Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)

IG

Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
enquiries@rd-alliance.org
TAB Liaison: 
Dimitris Koureas
IG Established
 

VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The proposed VRE-IG will explore all aspects of existing and planned future VRE/SG/VLs with the aim of moving towards common policies and best practices, such as those now being promoted by the European EOSC, the US XSEDE and the Australian NRDC. There is currently no coordination of the development of the underlying architectures, as well as specifications for components and interfaces in any of these initiatives, nor is there any agreed best practice way to connect to the major research infrastructures, in particular data to compute resources. Likewise there is also no mechanism for sharing best practice, skills, tools and software that connect tools to data in online environments that could ultimately allow these individual VREs to interoperate on a global scale. The goal is to create "building blocks" of common data infrastructures and building specific "data bridges" to enable online sharing and in situ processing of data. The US SGCI - started in August 2016 - starts to work on these challenges for the US and will closely collaborate with this IG.

 

The VRE IG will aim to act as a longer-term organization responsible for tracking and contributing to the evolution of VRE/SG/VL technologies, particularly as they relate to data access. It will also seek to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.

 

The proposed VRE-IGgroup is in effect, an ‘umbrella group’ would bring together:

  1. Those initiatives that are actively developing VRE/SGs/VLs internationally;

  2. Representatives of the common e Infrastructure (eIs) services e.g.,  European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT); European Open Science Cloud (EOSC); US XSEDE; and the Australian National Research Data Cloud (NRDC); and

  3. Specific RDA groups (e.g., software citation, metadata IG, Versioning IG, etc.) that are developing outputs that themselves are best practice inputs to groups developing VREs.

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Recent Activity

12 Jul 2019

Gateways 2019: Early-bird rates until August 8; register by Sept. 9

Gateways 2019
Monday through Wednesday, September 23-25, 2019
Hosted at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA

https://sciencegateways.org/gateways2019

Science gateways connect components of advanced cyberinfrastructure behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. Join gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways. 

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

14 Jun 2019

Gateway Focus Week (formerly Bootcamp), Sept. 9-13 in Chicago -- Apply Now!

Want to learn gateways, from start to finish?

Gateway Focus Week (formerly Science Gateways Bootcamp) will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as portals, virtual research environments, hubs, etc.).

Why apply? You’ll...

  • Leave behind day-to-day tasks to tackle big questions that will help your team articulate the value of your work to key stakeholders.

  • Create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan.

14 Jun 2019

Gateway Focus Week (formerly Bootcamp), Sept. 9-13 in Chicago -- Apply Now!

Want to learn gateways, from start to finish?

Gateway Focus Week (formerly Science Gateways Bootcamp) will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as portals, virtual research environments, hubs, etc.).

Why apply? You’ll...

  • Leave behind day-to-day tasks to tackle big questions that will help your team articulate the value of your work to key stakeholders.

  • Create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan.

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.

24 Apr 2019

CFP: eScience 2019 - deadlines are coming up for abstracts on April 29, for papers and posters on May 6

I think the eScience Conference is an interesting conference also for this group and it is co-located with the Gateways conference this year. It might fit to catch up there on VREs, Science Gateways and VLs!

 

The 15th eScience Conference will be held in San Diego, California 
the United States of America from September 24 – 27, 2019.

https://escience2019.sdsc.edu/

23 Apr 2019

Gateways 2019 CFP EXTENSION: Abstracts Due May 6 + Full Submissions Due May 15

The deadline for the Gateways 2019 Call for Participation has been extended for both abstracts and full submissions.

  • Abstracts are due Monday, May 6.

  • Full submissions are due Wednesday, May 15.

There will be no further extensions of these deadlines.

Gateways 2019 (September 23-25 in San Diego, CA, co-located with the eScience conference) is accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels on the topic of science or engineering gateways.