles (ViBRANT is complex) </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight admin. & legal obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Medium term-planning </li></ul><ul><li>Background considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Our audiences (old & new) - VIBRANT is about engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Functional overlaps (internally & externally) </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling, dependencies, status reporting, risks </li></ul><ul><li>Processes & standards of delivery </li></ul><ul><li>External engagement & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Most of ViBRANT is NOT research </li></ul>10 ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  7. 7. 59 Presentations 48 on day-two! 10
  8. 8. Twitter @vbrant 140 characters or less <ul><li>“ Tweet” what you are doing </li></ul><ul><li>#scriptlife meeting hashtag </li></ul><ul><li>Include @vbrant in your tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Include #wp[1-8] for your workpkg. </li></ul><ul><li>Download an app. </li></ul>http://twitter.com/vbrant http://vbrant.eu/content/using-twitter 10
  9. 9. Memorable Moments 10
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